Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore

Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore

by Latimore

CD

Overview

This typically generous collection from Rhino focuses on a lesser-known but worthwhile proponent of Southern soul. The songs collected here represent '70s R&B music at its most laid-back and thoughtful: The definitive track on Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore is the title cut, a gorgeous midtempo ballad that features Benny Latimore pouring out his heart in a gospel-tinged style over a simmering midtempo beat dominated by his fluid electric piano work. Most of the material here follows the same style, highlights including a jazzy, finger-popping take on the old standard "Stormy Monday Blues" and "Somethin' 'Bout Cha," a mellow groover reminiscent of Al Green's mid-'70s work. This consistency is both a blessing and a curse: Despite the overall solid nature of the material here, the lack of stylistic variation makes the songs repetitive after a while (especially during the second half of the collection). That said, Straighten It Out: The Best of Latimore does include all of Latimore's chart hits from his '70s era and allows the listener a convenient way to pick this material up in one fell swoop. As a result, it is worth a spin for hardcore '70s soul fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1995
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227199425
catalogNumber: 71994

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Latimore   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals
Kooper   Organ,Piano
Gwen McCrae   Background Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Freddie Scott   Drums
Ron Bogdon   Bass
Larry Byrom   Guitar
Charles Chalmers   Background Vocals
Donna Davis   Background Vocals
Cynthia Douglas   Background Vocals
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
David Hood   Bass
Joe Lala   Percussion
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Percussion
Joey Murcia   Guitar
Richie Puente   Percussion
Bobby Radeloff   Drums
Donna Rhodes   Background Vocals
Sandra Rhodes   Background Vocals
Whit Sidener   Flute,Horn
Stephen Scott Kirkpatrick   Drums

Technical Credits

Kooper   Arranger,Producer
Steve Alaimo   Producer
Joe Galdo   Producer
Ish Ledesma   Producer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Marsha Radcliffe   Producer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Rickey Vincent   Liner Notes

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