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Showing posts with label Carl Hall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Carl Hall. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Omnivore Recordings artist: Carl Hall - You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (June 23, 2105), Carl Hall's You Don't Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972 and it's incredible! This 19 track release includes 6 singles that were released previously and 13 tracks that have never seen the light of day. Opening title track, You Don't Know Nothing About Love, is an incredibly soulful track and an incredible demonstration of Halls voice. Wow! This is sweet soul music at it's best. Been listening to this all day and it is at the edge... but it is terrific! Just Like I Told You has a 60's Stevie Wonder feel and a solid melody. He'll Never Love You is a terrific track that runs the seam between soul and blues. Great track and great performance! It Was You That I Needed is a super gospel style track again really showing the strength of Hall's music. This is not passive listening... sit back and watch your hair blow back! Classic What Kind Of Fool Am I is an absolute treasure. Yes, most everyone has heard this tune...but not like this! Amazing! Sometimes I Do is another gospel like track with a definite touch of Stevie Wonder. Hall has a voice of his own and man what a voice. Lennon and McCartney's Long And Winding Road has never sounded so great...I mean absolutely incredible! Change With The Seasons is a beautiful soul ballad. The range of Halls voice is astounding and the mix is really super. The release closes with a really different cover of Time Is On Your Side. Hall has such a delicate hand on vocal that can turn to dynamite in a split second. This release is an incredible soul music spectrum in one package. It's really a travesty that this has been mostly obscured for so many years. I haven't given a play by play on every track, but if you aren't convinced that you need to hear this by now, it's probably not your bag. I love it!  

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Carl Hall, Northern soul singer, 'Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-72' coming on Omnivore June 23

OUT JUNE 23, 2015,
Compilation’s 19 songs include hits plus 13 unissued bonus tracks.
All were produced by Jerry Ragovoy, and not previously available on album. 
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Carl Hall’s four-octave range first came into prominence on the gospel sides he cut in the 1950s for labels like Vee-Jay and Savoy. His later acting work on Broadway (Inner City, The Wiz, and Truly Blessed: A Musical Celebration of Mahalia Jackson) and in the film version of Hair was renowned. But it’s the soul sides he cut for the Loma and Atlantic labels, with producer Jerry Ragovoy, that are truly sought after. You Don’t Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972 not only fills that need, but delivers in spectacular fashion.
This 19-track CD, set for release on Omnivore Recordings on June 23, 2015, collects the singles from this era and adds an astonishing 13 previously unissued tracks, brand new to soul collectors, who up until now have only had the aforementioned single sides issued on the original 45s. In addition to the title track, “I Don’t Wanna Be (Your Used to Be),” and Hall’s take on Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” (re-titled “Need Somebody to Love” for Hall’s version) You Don’t Know Nothing About Love gathers unreleased versions of hits from The Beatles (“The Long and Winding Road”), Broadway’s Stop the World I Want to Get Off (“What Kind of Fool Am I”) . . . and even The Rolling Stones, who themselves had a hit with their cover of Ragovoy’s “Time Is on My Side,” represented here in a pair of unissued versions.
You Don’t Know Nothing About Love acts as both a primer and a definitive statement on Hall’s six years under the Warner Bros. umbrella. The mystery of why so much of this music lingered in the vaults for so many decades and a historical overview of both Hall’s and his colleagues’ careers are brought to life via an essay from musicologist Bill Dahl.

From Dahl’s notes: “The stratospheric four-octave vocal range of Carl Hall was truly a gift from on high. No less an esteemed authority than Anthony Heilbut declared him the finest male soprano in gospel. But after establishing himself in the sacred field, Hall crossed over to the secular arena, cutting a series of mesmerizing soul singles that showcased his uncanny vocal mastery just as vividly as those spirituals had.”
Omnivore Recordings is proud to present yet another set of recording that many have talked about, but few have had the pleasure of hearing. You Don’t Know Nothing About Love: The Loma/Atlantic Recordings 1967-1972 guarantees you’ll know about Carl Hall. And, make you wish it hadn’t taken so long to find out.
Track Listing:
1.       You Don’t Know Nothing About Love* 2.       Mean It Baby*3.       Just Like I Told You 4.       He’ll Never Love You 5.       It Was You (That I Needed) 6.       The Dam Busted* 7.       I Don’t Wanna Be (Your Used To Be)* 8.       Dance Dance Dance 9.       What Kind Of Fool Am I? 10.    Sometimes I Do 11.    The Long And Winding Road 12.    It’s Been Such A Long Way Home 13.    Time Is On My Side 14.    Need Somebody to Love* 15.  Change With The Season* 
Alternate Takes:
16.  Just Like I Told You
(Take 7)17.  It Was You (That I Needed)  (Take 12)18. The Dam Busted (1971 Remake) 19.  Time Is On My Side (Takes 1 & 2) 

All selections previously unissued except * 
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