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FAME Review: Various Artists - Rhythm & Blues
Various Artists - Rhythm & Blues

Rhythm & Blues

Various Artists

Putumayo World Music - PUTU 297-2

Available from Putumayo World Music.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This collection of Rhythm & Blues from Putumayo Records is a wonderful sampling of classic R & B as performed by some of the legends of the genre, Irma Thomas and Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave fame) as well as some newcomers or lesser known performers, Ruthie Foster and Rockie Charles, who honor what has gone down before and shine when they show their chops. This is a solid heart felt disc from start to finish without a single weak track. From the under appreciated outside of Texas, Lavelle White's opening track, I've Never Found A Man To Love there is the emotion that is crucial to the genre, to the pairing of eclectic pianist Henry Butler with Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, who has one of the most expressive voices to be found anywhere, there is no let up and no respite on this disc.

There is James Hunter, the Englishman brought to notice by Van Morrison, to groups that were totally unfamiliar to this reviewer, yet no less deserving of the notice such as Cracked Ice, made up of studio and TV musicians from New York, to The Emotions best known for their 1977 hit Best of My Love, through the fantastic collaboration between the afore mentioned Sam Moore, Keb'Mo', and lesser known but no less talented, and should be better known, Angie Stone. There is also the Texas born, church trained, Ruthie Foster, who has enough voice and soul for 10 other performers to become stars; and then there are the New Orleans performers who were raised on this music; Snooks Eaglin, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Rockie Charles, and the elite pairing of Irma Thomas and Henry Butler doing a rousing and stirring version of the John Fogerty song, River Is Waiting. This is a disc that gives and gives again, a dozen songs of archetypical R & B. done without frills, yet filled with the raw emotions that come from FEELING the material.

Track List:

  • Lavelle White / I've Never Found a Man to Love
  • James Hunter / 'Til Your Fool Comes Home
  • Cracked Ice / Sweet Feeling
  • The Quantic Soul Orchestra featuring Kabir / Who Knows
  • The Emotions / My Honey and Me
  • Sam Moore, Keb' Mo' and Angie Stone / Wang Dang Doodle
  • Catherine Russell / Put Me Down Easy
  • Ruthie Foster / 'Cuz I'm Here
  • Snooks Eaglin / A Mother's Love
  • Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings / 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Rockie Charles / Before I Find the Right Girl for Me
  • Irma Thomas with Henry Butler / River Is Waiting

Edited by: David N. Pyles


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