William Bell The Soul of A Bell 180g LP
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High Quality Pure Analogue 180g Vinyl LP!
It was as though William Bell had been born specially to impress us with the
musical style that prevailed in his birthplace, Memphis. The story of his life
certainly makes one sit up and take notice. Many years before his debut album
was released on the now-legendary Stax label, Bell wrote songs for the
independent label and contributed to the original sound of the South.
His simply constructed (in the very best sense) music with its emphasis on
demanding lyrics, such as the hit "Everybody Loves A Winner", is highly
appealing to sensitive souls. And it gets even better. With "You Donít Miss Your
Water", Bell wrote a classic example of a down-to-earth country-soul number with
a whistling organ and broad waves of sound on the winds. Unlike the emotional
Wilson Pickett, for example, Bell cultivated a more moderate form of expression.
Instead of breathless staccato, his music flows along at a more even pace that
does not shy away from grave and ponderous retrospection ("Iíve Been Loving You
Too Long"). Sensitive words follow to the strains of a seething organ ("Nothing
Takes The Place Of You") and in a sluggish yet clearly articulated statement
("Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye").
As a contrast, there are also powerful, and rocking catchy numbers such as
"Eloise", while the pulsating rhythm and colorful background singing in "Never
Like This Before" explores new territory. But as it should be, every single
number has its own story to tell.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from
the master tapes through to the cutting head.
• 180g High Quality Vinyl
• Pure Analogue
William Bell, vocals
Joe Arnold, alto saxophone
Andrew Love, tenor saxophone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Booker T. Jones, keyboards
Isaac Hayes, keyboards
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Al Jackson, Jr., drums
1. Everybody Loves A Winner
2. You Don't Miss Your Water
3. Do Right Woman - Do Right Man
4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
5. Nothing takes the Place of You
6. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
1. Eloise (Hand On In There)
2. Any Other Way
3. It's Happening All Over
4. Never Like This Before
5. You're Such A Sweet Thang