Jimmy Holiday

Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles 1966-1970

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Jimmy Holiday had the skills to be a star -- he had a honeyed voice with just the right amount of grit, he could write insinuating songs, both slow and fast -- but it never happened for him. He had a hit right out of the gate with "How Can I Forget," an indie hit on Everest in 1963, but once he signed with the New Orleans-based Minit in 1966, he managed no better than 21 on the R&B charts, even though he could sing several kinds of soul with style. Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles 1966-1970 makes that plain by cycling through his As and Bs from the late '60s, offering a rich portrait of an unheralded talent. Usually, Holiday sidestepped the signature funky sounds identified with the Crescent City -- "Give Me Your Love" is an exception -- favoring a sweeter, smoother sound that sometimes recalls the cool breezes coming out of Chicago thanks to the Impressions. Holiday adeptly updated his sound with a bit of James Brown and Memphis groove -- the latter can be heard on "Spread Your Love," the former on "Baby Boy's in Love" -- and also easily slid into country-soul on a slow-and-dirty version of Lefty Frizzell's "If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time" and felt at home grafting some of Motown's ornate arrangements onto the Otis-driven groove of "I've Got to Live While I Can," plus he was a good duet partner with Clydie King. Holiday seemed comfortable with nearly every contemporary soul style of the '60s and he wrote strong songs, too; maybe nothing here is a classic along the lines of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," the hit he co-wrote with Jackie DeShannon, but every sturdy tune sticks around the brain. So, Spread Your Love: The Complete Minit Singles winds up as a requiem for a soul singer who never got his due and still deserves more credit than he gets: this is fine stuff.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
02:49
2 03:06
3
02:50
4
02:20
5
02:38
6
02:21
7
03:25
8
feat: Clydie King
02:13
9
feat: Clydie King
02:20
10 02:59
11
03:14
12
03:31
13
02:59
14
02:37
15
02:20
16
03:10
17
02:41
18
02:49
19 03:03
20 02:19
21 02:51
22
04:01
23 03:11
24 02:56
25
02:21
26
02:10
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