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Classic straight-ahead doo-wop and rock and roll,
This review is from: My True Story (Audio CD)
Aaron Neville has the voice of an angel and the body of a docker, an odd combination; this record his first for the Blue Note label was produced by Don Was and Keith Richards and sees him revisiting some classic doo-wop and rock and roll songs, including three Drifters songs "Money Honey," "Under the Boardwalk" and "This Magic Moment". I was hoping that these esteemed producers would bring a slightly off-the-wall twist to some of these songs but everything is delivered completely authentically. The band including top session players Greg Leisz on guitar, Benmont Tench on keyboards, George Receli on drums and Tony Scherr on bass also sound sound very authentic with no concessions to the present.
On first listen I must admit I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a post modern twist to these often quite soppy songs and that wasn't there at all. However, Aaron has such a wonderful voice it is impossible not to be charmed by his vocals, his obvious love of the material and the period arrangements of these classic songs - an over-used phrase but in this case totally justified. I think other vocalists could have melted into the background but Aaron's voice is so distinctive that he stands out on every track, while keeping completely within the spirit of the original. It's impossible for me to pick a favourite, everything is of the same high standard, but if I had to I'd probably go for Thurston Harris's "Little bitty pretty one".