Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66

Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66

by Arthur PrysockArthur Prysock


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Arthur Prysock straddled two different eras, emerging during the twilight of the baritone big-band singers and making a run at the charts during the rise of soul music in the late '50s and early '60s. Ace's 2014 compilation Too Late Baby: The Old Town Singles 1958-66 chronicles this phase, which arrived after he had several singles for Decca, but before he settled into a role as a jazz singer with a series of albums for Verve in the late '60s. This means his stint at Old Town Records, the New York-city based soul and R&B label, was indeed transitional, finding the elegant vocalist easing into standards that were straight in his wheelhouse but also tackling jump blues, splashy supper club material, and straight soul. No matter the setting, Prysock sounds like himself -- robust, strong, classy, masculine, the bridge between Billy Eckstine and Lou Rawls -- which is a blessing and a curse. When the material is a little bawdier, as it is on versions of "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonight," Prysock's inherent smoothness feels out of place, but he fares better with the ebullient uptown rhythms of "One More Time," a song that walks the line between adult and adolescent audiences. That record reached 30 on the R&B Singles chart in 1961 and, four years later, he had his biggest hit with the slow-burning "It's Too Late, Baby Too Late," a single that existed right at the cusp of jazz and soul. Both of those singles are here, along with 22 other selections (most make their CD debut; Prysock's catalog never received much digital attention), and the compilation is a snapshot of the shifting tides of adult-oriented black pop, hearing how it slowly shifted from nightclub standards to softer soul and, eventually, landing on a jazz informed by soul but not belonging to it. As such, Too Late Baby is interesting as period soul but it also demonstrates that no matter the setting, Arthur Prysock was a consummate vocalist.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667059824
catalogNumber: 1226327
Rank: 61898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arthur Prysock   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
John Stevens   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Norman Mapp   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Bubber Johnson   Composer
Clint Holmes   Composer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Herb Bernstein   Composer
John Brown   Composer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Phil Medley   Composer
Robert Mosely   Composer
Lionel Newman   Composer
Ray Passman   Composer
Gene Redd   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Billy Vera   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
Harry Warren   Composer
Norman Bergen   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Bert Russell   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Billy Myles   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
André Tabet   Composer
Alex Alstone   Composer
Shelly Coburn   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Bill Gannon   Composer
Rob Hughes   Memorabilia
Victor Pearlin   Memorabilia
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Ted Mossman   Composer
Browley Guy   Composer
Eric Charge   Photo Courtesy
Mann Curtis   Composer
Roy C. Bennett   Composer
Pearl Bender   Composer
King Bevill   Composer

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