Better To Have It CD (2005)

Artist: Bobby Purify

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Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 63992606
UPC 852007001005
UPC 14 00852007001005
Format CD
Release Date 7/19/2005
Author Bobby Purify
Compilation Appearance Vol. 12-Oldies But Goodies
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Cruisin Chrome Series
Compilation Appearance Vol. 10-East Side Story
Compilation Appearance Classic 60's Soul
Compilation Appearance Lowrider Oldies Box Set Volumes 1-3
Compilation Appearance Real R&b:60s
Compilation Appearance Beach Music Sound: 25 More Classic Hits / Var
Technical Info
Producer Dan Penn
CatalogID 1
Lable Name Proper Sales & Dist.
Released 07/19/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00852007001005
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bobby Purify (vocals); Reggie Young (guitar); Mike Durham (acoustic guitar); Harvey Thompson (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
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
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) (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[O]n this time capsule, a righteously rejuvenated Moore delivers the goods."
Disc 1
1 Better To Have It
2 I'm Qualified
3 Things Happen
4 What's Old To You
5 Forever Changed
6 My Life To Live Over
7 Nobody's Home
8 Somebody's Gotta Do It
9 Hate To See You Go
10 Pond, The
11 Testimony Of A Fool
12 You Make Me Dig
13 Only In America
Product Attributes
Artist Purify,Bobby
Music Format Compact Disc

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