Lou Rawls – 1966 Soulin’
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
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)
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”.
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.
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.