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Format: CD
Sku: 63992606
UPC: 852007001005
UPC 14: 00852007001005
Release Date: 7/19/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Better To Have It ~ Bobby Purify
2. I'm Qualified ~ Bobby Purify
3. Things Happen ~ Bobby Purify
4. What's Old To You ~ Bobby Purify
5. Forever Changed ~ Bobby Purify
6. My Life To Live Over ~ Bobby Purify
7. Nobody's Home ~ Bobby Purify
8. Somebody's Gotta Do It ~ Bobby Purify
9. Hate To See You Go ~ Bobby Purify
10. Pond, The ~ Bobby Purify
11. Testimony Of A Fool ~ Bobby Purify
12. You Make Me Dig ~ Bobby Purify
13. Only In America ~ Bobby Purify

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bobby Purify (vocals); Reggie Young (guitar); Mike Durham (acoustic guitar); Harvey Thompson (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
Muze PNote The early to mid-2000s witnessed the recording return of such soul giants as Solomon Burke and Al Green. While Bobby Purify doesn't rank up with these legends, his return is a welcome one too. Purify (aka Ben Moore) was not the first Bobby Purify -- as in James & Bobby Purify, the R&B duo who scored the '60s soul-pop smash "I'm Your Puppet." He only became "Bobby Purify" in the early '70s and sang on a latter-day British hit version of "Puppet." Moore/Purify went on to have a successful career in the gospel field, including a Grammy nomination for his 1982 He Believes in Me. After going blind in 1998, he quit performing. Better to Have It stands as a triumphant return to music. He wisely teams up with "Puppet" co-writer Dan Penn, who serves the album's producer and co-writes 12 of the disc's 13 songs. Penn surrounds Purify with the cream of Muscle Shoals musicians (bassist David Hood, guitarist Jimmie Johnson, and Penn's longtime collaborator Spooner Oldham on keyboards) as well as Memphis Horns trumpeter Wayne Jackson and post-Booker T.-era MG keyboardist Carson Whitsett. Together they create a classic soul sound for Purify. While nothing here eclipses "Puppet," there definitely is much to enjoy. On songs like the glorious title track, the Motown-flavored "Things Happen," and the easygoing "You Make Me Dig," Purify and company serve up quintessential Southern soul with arrangements grooved to a laid-back blend of horns, keyboards, and guitar. Purify's robust, sixty-year-old-plus voice possesses both a smoothness and a grittiness, suggesting both the church and the street. It's a joy to listen when it all comes together, as in the marvelous R&B ballad "Testimony of a Fool." Occasionally, the album does go overboard. For example, the spoken intro to "I'm Qualified" feels a little old-fashioned and the disc closer, "Only in America," is well meaning but overly earnest. However, even the slightly silly story-song "The Pond" gets redeemed by Purify's commanding presence. Be it the '60s or the 2000s, Better to Have It stands as a quality example of Southern soul for any era. ~ Michael Berick

Producer: Dan Penn

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 10-East Side Story
Muze Music Compilations Classic 60's Soul
Muze Music Compilations Lowrider Oldies Box Set Volumes 1-3
Muze Music Compilations Real R&b:60s
Muze Music Compilations Beach Music Sound: 25 More Classic Hits / Var
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Cruisin Chrome Series

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/19/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2005
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1
Music Label Name Label : Proper Sales & Dist.
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 : 00852007001005

Professional Reviews

Uncut (p.98)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[L]ike a long-lost tableau from one of the great soul singers....[Purify] sings with a gritty, knowing eloquence."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[O]n this time capsule, a righteously rejuvenated Moore delivers the goods."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Purify,Bobby
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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