The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

by O.V. Wright


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Second in a series of three Hi studio albums, O.V. Wright was finally allowed to record for Willie Mitchell's own label, since his former employer, Don Robey, had sold Backbeat to ABC in 1973. As was the case with Al Green, Mitchell had developed a longtime friendship with Wright, overseeing most of his Backbeat single sides and albums. Come the end of the '70s the famous Hi sound started to lose a little of its tightness, but this is fairly overcome by Wright's exceptional vocal qualities. The Bottom Line wasn't crafted with the same session men as it's predecessor. Mostly made up of ballads, the single "I Don't Do Windows" stands apart as the only up-tempo exception. Bobby Womack's "That's the Way I Feel About Cha" gets a nice Southern soul makeover. A "late night jazz bar everybody gone home contemplative" "I Don't Know Why" is similar to a lesser known Stevie Wonder track, coincidentally of the same name. The shimmering "A Little More Time" deserves special mention: starting out as a roll call of soul singers who had died way before their time, it's a tribute of prophetic proportions. Soon enough Wright would join their league. Many compilations of his Hi output were released throughout the second half of the '90s. Both Hi Masters and That's How Strong My Love Is collect almost everything of this album and its predecessor, Into Something (Can't Shake Loose). The Complete O.V. Wright on Hi Records, Vol. 1: In the Studio also includes the third and last of the Hi studio albums, We're Still Together.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981116723
catalogNumber: 1167
Rank: 104231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

O.V. Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Easley   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Judy Rodman   Background Vocals
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Bill Flores   Trombone
Paul Hill   Trumpet
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Aaron Nesbit   Keyboards
Floyd Newman   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Darnell Smith   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Karen Taylor   Background Vocals
Michael Toles   Guitar
Jackie Thomas   Trombone
Earl Randle   Background Vocals
Deby Kincaid   Background Vocals
Deby Kincaid   Background Vocals
Darnel Smith   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
William Flores   Trombone
William Easley   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Nesbit   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bobby Womack   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
George Jackson   Composer
Jimmy Grisby   Composer
Joe Hicks   Composer
G. Jackson   Composer
Benny Latimore   Composer
Memphis Strings   String Section
Aaron Nesbit   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Earl Randle   Composer
Raymond Moore   Composer

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