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Rated Extraordinaire / Ever Ready


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1. Your Love Is Rated X (4:15)
2. Stormy (5:14)
3. Here I Go (Through These Changes Again) (3:59)
4. Did He Make Love To You
5. And I Panicked
6. Love Is Better In The A.M. (Part 1 and 2)
7. It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)
8. Not Just Another Booty Song
9. I'm Just A Shoulder To Cry On
10. Stop Giving People Hard Luck Stories
11. Hey Mister Melody Maker
12. Ever Ready
13. Keep On Dancing
14. I Gotta Keep Groovin, You
15. Soul Fillet
16. Bittersweet Love
17. I Love To Make Love When It's Raining
18. Give Me My Baby

Product Description

During his 47 year career The Philosopher of Soul covered Doo-Wop, Gospel (with the Soul Stirrers from 1957-61), R&B (for his friend Sam Cooke s SAR label), Blues, Southern Soul and even the Soulful end of Disco. Johnnie s soulful voice and easy going velvet delivery was as smooth as silk, yet he could also sing with that distinctive raw gutsy feel as well. Rated Extraordinaire from 1977 and Ever Ready from 1978 were produced by the legendary Detroit producer Don Davis. Davis had already produced Taylor for nearly 10 years when these albums were made, and had over seen his big breakthrough hit Who s Making Love and many other gems for Stax Records. Davis signed Taylor to Columbia and produced J.T. s biggest selling record of his career Disco Lady which topped both R&B and Pop charts and became the first 45 to ever be certified as Platinum. His Eargasm album followed which was another of his best albums. Eargasm had a slightly different feel to his Stax material and he was aided by P-Funk rhythm section featuring Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Glen Goins. Rated Extraordinaire is another Soul masterpiece based around a similar conception. Ever Ready from 1978 is another strong album which has been overlooked by many. It includes the dancers Mister Melody Maker , Keep on Dancing and the title track which reflect their time, when disco was king, but still retain that soul feeling. The beautiful ballads Soul Fillet and I Love to Make Love When it s Raining see JT in fine voice. The Ronnie McNeir co written Give Me My Baby gives more than a nod to James Brown (think Dirty Harry), but this brilliant groove oriented semi funky track closes the set on a high. Johnnie Taylor has a big fan base all over the world and as Ever Ready has not been available on CD before and Rated Extraordinaire has been out of print for over 10 years so we expect strong demand. We expect airplay from Jazz FM, Smooth FM, BBC 6, Solar, Starpoint , Colourful and many other radio stations. Reviews expected in Mojo, Record Collector, Echoes, B&S , Soul Bag, Manifesto and on Soul, Funk and Jazz websites.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Critically Acclaimed, But Shows the Talent 5 Nov 2012
By CJ Pugi - Published on Amazon.com
I think when people think of Johnnie Taylor, they think of blues. Who's Makin Love, Disco Lady, and more recently Good Love/Last 2 Dollars. Deep fans think all the way back to Take Care of Your Homework, or Little Bluebird which shows the Southern gritty blues JT tried to accomplish after the death of mentor Sam Cooke, which was done not accidentally to differentiate himself from the image Cooke was trying to push JT into. However if you follow the career of JT, I think you will find someone, like Cooke, who was always pushing his musicality to the next level. These 2 albums show that. The message is pretty much the same but more "music" was added as said in the other review more flutes etc. But more than just the production of flutes/strings, JT sang these songs tenderly without losing his gritty edge and at no point in either tune he sang this way does the song not fit JT. I think because commercially these albums didn't do as great as his previous things they get lost in his discography but they shouldn't. Soul Fillet, even though the message may be a little different, is a tune JT sang masterfully. Raining Outside too. JT sang these as if they were coming from him to a special someone. The dance tunes on these albums are great as well because he puts his style into it but keeps the musicality as the time provided. In sum, these 2 albums show Johnnie Taylor's versatility as a singer and shows how timeless his talent really was.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good to have back in print 3 Oct 2012
By Luigi Facotti - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks to Soul Brother Records for releasing these 1977-1978 Johnnie Taylor albums on CD in their complete form. Bits and pieces of these have been available on Legacy compilations which takes them out of context of the original LP releases. These post-Stax albums were both produced by Mr. Don Davis - now a very successful banker in Detroit - using many of the same musicians and the same studios as the finger clicking Stax period albums although these are more Detroit than Memphis, more strings and flutes less horns. Great to have them back in print.
... back in 1982 and to date it is my favorite by JT 30 Oct 2014
By viking76 - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard "soul fillet" from the Ever Ready album for the first time back in 1982 and to date it is my favorite by JT. I always felt it had a little jazzy taste to it because it was so velvety smooth. Found the album shortly thereafter and never understood why such a treasure was never placed on cd. The exact same could be said for "Rated Extraordinaire," which I believe is some of Johnnie's best work. These two exceptional albums on one cd is an absolute must for music enthusiasts.
Vintage Johnnie R&B 3 July 2014
By Terand - Published on Amazon.com
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I had sentimental attachment to tis album since buying "Rated Xtraordinaire" back in 1977. I finally replaced it on CD; and I'm quite pleased to hear these songs once more. Even now, they still sound impressive with Johnnie Taylor's unique singing voice complemented by very good musical arrangement.
Evryone should have this one 19 April 2014
By Kirvin C. Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this CD recording. I am old school and this one puts me on top, it came on time and was delivered fast. It was also in the best of shape. I will give this one 5 stars, Thank You Amazon.
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