Love Songs CD (2005)

Artist: Lou Rawls

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Product Overview


Label The Right Stuff Records
SKU 63940944
UPC 724387542426
UPC 14 00724387542426
Format CD
Release Date 1/25/2005
Author Lou Rawls
Associated Artist/Work Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat
Associated Artist/Work Cole, Nat "King"
Associated Artist/Work Jarreau, Al
Associated Artist/Work Kunzel, Erich
Associated Artist/Work Wilson, Nancy
Technical Info
Producer David Nathan (Compilation)
CatalogID 75424
Lable Name The Right Stuff
Released 01/25/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724387542426
Musical Guests
Dianne Reeves
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: David Nathan .
Lou Rawls has one of those unmistakable voices and it is never better than when he wraps it around a ballad. Love Songs features his silky croon on 18 tracks culled from his '70s/early-'80s stint with Philadelphia International and his late-'80s/early-'90s stay at Blue Note along with two ringers from his '60s Capitol years. These are the most alive and exciting tracks on the record. His live take of "The Shadow of Your Smile" is incendiary; by the end of the song you forget it is a semi-cheesy composition and just marvel at the way Rawls wrings every last ounce of soul out of it. "His Love Is a Hurtin' Thing" is a high mark of big-city soul; again, Rawls sings like a man with nothing to lose and more soul in one pinkie than lesser soul men have in their whole bodies. The '70s Philly tracks are fine smooth soul, with some classics like the deathless "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," the very sensual "Early Morning Love," and lesser numbers like "See You When I Get There," "From Now On," and "You Are." Rawls reins in his voice a bit here and flows within the slick, silky surroundings like warm honey. Very nice stuff. The tracks from the '80s and '90s find Rawls still in fine voice, but the musical backing is less than inspired and is quite a letdown from the peaks to be found elsewhere on the disc. Anyone who is looking for a place to start a Lou Rawls collection would be wise to pick up Love Is a Hurtin' Thing: The Silk & Soul of Lou Rawls for a taste of Rawls at his best in the '60s. As far as his '70s recordings go, however, you might be out of luck -- as there isn't a collection drawn from that era in print as of early 2005. Simply criminal. The only remedy is to have a career-spanning box set in stores. Lou Rawls certainly deserves it and so do his fans. ~ Tim Sendra
Disc 1
1 Unforgettable
2 Ain't That Loving You
3 Early Morning Love
4 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
5 There Will Be Love
6 Lady Love
7 See You When I Git There
8 From Now On
9 You Are
10 Let's Fall In Love Again
11 At Last - (featuring Dianne Reeves)
12 Be Anything (But Be Mine)
13 If It's The Last Thing I Do
14 Shadow of Your Smile, The - (live, live)
15 Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
16 I Wish You Belonged To Me
17 I'm Still In Love With You
18 Save Your Love For Me
Product Attributes
Artist Rawls,Lou
Label The Right Stuff Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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