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Dear Y'all: The Songwriting Sessions Import

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This critically acclaimed release features early demos from the late Muscle Shoals session guitarist and hit maker Eddie Hinton, and it's wonderfully basic. But when the back-up musicians include David Hood, Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham and Jimmy Johnson, there can be few complaints -- especially with the raw voice of Eddie Hinton out front. Nearly every song on this album is a Hinton original and it's intriguing to hear how Every Natural Thing started out before Aretha Franklin recorded it, or how Cover Me and It's All Wrong But It's All Right was heard before becoming property of Percy Sledge. A remarkable release that brings validity to the sometimes despised 'white southern soul' tag.


...If Eddie Hinton isn't the greatest of blue-eyed-soul singers, (he) certainly is one of the most unheralded... -- Knight Ridder newspapers, 2005

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Build Your Own Fire
  2. Big Fat Woman
  3. Dangerous Highway
  4. Cover Me
  5. It's All Wrong But It's Alright
  6. Every Natural Thing
  7. We Got It (Alternative Version)
  8. I Still Wanna Be Your Man
  9. I'm Coming After You
  10. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  11. Dear Y'all
  12. Get Off In It (Alternative Version)
  13. Super Lover
  14. Hymn For Lonely Hearts
  15. Just Like Eating Candy
  16. Hapiness Is Just Around The Corner
  17. Things Got To Get A Little Bit Salty
  18. I'm On The Right Road Now
  19. Dreamer
  20. Bonus Track

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Zane
  • ASIN: B00004WHRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of Muscle Shoals unsung heros,exposed and naked, for the world to hear if they would only take the time to listen. Eddie Hinton represented everything sacred and holy to the Good Book of Southern R&B. A Native son of Alabama, Hinton was revered by all who were fortune enough to be touched by his musical magic. Hailed by music crtics and worshiped by the icons of the industry, Hinton never had the privilage of enjoying the success that evaded him throughout his lifetime. "Dear Ya'll" is a treasure of unreleased outtakes along with released material in the making. From the opening tracks of "Build Your Own Fire" with Eddie's count down intro (a one......two.....) you know immediatly your in the presence of a giant. "Dangerous Highway" would not be out of place on any Otis Redding offering while "Hymn for the Lonely Hearts" begs for a contemporary remake. The anthemic "Get off in it" is rendered in it's raw,beautiful naked beginings finally commited to vinyl on the CD "Very Extremely Dangerous" released by Capricorn records in 1978 but due to internal distribution problems sunk without a trace. If your one of those people who appreciate raw naked emotional musical landscapes, look no further then the offerings of Eddie Hinton. After all, it's about time the world woke up to one of it's musical masters in the art of "Soul" and to give Eddie the recognition that is long overdue. Thanks to Zane records in the U.K. for putting this gem out. Now if only the American record companies would take heed, follow the heart of what music is all about.
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By A Customer on June 15, 2001
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Eddie Hinton was one of the true originators of the Muscle Shoals Sound. His swampy, gurgling guitar work can be heard on the hits of the likes of Percy Sledge to the Staple Singers. His songwriting skills produced such gems as Cover Me and It's All Wrong, But It's Alright (Percy Sledge), Every Natural Thing (Aretha Franklin), and Things Got To Get A Little Bit Salty (Bobby Womac). All of those can be heard here as sung by the man himself. He was a great soul singer in his own right, with a raw, emotion-filled voice and a style much like Otis Redding's. Zane Records has compiled a wonderful collection of mid 70's - early 80's unissued studio recordings, demos, and even Eddie's first recording as a solo artist, a late 60's single called "Dreamer" that is a revelation! The CD comes with a 10 page booklet that includes rare photographs and insightful liner notes by Peter Thompson. A first class production from start to finish. Essential Southern Soul!
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By A Customer on May 13, 2003
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This is the best Eddie Hinton CD available, and its the best music you've never listened to. "Get off in it" -- Wow! In intensity, it rivals "River Deep Mountain High" . . .its just a phenomonal song. This "alternate" performance is, to my tastes, much better than the version that Capricorn released.
Hinton was an extraordinary talent. . .the "blackest white voice" you've heard, and a fascinating melting pot. . .some songs are definitely "southern country rock", some are "R and B" and others sit in between. His music is testimony to a color-blind vision-- he got his music where he found it.
I can't recommend this CD highly enough, nor offer enough thanks to the folks at Zane for rescuing these demo tapes. . .this is a gem, and in a world where so much crummy overproduced music fails to please, I guarantee that Eddie's modest demos will get you smiling.
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