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The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

2 Ratings: 5.0
2006 CD release

Since the passing of Lou Rawls in early 2006, Capitol has been working overtime to document the singer's career. First was a collection of early jazz and blues recordings, then a two-fer containing two of Rawls' best mid-'60s recordings, and now something … see full wiki

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Splendid anthology of one of the finest singers of his generation.

  • Mar 11, 2010
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+5
As his good friend Billy Vera points out in the liner notes Lou Rawls never ever sang silly love songs.  No sir!  From the very beginning Lou Rawls sang about serious, adult subjects.  And you could feel the emotion and the personal experience dripping in just about every tune the man ever sang.  Finally, Capitol records has seen fit to release a single disc anthology befitting of this marvelous talent.  "The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another" offers the listener a compehensive compilation of practically all of Lou's single hit recordings from his debut single "Love's A Hurtin' Thing" back in 1966 right on thru to his fabulous recording of "Let Me Be Good To You" in 1979.  It is a disc that really was long overdue.

"The Very Best of Lou Rawls" features 21 splendid recordings and I can honestly report that there is not a weak track among them.  It was certainly terrific to hear the remastered version of Lou's classic 1967 tune "Dead End Street" as well as his memorable 1972 smash "A Natural Man".  And I had forgotten just how great his 1969 hit "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)" really was.  In the late 60's, while still at Capitol records, Lou also covered a couple of old favorites.  While his renditions of "On Broadway" and "You've Made Me So Very Happy" were not huge sellers they are highly entertaining nonetheless.  Both are included here.  I was also extremely pleased to see that the 1967 single "Show Business" was included as well.  I had not heard that outstanding tune in nearly 40 years.

"The Very Best of Lou Rawls" concludes with a half dozen tunes from his highly successful days at Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble's Philadelphia International records.  His very first recording for that label would prove to be his biggest hit ever, 1976's "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".  And who can ever forget "Lady Love" or "See You When I Git There" from 1977. A lso included in this anthology is an incredible "live" recording of "The Shadow of Your Smile" from his 1966 "LIVE!" LP.  Great stuff!

"The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another" comes with a well thought out 12 page booket that includes information on each of the tracks as well as liner notes lovingly written by the aforementioned Billy Vera.  I am also pleased to report that the 24 bit remastering job is superb.  We only see the likes of Lou Rawls about once per generation.  Lou Rawls carried on in the tradition of great male vocalists like Billy Ecksine, Al Hibbler, Jimmy Ricks and Nat King Cole.  His untimely death in January 2006 leaves a major void on the American music scene.  "The Very Best of Lou Rawls" is a great way to keep his music alive.   Very highly recommended!
Splendid anthology of one of the finest singers of his generation. Splendid anthology of one of the finest singers of his generation. Splendid anthology of one of the finest singers of his generation.

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