Percy Sledge: The Percy Sledge Way (LP, 180gram Vinyl)
1-LP, 180 gram ,Vinyl-LP, 11 tracks, Total playing time approx. 33:27 minutes.
• In March 1966, Atlantic Records released Percy Sledge’s best-known song, the million-seeling When A Man Loves A Woman, an epochal Southern soul hymn • Sledge achieved his strongest success when devoting himself largely to mid-tempo tunes and soul ballads. • ’The Percy Sledge Way’ was originally released on Atlantic in 1967 and finds Sledge at the top of his game • 11 classic soul and R&,B numbers including The Dark End of the Street, You Send Me, Drown In My Own Tears, I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now), and Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms), a country song already a hit for Faron Young, Patsy Cline and Solomon Burke , • Re-issue with the original artwork, carefully re-mastered for Bear Family’s exquisite 180gram vinyl release ,
The American soul, R&,B, and gospel singer Percy ’Tyrone’ Sledge (1940–2015) will always be remembered for recording When A Man Loves A Woman, an epochal Southern soul hymn. The million-selling tune was released on Atlantic Records in March 1966 and went to the top of the US R&,B and pop charts. It was Atlantic’s first gold record!
Although he recorded up-tempo tunes as well, Sledge achieved his strongest success when devoting himself largely to mid-tempo tunes and soul ballads and lyrics dealing with the emotions of loss and desire.
’The Percy Sledge Way’ was originally released on Atlantic in 1967 and finds Sledge at the top of his game. The album, here re-issued in its original form, contains eleven classic soul and R&,B numbers including The Dark End of the Street, You Send Me, Drown In My Own Tears, I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now), and Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms), a country song already a hit for Faron Young, Patsy Cline and Solomon Burke.
Spooner Oldham and Jerry Weaver are featured on piano and organ, Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson and Marlin Green are the guitar players, it’s David Hood on bass and Roger Hawkins on drums – some of the finest Southern soul studio musicians.
Bear Family’s re-issue comes with the original artwork and has been carefully re-mastered by Tom Meyer for our exquisite 180gram vinyl release.
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Percy Sledge wrote and sang with spine-chilling intensity one of the greatest and most enduring soul ballads of all time, even though his name is nowhere to be found as the composer of When A Man Loves A Woman.
Born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama, Percy was another secular convert. "I started in church, like most all of us did,” he says. "Then I would sing in choir in church, growing up as a boy.” Percy looked up to his cousin, soul singer Jimmy Hughes. "I used to worry Jimmy to death about trying to help me get a record,” says Sledge, who wasn't seriously contemplating a musical career until his job as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital dried up.
"I got laid off, and James Richard, who was the music director at Sterling High School, called me up the same day I got laid off and asked me would I be interested in sitting in for his vocalist, because his vocalist was sick and he was doing a private party that Christmas Eve,” he says. "And I told him I had never sung before in my life with no horns and guitars and drums. Which I hadn't. I always sung acappella, just me and the guys on the sidewalk. He told me, 'Well, I'll pay you $50.' I said, 'Well, what time do you want me to be there?' That was a lot of money in those days.”
The band was called The Esquires, its members including bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew 'Pop' Wright. As the evening progressed, Percy downed a few drinks and began to improvise. "I made up this song, 'Why Did You Leave Me Baby,'” hesays. "For the lyrics, I just throwed something in there.” WLAY deejay Quin Ivy dug his performance. "He liked the melody,” says Percy. "He told me if I was to put some strong lyrics behind that melody that I was singing, I might have a hit record.
"He was building a small studio right behind Abrams Department Store in Sheffield, and he asked me, would I be interested in cutting a record. And I told him yes. He said, 'Well, you get some lyrics for that song, and when I get through with my studio, you'll be the first!' So I went back to him, I guess about three or four weeks later, and he asked me, 'Percy, have you got the lyrics for that 'Why Did You Leave Me Baby?'' I said, 'No, I told you it's about a girl I used to be in love with. You know how it is when a man loves a woman. He can't think!' He said, 'Hey! That's it right there! Hold it right there!' So he thought that that would be a great title.”
Ivy's primitive Quinvy studio was where When A Man Loves A Woman was committed to tape, Muscle Shoals regulars Roger Hawkins on drums and Spooner Oldham on organ. Writers' credit went to Esquires Wright and Lewis. Producer Ivy took the tape to Fame Studios head Rick Hall, who got so excited that he called up Jerry Wexler and guaranteed When A Man Loves A Woman was a number one smash. Hall was right on the mark: it soon sat proudly atop both the pop and R&B hit parades on Atlantic.
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From:BF PresseOn:15 Oct 2017
Musik Reviews 13.10.2017 "Mit dieser voll leidenschaftlicher Balladen versehenen LP „The PERCY SLEDGE Way“, die endlich mal nicht nur aus dem x-ten Sammelsurium von PERCY SLEDGE-Hits besteht, sondern als echtes Original aus dem Jahr 1967 daherkommt und aufwendig klanglich restauriert bzw. remastert wurde, um so ein ungeahnt neues Klangerlebnis zu PERCY SLEDGE auf 180g-Vinyl zu vermitteln, ist es allerhöchste Zeit, diesen außergewöhnlichen Blues- und Soul-Sänger neu für sich zu entdecken und ihn nicht nur auf einen Hit „runterzurechnen“, der zuletzt durch eine Jeans-Reklame wieder viel Aufmerksamkeit erhielt. Ein Weg, den wir in dieser Form nur zu gerne gehen: „The PERCY SLEDGE Way“!"
PressA pioneer of country soul but known more for his deep vocal delivery, Sledge will be forever known for his hit,'When a Man Loves a Woman', the source of more kara-oke gurning than any other song known to man. This LP was originally released in 1967