Monday, January 21, 2013
Aaron Neville Nails It. Or Maybe It Was Keef & Don
I expected this record to be a glossy mishap, but it is not. It is a killer. Aaron Neville's "My True Story" is a collection of old rock & roll and doo-wop tunes that Neville cites as the music that shaped him. Versions of "Money Honey," "Ruby Baby," "Gypsy Woman," "This Magic Moment" and "Be My Baby" all have that patented Neville croon, but what makes this collection shine is the sound of the record. Producers Don Was and Keith Richards nail it.
Warm, simple and full of the space you need to appreciate the players and the singer. It's also pretty damm cool that Don Was and Keef got hold of Eugene Pitt from The Jive Five, Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings and Bobby Jay from Little Anthony's Imperials to handle background vocals. Chills.
And speaking of production, if you've got a minute, hop on over to Burning Love? for a discussion about records that were destroyed in the mix.