Oscar Toney, Jr.

For Your Precious Love

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Issued in the wake of Toney Jr.'s hit cover of "For Your Precious Love," this is mostly filled with covers of soul oldies and then-current soul songs, including "Dark End of the Street," "Moon River" (again following the Jerry Butler version), "Do Right Woman -- Do Right Man," "Turn on Your Love Light," and "Any Day Now." Toney specialized in updated, orchestrated versions of familiar soul songs, and while he sang them well, the format was kind of retro and unoriginal, even in 1967. Top Southern soul session guys Tommy Cogbill (bass), Reggie Young (guitar), Bobby Emmons (keyboards), and Chips Moman (engineer) provide accomplished backing for Toney's emotional vocals, which have traits in common with both Jerry Butler and Otis Redding, and favor ballads. Toney did contribute one original, "Ain't That True Love," and "No Sad Songs" would be covered a year later by Joe Simon. The Sundazed CD reissue of the LP adds seven songs from 1967-68 Bell singles, as well as the previously unreleased demo "Gettin' Ready for the Heartbreak" and an alternate take of his 45 "You Can Lead Your Woman to the Altar."

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