Jimmy Lewis – 1974 – Totally Involved

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A fantastic album of southern soul, and one that’s often overlooked in discussions of the genre during the 70’s. Despite the fact that it’s on the Hotlanta label which cut a fair bit of club-oriented work the record’s a great batch of mid and slow tempo tracks with an excellent rootsy soul style, fantastic lyrics, and great vocals by Jimmy. The songwriting is excellent, with the kind of sophisticated yet rootsy sound that you’d get from 70s geniuses like Sam Dees or Sidney Joe Qualls.

Super funky soul lp by Jimmy Lewis titled totally together. This record features ill vocals and killer hip hop breaks and samples. This is the kind of music to put a smile on anyones face. Tune after tune of sweet vocal soul jams. Take a listen to the sound clip as this record is a real nugget.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Hotlanda Records Lp including covers.

Tracks
A1 It Ain’t What’s on the Woman 5:11
A2 There Ain’t No Man That Can’t Be Caught 3:15
A3 Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady 4:03
A4 How Long Is a Heartache Supposed to Last 4:45
B1 Thank You 4:03
B2 Go on Live Your Life 3:39
B3 That Won’t Stop Me From Loving You 4:30
B4 Help Me Understand You 4:02

Jimmy Lewis released his first solo LP in 1974, but make no mistake. By that time, Lewis could rightfully be deemed a Veteran of Soul… A prolific songwriter, the Georgia-bred artist had worked for or with a host of people, including Ray Charles, Little Richard and Bobby Womack.

In a sense, this man ‘behind the scenes’ also delivered one of the very last all-out, full-length Southern Soul albums. Recorded for Hotlanta in 1974, ‘Totally Involved’ is a veritable collage of sounds echoing a decade of Sweet Southern Soul music.

Lewis, renowned for his gritty, no-nonsense adlibs and spoken introes, preaches hard on the virtues of ‘plain jane’ women on the album opening “It Ain’t What’s on The Woman“. His at times hilarious, raspy-voiced monologue perfectly complements the belting, wailing, testifyin’ vocal. Set to a lazy, bluesy beat and accentuated by a purring organ and sweet female backing vocals, this is 100% pure and uncut Southern Soul old-school style.

And that’s just the beginning. Lewis continues his philosophical musings on the mid-tempo, cruisin’ “There Ain’t No Man (That Can’t Be Caught)“, with its infectious xylophone, blaring horns and Jimmy’s incredible rappin’! Lewis often overdubbed his own voice for a second vocal, adding punchy, on-the-mark adlibs.

One of his best known tracks is up next, the steady rollin’ “Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady?“, a hard socking jam with jaunty guitars, incisive bass, deliciously arranged strings and a frantic Sam Cooke-ish vocal finale (‘This song reminds me of Sam!’)

Deep, deep Soul follows with the slow grinding, devastatingly hard blues of “How Long Is a Heartache Supposed to Last?” Jimmy’s cracklin’, gruffy, lowdown pipes are terrific here, belting and testifying over a gospelish piano, again adding an effective second vocal (“Monk and Basie… used to be my thing… but since that woman left me… all I play is B.B. King!”, putting in one of those classic B.B.-howls for good measure).

In contrast, “Thank You” is the most ‘sophisticated’ tune. It has a slight Philly Soul groove, but Jimmy’s smokey vocal and the fatback drums make it unabashedly Southern in the end.

The jousty, zesty R&B drive of “Go on Live Your Life” revisits the same issue addressed in the opening track, another sermon delivered with dyed in the red Georgia soil grit and passion.

That Won’t Stop Me From Loving You” is the darkest tune; minor-keyed and haunting on the bridge (sounds classical there, even) and carried by a percolating, hypnotizing groove.

Jimmy ends his masterpiece with another divine piece of old-school gutbucket Southern Soul: “Help Me Understand You” flows gently along, while Lewis’ raspy, but roaring voice (“Baby how do ya think we’re ever gonna git our thang TOGETHARRRR”) is raw beyond raw, with some superbly subdued strings and country church backing vocals sweetening things up just the tiniest bit.

Overpowering… Southern Soul at its finest!

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61 Comments
  • manny
    Posted at 21:26h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting, looks good

  • Matthew
    Posted at 22:07h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    A gem. Respect for your hard work!

  • BenTheBalladeer
    Posted at 22:28h, 19 December 2008 Reply

    One of my (many)favorite singers.Great stuff.

  • Chris
    Posted at 01:51h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    A magnificent post. Thanks! I’ll be digging this one for sure.

  • Bill
    Posted at 08:07h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Fantastic post. I’ve never heard of Jimmy Lewis, but clearly I need to check this out. Thanks for the time, energy and music.

  • zero
    Posted at 11:53h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Super duper post. Jimmy is great.

  • Paul M
    Posted at 12:02h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Totally ….amazing!!! Thank you!

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 13:24h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you for another Southern Soul masterpiece !!

  • k02
    Posted at 14:59h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    THank you.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 16:02h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Love the southern soul music!! Thank you

  • Eva
    Posted at 19:13h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    This is wonderful! Can’t believe I never heard of him before. Thanks so much!

  • Krisch
    Posted at 19:53h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks!

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 20:25h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Many thanks! This blog is amazing!

  • Jose
    Posted at 21:22h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Nuff thanks nikos!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:33h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos! Amazing Stuff!!

  • culov
    Posted at 21:46h, 20 December 2008 Reply

    damn nikos, i didnt know that this record existed! i love all the sessions that he played together with bernard purdie and galt macdermot. thanks

  • analog6
    Posted at 01:26h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    This is new to me. And it’s real good to me. Big thanks, Nikos.

  • Andre
    Posted at 10:51h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos you always come with that fire!

  • kirk
    Posted at 13:12h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    thanx dude!!! greetings

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 13:22h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    Hot Lanta… South’s on fire… But the bottom line here is some brilliant writing ability on behalf of Mr. Lewis! A typical under the lights soul personality, Mr. Lewis achieved more success writing for others than performing his own compositions. Lucky them! Arthur Adams, Bobby Womack, ZZ Hill, Peggy Scott Adams… Yes, the show must go on.

  • Moses
    Posted at 18:08h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    Smooth, rough, powerful, soft, soul.

  • Frank
    Posted at 18:10h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    A stellar album from this underrated singer/songwriter/producer. Great discovery.

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    Posted at 20:10h, 21 December 2008 Reply

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  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 22:19h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    I remember Jimmy Lewis from my college days; this is the bum; thanks.

  • Iron
    Posted at 10:44h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    A classic! Season Greetings!

  • Aristedis
    Posted at 15:56h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    Wow! Very Good Album.

  • dan
    Posted at 16:38h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    Legedary site. You got great taste man.

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 20:15h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    Nikos, thank you for your hard work and dedication as well. To you and yours, have a happy and SAFE holiday 🙂

    Peace and blessings.

  • Richard
    Posted at 23:57h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    One of the best i heard lately. Thanx man.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:13h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    never heard about….and now that ive listened…really nice lp..thanks dude… jean paris

  • Alan
    Posted at 10:16h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for your great blog, it’s nice to hear some old funk/soul records.

  • PretOria
    Posted at 13:22h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    Marry christmas for you Nikos enjoy 2009 for you!

  • Cecil
    Posted at 20:25h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    Many many thanks for this terrific post!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 23:37h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    thank u for this one nikos

  • Santos
    Posted at 00:25h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Yet another great post. You never disappoint!

  • W
    Posted at 03:26h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    Really great stuff. Thanks! W.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 20:43h, 24 December 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos! Great way to bring in the holiday season!

  • liam
    Posted at 05:42h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Hi, Your write up has caught my interest, esp “fantastic lyrics, and great vocals by Jimmy. The songwriting is excellent, with the kind of sophisticated yet rootsy sound that you’d get from 70s geniuses like Sam Dees or Sidney Joe Qualls” so I’ll get this and have a listen.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:32h, 27 December 2008 Reply

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!! GREAT STUFFFF!!!!!!!!!! :)))

  • Oak
    Posted at 04:01h, 28 December 2008 Reply

    I enjoy every tune of this excellent album.

  • objektivone
    Posted at 22:31h, 01 January 2009 Reply

    Your rips sound very crisp. I love them. Thank you so much. I am downloading a couple albums and wanted you to know I appreciate the time and effort, especially for making these such good quality. I am a fan!!!! Happy New Year

  • Pavlos
    Posted at 20:03h, 02 January 2009 Reply

    Very Nice !!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:17h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C!

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 04:40h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    thanks.

  • notis
    Posted at 12:42h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    O.K Jimmy Lewis is cool, but you’re more! couse make me dance on the floor!!! ΚΑΛΗ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ.

  • Oscar
    Posted at 02:53h, 08 January 2009 Reply

    thanks so much for this, I just found your blog, but by God, I’m staying…esp as you had that great Lou Courtney LP

  • Raphy
    Posted at 00:33h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    Nikos, Thanks very much for this LP….I only have the single “It Ain’t What’s on the Woman” and it damaged in parts..That song should be the anthem for all ‘real Men’..

    Big Up!@!

  • Worotan
    Posted at 17:54h, 04 March 2009 Reply

    What a great record, also available on an Ace reissue with bonus tracks – which are well worth it.

    Why hasn’t songwriting of this wit and quality ever done better?

  • priplyPriof
    Posted at 16:18h, 03 April 2009 Reply

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  • tengoku
    Posted at 14:28h, 30 April 2009 Reply

    Great Album!
    I hope Ray Charles’ “Doing His Thing” posted too, all tune composed by Jimmy.

  • Jay
    Posted at 17:36h, 01 July 2009 Reply

    Fantastic album. Thanks for sharing. I’m off to look for my own copy on vinyl!

  • Thomas
    Posted at 23:36h, 19 September 2009 Reply

    Thank you for this. Peace.

  • myr
    Posted at 23:59h, 06 May 2010 Reply

    I can’t download, there are some problems with the copy or the archive….
    thank’s to all the music!

  • myr
    Posted at 13:50h, 13 May 2010 Reply

    now yessssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank’s a lot!!!!!!
    All the best!

  • queencitybeatz
    Posted at 10:01h, 20 October 2010 Reply

    great album so soulful really appricate you guys selections of classic musik i really enjoy the site and your post

  • Martin
    Posted at 04:05h, 12 December 2010 Reply

    Insane album GREAT UPLOAD!!

  • Coops
    Posted at 23:52h, 15 April 2011 Reply

    Never been able to work out why this isn’t seen as one of the classic southern soul albums. The man’s a legend. Props for giving him props.

  • Erika
    Posted at 05:22h, 22 December 2012 Reply

    I love his honest lyrics. As well as being an excellent singer, he also has a sense of humor that comes across well on this album.

  • Soul Sam
    Posted at 20:53h, 28 January 2013 Reply

    Many thanks for making this great record available, my vinyl version is very ropey – worn out! – Brilliant work

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