Billy Eckstine (1914-1993) was the quintessential bass-baritone crooner, a class act throughout his distinguished career. He also strived to keep his music contemporary, which explains his three mid-Sixties albums for Motown and the two that followed (and are compiled herein) for Stax's Enterprise label. The Great Mr. B.'s velvety, vibrato-rich pipes were resplendent on these albums, the first recorded in Memphis with producer Isaac Hayes, the second in Southern California with Artie Butler. Among the highlights is Eckstine's haunting reading of the Jimmy Webb tune "Name of My Sorrow," to which Hayes applied a hot-buttered soul coat not unlike that of his own treatment of Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
with Isaac Hayes, Marvell Thomas, Michael Toles, Sandra Rhodes, James Alexander, Willie Hall