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Papa True Love: The Amy Sessions

  • 1. Fannie Mae
    2. Baby Come on Home
    3. Georgia Pines
    4. In the Same Old Way
    5. I Need a Lot of Lovin'
    6. I'm a Man
    7. Nothing But the Truth
    8. Silent Tears
    9. Sweet Dreams
    10. Good Humor Man
    11. Just Like Old Times
    12. Talk to Me, Talk to Me
    13. Bad Mouthin'
    14. Stranger to Me, A - (previously unreleased)
    15. I (Who Have Nothing)
    16. Papa True Love
    17. I Just Came to Get My Baby (Out of Jail)
    18. When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11083

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Mighty Sam McClain (vocals).
    Producers: Papa Don Schroeder, Spooner Oldham, David Hood, Roger Hawkins.
    Reissue producers: Efram Turchick, Bill Dahl.
    Recorded at Fame, Muscles Shoals, Alabama; Fred Bevis, Sheffield, Alabama; Sam Phillips Recording Studios, Memphis, Tennessee between 1966 & 1968. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
    Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin and Jayme Pieruzzi (Sundazed Studios, Coxackie, New York).
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
    Recording information: Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL (1966-1968); Fred Bevis Recording Studio, Sheffield, AL (1966-1968); Sam Phillips Recording Studios, Memphis, TN (1966-1968).
    Arrangers: Moses Dillard; Papa Don; Travis Wammack.
    Mighty Sam McClain is a Louisiana-bred singer who belongs in a unique class--the Southern soul stylist who's never more than two steps from the blues, like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Solomon Burke, James Carr, or Johnny Adams. Southern soul, rich with the music's blues and gospel roots (with the occasional touch of country), with very little pop sweetening: that's Mighty Sam's territory. He has the range and warmth of Otis Redding with some of the gospel-growl of Burke and the blues-feel of Bland and B.B. King.
    PAPA TRUE LOVE collects the singles (and a few album tracks) recorded for the Amy label in the mid-'60s. The production is very much in the tradition of Atlantic/Stax-era soul (sharp, restrained guitar licks, horns, high-pitched organ as in Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman"), but the playing has more blues leanings. Throughout, Mighty Sam sings with the right balance of anguished grit and assured polish, all the while avoiding corniness or cheap melodrama. One high point: a sublimely restrained version of "I Who Have Nothing," otherwise known as a big hit for Tom Jones.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (4-5/01, p.83) - "...A you a sense of the power and energy of one of music's greatest unsung heroes...Mighty Sam has a voice like a steamroller: big, brawny, and thunderous..."
    Living Blues (11-12/00, p.81) - "...These seminal recordings were fully realized masterpieces and belong in every deep-soul collection."
    Mojo (Publisher) (11/00, p.118) - "...Contains prime Southern soul cuts from the Amy label, from 1966-68..."
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