William Bell

Duets SCD 8584 2
  • CAT # SCD-8584-2

    1. Love-Eye-Tis 2:40
    2. Left Over Love 2:45
    3. Love's Sweet Sensation 3:04
    4. Strung Out Over You 3:10
    5. I Need You Woman 2:42
    6. I Can't Stop 3:07
    7. All I Have To Do Is Dream 3:20
    8. Leave The Girl Alone 3:23
    9. Let Me Ride 2:51
    10. Lonely Soldier 3:56
    11. Get It While It's Hot 3:13
    12. Private Number 2:41
    13. My Baby Specializes 2:50

William Bell, as critic Clive Anderson observed, “preceded [Otis Redding] as one of the first and best exponents of the soul singer’s art at Stax.” The Memphis native, in collaboration with Booker T. Jones, penned “Private Number” with Redding and Carla Thomas in mind. Due to the Big O’s tragic death, Bell ended up recording it himself, in duet with former gospel singer Judy Clay. Contained in this William Bell duet compilation is that 1968 hit, along with three additional duets with Clay, three with Thomas, three with Mavis Staples, and three by Bell alone, including a moving reading of the old Jerry Butler hit, “Lonely Soldier.”

Let Me Ride, Lonely Soldier, Get It While It's Hott

with Judy Clay: Love-Eye-Tis, Left Over Love, Private Number, My Baby Specializes

with Mavis Staples: Love's Sweet Sensation, Strung Out, Leave the Girl Alone

with Carla Thomas: I Need You Woman, I Can't Stop, All I Have to Do Is Dream

Recorded between 1968 and 1973.

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