About this album
- Release date: January 22, 2013
- Label: Blue Note
- Catalog number: 623489
Aaron Neville: lead vocals
Keith Richards: lead guitar
Art Neville: organ
Greg Leisz: guitar
Benmont Tench: piano
Tony Scherr: bass
George G. Receli: drums
Lenny Pickett: saxophone, flute
Dickie Harmon, Bobby Jay, David Johnson, Joel Katz, Eugene Pitt, Earl Smith Jr.: backing vocals
- Produced by Don Was and Keith Richards
Engineered by Phil Koly, Ben Lorio, William R. Moesta IV, Chris Shaw
Mastered by Bob Ludwig
Art direction by Hayden Miller
- Aaron Neville leaves the adult contemporary airbrush behind for once.
- This is an excellent selection of R&B oldies that obviously mean a lot to the lead Neville.
- The backup band is top-notch, the arrangements tasteful, the production spare.
- Neville's voice, beautiful as it may be, isn't suited to absolutely everything.
- The off-the-cuff performances lack energy at points.
Mostly, it works. Don Was has gone on record as saying that Aaron himself kept changing the setlist as the band rehearsed, turning what would have been a straight doo-wop set into a melange of Fifties R&B and early-Sixties soul. A voice like that always needs to roam a little stylistically, but as beautiful a force of nature as it is, it doesn't work for everything. The Drifters' "Money Honey" and "Ruby Baby," not to mention Hank Ballard's "Work With Me Annie" and Thurston Harris' "Little Bitty Pretty One" need a higher register to come across, not to mention a bit more passion; Neville's pipes are a better fit for numbers that's aren't so raw. It's no surprise that his other Drifters cover, a medley of their late-period hits "This Magic Moment" and "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love," works better. He's always been more Ben E. King than Clyde McPhatter.