oktober 22, 2015

Lou Rawls - All Things In Time (1976)

“All Things in Time” is an album by American R&B singer Lou Rawls, released in June 1976 on the Philadelphia International Records label.

Coming after a career lull in the years immediately preceding, “All Things in Time” was Rawls' first album for PIR; at the time he was the first artist to sign with PIR after having already enjoyed a substantial recording career and chart success with other record labels (The Stylistics and Archie Bell & the Drells would later join him in this category).

Recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios and produced by such PIR luminaries as Gamble & Huff, Bunny Sigler and Dexter Wansel, “All Things in Time” became an immediate success on the back of its celebrated lead single "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", which gave Rawls the biggest hit of his career.

Shortly before Rawls signed with Philadelphia International, his career had stalled. After a mostly successful stint with Capitol Records, he later signed with MGM and had a big hit with "Natural Man" in 1971. But the hits didn't keep coming and his 1975 Bell album, “She's Gone”, barely made a dent. His 1976 signing with Philadelphia International recharged his career and he immediately became one of the label's most successful acts. “All Things in Time” is his label debut. Rawls was one of the few acts on the label who could do great work with a variety of the producers and arrangers.

"Time" written by Jack Faith and Allan Felder has Rawls doing a pitch-perfect vocal that makes the song sound like a standard. On this album, Rawls also got a chance to do work with the quixotic Bunny Sigler. Both "Need You Forever" and "Frow Now On" have Sigler accentuating Rawls' rougher edges. Unfortunately, all of the tracks aren't great here. Despite Dexter Wansel's imaginative arrangement, "Pure Imagination" could not be saved.

"All Things in Time" does end on a great note. On "Let's Fall in Love All Over Again," a song previously done by Billy Paul and Nancy Wilson, Rawls' take is arguably the best version. "All Things in Time" is not only one of Rawls' best albums, it's also one of the finest from Philadelphia International.

Side A
A1. You're The One  (5:20)  
A2. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine  (4:28)  
A3. Time  (2:55)  
A4. Groovy People  (3:20)  
A5. Need You Forever  (4:38) 

Side B
B1. From Now On  (4:57)  
B2. Pure Imagination  (3:43)  
B3. This Song Will Last Forever  (5:08)  
B4. Let's Fall In Love All Over Again  (4:02)

Credits
Arranged By – Bobby Martin
Design – Ed Lee
Engineer – Carl Paroulo, Jay Mark, Jim Gallagher, Joe Tarsia
Photography By – Frank Laffitte
Producer – Bobby Martin
Producer, Written-By – Gamble & Huff

Companies, etc.
Recorded At – Sigma Sound Studios
Mastered At – Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs
Manufactured By – Columbia Records of Canada, Ltd.
Manufactured By – CBS Records Canada Ltd.
Distributed By – CBS Records Canada Ltd.
Copyright (c) – CBS Records Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Records Inc.

Notes
Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, Philadelphia, PA.
Genre: Soul
Length: 38:11
Label:  Philadelphia International Records
Catalog#  PIR 81368
© 1976 CBS Inc.

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