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The rock and roll hall of famer's newly recorded solo album, produced by Randy Jackson. Wynonna, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, and over 20 other sensational friends showed up to celebrate Sam Moore. Sam Moore's astonishing solo album that showcases his timeless talent and versatility. album that showcases his timeless talent and versatility. Bass player/record executive/talent judge Randy Jackson served as producer for Moore, long famous as the seminal voice of the duo bearing his name. Jackson created the current and contemporary sound as a backdrop, but Sam's voice and energetic presence are front and center, proving he truly is an overnight sensational star.

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The lead voice of Stax Records' powerhouse soul duo Sam and Dave returns to reclaim his legacy here with a collection of familiar r&b catalog choices framed by slick, decidedly contemporary productions. If the project's crowded supporting cast -- Springsteen, Clapton, Wynonna, Sting, Bon Jovi, Winwood, Paul Rodgers, Mariah Carey, Vince Gill and Billy Gibbons among the most notable -- sometimes makes Moore seem like a guest on his own album, their admittedly marketing-driven presence nonetheless helps showcase a seminal soul artist for an American Idol-smitten generation that seems to have taken him for granted (hardly a surprise that project producer Randy Jackson is best known as an AI judge). Yet Moore's gritty, expressive voice can't be denied on the best of it, whether on the simmering gospel fervor of the Wynonna/Bekka Bramlett/Bebe Winans-seasoned "I Can't Stand the Rain," the bluesy shuffle of "Better To Have and Not Need" with Springsteen joining in the chorus or a soulful "None of Us Are Free" featuring Sting. But, as Fantasia's turn on the unfortunate "Blame It On the Rain" argues, it's also an album whose tracks often frustratingly rise or fall in proportion to the contributions of its guests; less would definitely mean Moore here. --Jerry McCulley

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  1. I Can't Stand The RainSam Moore with Wynonna, BeBe Winans & Billy Preston 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Better To Have And Not NeedSam Moore with Bruce Springsteen 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Blame It On The RainSam Moore with Fantasia 3:25Album Only
  4. Lookin' For A LoveSam Moore with Jon Bon Jovi 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Ain't No LoveSam Moore with Steve Winwood 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. None Of Us Are FreeSam Moore with Sting & Sheila E. 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. It's Only Make BelieveSam Moore with Mariah Carey & Vince Gill 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Don't Play That SongSam Moore with Bekka Bramlett 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. If I Had No LootSam Moore with Van Hunt, Nikka Costa & Billy F. Gibbons 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Riding ThumbSam Moore with Travis Tritt & Robert Randolph 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. We Shall Be FreeSam Moore with Paul Rodgers 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. You Are So BeautifulSam Moore with Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Zucchero & Robert Randolph 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000FIMG86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By walter curtin on September 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Overnight Sensational" is only the second solo album in the career of Sam Moore, who sang indelible 1960's Memphis soul hits as half of Sam and Dave. (Dave Prater died in an auto accident in 1988.) There's a formula for albums like this, with big-name admirers surrounding an elder musician, but on "Overnight Sensation" the formula works.

At 70 Mr. Moore has held on to the gospel-charged exhortations and leaping phrases he used in songs like "Hold On, I'm Comin' " and "Soul Man." He attracted star guests and a well-connected producer, Randy Jackson; he also overshadows them.

"Overnight Sensational" picks up familiar oldies and newer songs, like Garth Brooks's "None of Us Are Free," that are suited to a straightforward soul treatment. Mr. Jackson didn't force Mr. Moore toward current R&B; the tracks hark back to 1960's and 1970's soul, with horn sections, churchy backup singers and Hammond organs (played by Steve Winwood and Billy Preston, among others). The big names let loose their heartiest growls and yowls -- Bruce Springsteen in "Better to Have and Not Need," Wynonna in "I Can't Stand the Rain," Fantasia in "Blame It on the Rain," Travis Tritt in "Ridin' Thumb" -- and Mariah Carey hovers high above "It's Only Make Believe."

But Mr. Moore's voice sounds more natural than any of their's. There has always been a resolute optimism in the way his voice rises to sustained, quivering, honey-cured high notes; now there's also a survivor's pride. JON PARELES
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ross M. Murray on August 30, 2006
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Man! I saw Sam at this year's Jazz Fest and when he said he had a new CD coming out, I knew it would be hot! This CD is what I expected plus more!

From the opening number "I Can't Stand the Rain" to the closer "You Are So Beautiful", this CD has all of your soul needs. When you hear Sam and Travis Tritt tear it up on "Riding Thumb", you can't help but to start moving. And when you hear his stirring tribute to Conway Twitty on "It's Only Make Believe" - featuring background vocals by Vince Gill and Mariah Carey - you can't help but be moved.

Don't let this gem pass you by. If you like Taylor Hicks, then you probably won't like this. This is REAL soul; plus Sam Moore can actually dance! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You'll be glad you did!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James M. Loveday on August 29, 2006
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What a voice! Where do you begin to talk about this recording? Sam is well into his 60's and this is only the second solo recording. It's been well worth the wait. With vocal guest stars ranging from Wynona to Sting, Fantasia, and Vince Gill, this is an incredible release. I fell in love with Sam's voice hearing him sing Conway Twitty's classic, "It's Only Make Believe". It's here with backing vocals by Mariah Carey and Vince Gill. I'd have purchased this for that song alone, but this release is full of treasure. Randy Jackson has done a remarkable production job with this. I'd call this the best CD I've bought in a long time! You will forget all about those "other" guys that recorded "Blame It On The Rain" after you hear Sam and Fantasia take this on. Grammy's, get ready because here comes a contender! Get this CD!!!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Hampton on August 29, 2006
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Sam can not only sing ...he can SANG! The strength of his voice is amazing! The collaborations and song selections are fantastic partnerships. Every track is outstanding. Be sure you have plenty of room when you hit play because you will not be able to stay in your seat!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bonds on September 2, 2006
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It's so great to see Sam Moore back in the spotlight again. He is such a highly underrated soul vocalist and it's a shame we haven't heard more from him.

The biggest question on everybody's mind when they buy a soul "comeback" record is whether or not the artist can still sing. Well, I can assure you there are no worries here. Like Al Green on 2002's I Can't Stop, Sam Moore sounds just as good as ever.

Although this is primarily a duets album, Sam isn't overpowerd by the guests at all. He outshines every one of them.

Opening with the soul perennial "I Can't Stand the Rain," Moore, along with Wynonna, Bekka Bramlett, Bebe Winans, and Billy Preston, get things off to a great start. The Ann Peebles original is hard to top, but like Tina Turner before him Moore does a fine job reinterpreting this classic.

Moore is reunited with Bruce Springsteen on "Better to Have and Not Need." I really liked Sam's background vocals on Springsteen's Human Touch album. (Even though the album wasn't one of Springsteen's finest) It's great to hear the two of them together again. Sam sounds stronger than Springsteen on this one.

A couple of other favorites are "Ain't No Love" with Steve Winwood and "If I Had No Loot" with Van Hunt, Nikka Costa, and Billy Gibbons on guitar. For those looking for a great younger R&B artist, I highly reccomend you check out Van Hunt's On the Jungle Floor. (Also produced by Randy Jackson) It's a very organic record full of great music.

One bittersweet duet is with Billy Preston on "You Are So Beautiful." It has to be one of Billy's last recordings. (If not the last) Al Green also recorded that song on his lastest record. (2005's incredible Everything's OK) I really like this version.
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