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Jazz Singer to Pop Icon...."The Smooth One" all the way...,
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
This is a good cross-section anthology of one of the greatest singers of our time! Tracks 5-through-10 of the first disc were from the very first Lou Rawls album I ever heard (and played to "death" on my phono), which Capitol released as "Lou Rawls Live." This is the beginnings, the earthier Lou, the jazz singer and fantastic storyteller (Check out "The Street Corner Hustler's Blues" and "Tobacco Road"). He will absolutely CAPTIVATE you with his style of selling lyrics and telling stories set to music. The intensity of emotion in these tracks is much higher than the later stuff, too! For these tracks alone, the price of the album is CHEAP!
Then track the evolution into pop and Lou's subsequent commercial success, all the while still the smooth, debonaire crooner, but underneath it all, a blues singer at heart. This is great stuff. When Lou Rawls sings, all the musicians in the room are nodding and saying, "Yeah!" A definite addition to your "must-have" basic jazz collection. (Enough has already been said about the later music, in the Grammy Awards write-ups and all over the Pop-Music press...it's also very good in its genre).
Whether you knew Lou Rawls before "You'll Never Find..." or not, you owe it to yourself to listen to the early, young Mr. Rawls, too...you'll also be saying, "Yeah! "