The Persuasions We Came to Play
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- Released: August 14, 2015
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Fever Dream
Rolling Stone - 11/25/71, p.58"...The Persuasions, who are among the best ever at what they do, apply the classic style to a wealth of material, most of which has come out since acapella went out..."
- 1.Chain Gang
- 2.Man, Oh Man
- 3.It's You That I Need
- 4.The Sun
- 5.Don't It Make You Want To Go Home
- 6.Walk On The Wild Side
- 7.Another Night With The Boys
- 8.Gypsy Woman
- 9.Don't Know Why I Love You
- 10.Let It Be
Photographer: David Coleman.
The Persuasions' second album (the first was a little-noticed effort on Frank Zappa's Bizarre label) finds the keepers of the doo-wop flame refurbishing then-contemporary hits like the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman" and the Beatles "Let it Be" in their own gospel-derived style, along with similar takes on older R&B songs like Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang."
It's all gorgeously sung, as usual. But sleaze devotees will perhaps be disappointed to learn that the "Walk on the Wild Side" performed here is not Lou Reed's famous ode to the icons of the Manhattan demimonde. Instead, it's a gospel song strongly suggesting that those icons had better stop sinning, and pronto.
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