Westbound Years

Westbound Years

by Spanky WilsonSpanky Wilson


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Everything that could be dug up from Spanky Wilson's mid-'70s stint at Westbound Records is on this 18-track compilation, including all ten tracks from her 1975 Specialty of the House LP; two cuts that surfaced many years later on CD compilations; and six previously unreleased items retrieved from the vaults. It adds up to a respectable, but not exciting, collection of material by a versatile singer whose jazz-pop leanings are evident in some of the tunes and performances, yet who is reasonably comfortable with numbers that call for more standard soul-funk stylings. Wilson might be a little too talented to deserve the "journeywoman" sticker, but nonetheless this music isn't much above that label, offering fair early- to mid-'70s soul that's a little less slick than much such fare of the period, almost entirely steering clear of any hints of disco. For the most part, the best cuts are actually those that depart a little from the mainstream soul format, like a satisfyingly funky take on Bill Withers' "Kissing My Love" and a chance to revisit her somewhat jazz-poppier origins on "Home." Some of the cuts not released at the time gave her opportunities to try out some unexpected material, like her earthy take on Harlan Howard's "He Called Me Baby" and her cover of Lesley Duncan's "Love Song" (made more famous by Elton John). The disco-fied version of Howard's "The Chokin' Kind" was a bad idea, however.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Southbound Records
UPC: 0029667714624
catalogNumber: 146
Rank: 91277

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spanky Wilson   Primary Artist
Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Cleveland   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Lesley Duncan   Composer
Johnny Allen   Arranger,Producer
Artie Fields   Composer,Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bernard Mendelson   Producer
Ken Sands   Engineer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Abrim Tilmon   Composer
Lennoy Ruffin   Composer
Howlett Peter Smith   Composer
Kent   Producer

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