Rhythm, Love & Soul Live CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 60624218
UPC 826663049428
UPC 14 00826663049428
Format CD
Release Date 1/20/2004
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Henry J. DeLuca; Shawn Amos (Compilation); T.J. Lubinsky (Compilation)
CatalogID 30494
Lable Name Shout! Factory
Released 01/20/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00826663049428
Album Notes and Credits
Performers include: Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, The Spinners, Gloria Gaynor.
Recorded at Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 26, 2002.
Audio Remasterer: Bob Fisher .
Liner Note Authors: Ernest Hardy; T.J. Lubinsky.
Recording information: The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts, Pittsburgh,.
Creator: T.J. Lubinsky.
Director: Barry Glazer.
This 15-track single CD gathers highlights from the Rhythm, Love and Soul (2004) live television special that aired on PBS stations during on-air fundraisers. It was produced by Pittsburgh, PA, affiliate WQED -- whose American Soundtrack series has become a staple of PBS pledge drives. The broadcast is co-hosted by a trio of luminaries: Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson, and Lou Rawls. The concert, from which both this lineup and package are excerpted, is a star-studded soul affair reminiscent of the multi-artist R&B revues that toured throughout America in the 1950s and 1960s. While each performer could easily be a respective headliner, in the tradition of these "old-school" acts, legends as prominent as the aforementioned Franklin ("Respect"), Rawls ("Lady Love"), and Wilson ("Someday We'll Be Together") are joined by the likes of the Spinners ("It's a Shame") and Edwin Starr ("25 Miles") -- whose final live appearance is captured here. In addition, there is a sampling of one-hit wonders whose contributions could also be considered definitive. Among the most notable are Carl Carlton ("Everlasting Love"), Freda Payne ("Band of Gold"), Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive"), and Billy Paul ("Me and Mrs. Jones"). It bears repeating that this disc consists of re-recordings from the musicians who put these hits on the charts. The audio quality is superb throughout and the entire collection not only flows well -- which is not always true of after-the-fact compilations -- but also presents the material as living history rather than simply nostalgia. ~ Lindsay Planer
Disc 1
1 Respect - Aretha Franklin
2 Lady Love - Lou Rawls
3 Yes, I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
4 Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
5 It's A Shame - The Spinners
6 25 Miles - Edwin Starr
7 Everlasting Love - Edward Carlton
8 I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
9 Kiss And Say Goodbye - The Manhattans
10 Reunited - Peaches & Herb
11 Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
12 Band Of Gold - Freda Payne
13 Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
14 At Last - Aretha Franklin/Lou Rawls
15 Someday We'll Be Together - Mary Wilson
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