Al Smith


Midnight Special

  • Release Date: 14 Jun 1996
  • OBCCD-583-2

Al Smith was a “soul-blues singer” before critics invented the term. The Ohio-born vocalist had been a member of Leon Lumpkins’s innovative Gospel Clefs, and his singing retained the same “hugely surging passion,” in the words of Nat Hentoff, after he made the transition to rhythm and blues. This 1960 session, the second of Smith’s two for Prestige/Bluesville, found him applying his amazingly elastic tenor pipes with soul-stirring urgency to a set of blues … MORE