The Persuasions Chirpin'
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Elektra 7E-1099 (1977)
Description by OLDIES.com:
When do four voices sound like fourteen? That's what happens when The Persuasions start "Chirpin'." Originally released in 1977, their ninth album charges out of the gate with a galloping version of The Rivingtons' "Papa Oom Mow Mow" that exceeds even the original in its energy and punch. Other highlights include a super-fine rendition of Kenny Vance's "Looking For an Echo." Ten tracks of acappella artistry from true masters of the form.
- 1.Papa Oom Mow Mow
- 2.Willie And Laura Mae Jones
- 3.Moonlight And Music
- 4.Johnny Porter
- 5.Looking For An Echo
- 6.Women And Drinkin'
- 7.Sixty Minute Man
- 8.Win Your Love (For Me)
- 9.It's Gonna Rain Again
- 10.To Be Loved
The Persuasions: Jerry Lawson, Joseph Russell, Jimmy Hayes and Herbert Tubo Rhoad (vocals).
The Persuasions: Joseph Russell, Jerry Lawson, Jimmy Hayes, Herbert Tubo Rhoad.
Some fans consider this the Persuasions' best album, which may or may not be the case, but there's no doubt that it's among their most varied and ambitious. The centerpiece (and one of the group's few self-penned songs) is "Women and Drinkin'" a cautionary epic (nearly seven minutes long) about fast living, based around a riff from Parliament's "I Just Want to Testify." Other highlights include a great version of Tony Joe White's "Willie and Laura Mae Jones" (neatly reversing the original's sexual and racial politics), a beautiful take on the doo-wop revival classic "Looking for an Echo,' and a hilarious run through of the Rivingtons' novelty rocker "Papa Oom Mow Mow."
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