CD A Bag Full of Soul/Fantastic Feliciano (CD 1216910),
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A Bag Full of Soul/Fantastic Feliciano

  • 1. If I Really Bug You
    2. You're Takin' Hold Me
    3. Help!
    4. Spoonful
    5. Happy Guy
    6. Masters of War
    7. Go on Your Way
    8. Woman, A Lover, A Friend
    9. Goin' to Chicago Blues
    10. Work Song
    11. That's the Way It's Gonna Be
    12. Where I'm Goin'
    13. I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
    14. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
    15. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
    16. You Know You Don't Want Me (So Why Don't You Leave Me Alone?)
    17. Goody Goody
    18. Nature Boy
    19. To Each His Own
    20. Quit While You're Ahead
    21. I Wish You Love (Que Reste-T-Il de Nos Amours?)
    22. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
    23. I Miss You So
    24. Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BGOCD817

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Somer
    EngineerEd Begley

    Audio Remasterer: Andrew Thompson .
    Liner Note Author: John O'Regan.
    Arranger: Charles Calello.
    This BGO label two-fer boasts digitally remastered editions of Jos Feliciano's second and third LPs for RCA. The 1965 effort A Bag Full of Soul captures Feliciano in transitional mode, still feeling his way toward the uniquely Latino-influenced folk-jazz sensibilities on which his fame rests -- while he remains a product of the Greenwich Village coffeehouse circuit, the material and arrangements here hint at mainstream pop leanings exemplified by a cover of the Beatles' "Help!," an approach that points the way to his breakthrough rendition of the Doors' "Light My Fire." But too much of the album plays it safe, settling for straightforward readings of familiar folkie fare like Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" and Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Work Song." Feliciano's vocals are lovely and impassioned, but not quite strong enough to carry the day alone. A scattershot set of pop standards, Fantastic Feliciano pushes the singer in a series of new creative directions, some considerably more successful than others. Feliciano lends his signature stamp to familiar tunes like "Nature Boy," "For Sentimental Reasons," and "The Masquerade Is Over," shifting easily from stark, simple arrangements that spotlight his intricate guitar playing to fuller, R&B-inspired contexts that underline the soulfulness of his vocals. Not all of it works, and the album fails to hang together as a whole, but the pieces of the puzzle are in place, enabling his signature sound to achieve critical mass over the course of subsequent LPs. ~ Jason Ankeny

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