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Genres: Pop, R&B
OV Wright at the top of his game -- working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, a... more »
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OV Wright at the top of his game -- working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling -- a slow-burning energy that's perfectly handled by Mitchell, in ways that echo some of OV's bluesier roots, but keeps things in the more sophisticated Memphis modes of the 70s. The balance is perfect, and instrumentation is handled by a batch of Hi Records regulars -- including the Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Wright really rises to the occasion for the whole album, and the set's arguably better than any of his later work for Hi -- although that stuff is all pretty darn wonderful too! Titles include "I've Been Searching", "Lost In The Shuffle", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Ghetto Child", "You Must Believe In Yourself", and "I'm Going Home". Beautiful reissue pressing too -- with deep notes on the music, details of the session, vintage images, and even an OV Wright Discography too!
Stone Classic..... period.
TCH | Cambs, UK. | 04/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This LP produced by the late great Willie Mitchell in the unique ambience of the Hi Records studio is an absolute classic. It has all the hallmarks of an early 70's Hi production (despite being released on Backbeat records); think Al Green, Ann Peebles and just as good as hard to believe as that may be. The singing is pure gritty Southern soul and consequently not at all like the ethereal Al Green but is instead much more visceral, not better or worse than the inestimable Rev. Green just different. All the tracks are brilliant in their own way but personal favourites include the almost operatic melodrama of "He's My Son (Just The Same)", which would just be pure corn in hands of another singer, and the absolutely impassioned "I'm Going Home (To Live Which God)" which is also somewhat poignant considering O.V. wasn't long for this world when he sang it passing on a few short years later. To finish any fan of the early 70's Hi Records sound the unimpeachable high point in 70's soul music must get this CD."