Personnel: "Little" Milton Campbell (vocals, guitar); Will McFarlane, Jimmy Johnson, Eddie Rasberry (guitar); Tom Malone (flute, saxophone, trombone); Doug Moffet (flute, saxophone); Jim Horn (flute, baritone & bass saxophones); Harvey Thompson (saxophone); Jim Williamson, Steve Patrick (trumpet, flugelhorn); Charles Rose (trombone); Clayton Ivey, Chalmers Davis (keyboards); David Hood, Willie James Hatten (bass); James Robertson, Forrest Gordon (drums); Thomisene Anderson, Jewel Bass, Quandra Brooks (background vocals).
Producers: Milton Campbell, Wolf Stephenson, Tommy Couch, Chuck Brooks.
Engineers: Wolf Stephenson, Jerry Masters, Kent Bruce.
Recorded at Malaco Recording Studio, Jackson, Mississippi and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama.
For Real is another strong soul/blues cocktail served up by Little Milton, although it runs a bit heavy in the ballad department. Granted, Milton is plenty versatile enough to adopt the sentimental croon required to cover "To Love Somebody" and "A Rainy Night in Georgia," but he's really at his best when he's tearing into the blues with a guitar in his hands. Two slow blues numbers steal the show here: "Blues for Mr. C," which is a straightforward 12-bar burner, and "If That's What You Wanna Do," which rides a slicker, urban groove in the circa-'70s Albert King tradition. (These two songs are the only originals on the entire album.) The more upbeat R&B material on For Real generally hits its mark, albeit with a thick coat of production polish that could have used some thinning out. Not exactly the cream of the crop of his work on Malaco, but this album gets the job done. ~ Ken Chang