Walter Jackson – 1976 – Feeling Good

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The first of six “comeback” albums that this great Chicago soul singer cut during his second wave of recording during the late 70s! Walter had originally done some amazing work with the great Carl Davis at the Okeh label during the mid 60s and this album marks a return to their collaboration — this time at Davis’ own Chi-Sound subsidiary of 20th Century Records. Jackson here takes all the smooth sophistication of his early days, and transforms himself into an adult singer of soul songs  taking a route similar to that travelled by singers like Jerry Butler or Lou Rawls at the same time. Like Rawls, the style doesn’t always work but when it does, it’s great.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original United Artists LP including covers.

Tracks
A1   Too Shy To Say (4:14)
A2   Play In The Band (3:25)
A3   Welcome Home (3:47)
A4   Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend) (4:30)
A5   Love Is Lovelier (3:03)
B1   Love Woke Me Up This Morning (3:08)
B2   Feelings (4:48)
B3  Words (Are Impossible) (2:58)
B4   I’ve Got It Bad Feelin’ Good (2:32)
B5   Someone Saved My Life Today (6:31)

As a vocalist, Walter Jackson experienced success in the ’60s with hits like 1965’s “Welcome Home” and 1967’s “My Ship Is Coming In“. Those songs typify the powerful and dramatic Chicago sound, a perfect match for his precise diction and haunted baritone. Jackson’s career was hampered due to his affliction with polio and unjustified commercial woes, and Welcome Home marked his mid-’70s return to the music scene. It certainly starts off strong enough, with a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Too Shy to Say“. While Wonder’s version was subdued if not somnolent, Jackson turns it into great drama. Jackson’s update of his own “Welcome Home” though, finds the song not improved by an updated, hackneyed arrangement.

The album’s best tracks, “Love Is Even Lovelier” and “I Got It Bad Feeling Good“, are customary gems from writers Pam Sawyer and Leon Ware. With flawless and nuanced arrangements, the songs are a clear indication where this effort could have gone, but didn’t — to shore up Jackson’s hit potential, Welcome Home was overloaded with cover material. Of course, the worst offender is the always awful “Feelings” a song that has stopped many an album in its tracks. Jackson’s take on Elton John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” fares better. Welcome Home, produced by Carl Davis and arranged by Riley Hampton, finds them way off their game and too often not providing the proper backing for Jackson’s superior vocals.

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28 Comments
  • JazzyPier
    Posted at 16:03h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    Thank u Nikos, and a Happy New Year!

  • Moses
    Posted at 17:54h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    Much Thanks For this one!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:58h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    ive never hear about that guy..thanks for the discover dude…and happy new year to u..wonderful blog and spirit jean paris

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 19:28h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    got this one up at the old spot , borrowed it from my older sis Debbie awhile back, had to give it back , but a decent album, nice to see it pop up in other places….Happy NY Nikos!!!!

  • k02
    Posted at 20:16h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:05h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos!!

  • manny
    Posted at 23:43h, 03 January 2009 Reply

    awesome, thanks for posting

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 01:17h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    thanx 4 everything, so much gems, so much joy – what a work!!!!

    Happy New Year Nikos and keep on doin´it

  • VIncent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 01:43h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Just dropping by to wish you a happy and SAFE New Year. Thanks for everything… 🙂

    Peace and blessings.

  • liam
    Posted at 08:28h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks for this, slowly getting into his 70’s stuff

  • Godbless
    Posted at 14:42h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Thank you. Looking forward to enjoying this one as always.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 18:02h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos! happy New Year to you!

  • lader_m
    Posted at 18:21h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Great one, thank you a lot!

  • Ronald
    Posted at 22:06h, 04 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks buddy for all the great work you do!

  • Alan
    Posted at 10:23h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lester
    Posted at 10:28h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Much Appreciated! I’ve never heard this one.

  • Edward
    Posted at 15:23h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Great Drop!
    Many thanks,

  • ahawk
    Posted at 19:11h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Many thanks for this great album.

  • Kotie
    Posted at 21:48h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    Great soul singer. Thanks for this one.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:50h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    this is a good album mine is scratched badly so thanx for this post nikos happy new year

  • Jason
    Posted at 23:22h, 05 January 2009 Reply

    i needed this one thx

  • Vic
    Posted at 13:18h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    A decent album for his come back. A great voice, and Carl Davis always there.

  • Sara
    Posted at 17:37h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    Yet another fantastic post! Many thanks!!

  • hooch
    Posted at 18:10h, 06 January 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 22:24h, 07 January 2009 Reply

    ‘Love is lovelier’ has long been one of my all-time favourites – so nuff said. I agree that this midtempo direction was one that brought the best out of the man. I also cherish his original version of ‘Welcome Home’, but he does a fair job of updating it here. Although I didn’t always care for his penchant for covering standards, there is no denying the depth of soul and suffering in those warm brittle waves of sound – gorgeous. Many thanks Nikos for another fine selection.

  • Rusty
    Posted at 13:43h, 05 February 2010 Reply

    What a great voice lovin’ this ..thanks so much !!!

  • Johnny
    Posted at 19:50h, 17 July 2011 Reply

    Thank for posting this, one of my favorite albums by my absolute (with no question) favorite male voice of all time. No matter what Walter sings, he moves me. I hope that your post of this album will help more people discover him. I don’t know anything about his personal life, but from the depth and passion he puts into so many sad love songs, the man knew heartbreak. Walter Jackson had it all. He had the voice, the handsome face and million dollar smile, and the knack to draw you into his world with a song. I know he’s smiling down from heaven, happy to know he is loved and remembered. God bless Walter, and God bless you for sharing this album with the world.

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 09:25h, 30 July 2013 Reply

    Thanks Walter Jackson wonderful album… His music wil live forever…..

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