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.
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