The Best of Lou Rawls [Angel]

The Best of Lou Rawls [Angel]

by Lou Rawls


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The Best of Lou Rawls [Angel]

Many people may remember Lou Rawls as a fundraiser, a pitchman for Budweiser or a silky-smooth '70s soul crooner, but when he signed to Capitol in the early '60s, Rawls was strictly a jazz and blues singer. Sure he tried for hits, and even struck occasionally, with "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," but he was at his best when tackling the material that is collected on The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions. A nice mix of jazz standards, blues, pop-gospel and big band swing, the disc showcases Rawls' flexibility, light touch, and his one-of-a-kind voice as he struts and swaggers through the up-tempo tracks like "Nobody but Me," "Street of Dreams," or "Goin' to Chicago Blues," and as he gets down to something real and gritty on the ballads like "Blues for the Weepers," "How Long, How Long Blues," "So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry," and the centerpiece of the album, his medley of "Southside Blues" and "Tobacco Road," which features one of Rawls' patented monologues. With help from producers like Nick Venet and David Axelrod, as well as arrangers like Benny Carter, Benny Golson, and the great H.B. Barnum, Rawls' records have always sounded near-perfect, hearing them in a setting like this only spotlights what a good working environment Rawls could create. The collection isn't perfect; as one could argue about the omission of his 1962 take on "(They Call It) Stormy Monday," or his mellow "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You." However, it is one hell of a fine listen that anyone who loves Rawls should add to their collection, especially if you only know him for his post-1970 work [A boon for collectors are the three bonus tracks from a recently unearthed session Rawls cut with the Curtis Amy Sextet that is as close as he came to being a hard bop singer. It is a fascinating find and as the liner notes state, it is truly a shame that there were no more songs recorded by the group.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094635495621
catalogNumber: 54956

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Rawls   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pilgrim Travelers   Background Vocals
Curtis Amy   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Butler   Drums
Curtis Counce   Bass
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
McCann   Piano
Don Randi   Piano
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Lou Blackburn   Trombone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
King Errisson   Conga
Ron Jefferson   Drums
Herman Riley   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Crawford   Guitar
Onzy Matthews   Piano
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Jim Gordon   Drums
Cal Green   Guitar
Don Abney   Piano
Porcino   Trumpet
Eddie Beal   Piano
Jesse Boyce   Bass
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Freeman Brown   Drums
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Buie   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Tambourine
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Edwards   Guitar
Rene Hall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sharkey Hall   Drums
Bob Haynes   Bass
Wilbert Hemsley   Saxophone
Leroy Henderson   Drums
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
Richard "Groove" Holmes   Organ
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Clayton Ivey   Piano
Jackie Kelso   Alto Saxophone
Junior Lowe   Guitar
Gildo Mahones   Piano
Jay Migliori   Baritone Saxophone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Tony Terran   Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Walter Namuth   Guitar
Clifford White   Guitar
Tommy Strode   Piano
Mel Lee   Drums
Bob West   Bass
Muscle Shoals Fame Gang   Group
Cliff White   Guitar

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Lou Rawls   Composer
Onzy Matthews   Orchestration
Harold Arlen   Composer
James W. Alexander   Arranger,Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
R. Askew   Composer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Benny Carter   Orchestration
Billie Holiday   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes
Benny Golson   Orchestration
Rene Hall   Arranger
Rick Hall   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer,Audio Production
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
B.J. Scott   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Raymond Leveen   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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