Z.Z. Hill

Turn Back the Hands of Time

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"Rare and Previously Unreleased Recordings 1965-1972," reads a legend on the cover of the Turn Back the Hands of Time compilation, and while Dan Nooger's liner notes fail to spell out the details, it appears that the bulk of these tracks date from the early '70s and Z.Z. Hill's Hill Records label. One, "Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes," was a hit for the blues singer in 1971. The first three tracks present Hill's distinctive covers of the Temptations ("Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "My Girl") and Tyrone Davis ("Turn Back the Hands of Time"). Certainly, this is not the best Z.Z. Hill collection out there; on the other hand, it does contain some effective performances that have not gotten much recognition previously.

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