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Soulin'

Lou RawlsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0001CNPQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Whole Lotta Woman
2. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
3. So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry
4. You're The One
5. Don't Explain
6. What Now My Love
7. Memory Lane
8. Old Man's Memories (Monologue)
9. It Was A Very Good Year
10. Growing Old Gracefully (Monologue)
11. Old Folks
12. Autumn Leaves
13. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
14. Breaking My Back (Instead Of Using My Mind)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digital debut March 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
You can't imagine how many years I've been looking for this album to come out on disc. Let's put it this way, the lp came out in 1967! Capitol has released this as part of their vintage vinyl series. Anyway this is classic Lou Rawls at his best. There are some bluesy numbers like "So Hard To Laugh, So Easy To Cry" where the deep voice timbre of Lou Rawls is full of vitality and vigor aand so unmistakeably Lou Rawls. Likewise "Don't Explain" features Rawls wailing and swinging in his unique style. There are also more well known songs, like the often recorded in the sixties,"What Now My Love," with a nice big band ensemble sound full of individual jazzy solos. You also get one of his signature songs, "Love is a Hurtin' Thing." Let's cut through the chase. The real gems on this disc are tracks 7-11 which were part of side two on the original lp. Beginning with "Memory Lane' and culminating with "Old Folks" Lou Rawls demonstrates his ability to tell a story through song. He weaves these five songs together in a audio montage, part monologue, part life lessons, it is a jazzy blues rendition that is a thing of sheer beauty. He progresses through the songs, telling a tale of an old man and a young man that will make you shiver with emotion. The old man shares his knowledge and experiences and gives advice to the youngster without preaching for a magnificent story about life. The dialogue between the old man and young boy transitions into the song made famous by Frank Sinatra, "It Was A Very Good Year." The famous lyrics fit into the story so beautifully you'd think it was all one song. Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Richness of Lou Rawls April 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 CD 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like others, I've been waiting for Lou Rawls' "SOULIN': to come out on CD. I remember first hearing it in 1972, and it is just as powerful now as it was then. Critics say that of all the popular types of music there is, good jazz never goes out of style. Whereas different types of Rock music seem to be dated after a year or two.

The second half of "Soulin'" by Lou Rawls, with the monologues that link the songs, ranks up there with all the great jazz albums/CDs. While the first half isn't bad at all, the second with "Memory Lane," "It was a Very Good Year," "Old Folks" and "Autumn Leaves" is EXCELLENT.
If you like jazz from one of the best, this CD is the one for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulin'- Lou Rawls April 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day, I had a copy of Lou's "Soulin' "on vinyl and played it so much that it was just worn out. I was never more elated when I found it on CD. The choice of his material is excellent: Billie's "Don't Explain"-"Autumn Leaves"- So Hard to Laugh, So Easy to Cry" are show stoppers. Needless to say, the monologue sets the scene for "It Was a Very Good Year." Lou was one of the first rappers with those urban down home, street monologues. This CD is truly a gem, and if you love Lou, you will love having this one as an additon to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulin' Lou Rawls! November 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Here's another great classic Capitol Records album that was originally released in both mono and stereo. Also,the original LP pressings bore a black label with a rainbow perimeter. Stereo copies bore the words "new improved full dimensional stereo" atop the front cover(mono copies were "brought up",to eliminate the aforementioned quote). I wonder if the cover photo setting was re-used for Tony Sandler's & Ralph Young's SIDE BY SIDE album? The setting for that album and this one was solid red. Lou Rawls' Capitol labelmates included Sandler & Young,The Beatles,The Beach Boys,Nancy Wilson,The Lettermen,Glen Campbell and Peter(Asher) & Gordon(Waller). This album,released in or around 1966,marks Rawls' debut,spawning hits like LOVE IS A HURTIN' THING and IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR. I also like DON'T EXPLAIN,WHAT NOW MY LOVE? and AUTUMN LEAVES. Rawls' string of hits continued into the 1970's,which includes 1978's LADY LOVE. Capitol's original catalog number was ST 2566(stereo) and for mono,T 2566. Great album!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A singer who could make any genre or any song his own.
When Lou Rawls got signed to Capitol Records in 1962, he was marketed and promoted as a Blues and Jazz singer. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Justo Roteta
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Rawls ~ Soulin' ~ 1966 (stereo)
This is the original 1966 stereo recording which contains Lou Rawls second charted single and it's b/side. Read more
Published 12 months ago by majormusiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
Glad to find this album on CD, I have the waxs and love-it Woould recomend to all my friends. Class A
Published 12 months ago by Steve Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I never knew a lot of Lou Rawls but always secretly liked "You'll Never Find," that silky tropical soul you heard on oldies radio in the 1980s. Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou At His Best
This cd is a remake of his classic album Soulin'. It includes the tune that put him on the mainstream map, "Love Is A hurtin' Thing". Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by Kachil
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Hits his stride
The great Lou Rawls hit his stride in this LP and never looked back. If you can hear and like music, you gotta love this album!
Published on July 28, 2008 by Raymond H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Swings in a Soulful Way!
This is one of my favorite Low Rawls albums from the period when he was at his best. This album includes some of the tracks that typically appear on the various "best of"... Read more
Published on February 1, 2008 by J. C. Lunger
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulin' is Smokin'!
Congratulations- if you are reading this you have found one of the greatest jazz and blues recordings of all time. Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by J. Thorson
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT! HOT! HOT!
Oh wow!!!! I bought this album in high school in 1967. I am ecstatic it is on CD. The neighbors were glad when we moved, because I played this one LOUD. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by fabric freak
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