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Believe What I Say CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 202847485
UPC: 670917117827
UPC 14: 00670917117827
Release Date: 8/29/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Two Can Play ~ James Hunter
2. Way Down Inside ~ James Hunter
3. Very Thought Of You, The ~ James Hunter
4. It Ain't Funny ~ James Hunter
5. Turn On Your Love Light - (with Van Morrison) ~ James Hunter
6. Let Me Know ~ James Hunter
7. I'll Walk Away ~ James Hunter
8. I Wanna Get Old With You ~ James Hunter
9. Hallelujah I Love Her So ~ James Hunter
10. Believe What I Say ~ James Hunter
11. Out Of Sight ~ James Hunter
12. Don't Step On It ~ James Hunter
13. Hear Me Calling - (with Doris Troy) ~ James Hunter
14. Ain't Nothing You Can Do - (with Van Morrison) ~ James Hunter

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: James Hunter, Van Morrison (vocals).
Muze PNote Personnel: James Hunter (vocals, guitar); James Hunter; Damian Hand (tenor saxophone); Nick Lunt (baritone saxophone); Dave Priseman (trumpet); Alex Lewis (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Jon Lee (drums, percussion); Doris Troy (background vocals); Van Morrison (vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Protocol Studios, London, England.
Muze PNote The singer/songwriter James Hunter introduced his retro blue-eyed soul approach with this 1996 debut. The smooth Sam Cooke/Clyde McPhatter-influenced vocals weren't quite as confident at his career's start, but for the most part, those smitten by People Gonna Talk will find this a terrific addition to their small Hunter collections. To his credit, Van Morrison was an early supporter, and he appears here on two Bobby "Blue" Bland covers. Morrison had already covered "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" on his live It's Too Late to Stop Now release, so it's likely he brought that to Hunter's attention. "Turn on Your Lovelight" sounds like it could have come off Morrison's His Band and the Street Choir, as he trades verses and harmonizes with Hunter in a spirited performance. Hunter's vocals emphasize Ray Charles more on this album, and not just on the cover of "Hallelujah I Love Her So." The original "Let Me Know" is fashioned from Charles' soul-blues-gospel, right down to the Raelettes-styled backing vocals. Damian Hand and Nick Lunt's sax section is integral to the snappy groove, and bringing the great soul woman Doris Troy along for a duet on "Hear Me Calling" is another classy move. But it's Hunter's terrific voice, sparse yet jazzy guitar, and excellent original songs that make this album so fresh, crisp, and hip. ~ Hal Horowitz

Engineer: Nick Robbins; Nick Robbins

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Van Morrison

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Hard Way

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/29/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1178
Music Label Name Label : Hepcat Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00670917117827

Professional Reviews

Q (2/97, p.95)
- 3 Stars (out of 5)
- "...He's blessed with an archetypal soul holler, yelping and squealing with rough-edged precision, employing some delicate phrasing as he dodges effortlessly around the beat....Impressive..."

Dirty Linen (p.91)
- "The rougher edges suit not only favorites...but any of the 10 Hunter originals, which sound as if they were penned when his predecessors were in their prime."

No Depression (p.116)
- "[Y]ou realize he has some charming lines to go with that voice built for romance."

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