CD Howard Tate [099923831129] (CD 610916),
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Howard Tate [099923831129]

  • 1. She's a Burglar
    2. 8 Days on the Road
    3. You Don't Know Anything About Love
    4. When I Was a Young Man
    5. Girl from the North Country
    6. Where Did My Baby Go
    7. Keep Cool (Don't Be a Fool)
    8. Jemima Surrender
    9. Strugglin'
    10. It's Heavy
    11. It's Your Move
    12. Bitter End, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8311

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Ragovoy; Dave Nives (Reissue)
    EngineerJon Child; Edison Youngblood; Jerry Ragovoy; Bruce Tergesen

    Personnel: Howard Tate (vocals); David Spinozza, Eric Gale , Michael Gayle (guitar); Kenny Berger (flute, bassoon, baritone saxophone); George Young (flute, tenor saxophone); George Coleman, Trevor Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Irwin "Marky" Markowitz (trumpet); Garnett Brown (trombone); Jerry Ragovoy, Kenny Ascher, Richard Tee (piano); Rick Marotta, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Ralph MacDonald (congas).
    Recording information: The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Joel Brodsky.
    Arrangers: David Spinozza; Jerry Ragovoy.
    Howard Tate hopped labels during the late '60s and early '70s, skipping from Verve to Lloyd Price's Turntable to Atlantic and never releasing more than one LP for any of them. His lone Atlantic LP, a self-titled release from 1972, was the least consistent of the three; despite a few highlights that made it worth hearing for fans, the album was plagued by substandard songs that sapped Tate and his crack band. The person most at fault was, surprisingly, producer Jerry Ragovoy, who had written and produced Tate's best songs for Verve (as well as dozens of other soul classics). Unfortunately, he simply wasn't firing here and wrote a set of surprising duds, including "When I Was a Young Man" and "She's a Burglar" ("She's a burg-a-lar/she broke into my mind"). The arrangements are staid period soul, and while the musicians back Tate with confidence and energy, it's difficult for them to open up within such constrained charts. One of the few interesting songs is "Girl From the North Country," a Dylan cover never recorded by any other soul singer. Ragovoy and the band don't help him here, either, but Tate's performance -- beginning with control but growing gradually more uninhibited with every verse -- illustrated that he was still a master of soul. His own song, "The Bitter End," is also a highlight, a working-class narrative with a surprisingly sweet vocal. ~ John Bush

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