Luther Ingram Greatest Hits [Right Stuff]
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- Released: April 16, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: The Right Stuff
- 1.I'll Be Your Shelter (In Time Of Storm)
- 3.Pity For The Lonely
- 4.(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right
- 5.My Honey And Me
- 6.To The Other Man
- 7.Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away
- 8.Missing You
- 9.I Like The Feeling
- 10.Get To Me
- 11.Be Good To Me Baby
- 12.Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)
- 13.Do You Love Somebody
- 14.You Were Made For Me
- 15.I'll Love You Until The End
- 16.Let's Steal Away To The Hideaway
Personnel: Luther Ingram (vocals); Hot, Soul (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: David Nathan.
Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios; Stax Records.
Unknown Contributor Roles: (Ex) Cat Heads; The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section; The Bar-Kays.
Managed and produced by the late and notorious Johnny Baylor, the guy many accused of causing Stax's demise, Luther Ingram had a rich, soulful tenor that dripped with soul. He recorded many classic deep soul sagas, hitting his pinnacle with "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," a gripper that passionately justified infidelity, with a whining guitar underscoring Ingram's heartfelt testimonial to his outside woman. The soulful "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" dropped before "If Loving You" and should have been Ingram's first monster. You'll have to search a bit to find a more endearing tribute from a man to his woman. The midtempo, good-time feeling "I'll Be Your Shelter," like the previous two tracks, was co-written by Homer Banks, a Southern soul songwriting fool. It did well on the charts and provided a break from the heavy ballads, which was likewise for the joyful "My Honey & Me." Other goodies include "Steal Away to the Hideaway," "Missing You" and a scrumptious remake of Sam Cooke's "You Were Made for Me." Ingram's adaptation to Stax surprised many; before Stax, he had recorded urban and Northern soul 45s for tiny companies that were little more than P.O. boxes. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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