Q - 12/02, p.1203 out of 5
- "...It's a gritty-sweet mix of gospel, soul and country as downhome as grits and cornbread..."
Living Blues - 9-10/02, p.80
"...Bell was a masterful balladeer, and the set reflects that strength with gorgeous covers...alongside Bell's own spine-chillers..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 12/02, p.130
"...Bell's songwriting shines throughout the album..."
Personnel: William Bell (vocals); Steve Cropper (guitar); Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes (keyboards); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums); The Memphis Horns.
Producers: Booker T. Jones, Jim Stewart.
Recorded in 1966 & 1967. Includes liner notes by Rob Bowman.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: William Bell (vocals); Steve Cropper (guitar); Joe Arnold (alto saxophone); Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet); Booker T. Jones III, Isaac Hayes (keyboards); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Recording information: 1960S.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jim Stewart .
This CD is a classic example of '60s Southern soul. William Bell isn't quite as gritty as his pal Otis Redding; he's primarily a gospel crooner, although he's more than convincing in Redding-style songs such as "Never Been Like This Before," "You're Such a Sweet Thing," and "I've Been Loving You Too Long."
"Everybody Loves a Winner," the album's big hit, is an all-but-perfect mix of soul and country (check out the faux Floyd Cramer piano part), and the same could be said about the now-classic "You Don't Miss Your Water." Meanwhile, Bell's vocals throughout are extraordinarily intense, particularly on a spine-tingling cover of Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You."