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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 that Rawls fans have never had before: a best-of collection that contains the man's hits from the '60s with Capitol and his '70s hits with Philadelphia International. It isn't the definitive collection that listeners deserve, as it skips over his early jazz and blues sides, his late-'60s big-band sessions with Benny Carter, and his '80s recordings on Blue Note — but it is a start. All the big hits are here, like "Dead End Street," "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," and his biggest, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine." Also included is a wide range of tracks that show just how impressive Rawls' gift truly was. Whether he is singing funky gospel ("Trouble Here Below"), smooth soul with a message ("Natural Man"), uptown soul ("You Can Bring Me All Your Heartaches"), disco ("Lady Love"), or lush pop ("Down Here on the Ground"), he sounds definitive and natural, like he could have sung just about anything and made it all his. The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another is a very fine introduction to the casual fan and a reminder to everyone that Lou Rawls was a true vocal giant.


Track Listings

1. Dead End Street 2. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing 3. Trouble Down Here Below 4. A Natural Man 5. Your Good Thing (Is About To End) 6. Street Corner Hustler's Blues/World Of Trouble [Live] 7. I Can't Make It Alone 8. You Can Bring Me All Your Heartaches 9. You've Made Me So Very Happy 10. On Broadway 11. Righteous Woman/I Wanna Little Girl 12. Breaking My Back (Instead Of Using My Mind) 13. The Shadow Of Your Smile [Live] 14. Bring It On Home 15. Show Business 16. Down Here On The Ground 17. Lady Love 18. See You When I Git There 19. Groovy People 20. Let Me Be Good To You 21. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
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Performer:  Lou Rawls
Release Date:  June 6, 2006
Label:  Capitol
Genre:  Pop Vocals
Release Date:  June 6, 2006
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review by . March 11, 2010
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Splendid anthology of one of the finest singers of his generation.
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" …
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