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on October 14, 2009
For a season, Peabo Bryson was (and for many like myself,) still IS the Soulman Supreme. Next to Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, there aren't anymore in his class unless of course you count Jeffrey Osbourne, Frankie Beverly and more recently, Kenny Lattimore or Brian McKnight. This special 2-disc, 30-track set fully covers some of his earliest works as well as the best of his Capitol Records years from 1977 to 1982 and treats longtime fans to a bit of his Columbia hit sides with a return to Capitol in 1989 with "Show and Tell," which incidentally was his first #1 and only R&B charting hit to date.
Peabo has that "classic love" voice; His phrasing as well as his vibratto are impeccable. With Bryson, there are no vocal gymnastics. If you are a woman, you can't help but feel loved by him and if you're a man, you feel hopeful for and ABOUT love.
It's about time Capitol has released an official, complete and important body of work which honors some his best recordings. Included here are key selections from ALL of his Capitol albums, "Reaching for the Sky," "Crosswinds," "Paradise," "Turn the Hands of Time," "I Am Love" and "Don't Play with Fire." Also included here are "hit" duets with, at THAT time, labelmate, Natalie Cole, from their magnificent, "We're the Best of Friends" album (1979) as well as key cuts from a second SMASH Capitol duets album, "Born to Love," which featured vocals from Roberta Flack (1983.) All tracks are showcased here in full, glorious remastered sound!
The only let down is that a couple of his biggest Pop duets have been left off which include, "A Whole New World" with Regina Belle and "Beauty and the Beast" with Celine Dion, both from box office smash movies.
If you are a fan of big, robust male vocals that are romantic as much as they are souful, this is the place to BE and Bryson DOES NOT disappoint.