- Released: October 6, 1997
- Label: Alligator Records
- 1.Caught in the Jaws of a Vise
- 2.That Knife Don't Cut No More
- 3.Outside Looking In
- 4.Hoodoo Moon
- 5.The Truth Hurts
- 6.Caught Your Back Door Man
- 8.Baby Bee
- 9.Neal and Prey
- 10.Any Fool Will Do
- 11.Lightning's Gonna Strike
- 12.Morning After
- 13.The Son I Never Knew
- 14.Howling at the Moon
- 15.Change My Way of Livin'
- 16.Believe in Yourself
Personnel includes: Kenny Neal (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica); Ernie Lancaster, Bryan Bassett (guitar); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Fred Wesley (trombone); Lucky Peterson, Kenny Burch (keyboards);
Noel Neal, Darnell Neal, Bob Greenlee, Anthony Hardesty (bass); Kennard Johnson, Jim Payne, Gralin Hoffman, Mark Blair (drums); King Snake Horns.
Producers: Bob Greenlee, Kenny Neal, Bruce Iglauer.
Recorded at King Snake Studios, Sanford, Florida between 1988 & 1992.
Personnel: Kenny Neal (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica); Bill "Foots" Samuel (saxophone); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Lawson Buzz Montsinger (tenor saxophone); Leroy Cooper, Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee (baritone saxophone); Sylvester Polk, Bruce Staelens (trumpet); Fred Wesley, Jan Pattishall (trombone); Kenny Burch , Lucky Peterson (keyboards); Russell Jackson (bass guitar); Kennard Johnson, Jimmy Payne, Gralin Hoffman, Jim Payne, Tony Coleman, Mark Blair (drums).
Audio Mixers: David Axelbaum; Jay Shilliday; Julian Herzfeld.
Recording information: King Snake Studios, Sanford, FL.
Photographers: Erik Lindahl; Randi Anglin; Robert Barclay; Lisa Seifert; Paul Natkin; Paul Laraia.
Arrangers: Bill "Foots" Samuel; Bob "Rattlesnake" Greenlee.
Deluxe Edition is a great compilation of 15 highlights from Kenny Neal's first five albums for Alligator Records. Neal's records were more consistent than those from some of his Alligator peers, but this best-of collection is welcome since it provides a nice introduction for the neophyte. And, since it isolates the cream of the crop on one record, it's also not a bad bet for serious fans who want all the good stuff in one place. ~ Thom Owens