Lou Rawls – 1966 Soulin’

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Lou Raws – 1966 – Soulin’

One of the best albums that Lou cut with the HB Barnum/David Axelrod team! The record’s not as funky, so much as it’s a wonderfully conceived batch of tunes that has Lou singing in that super-hip pop soul mode that blasted him onto the charts back in the old days. Side two features a killer batch of songs and monologues that run together – including “Old Man’s Memories”, about a guy sitting on a bench in Washington Park on the south side of Chicago, which then rolls into an amazing version of “It Was A Very Good Year”. Other tunes have a great mix of soul and jazz.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Capitol LP including covers

Tracks
A1 A Whole Lotta Woman (2:37)
A2 Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (2:15)
A3 So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry (3:16)
A4 You’re The One (2:35)
A5 Don’t Explain (3:01)
A6 What Now My Love (3:56)
B1 Memory Lane (2:16)
B2 Old Man’s Memories (Monologue) (2:18)
B3 It Was A Very Good Year (2:51)
B4 Growing Old Gracefully (Monologue) (0:18)
B5 Old Folks (2:16)
B6 Autumn Leaves (2:37)
B7 On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (2:36)
B8 Breaking My Back (Instead Of Using My Mind) (2:23)

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Review by Beverly Praiswater

My introduction to the voice of Lou Rawls was this very fine work. I was only in high school at the time, but my friend and I played this one over and over.

From the opening number “Whole Lotta Woman” you know that you are in for a swingin’ time. The ballad “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing” and “Breakin’ My Back” were played on top 40 radio. (And with good reason.) “You’re The One” is a wild, soulful number. Lou’s “Don’t Explain” is one of the sassiest versions ever done! There is a little story as Lou sings “Memory Lane” and continues with a monologue followed by “It Was A Very Good Year“. Lou is very loose as he gives this song new definition and life. No one has ever sung “On A Clear Day” like this before or since. Instead of a ballad, Lou sings this song uptempo, but with conviction.

All of the songs on this LP were recorded flawlessly. The musicians on this work were very gifted as well as inspired. I only wish that they had been acknowledged in the liner notes as they deserved to be. They perfectly complete one of the best all-time greatest collection of songs.

If you are a Lou Rawls fan, this is a must for your collection. But if you love an excellent male “uptempo” jazz singer, this is a must for your collection as well. Get it before it is forever gone. You will want to play it over and over again “to satisfy your soul”.

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Bonus

Lou Raws – 1976 – All Things In Time

The merging of Philly International & the strong vocal Pipes of Lou Rawls were gold to my ears. Lou Rawls was a Great fit to Gamble & Huff’s Creative vision along with the other in house Philly songwriters & producers. So many tight jams that still sound so smooth. A great collection. You always know Lou’s voice anywhere.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the orignal LP including covers.

Tracks
A1 You’re The One (5:20)
A2 You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (4:28)
A3 Time (2:55)
A4 Groovy People (3:20)
A5 Need You Forever (4:38)
B1 From Now On (4:57)
B2 Pure Imagination (3:43)
B3 This Song Will Last Forever (5:08)
B4 Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again (4:02)

Shortly before Rawls signed with Philadelphia International, his career had stalled. After a mostly successful stint with Capitol Records, he later signed with MGM and had a big hit with “Natural Man” in 1971. But the hits didn’t keep coming and his 1975 Bell album, She’s Gone, barely made a dent. His 1976 signing with Philadelphia International recharged his career and he immediately became one of the label’s most successful acts. All Things in Time is his label debut. Rawls was one of the few acts on the label who could do great work with a variety of the producers and arrangers. The biggest track here was the bravado-filled “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine“.

With its subtle Latin rhythms and Rawls’ tongue-in-cheek intonations, the songs’ inherent nastiness was missed by legions of dancers. “Time” written by Jack Faith and Allan Felder has Rawls doing a pitch-perfect vocal that makes the song sound like a standard. On this album, Rawls also got a chance to do work with the quixotic Bunny Sigler. Both “Need You Forever” and “Frow Now On” have Sigler accentuating Rawls’ rougher edges. Unfortunately, all of the tracks aren’t great here. Despite Dexter Wansel’s imaginative arrangement, “Pure Imagination” could not be saved. All Things in Time does end on a great note. On “Let’s Fall in Love All Over Again“, a song previously done by Billy Paul and Nancy Wilson, Rawls’ take is arguably the best version. All Things in Time is not only one of Rawls’ best albums, it’s also one of the finest from Philadelphia International.

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35 Comments
  • Lafayette
    Posted at 00:29h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    Great choice for a post, Nikos! Lou doesn’t get the credit he deserves…especially not for his earlier albums! 1966 was a great year – in music and otherwise! 😀
    /Laf

  • madubbl
    Posted at 05:24h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    great EXCLUSIVE

  • madubbl
    Posted at 05:24h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    the links dont work on the lou rawls though

  • Victoria
    Posted at 11:09h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    Lou blessed my life with his wonder voice and wonderful music….and his beautiful spirit.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 11:15h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    Hi,
    “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” (written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, proved to be Rawls’ breakthrough hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. It was the only Rawls record to reach Billboard’s pop top ten. It was the first big hit for Philadelphia International to feature the reformulated MFSB, after many of the original members left Gamble and Huff for better opportunities. The song started Rawls’ live shows from 1977 on. The single went on to sell over a million copies and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

    “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” has been covered by singers Michael Bublé, Laura Pausini reggae legend John Holt and most recently the Dub Pistols (who use a sample of John Holt’s version) on their Speakers And Tweeters album. This song was also featured on The Proud Family Soundtrack.

    Also, it can be heard in the 2nd trailer of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

    Definitely a classic!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 16:33h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    Great post. Thanks so much.

  • rich
    Posted at 21:46h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    thank u for these wonderful lou albums

  • Christiano
    Posted at 09:02h, 01 October 2009 Reply

    Ooooohhhhh I Loved This Song
    Good Post, I enjoyed hearing the albums again
    Thanks!

  • Alex
    Posted at 09:15h, 01 October 2009 Reply

    That unmistakable, wonderful, unique voice.

  • Paul
    Posted at 00:51h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Brilliant! Lou is great!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:06h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    what a voice….hanks for the voyage…jean paris

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:40h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Lou Rawls lives on in my heart! A giant in my mind and soul!!!

  • Eliah
    Posted at 10:40h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Just love Lou Rawls, his voice is enough to make me melt! Great post thanks

  • Richard
    Posted at 13:24h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    Top singer, brill

  • Venus
    Posted at 20:54h, 02 October 2009 Reply

    This is one of the best songs ever … I love this. Reminds me of the best years of my life.

  • Max in Oz
    Posted at 02:31h, 03 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for all the music. It’s been an education. I’ll send you a donation to spend on some more vinyl

  • hooch
    Posted at 10:56h, 03 October 2009 Reply

    many thanks as always!

  • Alexis
    Posted at 11:20h, 03 October 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing all that golden music!

  • ahwiththeheat
    Posted at 19:02h, 03 October 2009 Reply

    that was hoottt

  • alphabet
    Posted at 22:01h, 03 October 2009 Reply

    Great share!!! Thanks

  • jose
    Posted at 00:40h, 04 October 2009 Reply

    Lou Rawls, best male voice ever!!

  • Mike
    Posted at 00:42h, 04 October 2009 Reply

    Great album, great share. Thks

  • Mary
    Posted at 18:58h, 04 October 2009 Reply

    i totally love his deeeeeep voice and this is my all time favourite song.i love the lyrics and the starting music,,,,,,,

  • Kuo
    Posted at 00:04h, 05 October 2009 Reply

    dunno what to say. pure soul and magic … thanks again

  • Elton
    Posted at 10:04h, 05 October 2009 Reply

    Keep up the good music!

  • Synaptix
    Posted at 23:05h, 05 October 2009 Reply

    So awesome man, thanks so much for posting!

  • soulmanray
    Posted at 21:48h, 06 October 2009 Reply

    Great album thanks

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 22:26h, 10 October 2009 Reply

    Wow,thanks.Lou Rawls is one of my all time favs.Thanx a million for this couple of gems.

  • W
    Posted at 01:26h, 11 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks. W.

  • Alex
    Posted at 15:26h, 11 October 2009 Reply

    Great albums, many thanks nikos!!!

  • Radek
    Posted at 18:31h, 22 October 2009 Reply

    Thanks a lot for the 1966 album. Lou’s late 60s albums are very much underrated, in my view, and they are very difficult to track down. This one was one of the last ones I have been missing.

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 19:40h, 18 November 2009 Reply

    Thanks ,i was looking for Soulin’ ,you made my day

  • Troods
    Posted at 05:43h, 08 December 2009 Reply

    Have you really reunited me with my lost Lou Rawls albums?! His voice, deep, creamy, roaring and gentle is this woman’s cup of tea! Thank you so much for all you do. I’m excited to listen. Hope I can get to bed early.

  • El Slick
    Posted at 05:28h, 09 January 2010 Reply

    Glad to see this available. Thanks.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 22:04h, 15 March 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing all that great music!!

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