There's No Good in Goodbye

There's No Good in Goodbye

by Johnnie Taylor


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There's No Good in Goodbye

This posthumous album from the chitlin circuit soul/bluesman is comprised of previously unreleased songs left over from his various Malaco albums. But even though there has been some overdubbing, remixing, and touching up of these original sessions recorded from 1984-1999, the disc flows remarkably well. The usual Malaco embellishments of slick horns, slicker backing vocals, and inconsistent material plagues some of the music, but in general this is as solid a collection of songs as any he released for the imprint. Tracks ten through 16 were recorded in 1999 for his last album, Gotta Get the Groove Back, which was released shortly before his death. They feature the cream of the Muscle Shoals studio musicians, including bassist David Hood, guitarist Jimmy Johnson, and occasional Rolling Stones saxman Jim Horn. The sound remains polished, but Taylor is in terrific voice and spirits throughout, and he, like his idol Sam Cooke (who he imitates briefly in "Where Is Your Woman Tonight"), elevates even the most lackluster material with his malleable pipes. One of the most interesting tracks is a 1988 cover of Paul Simon's "Take Me to the Mardi Gras," a duet with his son Floyd, who added harmony vocals after his dad's death. Although these were leftovers, there is nothing second-rate about them. Slow, swampy burners such as "Please Sign the Dotted Line" and the gospel-ish "I Reach for You," along with upbeat funk like "Con Lover," rank with his finest work for Malaco. His blues are downplayed in favor of the label's soul orientation, but this is still prime Johnnie Taylor. This project is obviously a labor of love, and a fitting coda to an underappreciated career for one of America's best Southern soul singers.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2003
Label: Malaco Records
UPC: 0048021751525
catalogNumber: 7515
Rank: 59673

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnnie Taylor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frederick Knight   Background Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Flute
Thomisene Anderson   Background Vocals
Gary Armstrong   Trumpet
Jewel Bass   Background Vocals
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Richard Cason   Keyboards
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Mickey Davis   Strings
Janet Dressler   Strings
Ronnie Eades   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Griffin   Bass,Bass Guitar
Claudette Hampton   Strings
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
Catherine Henderson   Background Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Jim Horn   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Clayton Ivey   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Ronell Johnson   Tuba
Valeria Kashimuri   Background Vocals
Craig Klein   Trombone
Will McFarlane   Guitar
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Peggy Plucker   Strings
Richie Puente   Percussion,Conga
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
James Robertson   Drums,Linn Drum
Charles Rose   Trombone
Denis Solee   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Wolf Stephenson   Linn Drum
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles   Guitar
Carson Whitsett   Keyboards
Jim Williamson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dino Zimmerman   Guitar
Bob McNally   Strings
Roderick Paulin   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Young   Background Vocals
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Bennett Randman   Strings
Linda Geidel   Strings
John Frantz   Strings
Brian Gum   Strings
Quanda Brooks   Background Vocals
Cathy Young   Background Vocals
Angela Walls   Background Vocals
Sonya Washington   Background Vocals
Latonya Garner   Background Vocals
Floyd Taylor   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Don Evans   Guitar
Tonya Yongblood   Background Vocals
III Thaddeus Ford   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Frederick Knight   Programming,Producer
Paul Simon   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Larry Addison   Composer
Harrison Calloway   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Charles Richard Cason   Composer,Producer
Richard Cason   Programming
Charles Hart   Engineer
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
Mark Petty   Engineer
Wolf Stephenson   Remixing,Vocal Engineer
John Ward   Composer
Alan Johnson   Engineer
Rob Bowman   Liner Notes
Ollie Hoskins   Composer
Lamar Thomas   Composer
Frank Johnson   Composer
Vincent Grizzell   Engineer
Kent Bruce   Engineer
Dennis J. Heckler   Graphic Design
Susan Macke   Vocal Engineer
Judy Taylor-Thomas   Composer
Pam Irwin   Engineer
Sam Mosley   Composer
Bob Johnson   Composer

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