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Paul Kelly - The Best of Paul Kelly (1996)

Artist: Paul Kelly
Title Of Album: The Best of Paul Kelly
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Warner Archives / 9-46299-2
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Total Time: 65:10 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 156 mb / 407 mb

Miami native Paul Kelly is a man who had the right sound for the wrong era. He's surely one of Southern soul music's finest exponents, but he fettered about with no-can-do little independent labels for a dozen years before hitching up with Warner Brothers in 1971. The popularity of Southern soul music climaxed in 1968 when Otis Redding's "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay" spent four weeks atop the pop charts, and it was downhill from there. Kelly didn't have a chance. His own records flopped, so he hoped others could make them hits. When his buddy Sam Moore (Sam & Dave) turned down his "Stealin' in the Name of the Lord," Kelly decided to record it after all. Recorded at Muscle Shoals and released by the Happy Tiger label in 1970, the rocker critiqued ministers who pimped their congregations. After initial resistance from the church community, it peaked at number 14 R&B and remains Kelly's best-selling record.

Warner Brothers then bought out Kelly's contract and captured his masters too. Those songs, and others he'd record until his four-album Warner run closed in 1977, are included on this twenty-song collection. Most tracks were produced by Buddy Killen, the white soul man who put Joe Tex on the map and later worked with country balladeer T.G. Sheppard. The results carry a light country-blues aroma, often punctuated with a little R&B. Kelly doesn't have the grit of Otis Redding nor the fluidity of Sam Cooke, but what he does own is a lot of feeling and a way of phrasing which sounds more like storytelling than singing. This gift is best exhibited on the gentle "Poor But Proud" and rockers such as "Come By Here," "I'm Into Something I Can't Shake Loose" and "Hooked, Hogtailed & Collared."

Two of the nicest ballads are the previously unreleased "Love For Sale," about a man confusing the comfort of a prostitute with love, and the adultery tale "Stealin' Love on the Side." Since Kelly was never a big record seller and it's unlikely that this set will break any sales records, it's commendable that Warner Archives is releasing this material simply because it's quality music and because there are still some Paul Kelly fans out there.


1. Stealin' in the Name of the Lord
2. Poor But Proud
3. (He Ain't Nothin' But) Dirt
4. Come by Here
5. I'd Be Satisfied
6. Come With Me
7. I Wanna Get Next to You
8. Come Lay Some Lovin' on Me
9. Don't Burn Me
10. I'm into Somethig I Can't Shake Loose
11. Hooked, Hogtied & Collared
12. Take It Away from Him (Put It on Me)
13. Let Your Love Come Down (Let It Fall on Me)
14. You Make Me Tremble
15. Till I Get to My Baby's Love
16. Play Me a Love Song
17. Get Sexy
18. Love for Sale
19. Stealin' Love on the Side
20. God Can

Personnel includes: Paul Kelly (vocals); Gene Page (arranger, conductor, keyboards); Reggie Young, Johnny Christopher, Chips Moman, Ray Parker, Jr., David T. Walker (guitar); Buddy Skipper, Billy Puett, Barry McDonald, George Tidwell, Dale Quillen, Thaddeus Richard, Ronald Eades, Harvey Thompson, Ben Cauley, Bob Phillips (horns); Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons, Reginald "Sonny" Burke, Sylvester Rivers (keyboards); Mike Leach (vibraphone, bass); Tommy Cogbill, Scott Edwards, Wilton Felder (bass); Hayward Bishop, James Gadson, Jack Ashford (drums, percussion); Paulinho da Costa (congas); Juanita Rogers, Carolyn Dennis, Venetta Fields, La Carol Jackson, Charolette Jones, Patricia Lee, Julia Tillman, Lorna Maxine Willard (background vocals). Producers: Buddy Killen, Paul Kelly, Gene Page. Compilation producer: Gregg Geller. Includes liner notes by Bob Merlis. Personnel: Paul Kelly (background vocals); Chips Moman, David T. Walker, Johnny Christopher, Ray Parker, Jr., Reggie Young (guitar); Sheldon Kurland, David Vanderkooi, Stephanie Woolf, Chris Teal, Solie Fott, George Binkley III, Byron Bach, Brenton Banks, Marvin Chantry, Gary VanOsdale (strings); Billy Puett, Barry McDonald, Dale Quillen, Ben Cauley, Thadeus Richard, Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades, George Tidwell, Buddy Skipper (horns); Gene Page, Sylvester Rivers, Sonny Burke , Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood (keyboards); Mike Leech (vibraphone); James Gadson, Jack Ashford, Hayword Bishop (drums, percussion); Paulinho Da Costa (congas); Juanita Rogers, Jones Charolette, Patricia Lee, Lacarol Jackson, Julia Tillman, Lorna Willard, Carolyn Dennis, Venetta Fields (background vocals). Liner Note Author: Bob Merlis. Photographer: Joel Brodsky. Arrangers: Gene Page; Paul Kelly; Anthony Dorsey; Mike Leech; Bob Holmes; Buddy Killen.



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