domingo, julho 02, 2006

Rhythm Country & Blues - 1994

Review by Thom Owens Rhythm Country & Blues is one of those various artists collections that always works better on paper than it does in practice. The intent behind the album was to demonstrate that there wasn't much difference between country and soul, either in terms of songwriting or performance. In order to prove this theory, the producers came up with a series of 11 duets featuring one country musician and one R&B musician, and had the duos sing classic songs. So, Rhythm Country & Blues is filled with duets like Conway Twitty and Sam Moore's "Rainy Night In Georgia," and Al Green and Lyle Lovett's "Funny How Time Slips Away," Clint Black and the Pointer Sisters' "Chain of Fools," Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood's "I Fall to Pieces," and George Jones and B.B. King's "Patches." Given all that talent, the album should have been a stunner. Instead, it's merely competent. It suffers from forced duets like Patti LaBelle and Travis Tritt, an overly-familiar selection of songs, and too-slick production. Rhythm Country & Blues sold well intially because a well-orchestrated publicity campaign but, in retrospect, that marketing plan was the most memorable thing about the entire project.

1 Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Performed by Vince Gill, Gladys Knight 3:53

2 Funny How Time Slips Away -Performed by Al Green, Lyle Lovett 4:33
3 I Fall to Pieces Aaron Neville ... 3:47 Performed by: Aaron Neville, Trisha Yearwood
4 Somethin' Else Little Richard ... 2:50 Performed by: Little Richard, Tanya Tucker
5 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby Patti LaBelle ... 5:21 Performed by: Patti LaBelle, Travis Tritt
6 Rainy Night in Georgia -Performed by Sam Moore, Conway Twitty 5:13

7 Chain of Fools Clint Black ... 3:42 Performed by: Clint Black, Pointer Sisters
8 Since I Fell for You Natalie Cole ... 4:18 Performed by: Natalie Cole, Reba McEntire
9 Southern Nights Chet Atkins ... 4:44 Performed by: Chet Atkins, Allen Toussaint
10 Weight Staple Singers ... 3:37 Performed by: Staple Singers, Marty Stuart
11 Patches George Jones, Performed by B.B. King 6:14


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