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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent Records UK
  • ASIN: B0000013C5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The core of this 20-song CD reissue is Lewis' 1974 album, Totally Involved; Ace has essentially more than doubled the length of that record by adding twelve unreleased tracks from the same era. Totally Involved was a pleasant, unremarkable record that seemed a bit more like a catalog of styles than an original vision. "It Ain't What's on the Woman" is a good Stax-styled slice of gospel-soul (with lengthy spoken parts); "Is That Any Way to Treat a Lady" hints at a Philly soul groove; "That Won't Stop Me From Loving You" has a smidgen of Norman Whitfield's early-'70s Temptations productions; and so forth. The unreleased bonus tracks are at least up to the standard of Totally Involved, and perhaps a tad better in their slightly earthier blends of pop and roots soul. He gets into some bluesy down-home soul on "I Intend to Take Your Place," and delivers a good statement of black pride, somewhat along the lines of a deep-soul Curtis Mayfield, on "Still Wanna Be Black." It's not necessarily an insult to point out Lewis' derivations. He's a competent singer and songwriter who projects a good-natured compassion, and if you specialize in early-'70s pop-soul, this isn't a bad thing to have. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margot Heintz on June 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In 1974, Jimmy Lewis, until then best known as songwriter to such stars as Ray Charles and Little Richard, released his Totally Involved LP. The album didn't sky-rocket to the top of the charts - why? You may ask yourself. Well, listening to Still Wanna Be Black - which features the complete Totally Involved LP plus 11 previously unreleased tracks - is not going to answer that question. Here is a sample of hot, steaming, southern Mississippi delta soul such as you may never have heard before. Check out for example the opener, Message to the Ladies, warning all the married women out there to stay attractive for their man. Sexist? I beg to differ! Lewis takes a firm stand against the good-looks preoccupation in It Ain't What's on the Woman, telling us how he got hooked up with one 'Plain Jane'. Further on, How Long is a Heartache Supposed to Last? fills your heart with sweet melancholy. Well, you may say, that's all very well, but what about those previously unreleased tracks, are they any good? I'm telling you: some of them are even better! That is, if like me you're into that greasy '60 soul sound. Some of the songs are in mono, but it doesn't make them any less pleasurable to listen to. I Intend to Take Your Place is one example where the lyrics are so bold and the music so sweet that you feel like saying to the imaginary friend Jimmy is talking to: "Be glad to have a friend like that, even if he does steal your girlfriend." The final track, Still Wanna be Black, is not a militant fighting anthem, but it is a powerful message to black and white alike that no-one is going to stop this man from being proud to be black. Well, if it really does take a black skin to have this much soul, then I wanna be black too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Jones on February 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Help me Understand You" is beautiful. There are other high points. Overall, this Jimmy Lewis collection has the skunky feel of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, good songs, good playing by the band. Take Bobby Womack down a notch, mix it with Oscar Brown Jr., and you have Jimmy Lewis. Oh, and add a sufficient dose of Ketamine, alcohol and valium.
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By J. Banks on November 20, 2013
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
Highly underrated... Many songs here to like, especially some that were eventually sung by others like Chuck Strong, ZZ Hill, and Peggy Scott-Adams. Jimmy Lewis fans, southern soul and blues fans, and fans of artists who Jimmy Lewis produced or worked will fine these early songs fun, entertaining, truthful, and overall takes you back to and early JW. Very pleased with purchase. There are a lot of songs. Give it time, more and more will become likable. Music is perfect to just play and let play from beginning to end.
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