- THE OLD TOWN SINGLES 1958-66
Deze Amerikaanse rhythm & blueszanger begon in de jaren veertig in
bigbands. Solo stond Arthur Prysock (1929-1997) later tweemaal onder
contract bij het Old Town-label. Eerst tussen 1959 en 1966, daarna nog
eventjes vanaf midden jaren zeventig, toen hij enkele discoplaten
uitbracht. Deze uitgave bestrijkt de eerste periode bij Old Town.
Prysock’s baritonstem leende zich prima voor zowel r&b, soulpop als
easy listening. Zijn grootste hit It’s Too Late, Baby Too Late ontbreekt
uiteraard niet, ook horen we de allereerste versie van het vaak
gecoverde My Special Prayer, hier in Nederland vooral bekend in de
uitvoering van Percy Sledge.
Arthur Prysock’s career began in the 1940s and spanned almost 50 years.
He recorded hundreds of sides, first as a singer with the Buddy Johnson
band and later as a solo artist. His name is well known to soul and jazz
lovers, yet his catalogue has been mostly unavailable in the CD era.
Ace help rectify that situation with “Too Late Baby”, a collection of
his singles on Old Town Records between 1958 and 1966. The CD shows he
was not daunted by any changes in popular music and was more than
capable of meeting them head on.
Arthur enjoyed two tenures with Old Town. The first embraced the end of
the rock’n’roll years and carried on into the golden age of soul. The
second, in the mid-70s, brought him unexpected success with
disco-flavoured hits such as ‘When Love Is New’. Although ‘It’s Too
Late, Baby Too Late’ was his only hit of substance during his first
spell at the label, he recorded many fine songs by contemporary R&B
writers such as Bert Berns, Robert Mosely and Rose Marie McCoy, while
top-flight arrangers Charlie Calello, Joe Rene, Herb Bernstein and Mort
Garson were employed to ensure he was presented as the class act label
boss Hy Weiss always believed him to be. Apart from a couple of vinyl
reissues of his Old Town albums and a 1967 “Best Of”, most of his
catalogue for the label has been unavailable for over 40 years.
In the course of this set you’ll hear R&B (‘I Just Want To Make Love
To You’ and ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’), easy listening balladry (‘Ebb
Tide’ and ‘Pianissimo’), contemporary soul (the ‘Twist And Shout’-alike
‘One More Time’), the original of the oft-recorded ‘My Special Prayer’
and much more besides. Arthur’s first recording of what many consider to
be his career song, ‘I Worry About You’, is also here, along with the
title track, a Top 10 R&B and Top 40 Pop hit in 1965. These and 17
other tracks, most making their CD debut here, show why Arthur’s peers
held him in such high esteem.