Arthur Prysock (born January 2nd 1929 in Spartanburg, South
Carolina) had a long and varied career as a vocalist of high repute, lending
his velvet baritone to jazz, blues, R&B, pop and disco, having been
inspired by his musical hero Billy Eckstine.
Prysock was discovered by the jump blues band leader Buddy Johnson while
living and working in Hartford CT, where he had honed his talents in several
groups during his time off. Johnson installed Prysock as his lead male vocalist
and they recorded several hits together for Decca in the 40’s before Arthur
went solo, touring the chitlin circuit, sometimes accompanied by his brother
Red Prysock, (an exhilarating tenor saxophonist) with whom he also recorded.
Before long ‘I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night’ gave Arthur his first solo
R&B hit on Decca in 1952 charting at a high of #5, and cementing his
reputation as a great balladeer.
During the late 50’s and early 60’s Arthur recorded several R&B hits
for the Old Town label and in 1965 fulfilled a life-long dream recording with
Count Basie, which started a fruitful relationship with the Verve label for the
remainder of the decade.
The 1976 album ‘All My Life’ (R&B #36, Pop #153) heralded a return
to prominence (and to his old label Old Town) for Prysock and exemplified his
dexterity in tackling the new contemporary Philly Soul inspired disco style.
The lead single ‘When Love Is New’ (R&B #10, Pop #64), a smooth, percussive
disco-soul track with Prysock’s perfectly understated laid-back vocal was
penned by legendary Philly International producers and song-writers Gamble
& Huff, as was follow up single ‘I Wantcha Baby’ (R&B #43) which tells
you everything you need to know about the tone of this underappreciated album.
Another stand out is the title track ‘All My Life’, Prysock delivers a Barry
White-esque impassioned croon over an up-tempo, uplifting solid dancefloor groove provided by this
tracks songwriter, and producer of the album John Davis, along with his Monster
BBR is very proud to bring you ALL
MY LIFE completely re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner
notes and bonus content.
ALL MY LIFE, released on CD for the
first time, is a must have for all R&B, Disco and Philly Soul fans out
Release Date: 25/03/2013
Our Price: £9.95
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