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Only The Best Of Les McCann [Box]

    1. Maybe You'll Come Back
    2. Song of Love, The
    3. When It's Over
    4. Somebody's Been Lying 'Bout Me
    5. Go on and Cry
    6. My Soul Lies Deep
    7. Morning Song, The
    8. Someday We'll Meet Again
    1. Us
    2. Changing Seasons
    3. Got to Hustle to Survive
    4. Butterflies/Everytime I See a Butterfly
    5. Says Who Says What?
    6. Will We Ever Find Our Fathers
    7. Well, Cuss My Daddy
    8. Why Is Now
    9. Let Your Learning Be Your Eyes
    0. DISC 3: COMMENT:
    1. How Many Broken Wings
    2. Can't We Be Strangers Again
    3. Unless It's You
    4. What I Call Soul
    5. Comment
    6. Baby, Baby
    7. Yours Is My Heart Alone
    0. DISC 4: LAYERS:
    1. Sometimes I Cry
    2. Let's Gather
    3. Anticipation
    4. Dunbar High School Marching Band
    5. Soaring, Pt. 1
    6. Harlem Buck Street Dance
    7. Interlude
    8. Before I Rest
    9. Let's Play
    10. It Never Stopped in My Home Town
    11. Soaring, Pt. 2
    0. DISC 5: MUCH LES:
    1. Doin' That Thing
    2. With These Hands
    3. Burnin' Coal
    4. Benjamin
    5. Love for Sale
    6. Roberta
    1. What's Going On [Vocal]
    2. Shamading
    3. Seems So Long [Vocal]
    4. She's Here
    5. North Carolina
    6. Let It Lay [Vocal]
    7. Talk to the People [Vocal]
    8. You Little Cheat
    9. I'm Back Home
    10. Loved You Full in Every Way
    11. A Hand from the Crowd
    12. I'm a Liberated Woman
    13. River High, River Low
    14. I've Been Thinking About My Problems
    15. What Is It That We Have to Do to Let Our Children Grow
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): COL-CD-1182

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Shaw; Tony Silvester; Joel Dorn; Les McCann; Bert deCoteaux
    EngineerKelly Kotera; Bill Arlt; Jerome Gasper; Rick Heenan; Adrian Barber; Alan Varner; Bob Liftin

    This 6-disc bundle pack of CDs reissued by the Collectables label includes the classic albums "Comment," "Talk To The People," "River High River Low," "Layers," "Much Les," "Another Beginning" and "Hustle To Survive."
    Liner Note Authors: Les McCann; Bert de Coteaux.
    Recording information: Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, NY; Media Sound Studios, New York, NY; Regent Sound STudios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.
    Arrangers: Les McCann; Bert de Coteaux.
    Simply put, this massive six-CD set contains all seven Atlantic albums that Collectables licensed and reissued on CD; all of them are solid. They are: 1969's Much Les; 1970's Comment; 1973's Layers; 1974's Another Beginning, 1975's Hustle to Survive; and the pairing on a single disc of 1972's Talk to the People and 1976's River High, River Low. These recordings are important ones in McCann's catalog because they mark the route he made as he began and cemented the successful transition from being a jazz artist to a soul artist. Among these 56 recordings are so many gems it's superfluous to name them here, because the albums themselves are all worthy and a few -- Much Les, Comment, Layers, Hustle to Survive, and Talk to the People -- are absolutely necessary. Fans who bought most of these recordings singly will likely have to debate whether they want to purchase them again in nothing more than a shoddy slipcase as a package, but it is important for any serious McCann collector to own all six of these CDs. This is soulful jazz and jazzy funk at their very best during a very fertile period in the artist's long and distinguished career. ~ Thom Jurek

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