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AARON NEVILLE - MY TRUE STORY

"These songs helped to mold me into who I am," says Aaron Neville. "They're all dear to my heart, and they rode with me, in my bones, through all these years."

With MY TRUE STORY, one of the world's finest singers is revisiting the music he grew up with, and adding a few new spins along the way. Neville's first release ... Read more in Amazon's Aaron Neville Store

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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00003XACM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tell Like It Like It
2. Over You
3. The Bells
4. Don't Take Away My Heaven
5. Warm Your Heart
6. You Never Can Tell
7. Close Your Eyes
8. The Grand Tour
9. Louisiana 1927
10. Everybody Plays The Fool
11. Don't Go, Please Stay
12. Angola Bound
13. A Change Is Gonna Come
14. Betcha By Golly, Wow
15. Stardust
16. Use Me
17. To Make Me Who I Am
18. Don't Know Much

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Is it possible that there's never been a comprehensive Aaron Neville collection? Yup-so A&M filled that void with this 18-track anthology, including the big hits Tell It Like It Is; Don't Know Much (with Linda Ronstadt); Everybody Plays the Fool , and Over You plus Stardust (with Rob Wasserman); A Change Is Gonna Come (Neville Brothers); Angola Bound; Use Me; The Bells , and more!

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Possessor of one of contemporary music's most instantly recognizable voices, Aaron Neville has a recording career that spans nearly 40 years. While he started out as a bona fide purveyor of New Orleans-flavored R&B in the '60s, Neville has added his distinctive styling to pop fare in more recent years. Miraculously, even though he's recorded a diverse range of material--from Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" to a cover of the Originals' classic "The Bells"--Neville has lost none of his innate soulfulness. At last, there's a complete compilation that is a glorious testament to his skills as a vocal master. Thankfully, the original version of "Tell It Like It Is," Neville's 1967 R&B standard, is included here alongside his very first charted hit, 1960's "Over You." Neville's smash duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much" (1989), is naturally a standout, but equally impressive are tracks culled from the vocal stylist's four non-Christmas albums for A&M: "Don't Take Away My Heaven," a Louisiana workout of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell"; the infectious "Angola Bound"; a beautiful reading of the Stylistics' "Betcha By Golly Wow"; and, as a bonus, a brilliant reading of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," recorded with his brothers for the 1989 "Yellow Moon." An essential collection and a reminder of Neville's undeniable artistry. --David Nathan

Customer Reviews

This cd is a keeper.
JOJO
When I heard the whole CD, he went from "never heard of him" to "all time favorite" instantly.
R. M. Rutter
The instrumental is great but his voice becomes the instrument.
Bernadette A. Moyer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By T. C Lane on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD covers Neville's A&M solo albums and throws in 3 ringers: His hit duet with Linda Ronstadt ("Don't Know Much") and 2 classic solo sides from the 60's (both of which sound great and are the original cuts). There's also a fine cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" from the Neville Brother's album Yellow Moon, and a selection from Rob Wasserman's Duets album. What's missing are the records Aaron made after "Tell It Like It Is" from the late 60's and mid 70's. For that I strongly recommend Rounder Records superb "My Greatest Gift" - The Classic Aaron Neville. As an overview of his A&M years this is good, indeed. Tracks like his covers of "The Grand Tour" and "Lousiana 1927" show his taste in great songs. And ballads like "Betcha By Golly Wow" and "Warm Your Heart" are carried along by his incredible voice. Good liner notes and excellent sound. If you're just getting in to Aaron Neville's solo career this is the best collection out there.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernadette A. Moyer on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Rich in God blessed talent! During the holidays I caught a Christmas special where Aaron Neville captivated me. The song was sweet and sexy about a kiss, I watched him and was like WOW! Just purchased "The Very Best of Aaron Neville" album for a long car ride. What great classic songs done by the voice of an angel. The instrumental is great but his voice becomes the instrument. Such a gift! I loved the classics but truthfully song 17, "TO MAKE ME WHO I AM", moved me to tears. It is insightful, honest and heartwrentching. As a book publisher and author, I am curious if they debated over this one meaning the exposing of this artist? When we live in a society that only wishes to show the commercially bought into package, Neville risks/reveals himself and hits a cord in the humanity of us all. I share this song with those I care deeply for, and then switch gears and dance to the classic "YOU NEVER CAN TELL". It is absolutely beautiful!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Rutter on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't familiar with Aaron Neville's music until I heard him sing "Louisiana 1927" on TV after hurricane Katrina and during the flooding. That song truly touched my heart. I had to have it. I found it on Amazon and liked the other song samples too, so I purchased it. When I heard the whole CD, he went from "never heard of him" to "all time favorite" instantly. His wonderful, unmistakable voice is addicting. I love all the songs on the CD, but I'm partial to "Don't Take Away My Heaven", "Warm Your Heart", "Louisiana 1927", and "To Make Me Who I Am", as well as the livelier "Over You" "Angola Bound" and "Use Me".The last song is the very beautiful "Don't Know Much" which he sings with Linda Ronstadt; it's a captivating blend of their two very distinctive voices.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Aaron Neville, of New Orleans, he of the extraordinary, angelic voice, and the equally extraordinary five decade long career, is still making heavenly sounds today. His first big hit (and still his biggest), 1966's "Tell It Like It Is," reached Number 2 on the national charts. The strain of trying to distribute it bankrupted his tiny Louisiana label, Par Lo. He received his first Grammies, the recording industry's highest honor, for his 1989 duets with Linda Ronstadt. He's gotten 16 Grammy nominations since. He reacted to Hurricane Katrina's recent massive, tragic destruction of his home town by revving up his career again, giving numerous, world-wide benefit concerts.

Neville, of mixed black and American Indian heritage, was influenced by the Cajun music native to Louisiana. He also credits his famous vibrato to Gene Autry's yodeling; then cites several 1950's doowop groups, and various gospel groups for helping to form his sound. He was blessed, for sure, with his ethereal voice; also with three talented brothers, known as the Neville Brothers. And then with various talented nieces, nephews, and sons, all raring to go. I was once lucky enough to see him perform live, with the family, in New York's Central Park. The Brothers' earthy, funky sound works to bring his voice down from the churchy ether to the world where we mere mortals can catch our breath.

"The Very Best of Aaron Neville" mostly delivers on its promises, the sound is good, and it's a substantial introduction to, or summary of, the singer's work. On it, you'll find his first hit, "Over You." Diane Warren's melancholy yet jaunty "Don't Take Away My Heaven.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Traci on September 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my first Aaron Neville CD and it does not disappoint at all--a lovely instrument he has with his voice--an American original. I saw him live at The Birchmere theatre in Northern Virginia not too long ago and his voice was almost drowned out by his accompyment, however, you hear his wonderful voice so clearly on the CD--I highly recommend it to fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kadonna on August 5, 2001
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i would rather listen to Aaron Neville and Carlos Santana than anyone,well Elvis had a great set of pipes also...But now Aaron is my top pick for gospel music also.He is real and all he has to move are his vocal chord's to get my attention.It's that "quiver"thing he does and his high pitched notes that amaze me...I'd love to hear him and Elvis singing gospel together or Aaron singing with Santana playing! But that is a personal dream that won't happen, unless I do some mixin',myself!
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