Lou Rawls

Love Songs [Capitol Special Markets]

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An after the fact album cobbled together from various Lou Rawls '60s recordings, LOVE SONGS is a stylistically mixed bag. Country songs ("Make the World Go Away," "Gentle on My Mind," Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart") share space with pop standards such as "Autumn Leaves," and Broadway show tunes like "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)."

There's also a Beatles ballad ("Yesterday," in an arrangement that can't make up its mind whether it wants to swing or sound Indian), and even one of the singer's signature hits, "Love is a Hurtin' Thing." Unsurprisingly, Rawls' laid-back vocals hold the whole thing together quite nicely.

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