William Bell – 1971 – Wow
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Rip & review by Raphy
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You asked for it and my Jamaican brother Raphy quickly ripped his original vinyl and scanned the covers for you.
Here in his own words :
“WOW” …..I’m sitting in front of my computer wondering what I’m gonna write about a Great Rhythm & Blues artist that have not been said.
An artist so unappreciated in his own country.This gives truth to the old adage, that a King is not honored in his own country. Sir Bell, you are adored & revered not only worldwide, but especially on a little “Rock” called Jamaica.
Jamaica, have been exposed to Sir William Bell music as far back as 1962, when he came out with “Any Other Way“… (Chuck Jackson made it more popular). Strangely, it didn’t made an impact internationally, but it was regularly played on the radio station at the time. Collectors of all age still hunting for that elusive 45.
A1 I Can’t Make It (All by Myself) 3.28
A2 Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone 4.22
A3 All For The Love of a Woman 3.15
A4 My Door Is Always Open 4.15
A5 A Penny for Your Thoughts 3.08
B1 You’ll Want Diamonds 3.06
B2 Winding Winding Road 3.19
B3 Somebody’s Gonna Get Hurt 3.37
B4 I Forgot to Be Your Lover 2.43
B5 I’ll Be Home 3.40
There was another William Bell song that made a great impact on the local scene, and also seeing as a foundation tune in the Rocksteady/Reggae genre. This was not one of his popular songs eg. “Private Number” or “Trying To Love Two” etc.. But a song he did in 1969 called:
“My Whole World Is Falling Down“. WHAT? YES!!!
That ‘chune’ was a Killer on the dancefloor. We made at least 3 popular cover versions of that songs.
Now, what can I say about this album…..WOW!
where should I start…
I had this Lp for about 10-15 years now…I can’t remember how I came by it… all I know is that I probably
played this Lp twice….until now.
At first glance, one would assumed that this was only a ‘One hit” album with the big song jumping out at you with a soulful cry, “Please don’t forget me” and I replied, “How can…….’I Forgot To Be Your Lover“.
But I did.. forgot about this lp until recently…
You see I have a big Pine shelving Unit where I stocked my invaluable Lps on. It divided into three big compartments with five tier shelves run across equally.
When I say “Top Shelf’ Music….that means actually I place those music on the top shelf…Literally. But It also means figuratively, that this music is of the highest calibre.
Hence that’s where you’ll find this particualr album; on the “Top Shelf.”
Friends, I will not deliberate on all the songs on this Lp, suffice to say, not one weak track is on this masterpiece..
There are at least five songs that are growing on me. They are, “I Can’t Make It (All By Myself), “Til My Back Ain’t Got No Bone“, “My Door Is Always Open“, A Penny For Your Thoughts” & “You’ll Want Diamonds“.
As you may noticed I’ve excluded the very popular “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” reason is that it’s one of the unmatched great songs of all times, period. Albeit, “You’ll Want Diamonds” seems to be haunting me..I’m hearing that song in my head now and then..
Before I forget, Let me mention some of the luminaries on this Masterpiece. They are: Al Bell, Tom Nixon, Kim Weston, Patrice Holloway, Jessie Smith, Mickey Stevenson, The Nightingales, The Memphis Horns, Booker T. Jones and The Bar-Kays.
As you may notice this is not an easy album to come by. Sometimes we share our priceless possession with the
ones we love.
All I’m asking is for you to ‘Big Up’ the “Big Man” Sir William Bell. Tell him thanks for the great music he created for us to enjoy.
Here it is…….Enjoy and be……….WOW!
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