Their last album of new material for Atlantic
Laurence Upton | Wilts, UK | 08/01/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I Thank You was Sam Moore and Dave Prater's fourth album for Stax/Atlantic and appeared three years after the first. Known as "Double Dynamite" the ex-gospel singers had an exciting stage act but on record benefited greatly from the galvanising presence of Booker T and the MGs and the Mar-Keys and the songwriting and arranging skills of Isaac Hayes with Dave Porter. A split between Stax and Atlantic later in 1968 meant that, deprived of that luxury, this was the last album before their split in 1970.
The title track had been a US Top Ten hit, with Wrap It Up rather thrown away on the flipside. Another two (less successful) singles on the album are Everybody's Got To Believe In Somebody and You Don't Know What You Mean To Me. There are also covers of Otis Redding's These Arms Of Mine and Homer Banks' Ain't That A Lot Of Love, alongside some fresh material, and the album closer is a strong rendition of That Lucky Old Sun.
This is a straight re-issue of the original album with the original liner notes but could do with a sonic overhaul and a longer running time by rounding up some stray B-sides and any unreleased gems from the period