Percy Sledge's great CD, Shining
Through The Rain (Varese
Sarabande), sort of eluded me for the past few months, perhaps
because it has been ten years since his wonderful Blue Night
CD and you weren't looking for anything new. His new company Varese Sarabande is more of an oldies/soundtrack company and
certainly didn't promote this 2004 release, so it is even
sweeter discovering this and realizing that he still has a lot
of great music in him.
"Shining Through The Rain" opens the CD and is a memorable tune that you will want to come back to in the future. "Misty Morning" is a slow ballad which features harmony vocals from Jakob Dylan (Bob's son).
Earl Carson's "Big Blue Diamonds" shows how well Sledge does with a great country song. The beautiful "A Lonely Violin," a Brothers Gibb tune is graced with other worldly violin playing by Lili Haydn.
A remake of the Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces' "Searching For My Baby" works great as sort of a change of pace. Steve Earle penned the excellent "My Old Friend The Blues," and Jackie Lomax's "Fall Inside Your Eyes" is another great choice of songs. All given the ultimate Sledge treatment.
The musicians present reads like a who's who of session players, with the likes of Clayton Ivey on piano and organ, Larry Byrom on guitar and guest appearances by Phil Upchurch, Barry Goldberg, Denny Freeman, Paul Jones and even some great harmonica by John "Juke Logan on "Lonely Hobo Lullaby." The horns are sensational, as is everything about this CD.
If you love Percy Sledge or just want to get reacquainted with his work, this CD is a must buy. They don't come along like this very often.
--- Alan Shutro
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