Note: Lou Pride has a classic blues/soul voice that has found its way onto at least four solo albums, a slew of singles, and countless performances as an in-demand blues performer renowned for his electrifying stage presence and Bobby Bland ish growl to whisper to shout delivery.
The review of Lou Pride's Words Of Caution (Severn Records) sort of slipped through the cracks, and I must say that it was one of 2002's better releases. Lou Pride has always been a favorite of mine dating back to his 1990 Curtom LP titled Gone Bad Again . It wasn't until 1995, when he reappeared with a fine release on the WMB label, that his career appeared to be resurrected, producing an award-winning album, Twisting The Knife, in 1997 on the now defunct Ichiban label, and a fabulous CD on the Icehouse label which I raved about in the November 2000 issue of Blues Bytes. This new release is certainly the equal of those prior releases, and in some ways, exceeds them. On first listening, you are struck with the wonderful horn arrangements. I have learned that any release that has horns arranged and conducted by Willie Henderson will have a tasty sound that compliments the vocalist, and takes that release to a higher level than most. The CD opens with the title track "Words Of Caution," and follows with "Love Sometimes," both pleasant mid-tempo songs that were written by Pride. It is the third track though that just stops you in your tracks. Written by Delbert McClinton, "You Were Never Mine" is a ballad that will be the first choice by many radio stations, and a track you will play over and over again. Two tracks written by the underrated Roy C also appear here. "Don't Blame The Man" gives us an uptempo lift, as does the fun song "After The Party," which was recorded by Roy C as "After The Disco." This track translates to 2002/2003 quite nicely. I must comment on one more song, the slow burner "You are My Rainbow," co-written by Pride and Benjie Porecki. In the liner notes Pride says that this track is his personal praise to the Lord. It opens with Porecki's churchy organ, has choir style backing, and an absolutely breathtaking sax solo by Jerry Queene. Pride's voice never sounded better than here, and the emotion in his voice is a testament to his involvement in this project. If you are unfamiliar with Lou Pride, pick up a copy of this CD. If you are familiar with his work, you probably already own this fine release. ~~ by Alan Shutro.