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Sam Moore
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Sam Moore For those of us who were huge Sam & Dave fans in the 60s and 70s, the hope of more great albums from that historic duo ended with the untimely death of Dave Prater in a car crash. Sam & Dave were on the outs by then, but they had been brought back to do shows. Even though they had grown to dislike each other, the hope was that they had another great album in them. Dave's death ended that hope. 

In 1970 Atlantic Records cut this solo LP of Sam Moore, produced by King Curtis. Death reared it's ugly head again when shortly after this session, King Curtis was shot outside his apartment in New York. Atlantic decided to not release the album and it lay dormant for 30 years. To give you an example of the talent assembled for this project, it was said that keyboard credits went to Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, with Bernard Purdie, Cornell Dupree, Eric Gale, Chuck Rainey and the Sweet Inspirations all in attendance.

What we now have with this release is another great album to go alongside those classic Sam & Dave Stax and Atlantic releases. With incredible versions of "The Tennessee Waltz," "Get Out of My Life Woman," "I Can't Stand It" and the most unbelievable version of "Part Time Love," this CD will have your jaw dropping. 

Another awesome track is the Detroit Emeralds' great "If I Lose Your Love," given a different treatment that pales the original. 

As one other reviewer put it "this is heart wrenching, spine tingling music." I cannot agree more. 

This CD goes right to the top of my favorite 2002 releases. Don't miss it.

--- Alan Shutro

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