Get It While You Can: Legendary Sessions
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Audio CD, June 20, 1995
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BTW, Hip-O Select is reissuing this. $20. On their website.
The CD itself is awesome. The general public may have never heard of Howard Tate, but those in the music business did. Songs from this album were covered by the creme de la creme of Blues and Blues-Rock: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ry Cooder, Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield, and B.B. King. In other words, the songs are in themselves great, but with Howard Tate's smooth and soaring vocals, there is a whole new dimension of soul in these songs that is missing from the more famous covers.
Buy this CD (but don't pay the $65+++ that people are charging for it). If you like blues, soul, R&B, or any of the artists named above, you won't be disappointed.
Growing up in the 50's & 60's, there was so much to be influenced by musically. In the Soul category, if nothing else by Howard Tate was noteworthy, "Ain't Nobody Home" was the epitome of what the greatest Soul Sounds were all about. And if you listened to Soul Radio, 1966 was arguably its best year in the 60's! Some may argue 1967 was better but some of '67's best tunes hit the airwaves in late '66.
Altogether, you had, "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis, "Are You Lonely For Me Baby" by Freddie Scott, "I'm Walking Out On You" by Reuben Wright, "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The 4 Tops, "Wait A Minute" by Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons, and "Ain't Nobody Home" by Howard Tate. Yeah, it didn't stop there, there were hundreds of thousands tunes in that mighty year, but these were 'some of' my favorites Soul tunes that year. Yeah, 1967 was the year Otis and Freddie made the aforementioned hits popular, but it was late in 1966 when those songs hit the airwaves on Soul Radio. Of course, this is by no means intended to disrespect the very early '60's. I absolutely admired everything Soul-wise leading up to 1966.
"Look At Granny Run" is great [B+], his follow-up hit, but all you really, really need here is "Ain't Nobody Home" [A+++]! If you have to pay $100, it's worth it!
BTW, I got this CD back in the early 90's on Mercury, I wanted a cleaner version of "Ain't Nobody Home" that badly! I would've paid whatever the price tag.
I also still have the original 45rpm on Verve Records from 1966; scratches and all. ;)
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Commercially, the Philadelphia-raised Tate was never a contender. Even in the African American community, that kind of success was elusive to him. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dave Fever Tree Sigmon
How this could get less than five stars is astonishing. There are few indisputable five star CDs out there. Every tune a classic. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by William Jones
Howard Tate. Truly the best. Could go on for pages about how good this collection is. Just buy it and listen. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Christopher Potter
A freind of mine bought this on Verve original vinyl in a used record-store in sweden . I was stunned , i mean this record was the most beatiful and powerful soul-record i have... Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Frank
No collection of 60's R&B is complete without owning these magnificent tracks by Howard Tate. Janis Joplin had the good sense to record and hit it with the title track "Get it... Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by David A. Brown
Let me begin by admitting that I am not a big soul music fan. Generally, I am happier with Szell conducting Mozart or Dave Goulder singing about following along as his dad plowed... Read morePublished on March 29, 2006 by Mitchell Lee
Just to set the record straight. I produced this re-issue back in 1991 and can attest to the fact that the original mix-down master tapes were used and the unreleased tracks mixed... Read morePublished on March 17, 2004
The music fan's one star comments made me say some thing about this . His interview in the recent Rolling Stone mag was amazing. Read morePublished on January 22, 2004 by Steve Charlemagne