Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown

Hold On, We're Coming

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Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown's 1966 duet album, Saying Something, was both a creative high point for both artists and a commercial success, spawning a major hit single with "Something You Got." A year later the pair released another album, Hold On, We're Coming, and if it isn't quite as effective as its predecessor, it still shows that these two artists could make magic together in the studio. While Saying Something often sounded like a series of love dialogues between Chuck & Maxine, Hold On, We're Coming is dominated by more upbeat material, including rollicking versions of "Shake a Tail Feather," "C.C. Rider," and the wildest cover of "Tennessee Waltz" ever preserved by modern recording equipment. Even the more romantically themed tunes are a bit harder-edged this time out, such as "We Find Him Guilty," "Love Is a Hurting Thing," and a cover of "Daddy's Home" sent out to a soldier overseas. The set also includes a take on "Let's Go Get Stoned" that was recorded before Ray Charles' definitive version, though it didn't make it onto vinyl until a few months after Ray's came out. (Strangely, three cuts from Saying Something were included on the original release of Hold On, We're Coming to pad out the playing time.) While this album isn't as good as Jackson & Brown's first effort as a team, their marvelous vocal stylings and the clever production from Sam Green make it well worth seeking out for true fans of vintage soul.

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