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Bring It on Home...The Soul Classics
     

Bring It on Home...The Soul Classics

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by Aaron Neville
 

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At first glance, it would seem hard to beat the formula of taking one of the greatest voices in the annals of soul music and setting it loose on some of the genre's most enduring songs. But the alchemy that transpires in the grooves of Bring It On Home: The Soul Classics outstrips even that great-on-paper recipe. Neville, still reeling from the devastation of

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At first glance, it would seem hard to beat the formula of taking one of the greatest voices in the annals of soul music and setting it loose on some of the genre's most enduring songs. But the alchemy that transpires in the grooves of Bring It On Home: The Soul Classics outstrips even that great-on-paper recipe. Neville, still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is at his most vulnerable on songs like "Ain't No Sunshine" and a bone-weary but beautiful "Rainy Night in Georgia" (on which he's supported by trumpeter Chris Botti) -- yet Bring It On Home is not a morose affair. Rather than wallowing, Neville chooses to rise above, an M.O. that elevates "People Get Ready" (a chance for him to harmonize with brother Art) to the goosebump-inducing level. It also lends a remarkable blend of grace and power to the churning version of "Respect Yourself" that he and Mavis Staples march through hand-in-hand. Bring It On Home's source material is pretty much unimpeachable, but there's always a danger in reinterpreting songs that are so deeply ingrained in the minds of listeners. Neville doesn't ignore that danger -- he meets it head on, seizing the melodies, making them his own, and triumphing over the forces that conspired to keep him and his beloved Crescent City down.

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All Music Guide - Campbell
For Aaron Neville, the impact of Hurricane Katrina could only be expressed through music, specifically on songs that are uplifting, meaningful, and close to the heart. Bring It on Home...The Soul Classics is about recovery: a positive response not only to the natural disaster of the hurricane, but undoubtedly to the blasé attitude about it from the federal government. Tragedy can bring out the best in people, and Neville's disc not only aims to deal with his personal pain, but specifically reaches out to those who survived the storm the best way he knows how. These songs are familiar enough to deliver the listener a sense of warmth which hopefully opens the door to healing, grace, and power. Out of the 13 tracks, four are duets: with Mavis Staples on "Respect Yourself," Chaka Khan on "Let's Stay Together," brother Art Neville with David Sanborn for "People Get Ready," and Chris Botti on "Rainy Night in Georgia." Katrina's aftermath found other musicians reaching out to their audience as well, musicians who have created a few painfully triumphant releases like Dr. John & the Lower 911's Sippiana Hericane, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's reworking of Marvin Gaye's 1971 album What's Goin' On, and the various artists who contributed to Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast. It's safe to say Aaron Neville's Bring it on Home...The Soul Classics should be added to that list.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Burgundy S
UPC:
0828768548929
catalogNumber:
85489

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aaron Neville   Primary Artist,Vocals
Art Neville   Organ
Joe Sample   Piano,Electric Piano
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Jack Ashford   Tambourine
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Chaka Khan   Vocals
James Gadson   Drums,Background Vocals
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Neil Larsen   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Ray Parker   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Fred White   Background Vocals
David Woodford   Saxophone
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Lamont VanHook   Background Vocals
Barbara Anne Hawkins   Background Vocals
Rosa Lee Hawkins   Background Vocals
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Bass,Background Vocals
Jason Neville   Background Vocals
Athelgra Neville   Background Vocals
Heitor Pereira   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Neil Larsen   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Stewart Levine   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Mack Rice   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Aaron Zigman   String Arrangements
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Tony White   Composer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Jeffrey Schulz   Art Direction
Ronald White   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Matt Weeks   Engineer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Joseph DiMuro   Executive Producer
Dean Sharenow   Engineer
Mathieu Lejeune   Engineer
James Fox   Composer
Wesley Fontenot   Engineer
Kent Sorrell   Management
Kyoko Motonaga   Groomer

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Bring It on Home... The Soul Classics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These days I rarely buy a NEW CD release because of having over 4,000 CDs in my music collection. When I heard "It's All Right" I knew I wanted to hear more of this fabulous voice. Every track is so enjoyable and a pleasant surprise with the way Aaron makes the song his own. What a talent!!! Thank you Aaron for producing such a superlative CD. Keep it up because you've got a fan "as long as your singing". Good luck with your hopes & dreams for the NEW Big Easy. Roy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not decide by looking at the tracks that this is 'just another cover album'...you would be so wrong. Aaron Neville pays homage to the original artists as well as making the songs his own in a way few talents can. These are songs I grew up with, and I'm hearing them all for the first time all over again. Otis and Sam would be proud!