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Get It While You Can - The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions

Howard Tate

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Because Verve was a jazz label that didn’t quite know how to market a soul record, it took well over two decades for Howard Tate’s 1966 debut album to gain momentum. And when it did, Get It While You Can achieved a cult following so big it pulled Tate out of reclusion, thrusting him back into music. But it was his original chemistry with producer/arranger/songwriter Jerry Ragovoy that made this album so loved that it prompted Janis Joplin to cover the emotionally urgent title track and James Gang to record a 12-minute version of the album’s hard-grooving power-soul standout “Stop.” Check out the infectiously catchy opener, “Ain’t Nobody Home” (where Tate’s dynamic inflections soar higher than his pompadour), or the slow-burning strut of “Look at Granny Run Run.” The 2004 reissue boasts a forehead-slapping 19 extra tracks, including single edits and some cleaned-up mono mixes so you can listen to these songs very near to how they were originally meant to be heard. Notable bonus tracks include the danceable “Night Owl” and “Give Me Some Courage.”

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How did this go undiscovered for so long? Howard's voice is great like Al Green's voice is great. Treat yourself to this.


Born: 1938 in Macon, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Highly regarded by soul music cultists and virtually unknown by anybody else, Howard Tate had some minor success with the Verve label in the late '60s. The singer brought a lot of blues and gospel to his phrasing, but what made him palatable to the modern R&B audience (and, to a lesser degree, pop fans) was the Northeast soul production of Jerry Ragovoy, who also wrote much of Tate's material. Howard made the R&B Top 20 three times in the late '60s (with "Ain't Nobody Home," "Stop," and "Look...
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Get It While You Can - The Complete Legendary Verve Sessions, Howard Tate
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Soul
  • Released: Apr 30, 2004

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