2 LPs on 1 CD: SENIOR SOUL (1972)/IF SHE WALKED INTO MY LIFE (1974).
Includes liner notes by Rob Bowman.
Personnel: Billy Eckstine (vocals); Marvell Thomas (keyboards); Raymond Jackson, Bobby Manuel (guitar); Leroy Hodges (bass); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums); Sherlie Matthews Singers (background vocals).
Engineers: Ami Hadani, Nye Morton, Terry Manning.
Recorded at T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood, California and Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee between October 1971 and April 1972. Originally released on Enterprise (5004).
IF SHE WALKED INTO MY LIFE:
Personnel includes: Billy Eckstine (vocals); The Robert Tucker Orchestra.
Engineer: Ami Hadani.
Recorded at T.T.G. Studios, Hollywood, California between January 24, 1973 and January 15, 1974. Originally released on Enterprise (7503).
Personnel: Billy Eckstine (vocals); Raymond Jackson , Bobby Manuel (guitar); Marvell Thomas (keyboards); Al Jackson, Jr. (drums); Sherlie Matthews (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Dave Purple; Terry Manning.
Liner Note Author: Rob Bowman.
Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
Arrangers: Jimmy Jones ; Mike Melvoin; Artie Butler; Billy Byers; Billy Eckstine.
Combining two albums Eckstine recorded for the Enterprise division of Stax Records during the early '70s, Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life combines the sweet Southern tilt to Memphis soul listeners expect from Stax with one of the leading proto-soul stars. Though Eckstine's rich vibrato tones were both out of fashion and much more difficult to accomplish as he neared 60, there are several solid tracks here, including updates of standards ("Please Send Me Someone to Love," "Sophisticated Lady," "The Very Thought of You") and newer classics ("When Something Wrong Is My Baby," "I Believe in Music," "I'll Always Have Faith in You") specially chosen for Eckstine's wonderfully smooth sensibilities. ~ John Bush