- Audio CD (12 April 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Collectables
- ASIN: B0007QJ238
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Papa Oom Mow Mow|
|2. Willie and Laura Mae Jones|
|3. Moonlight and Music|
|4. Johnny Porter|
|5. Looking For An Echo|
|6. Women and Drinkin'|
|7. Sixty Minute Man|
|8. Win Your Love (For Me)|
|9. It's Gonna Rain Again|
|10. To Be Loved|
The album is completely free of musical instruments, unless, of course, you count the four members' voices, the combination of which makes anything else unnecessary. Their harmonies are flawless, and they sing with a confidence in the material and each other that makes each song a chapter in a superbly told story.
The range of their power is illustrated by their ability to inject energy into a dust-covered chestnut like "Papa Oom Mow Mow," hold you spellbound with the musical narratives of "Wille and Laura Mae Jones" and "Johnny Porter," and wrap you in the pure romanticism of "Moonlight and Music." And those are not to mention their tasty dollops of R&B ("Women and Drinkin'", "Sixty Minute Man").
But for me they capture the spirit of doo-wop in its purest form with "Looking for an Echo," a wonderful evocation of the street singing that is at the heart of the music. If you have only heard the Kenny Vance version of this tune, you'll be surprised by how much more the Persuasions do with it. It's on the relatively short list of pop tunes that I have played over and over again without ever getting tired of it.
Excellent CD to get if you are coming on the Persuasions for the first time.
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