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Howard TateAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B000001EDH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't Nobody Home
2. Part-Time Love
3. Glad I Knew Better
4. How Blue Can You Get
5. Stop
6. Get It While You Can
7. Baby, I Love You
8. I Learned It All The Hard Way
9. Sweet Love Child
10. Everyday I Have The Blues
11. How Come My Bulldog Don't Bark
12. Look At Granny Run Run
13. Half A Man
14. Shoot 'Em All Down
15. Give Me Some Courage
16. Night Owl
17. I'm Your Servant

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The greatest soul singer ever to fall below '60s pop radar, Howard Tate remains a tantalizing cipher remembered only through explosive cover versions of his late '60s singles by a blue-chip array of fans including Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Ry Cooder. Tate's original versions were even better: his ecstatic falsetto, sinuous tenor releases, and gruff asides placed him in a category of R&B vocal stylists as lofty as his stratospheric pompadour. But the Macon-born, Philadelphia-raised former doo-wopper eluded broader acclaim despite a string of powerful performances that just dented the charts. As produced by R&B stalwart Jerry Ragovoy, Tate's sessions mixed emotive standouts, including "Ain't Nobody Home," "Stop," "Get It While You Can," and "Look at Granny Run Run," with shrewd soul updates of electric blues classics like "How Blue Can You Get" and King's signature tune, "Everyday I Have the Blues." The singer's vein-popping performances are matched by rock-solid arrangements and production, well served in this overdue anthology. As for Tate, he disappeared into legend in the early '70s, making this mother lode of deathless soul all the more valuable. --Sam Sutherland

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is the goods. April 29, 2004
By Rob G.
Format:Audio CD
No less than Otis Redding declared this the bible of Southern Soul. Who are we to argue?
BTW, Hip-O Select is reissuing this. $20. On their website.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm & BLUES (emphasis on Blues) at its best May 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First of all, the new CD version, put out by Hip-O, can be purchased for a reasonable price. You also get some alternate versions of a few songs as a bonus. The cover is blue and maroon in stead of black and grey.

The CD itself is awesome. The general public may have never heard of Howard Tate, but those in the music business did. Songs from this album were covered by the creme de la creme of Blues and Blues-Rock: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ry Cooder, Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield, and B.B. King. In other words, the songs are in themselves great, but with Howard Tate's smooth and soaring vocals, there is a whole new dimension of soul in these songs that is missing from the more famous covers.

Buy this CD (but don't pay the $65+++ that people are charging for it). If you like blues, soul, R&B, or any of the artists named above, you won't be disappointed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a legitimate 5 star rating November 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The thing about this customer review thing is that usually the reviewer (customer) is extremely biased, one way or the other. I was first exposed to Howard Tate on the Rhino 'Beg,Scream & Shout' soul collection. When I heard 'Stop' for the first time, I did. I stopped everything and listened. It blew me away. I immediately checked to see if their was anything available by this guy, not really expecting to find anything. I found this, and let me tell you, if any album deserves 5 stars, it's this one. The songs, the musicianship, the production, and most of all, the singing will all take your breath away. I love Stax, I love Otis, but Otis never had the pipes, or songwriting or production values that is contained within these bitstreams. And that is the truth. Of course, who is going to read this? But if you somehow stumble across this review and even like soul a little bit, buy this, it will convert you into a soul fanatic. It's that good. From the first song to the last. No kidding.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The holy grail of soul November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Anybody looking to dicover the rich inner core of 60's Soul need look no further than Howard Tate. He's not just amazing, he's vocally astounding at the same level that Sam Cooke was astounding as a young gospel singer with The Soul Stirrers and he rules the same emotional ground that vocalists like O.V. Wright, Aretha, and Wilson Pickett have commanded so effectively. The legendary sidemen on these tracks and the impeccable, writing, arrangements, and performances contained here arguably represent the pinnacle of 60's Soul. Like bluesman Robert Johnson, Howard Tate put out a small body of work of monumental quality known and recognized by a small and fiercely loyal cult following and then mysteriously vanished, commercial success having evaded him throughout his career. If there's any justice in Pop Music, he will eventually be recognized and elevated to the ranks of the premier Soul and R&B artists of his era. He easily equals and often surpasses them all. Just buy it. You won't be sorry.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get It While You Can!!! November 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One star. Not for Howard Tate, who is a terrific singer. But for the dismal production quality of this CD, which sounds like it was recorded in a hollow drum and comes with cheapo two page liner notes with some of the songs out of order. All of which makes it so surprising that Get It While You Can, which has only been out of print six years, is listed here for around $140. PLEEEEZEEE! Sounds like someone really is trying to get it while they can--from your wallet. You deserve better. So best to wait until this great session is rereleased with all the care it is due. Which should be soon because Howard Tate has been rediscovered, right? For the time being, why not console yourself with some of Mr. Tate's early 70's recordings or check out some other great criminally overlooked soul singers from the 60's? Like Don Covay (Mercy Mercy on Razor & Tie - now out of print, too! But listing used on Amazon for $40. Get it while you can! Mick Jagger got his copy... forty years ago), James Carr (Complete Goldwax Singles), Ruby Johnson (I'll Run Your Hurt Away - Simply Amazing! Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1966...Ain't Nobody Home! [5+++*'s] March 24, 2007
By Raven
Format:Audio CD
All you need to know is "Ain't Nobody Home" is one of the all-time SOUL Records of the 1960's! This alone is worth the price of this "now" CD.

Growing up in the 50's & 60's, there was so much to be influenced by musically. In the Soul category, if nothing else by Howard Tate was noteworthy, "Ain't Nobody Home" was the epitome of what the greatest Soul Sounds were all about. And if you listened to Soul Radio, 1966 was arguably its best year in the 60's! Some may argue 1967 was better but some of '67's best tunes hit the airwaves in late '66.

Altogether, you had, "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis, "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" by Freddie Scott, "I'm Walking Out On You" by Reuben Wright, "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The 4 Tops, "Wait A Minute" by Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons, and "Ain't Nobody Home" by Howard Tate. Yeah, it didn't stop there, there were hundreds of thousands tunes in that mighty year, but these were 'some of' my favorites Soul tunes that year. Yeah, 1967 was the year Otis and Freddie made the aforementioned hits popular, but it was late in 1966 when those songs hit the airwaves on Soul Radio. Of course, this is by no means intended to disrespect the very early '60's. I absolutely admired everything Soul-wise leading up to 1966.

"Look At Granny Run" is great [B+], his follow-up hit, but all you really, really need here is "Ain't Nobody Home" [A+++]! If you have to pay $100, it's worth it!

BTW, I got this CD back in the early 90's on Mercury, I wanted a cleaner version of "Ain't Nobody Home" that badly! I would've paid whatever the price tag.

I also still have the original 45rpm on Verve Records from 1966; scratches and all. ;)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Do get it while and if you can
How this could get less than five stars is astonishing. There are few indisputable five star CDs out there. Every tune a classic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by William Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best.
Howard Tate. Truly the best. Could go on for pages about how good this collection is. Just buy it and listen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris Potter
1.0 out of 5 stars When one of the best become the worst
A freind of mine bought this on Verve original vinyl in a used record-store in sweden . I was stunned , i mean this record was the most beatiful and powerful soul-record i have... Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest unheralded soul record ever!
No collection of 60's R&B is complete without owning these magnificent tracks by Howard Tate. Janis Joplin had the good sense to record and hit it with the title track "Get it... Read more
Published on August 17, 2008 by David A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the REAL DEAL! Buy it.
Let me begin by admitting that I am not a big soul music fan. Generally, I am happier with Szell conducting Mozart or Dave Goulder singing about following along as his dad plowed... Read more
Published on March 29, 2006 by Mitchell Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost music fan In NYC
Just to set the record straight. I produced this re-issue back in 1991 and can attest to the fact that the original mix-down master tapes were used and the unreleased tracks mixed... Read more
Published on March 17, 2004 by "jrap"
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC
The music fan's one star comments made me say some thing about this . His interview in the recent Rolling Stone mag was amazing. Read more
Published on January 22, 2004 by Steve Charlemagne
5.0 out of 5 stars Super good.
I came across Emilio Castillo's (Tower of Power) top 10 favorite albums and this one was #1 on his list. I went out and got it post haste and was floored. Read more
Published on September 15, 2003 by outsider01
5.0 out of 5 stars Just saw him live!!!
I just had the privilege of seeing Howard Tate on Saturday, February 22, 2003, at the House of Blues, in Cambridge, Ma. Read more
Published on February 26, 2003 by Jaybee
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