Lou Rawls

Your Good Thing (Is About to End)

Composed by David Porter / Isaac Hayes

Song Review by

From the beginning, Lou Rawls was looking to transcend the Memphis soul sound that was the R&B gold standard of the late '60s, making records that were jazzier and more sonically sophisticated than the classics that were coming out of the Stax/Volt studios. 1969's "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," though it was written by the great Isaac Hayes and David Porter, was recorded in Hollywood, produced by cult hero David Axelrod (at the time just coming off his success writing and performing Mass in F Minor and Release of an Oath by the Electric Prunes). Axelrod puts Rawls' silky-smooth voice in an arrangement that contains some of the tropes of Memphis soul, like a chicken-scratch rhythm guitar and a full-throated horn section, but they're all set in a wider stereo field with greater depth and separation than the characteristically squashed Stax/Volt sound. Good sound doesn't necessarily mean good music, of course, but there's a richness and a depth of detail to this song that adds to the butter-soft warmth of Rawls' voice, which in this enhanced space has the room to maneuver and insinuate the way that Rawls' mentor, Sam Cooke, used to do. The total effect is astounding, and lifts the song far above all other versions.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 Capitol
No Image 1969 Capitol 4:30
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1990 Curb 4:25
The Legendary Lou Rawls 1992 Blue Note
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:51
Greatest Hits [Cema] 1995 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 4:27
Soul Classics, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
CEMA Special Markets 4:25
Love Is a Hurtin' Thing: The Silk & Soul of Lou Rawls 1997 Capitol 4:25
Classic Soul 1999 Magnum (UK) / Magnum 4:23
Brotherman!: Lou Rawls Sings the Hits 1999 EMI Music Distribution 2:52
Anthology 2000 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:52
Finest Collection 2003 EMI Music Distribution 2:53
I Can't Make It Alone: The Axelrod Years 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:52
No Image 2005 Simply The Best (Netherlands)
The Very Best [Blue Note] 2005 Blue Note 2:52
Simply the Best 2006 Disky Communications
The Very Best of Lou Rawls: You'll Never Find Another 2006 Capitol 4:26
The Essential Lou Rawls 2007 Legacy 4:43
R & B Classic Hits of the 60s and 70s 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 4:27
blue highlight denotes editor's pick