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Soul'd!
     

Soul'd!

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by Earl Thomas
 
The third release from singer Earl Thomas seems like it emerged out of a mid- to late-'60s Muscle Shoals session. Jerry Wexler, producer of R&B legends like Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke, is a fan and supporter of the vocalist. He

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The third release from singer Earl Thomas seems like it emerged out of a mid- to late-'60s Muscle Shoals session. Jerry Wexler, producer of R&B legends like Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Solomon Burke, is a fan and supporter of the vocalist. He contributes liner notes comparing Thomas to some of the greats, reinforcing the connection. But after one spin, anyone who loves great soul music will instantly appreciate this terrific album. It's as if Thomas has tapped into the spirit that created the classic R&B/soul sound. Not only is the production free of almost all contemporary flourishes (a synthesizer sneaks in unobtrusively on a few cuts), but the songwriting and playing -- especially the horn section -- is so authentic you'll be checking the credits for the recording date. Thomas wrote or co-wrote six of the ten songs, and they are nearly as good as the recognizable covers of "I'd Rather Go Blind," Ragovoy/Shuman's "Look at Granny Run Run," and Tony Johnson's "Midnight in Memphis." The singer's voice -- smooth but gutsy -- nails these tracks, but he never hogs the show or the arrangements, which are crisp and tight. Guitars and horns solo, then retreat to make room for Thomas' emotive vocals. A gospel-infused chorus helps bring religion to "I Won't Be Around," adding even more authenticity to the sound. "Stronger Than My Flame" fuses organ, snappy drums, punchy horns, and a searing performance from Thomas to make the tune fire on all cylinders. Those who have lost faith in the ability of contemporary soul music (circa 2003) to capture the warmth, inspiration, and intensity of the '60s need to add this, as well as the previous two Earl Thomas albums, to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Memphis Int'l
UPC:
0823862200520
catalogNumber:
620007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Thomas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jeff Paris   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dean Smith   Percussion,Conga
Jim Spake   Saxophone
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Thomas Yearsley   Bass
Steve Selvidge   Guitar
Robbie Helm   Saxophone
Sue Palmer   Piano
Steve Snyder   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Aristotle Georgio   Vocals
Kelley Hurt   Vocals
Soren Sorensen   Bass
Heine Andersen   Guitar
Vladimir Yaravinsky   Drums
George Bernardo   Drums
Jewell Bridgeman   Background Vocals
Angelic Willis   Group Member
Jörgen Carlssen   Bass
Leza Davis   Group Member
Erik Eldenious   Drums
Rikka Grier   Group Member
Denyce Hubbard   Group Member
Mark Hulls   Guitar
Asmus Jensen   Drums
Kyle Jester   Guitar
Christian Kelly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Jeff Paris   Producer,Engineer
Earl Thomas   Composer,Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Tony Johnson   Composer
Jon Mathias   Engineer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Liner Notes
Thomas Yearsley   Producer,Engineer
Herb Jung   Composer
Assi Roar   Composer
Posey Hedges   Engineer
David Less   Producer
Bryan Stratman   Engineer
Jewell Bridgeman   Composer
Kent Vegdahl   Executive Producer
Ellington Jordan   Composer

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Soul'd 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Robert Cray