Johnny Rawls – Here We Go
This wonderful album, full of terrific songs and performances, kicked off Johnny’s international career. He was soon hitting the European and festival circuit.
It's the start of several years of collaboration with JSP, where Johnny became variously A&R man, songwriter, producer and bandleader on a series of acclaimed CDs.
This first Johnny Rawls album also helped to widen the audience for Southern Soul/Blues and it's all Johnny. We work through a bunch of songs where the words ‘groove’ and ‘soul’ spring to mind. Johnny loves those mid-tempo loping rhythms and there are plenty of examples here such as ‘What A Night’, ‘Don’t Worry About It’ and ‘Sweet Woman’. The slow blues ‘I Got A Problem’ and the deep ‘I Feel So Good’ further illustrate his command of the Soul/Blues genre.
1. Here We Go - 3:38 2. Old Flame - 3:54 3. I Would Be Nothing - 4:13 4. Don't Worry About It - 4:34 5. Working My Way Back to You - 3:48 6. Sweet Woman - 3:42 7. What a Night - 4:17 8. I Got a Problem - 4:29 9. Gonna Put You Down - 4:02 10. Candy Man - 3:33 11. I Feel So Good - 4:32
1. AllMusic - Thom Owens
Johnny Rawls turns in an impressive debut with Here We Go. Although he doesn't do anything new to the soul-blues genre, the record is entertaining in the vein of Z.Z. Hill and latter-day Bobby Bland. Rawls has a powerful, soulful voice which can make mediocre material sound convincing. Unfortunately, there are a few too many half-hearted cuts here, but that doesn't prevent the album from being a promising debut.
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