When asked if he found being tied to signature song "Johnny B. Goode" restrictive, Chuck Berry once replied "If that song's a restriction, restrict me some more!" Percy Sledge probably felt the same about the title track from WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN. One of the most momentous debuts in soul music, Percy Sledge's 1966 album revolves around the aforementioned titanic cut, a slow-burning R&B epic on which Sledge's big, emotive voice details the emotional enormity of the romantic experience, backed by rich, flowing organ accompaniment. "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man," another classic, focuses unforgettably on the downside of love, albeit with a somewhat speedier tempo, and the rest of the album is rounded out memorably by strong cuts displaying the influence of Stax-style stompers and doowop-era ballads alike.
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