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Soul Express Album Review
US/UK Rhino, 2006
1) Canít Stand The Rain (with WYNONNA and special guests BEKKA BRAMLETT, BEBE WINANS &
BILLY PRESTON) 2) Better To Have And Not Need (with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN) 3) Blame It On The Rain
(with FANTASIA) 4) Lookiní For A Love (with JON BON JOVI) 5) Ainít No Love (with STEVE WINWOOD)
6) None Of Us Are Free (with STING and special guest SHEILA E) 7) Itís Only Make Believe
(with MARIAH CAREY & VINCE GILL ) 8) Donít Play That Song (You Lied) (with BEKKA BRAMLETT) 9)
If I Had No Loot (with VAN HUNT and NIKKA COSTA and special guest BILLY F. GIBBONS) 10)
Riding Thumb (withTRAVIS TRITT and special guest ROBERT RANDOLPH) 11)
We Shall Be Free (with PAUL RODGERS) 12) You Are So Beautiful (with BILLY PRESTON and
special guests ZUCCHERO, ERIC CLAPTON & ROBERT RANDOLPH)
I was looking forward to a new album from the legendary Sam Moore. I was also intrigued
when I discovered that Raphael Saadiq was to have an input it it, along with
BeBe Winans and the late, great Billy Preston. This was indeed going to be an
attractive album and something to look forward to. It was an event for anyone who loved the
manís past work. Sadly the reality could not be further from what I had hoped for.
This is a very confusing, oft schizophrenic mish-mash of songs that is truly unlistenable.
The CD is a whoís who of the great and the bewildering of the music scene and far from being
a soulful, powerful tour-de-force it is a damp squib. To be honest, I think that the guest
list may be more telling of who sent Sam a Christmas card last year than anything else.
This is similar to Quincy Jonesí last befuddling effort. I would not have been surprised
to see Tiny Tim, Mrs. Mills, The Beverly Sisters, Spike Milligan or even Derek Guyler
on his washboard make an appearance.
Seriously though, I can say that Samís voice is as great as ever, and it is warming that
many musical talents such as Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Steve Winwood
wish to collaborate, but this just was not for me. I think readers of Rolling Stone
or NME will embrace this album with open arms, but I fear I just cannot get into it.
Producer, Randy Jackson, has done
what he can to hold it together but I think that this was well beyond his talents or skill.
Musically I can manage to listen to "I Canít Stand The Rain" and the rootsy "Blame It On
The Rain" featuring a singer called Fantasia. "If I Had No Loot" is a cover of the
1993 Toni! Tony! Tonť! Hit, and Sam works with the talented Van Hunt to
turn this into a fair Stax/Atlantic Ď60s offering so this is quite nice, but nothing
as good as the original. I hope that Sam returns soon with a new album of new tunes.
By all means work with todayís producers like Raphael Saadiq, but please, please keep it
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