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The Heritage Of A Black Man

Sam Dees

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Album Review

This is the second healthy compilation of Sam Dees' recordings compiled and released by Kent Records. The first ran 23 tracks, and this one has 22 killer doses of soul — look for a third from Kent, since they still haven't captured all of this southern soul icon's recordings on CD. "Fragile, Handle With Care"; "I'm So Glad"; "Lonely for You Baby"; a lilting duet with Bettye Swann, "Just As Sure," which should have blown up; and too many more to list are available on vinyl or tape only. This is a more consistent, albeit less raw, set than Dees' previous Kent compilation; missing are the demo and unreleased tracks that made Second to None attractive to collectors and historians. But absolute grit isn't missing — Dees delivered that like he had a warehouse full of it. More than just a singer, he either wrote or co-wrote nearly every song. He gets introspective on "Why Must I Be in Love Alone," "I, Me, Myself," and "Why Must I Live in Chains"; pleads shamelessly on "Reconsider Baby" and "Meet Me Half Way"; and delivers the norm on "Mess on Your Hands" and "Lovers or Enemies." If you like soul with an edge, you'll love this razor-sharp collection. Dees penetrates so deep, you feel wounded after listening to these mini-dramas. Not a CD to get lifted by, more of a misery-loves-company enabler.

Biography

Born: 1945 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Sam Dees is a prolific songwriter, producer, and recording artist who wrote or co-wrote hit songs for Atlantic Starr (their radio-aired LP track "Am I Dreaming," "Send for Me"), Larry Graham's million-selling number one R&B single "One in a Million You," Gladys Knight and the Pips' number one R&B hit "Save the Overtime (For Me)," and Whitney Houston's "Lover for Life," among others. After the classic soul era, Gerald Alston of the Manhattans...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Blues
  • Released: 29 September 1998

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