Just For You
On Darrell Nulisch’s latest release, Just for You
(Severn Records), the focus is on soul and R&B.
Produced by Nulisch, along with Severn stalwarts
David Earl and Steve Gomes (who also plays bass),
the disc features all the prerequisites for a great
soul/R&B album, a muscular eight-piece horn section
(arranged by the legendary Willie Henderson), backup
singers (Carla Chisholm, Meg Murray, and guest Lou
Pride), those great churchy keyboards right out of
Hi Records (compliments of Benjie Porecki) and a
tasty mix of originals and well-chosen covers.
The x-factor, of course, is Nulisch, who has never
sounded better. Joining him are Fabulous T-Bird
Johnny Moeller on guitar, Robb Stupka on drums, and
Victor Williams on percussion. They provide
excellent support on the set, which features six
tracks co-written by Nulisch and Gomes.
The highlights are plentiful, but the cream of the
crop from the originals includes “All The Love We
Had,” which has a mid ’70s feel with Moeller’s
guitar work and those sweet horns. “You Don’t Know
Me,” the bold Stax-esque album opener, “Far Too
Lonely,” which has a bouncy Sam Cooke groove, and
“Let a Woman Be a Woman,” an organ-fueled soul gem
that would have been a smooth fit during the Motown
Of the four cover tunes, the standout is Nulisch’s
take on the Otis Clay favorite, “The Woman Don’t
Live Here No More,” but he also does a fine job on
the title track, originally recorded by Slim Harpo,
and J. J. Malone’s “It’s a Shame.” Nulisch’s
reworking of fellow Severn artist Pride’s ’70s hit,
“Work for Love,” is marvelous.
Just for You features a masterful performance from Nulisch. His strong, intimate vocals and the superb
music and production make this disc a must-have for
soul and R&B fans.
--- Graham Clarke