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Where so many duet projects seem like shotgun marriages, this one sounds like a labor of love, celebrating Southern music as a common denominator that transcends racial and categorical divides. Among the highlights, the pairing of Lyle Lovett and Al Green finds revelation within the funky groove of "Funny How Time Slips Away," while the album-closing "Patches"--with George Jones playing father to B.B. King's son--achieves a spine-tingling majesty. Though Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire misconnect on "Since I Fell for You," Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) and the late Conway Twitty are at their soulful best on "Rainy Night in Georgia." --Don McLeese
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 4.94 x 0.45 inches; 3.67 Ounces
- Manufacturer : MCA Nashville
- Item model number : 1972157
- Original Release Date : 1994
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : MCA Nashville
- ASIN : B000002OR2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,505 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This CD produced by Don Was (a man of many varied production roles) comprises recordings where each track on this CD(a great mix of soul or country classics) takes a performer pairing which given the song chosen creates a challenge. That the CD almost works on every track is as much down to the efforts of the teamed performers as the choice of actual song and the high production throughout. Personal top favourites reflecting this creative tension are Al Green and Lyle Lovett on Willie Nelson's "Funny how time slips away"(which sounds like it was cut live in the studio), Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave fame) and Conway Twitty on Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia" and The Staples Singers and Marty Stuart on the Band's "The Weight".
What really takes this CD to such a high level is the heartfelt interpretations made on each performance - a fact brought home by the pairing of Little Richard and Tanya Tucker on Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' else". Both are artistes who would be for my money at the edge of the definitions applied for this CD (and I must admit Tucker's voice is one that typically grates on me) but in choice of what is a classic rock'n'roll song still works (and may sadly well be Richard's last credible recording performance given his subsequent physical decline).
Only bummer is "Clarene Carter's "Patches", a song I always felt let down that class soul performer despite the fame it brought him - BB King and George Jones manfully tackle the maudling aspects of the song and actually improve on the original in that regard but as the last track and compared with what has gone before is a poor closer.
Rainy Night in Georgia with Conway Twitty and Sam Moore along with George Jones and B B King doing Patches is my two favorites.
A must have set of tunes for your library.
If you are like me, you may have almost forgotten this gem. If you're like my sister Andrea (who has the most amazing singing voice I've ever heard) you've NEVER tasted of its amazing grace.
'Sis,' who has refined musical tastes, last night dignified my latest review (for a Tom T. Hall compilation) by sniffing: "YOU'RE listening to country music now?? Ouch!!!" I resisted the urge to remind `Anra' about Ray Charles' classic country music album of 40 years ago (with the definitive version of Eddy Arnold's "You Don't Know Me").
Her comment made me go and rummage out this CD. Sure enough, there there it was: something I'd vaguely recalled from the superb liner notes, by James Hunter. A short quotation of the album's co-producer Tony Brown, from the days when he first worked with Gospel singer Shirley Caesar: "She had ALWAYS loved country music!"
Back in late 1994 when this album was released, it was Chet Atkins' duet with Alain Toussaint (on the latter's best selling composition, "Southern Nights") that prompted me to track down this disc in the first place. I'm pleasantly surprised to find this very day that, some tracks I didn't give a second listen to, back then, are now at center stage in my heart: As with good spiritual reading, when the light goes on, I am `lifted up.'
First things first: Amazingly, most of the singers featured here had never met before they got together in the studio with co-producer Don Was. The producer(s) had to guess at which artists might have `chemistry' at their first time meeting.
In this firmament there are stars in ascension -- Trisha Yearwood & Aaron Neville singing "I Fall to Pieces." And others, perhaps in decline but still able to shine brightly as they `rise to the occasion' -- Sam Moore & Conway Twitty, in harmony and `sync' - for a "Rainy Night in Georgia."
Some pairings are timeless and shine as brightly as ever - Natalie Cole & Reba McEntire caressing Buddy Johnson's (blues band) beautiful chestnut from 1948, "Since I Fell for You." And Gladys Knight and Vince Gill agreeing that "There Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing."
Only one track here might underline (for someone like my sister) the difference between talent and kitsch; and it's literally "Something Else" by Little Richard & Tanya Tucker. But, hey --- ten out of eleven ain't bad!
Ten years on . . . and what's my new favorite? A four-leaf clover I managed to overlook before. Then-rising-star Marty Stuart conjures up magic with the heart of a Soul/Gospel band who hadn't had a hit in years - the Staple Singers, Mavis and `Pops'. Marty (a superb instrumentalist in his own right) elevates the introduction to Robbie Robertson's "The Weight" . . . . "I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' `bout half past dead' . . . and soon enough, Pops & Mavis seize control of the narrative, and the whole group (as James Hunter puts it, "rejoices throughout the chorus. These people are like pilgrims on the road . . . turning plain plights and shifting responsibilities into Gospel Good News."
`Anra,' my dear sister, you may never know what you missed.