- Released: August 14, 2001
- Label: Norton
Living Blues - 11-12/01, p.76
"...These 28 tracks...epitomize Southern soul at its finest - and most obscure..."
- 1.Big Chief Hug-Um an' Kiss Um
- 2.Take a Chance on Me
- 3.Please Take a Chance on Me
- 4.Motha Goose Breaks Loose
- 5.Fall in Love With Me
- 6.My Name Is Hannibal
- 7.The Bigest Cry
- 8.I Need a Woman ('cause I'm a Man)
- 9.Baby Please Change Your Mind
- 10.My Kinda Girl
- 11.All Night Long
- 12.Jerkin' the Dog
- 13.In the Midnight Hour - (live)
- 14.Hymn No. 5
- 16.Shame, Shame
- 17.Trying to Make It Through
- 18.Get Back
- 19.The Right to Love You
- 20.Good Time
- 21.I Just Want Some Love
- 22.Get in the Groove
- 23.Somebody in the World for You
- 24.We're Gonna Make It
- 25.Mee Me at Mary's Lace
- 26.I'm Coming Home
- 27.The Truth Shall Make You Free
- 28.Party Life - (previously unreleased)
Compilation producers: Billy Miller, Miriam Linna.
Recorded between 1958 and 1972. Includes liner notes by The Mighty Hannibal.
Liner Note Author: The Mighty Hannibal.
Recording information: 1958-1973.
The first-ever CD compilation of singles from the uncompromising Mighty Hannibal features his groundbreaking antiwar hit, "Hymn No. 5," as well as minor hits like "Jerkin' the Dog" and "I Need a Woman (Cause I'm a Man)." More revealing, perhaps, is the inclusion of several early-'70s tracks that inexplicably could not find a label to release them at the time. However, the sweet and tender declaration of love "We're Gonna Make It" and the good-time party tune "Meet Me at Mary's Place" do not prepare one for the saga of "I'm Coming Home." It is now five years after "Hymn No. 5," and the soldier's younger brother is shipping out, leaving a much more chaotic America behind: Drugs and riots are destroying his home city. He has hope, though, that he will return to a better country than he left. The song is as resonant and remarkable as the similarly themed material Marvin Gaye would release the following year. The fact that this song never saw commercial release is more than a little bit telling of the indifferent music industry Hannibal was forced to contend with. Perhaps if he had the support of a label with the prestige and promotional muscle of Motown, the story would be different. Hannibal's music is classic indie soul at its best. ~ John Duffy