Personnel: Eddie Hinton (vocals, guitar, piano); Jimmy Johnson (guitar); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Eades (baritone saxophone); Harrison Calloway (trumpet); Dennis Good (trombone); Barry Beckett (piano, organ, Moog synthesizer); David Hood (bass); Roger Hawkins (drums).
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studio, Sheffield, Alabama in November 1977.
Digitally remastered by Fred Meyer (Polygram Studios).
Eddie Hinton's 1978 debut came more than a decade after the kudos he received for his songwriting and his session work as a guitarist. He played guitar on countless sessions as the guitarist at the famed Muscle Shoals studio in northern Alabama and everyone from Bobby Womack to Aretha Franklin recorded his songs. When it came time to make an album of his own, he did so at the same studio, with other topflight players comprising the Muscle Shoals rhythm and horn sections.
Hinton sings nine originals here and one by his main influence, Otis Redding ("Shout Bamalama"). Hinton sought to imbue his singing with the same rich emotional presence as Redding's--but has a voice all his own, raspier than that of Otis. This is a remarkable first album. Sadly, it was mishandled on its release (the label folded) and follow-ups languished for nearly another decade. The curious should start with this or the posthumous HARD LUCK GUY (Hinton died at the age of 51 in 1995).