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Stax STS-3014: Taylored In Silk by Johnnie Taylor

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax Records
  • ASIN: B003MY0DJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Concord Music Group, Inc 0888072328754 is part of the 2011/2012 "Stax Remasters" Series and breaks down as follows (55:58 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Taylored In Silk" - released June 1973 in the USA on Stax Records STS-3014 and July 1975 in the UK on Stax Records STX 1012

Tracks 9 and 10 are "Hijackin' Love" and "Love In The Streets (Ain't Good As The Love At Home)" - the A&B-sides of a USA 45 on Stax STA-0096 (released August 1971)
Tracks 11 and 12 are "Standing In For Jody" and "Shackin' Up" - the A&B-sides of a USA 45 on Stax STA-0114 (released January 1972)
Tracks 13 and 14 are "Doing My Own Thing (Part 1)" and "(Part 2)" - the A&B-sides of a USA 45 on Stax STA-0122 (released April 1972)

The new 12-page booklet has very knowledgeable and affectionate liner notes by BILL DAHL who did the exceptional liner notes on Bear Family's 1961-1970 "Sweet Soul Music" CDs (10 volumes) and their 1945-1960 "Blowing The Fuse" series on R'n'B music (16 volumes). I've reviewed nearly all of them. You also get the original artwork on the front and rear of the booklet, musician and session details etc. But it's a shame the booklet doesn't go any further. There's no new photos, no memorabilia - and it makes the inlay feel workmanlike at best - even a little dull - when it should have spread its wings a little. But the big news is the SOUND...

I've reviewed the other titles in this new "Stax Remasters" series (see list below) and duly raved about the fabulous sound quality on all - especially after years of lacklustre reissues in jewel cases and repro digipaks. Well this is the same.
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I HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR THIS NOW! AFTER LISTENING TO THIS CD!THE SONG "WE GETTING CARELESS WITH OUR LOVE" IS STRAIGHT UP DOPE! I LOVE THIS GENT'S BLUESY STYLE,I HAVE BROUGHT HIS GREATEST HITS AND A FEW OTHER CD'S OF MR.TAYLOR'S.BUT THIS CD IS VERY GOOD..........SOUTHERN SOUL AT IT'S FINEST.
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Vocalist Johnnie Taylor wore a number of musical hats, starting with roots in gospel, striking a soulful resonance with Stax, and finding his largest chart success with 1976's "Disco Lady." Taylor brought his roots with him to Stax, and his first few releases were see-saw affairs that vacillated between blues and Southern soul. His rise as a bona fide soul and R&B star began with the arrival of new staff producer Don Davis, who helmed 1968's chart-topping "Who's Making Love." Taylor and Davis continued to fine-tune the balance of blues grit and soul emotion, hitting a peak with this 1973 release, Taylor's next-to-last for Stax. Interestingly, little of the recording was actually performed in the Stax studio; basic tracks were recorded in Muscle Shoals, horns were added in Detroit and the strings overdubbed in New York.

There are still some straight blues here, such as Mack Rice's "Cheaper to Keep Her," but the most effective cuts mix emotional Southern soul balladry with elements of urban R&B. The superb "We're Getting Careless with Our Love" provides a cautious retort to the overt cheating of Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," and the 1972 Mel & Tim Stax hit "Starting All Over Again" is covered as more wishful than hopeful. The second half of the album has some lush arrangements, such as for "Only Thing Wrong With My Woman," but Taylor's voice always harbors enough grit to keep his crooning from turning soft. The 2011 reissue adds six bonus tracks drawn from the A's and B's of three Stax singles, including the solid funk "Hijackin' Love" and "Shackin' Up," the deep-groove Southern soul "Standing in for Jody" and the two-part blues "Doing My Own Thing." 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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Vocalist Johnnie Taylor wore a number of musical hats, starting with roots in gospel, striking a soulful resonance with Stax, and finding his largest chart success with 1976's "Disco Lady." Taylor brought his roots with him to Stax, and his first few releases were see-saw affairs that vacillated between blues and Southern soul. His rise as a bona fide soul and R&B star began with the arrival of new staff producer Don Davis, who helmed 1968's chart-topping "Who's Making Love." Taylor and Davis continued to fine-tune the balance of blues grit and soul emotion, hitting a peak with this 1973 release, Taylor's next-to-last for Stax. Interestingly, little of the recording was actually performed in the Stax studio; basic tracks were recorded in Muscle Shoals, horns were added in Detroit and the strings overdubbed in New York.

There are still some straight blues here, such as Mack Rice's "Cheaper to Keep Her," but the most effective cuts mix emotional Southern soul balladry with elements of urban R&B. The superb "We're Getting Careless with Our Love" provides a cautious retort to the overt cheating of Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," and the 1972 Mel & Tim Stax hit "Starting All Over Again" is covered as more wishful than hopeful. The second half of the album has some lush arrangements, such as for "Only Thing Wrong With My Woman," but Taylor's voice always harbors enough grit to keep his crooning from turning soft. The 2011 reissue adds six bonus tracks drawn from the A's and B's of three Stax singles, including the solid funk "Hijackin' Love" and "Shackin' Up," the deep-groove Southern soul "Standing in for Jody" and the two-part blues "Doing My Own Thing." 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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