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Rawls Sings Sinatra

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Come Fly With Me
Nice 'N' Easy
All The Way
Learnin' The Blues
That's Life
The Lady Is A Tramp
Summer Wind
The Second Time Around
My Kind Of Town/Chicago
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
The Can't Take That Away From Me
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 40:53

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We Miss Ya Lou


I admit that the late Lou Rawls could likely sing the yellow pages and I'd sit back & listen in awe to his deep mellifluous baritone voice. Sinatra himself once said that Rawls had the “silkiest chops in the singing game.” These recordings were made later in Lou's life, so understand that there's a little more crackle in his pipes than his classic 60's soul & smooth 70's balladeering. Despite some standard arrangements that Lou's old producers like David Axelrod or Gamble and Huff would no doubt have improved on, there's still some good stuff as Lou gets busy and makes short order of converting these choice tunes from the Sinatra repertoire into his own. It's just another collection from a man who had a 4 octave range, made over 60 albums during his career, and left distinguished marks across the spectrum of rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, soul and pop and even philanthropy.

They Say All Music Guide

Tackling the Sinatra songbook seems like a dicey proposition. Who wants to be compared to one of the greatest singers of all time? Most likely you are going to come up short in comparison. Lou Rawls decided to take on the challenge on his 2003 release Rawls Sings Sinatra, which features Rawls wrapping his distinctive baritone around 12 songs associated with Sinatra. It is produced very cleanly by Billy Vera, arranged swingingly by Benny Golson, and split between up-tempo songs like “Come Fly With Me,” “That’s Life,” and “My Kind of Town/Chicago” and ballads like “All the Way,” “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road”), and “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” Vera and Rawls make a few interesting choices song-wise, picking a few lesser-known songs like “Summer Wind,” “The Second Time Around,” and “Learnin’ the Blues.” All the pieces are in place to make this a pleasant exercise in Sinatra-worshipping nostalgia. The only problem is the less-than-perfect state of Rawls’ vocals. He definitely shows his age as he occasionally scrapes his way through the trickier passages and growls his way through the swinging tunes. If you can handle him not sounding exactly as he did in his prime, Rawls actually sounds pretty good on most of the disc. In fact on some of the songs, and especially on the ballads like “All the Way” and “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road”), his newfound vocal unsteadiness adds a new shade of vulnerability that is quite interesting. Fans of Rawls who want to live in the past should avoid this disc for certain, but those who are willing to hear the real Rawls of 2003 will find themselves in possession of a pleasant and swinging disc. (Oh yeah, the Sinatra comparison. Does it stack up well against Sinatra in his prime? Not even close. How about against Sinatra when he was 68 as Rawls is in 2003? Well, Sinatra was still better, but not by much.) – Tim Sendra

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