Album Details

February 21, 1995
Rhythm & Blues, Early R&B, Doo Wop

Album Review

Sonny Til, erstwhile lead singer for the Orioles, recorded these solo and duet sides for Jubilee between 1951-1953 and in 1960. The earliest recordings are performed in a recital style with only a piano for accompaniment. The success of the Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford duets inspired Jubilee to pair Til with another vocalist on their roster, Edna McGriff; their six duets are unspectacular but add a little variety to the program. Til left Jubilee but returned in 1960, so there is a leap in chronology from the last of his early solo recordings in 1953 to the half-dozen tracks he made in 1960. The later cuts are completely different, in a mild pop-R&B style similar to Sam Cooke without the constant vocal modulation. The material varies widely from the novelty "Panama Joe" to the dance-oriented "Shimmy Time" to Cole Porter's "Night and Day," which features a vocal performance so sublime that it is easily the anthology's finest cut. Nine of the recordings had never been released outside of Bear Family's complete Orioles box set, The Jubilee Recordings. None of these recordings were hits, and it is hard to imagine a collector with enough interest to want Til's solo sides and unreleased material who wouldn't simply buy The Jubilee Recordings, which has all these recordings and more.
Greg Adams, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. My Prayer
  2. I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody (Like I'm Loving You)
  3. Fool's World
  4. You Never Cared for Me
  5. For All We Know
  6. Blame It on Yourself
  7. Proud of You
  8. No Other Love
  9. The Night Has Come
  10. I Only Have Eyes for You
  11. Once in a While
  12. Good
  13. Picadilly
  14. That's How I Feel Without You
  15. Love Birds
  16. Congratulations to Someone
  17. (Danger) Soft Shoulders
  18. Have You Heard
  19. Lonely Wine
  20. Come on Home
  21. The First of Summer
  22. Panama Joe
  23. Night and Day
  24. Shimmy Time
  25. So Long