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Lou Rawls: The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions

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This twenty-song anthology delivers the definitive overview of Lou Rawls' vocal accomplishments before his late-1970s run with Gamble & Huff for Philly International records popped him into the mainstream.

Like so many other blues-influenced pop singers, Rawls begins right from The Source, the family church, through the opening “Motherless Child, from The Soul Stirring ...

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Lou Rawls: The Best Of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions

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Although they're included almost as a postscript to this gorgeous collection of jazz and gospel-inflected blues, the last three tracks on The Best Of Lou Rawls are headline news in themselves. Three previously unissued tracks featuring legendary trumpeter Dupree Bolton!!

Almost as under-recorded and unchronicled as Buddy Bolden, Dupree Bolton spent most of his adult life ...

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Lou Rawls: The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions

Read "The Best of Lou Rawls: The Capitol Jazz & Blues Sessions" reviewed by Jim Santella

The emotional catch in Lou Rawls' voice and the unmistakable sound of his persona have long been staples of modern music: easy to love and comfortably familiar. When Rawls sings, everybody wants to absorb the lyrics. And following the message that accompanies each of his songs comes as natural as intimate conversation between two good friends.