Wilson was one of The Meadows Brothers, who made some waves in the
late 70's, and now he is back with a solo set, MEMORIES, on
Bob Grady Records (BGRCD 9501). The label specializes entirely in country music,
and Wilson's is the first soul album they've had. When asked about its success
in the States so far, the label owner, Mr. Bob Grady answers that
"it's not released over here yet. It's only released in Europe. The best market
at this moment seems to be in England and in Japan." Wilson himself adds that
"they wanted to start in Europe and see what happens, what kind of response
they would get from there."
Wilson also told about the history of the album. "I was going into
Mike Headrick's studio just to put down some demos, and he suggested
that I'd start working on something. We put about three or four songs together,
at which point Bob Grady heard those songs, and he played them to someone in
England, and that's how it all came about. They wanted me to go back to the
studio to finish an album."
Mike Headrick is a guitar picker and the owner of Mikron Recording, where
this set was recorded at, and he also produced the whole thing together
One of the background singers is Jeanette Meadows. "She's my wife.
We have two children, one is thirteen and the other is six. My daughter
plays saxophone in a band at school, but other than that they're not
involved in music any way."
The set opens with a catchy and breezy floater,
When You're Getting My Love, which would make a perfect single. In the
same league there are Memories Keep Hangin' On, Everybody Needs Help and
two more quiet mid-pacers, Oh Girl and Just Can't Do Without You. Stroll
It is really what it says, "I tried to have a little diversity on this CD.
I wanted something up-tempo." The closing cut, a snappy Go On And Cry,
is a rework of what Wilson did already in '67 on Heigho Records.
Of the five pleading and poignant ballads (such as
I Promise, Tell Him and Where Will This Leave Me)
Let's Cut Out This Game rang a bell, because melodically and arrangement-wise
this country & soul slowie reminded me of
Don't Take It Away (by Troy Seals & Max D. Barnes), which the
brothers recorded in the late 70's. "I tried to come close to that.
It was a great song."
Almost every tune comes from Wilson's pen, but there's one notable exception,
a deepie Hold On My Heart made famous by Reuben James and
Dalton Reed in soul circles. "Actually, I think Bob Grady and
some of his associates chose that one."
Memories is a pleasant and memorable soul set with Wilson's high, vibrating
tenor coming close sometimes to Curtis, sometimes to Smokey or,
of the more
contemporary ones, to Robert Tillman. It's no wonder he names
Sam Cooke his idol - also Jackie Wilson, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters
- ever since he got into soul music in his early teens, when thirteen-fourteen.
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