Excellent Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, grace both sides of this Lous Rawls masterpiece
A recent addition to our Top 100, Lou Rawls Live! is an outstanding recording that really comes to life on this original pressing
The songs are fantastic, the musicians are brilliant, the sound is amazing — Stormy Monday & Tobacco Road are highlights of the set
4 Stars: “Lou Rawls gives a riveting performance on Live!, covering standards from Basie/Rushing’s tambourine-jumpin’ ‘Goin’ to Chicago’ to T-Bone Walker’s foot-stompin’ ‘Stormy Monday,’ and whole lot in between.”
What an album! For live soul-infused vocals, we know of none better.
Lou is live, singing his heart out in a small club that exists between, behind and maybe even around your speakers. If you can reproduce the three-dimensional space of this club you are in for a real treat.(more…)
These are just some of the recordings by Lou Rawls that we’ve auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we’ll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.
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