Monday, July 3, 2017

Don Bryant - Don't Give Up On Love

Just when you think we may have reached the end of these wonderful 'rediscovery' projects thru sheer attrition; Don Bryant offers this absolute masterpiece. I'm going to have to go buy a copy of this one TODAY! You got any sense, you will too.

"Dedicated to wife Ann Peebles, Don't Give Up on Love is Don Bryant's first secular album since 1969, the same year he placed a co-writing credit on This Is Ann Peebles. Bryant also recorded several singles for Hi Records during the latter half of the '60s, but he settled into penning songs for other artists and spun some gold with his partner, exemplified by "I Can't Stand the Rain." Long after Bryant devoted all his musical energy to the church, Hi Rhythm Section drummer Howard Grimes persuaded the singer to perform with him in the Bo-Keys. Bryant's return to R&B felt so right that it led to Don't Give Up on Love. Recorded in Memphis with several of the Bo-Keys, including Grimes and fellow Hi veterans Charles Hodges (organ) and Hubby Turner (keyboards), as well as bandleader Scott Bomar (bass), it stays true to the tradition of late-'60s/early-'70s Memphis soul. Much of that has to do with the enduring might of Bryant's voice. It seizes attention on the opening cover of Vernon Morrison and Don Robey's "A Nickel and a Nail" -- popularized by O.V. Wright, for whom Bryant wrote material -- and seldom loosens its grip through a set that is mostly originals composed by Bryant either alone or with Bomar. Out of the new songs, "How Do I Get There" is the standout, a resolute hybrid of gospel, blues, and soul where Bryant sings about the promise of the afterlife. Bryant also goes all the way back to 1960 for an update of "I Got to Know," which he wrote for vocal group the "5" Royales, and revisits his "It Was Jealousy," recorded separately during the early '70s by Otis Clay and Peebles. This is one pleasant and pleasing surprise."

7 comments:

KingCake said...

http://www40.zippyshare.com/v/E4EFhOdK/file.html

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, KC!

KingCake said...

Here is an album of Don's earlier secular stuff: http://www40.zippyshare.com/v/ShGZCL92/file.html

pmac said...

Listened to this earlier today. It's simply fantastic. Many thanks. Will give the older one a spin tomorrow.

slstokes said...

Stunningly great. Not great as in "comeback album" great, but just amazing on its own merits. Thanks!

rivercityslim said...

I nabbed a copy of this one last week when it came into the radio station. Great stuff; the fact that this guy was not recorded more is a crime.

maltshophop said...

Thank-you very much for this album KingCake. Very much appreciated
regards peter

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