Billy Paul - 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (1972) 2012, Remastered Expanded Edition
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Billy Paul - 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (1972) 2012, Remastered Expanded Edition

Artist: Billy Paul
Title: 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
Year Of Release: 2012-08-27
Label: Big Break Records (UK)
Genre: R&B, Soul/Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log) | MP3 320kbps
Total Time: 01:00:49
Total Size: 473,37 | 223,82 Mb (Full Scans)
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360 Degrees of Billy Paul is an album by soul singer Billy Paul. It was produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and arranged by Bobby Martin, Lenny Pakula and Norman Harris. Released in 1972, it includes the Grammy Award-winning number 1 pop and soul single "Me and Mrs. Jones" and its follow-up "Am I Black Enough for You?" which reached #29 on the soul chart and #79 on the pop chart. The album was expanded and remastered by Big Break Records for compact disc in 2012 with three bonus tracks, new liner notes by Andy Kellman, and new quotes from Billy Paul. ~Wikipedia~
Paul's first album for Philadelphia International was straight club jazz; sales were slow. This time, Gamble & Huff gave Paul material strong enough to make his sophomore release a viable commercial entity. "Brown Baby's" speaks of people of color making their parents and others proud. "I'm Just a Prisoner" is real, but would have been better served without the string section. It's a stark depiction about a man who has served five years and is contemplating his future. It is about the unsettling fact that he's just a prisoner. Its chilling chorus tells it all - "The cell is cold as hell, you'll never get use to the smell, my bed is hard as wood, I got to fight to keep my manhood," the riveting saga doesn't just end, the fade is lengthy, and features a dejected Paul woefully mourning the conditions, the situation, and the turmoil of prison life. He sounds believable and frustrated belting out "Me & Mrs. Jones," a classic that many relate to, and those who don't have no problem being down with the passionate singing and clawing lyrics describing the unapologetic infidelity. His "It's Too Late" is a fine rendition of Carole King's classic. You might not recognize "Let's Stay Together," popularized by Al Green. Paul does it it MOR/Jazz style, with a lot of improvising before crooning the original lyrics. It shows versatility, but it's unlikely that people who bought Green's "Jones" appreciated it. A version of Elton John's "Your Song" introduced the Brit to fans of soul music. Vince Montana's magical vibes punctuate the rhythm, which turns into a lightweight gospel revival. "Am I Black Enough for You" fit in with the times of overt black consciousness, a social message moved along by a perky bongo and clavinet-dominated beat, and well-spaced, brassy horn hits. A too staid "I'm Gonna Make It This Time," co-written by Bunny Sigler, marked Paul's second adventure in urban club jazz on 360 Degrees; this one has bite, and Billy sings it with fire. ~Review by Andrew Hamilton~
Release of this album: 1972 [LP Philadelphia International Records, Cat.# KZ 31793, USA]
Release of this CD: 2012, August, 27 [CD Big Break Records (UK), Cat.# CDBBR 0175 / UPC: 5013929047532]
Notes: Reissue. Original recording remastered. Extra track.
Originally released on Philadelphia International Records.
(p) 1972. This compilation (p)(c) 2012 Big Break Records.
Marketed and Distributed by Cherry Red Records.
Made in EU/MCPS


Credits:

Arranged By [String, Horns] – Lenny Pakula (tracks: 3, 7), Norman Harris (tracks: 6)
Arranged By [Strings, Horns] – Bobby Martin (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11)
Bass – Anthony Jackson, Ronnie Baker
Congas – Larry Washington
Cover, Design [Original] – Ed Lee
Design [CD Booklet] – Paul Bevoir
Drums – Earl Young, Norman Farrington
Edited By [Additional Editing], Remastered By [Additional Mastering], Reissue Producer – Wayne A. Dickson
Engineer [Original] – Joe Tarsia
Guitar – Bobby Eli, Bunny Sigler, David Bay, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers
Liner Notes [Original] – Louise Williams
Liner Notes, Research, Interviewer – Andy Kellman
Organ – Lenny Pakula
Performer [String And Horn Section] – Don Renaldo And His String And Horn Section
Photography By [Original Back Cover] – Robert Davis
Photography By [Original Front Cover] – Don Hunstein
Piano – Eddie Green, Leon Huff
Producer – Gamble-Huff
Reissue Producer [Associate Producer] – Christian John Wikane
Reissue Producer, Transcription By [Original Credits] – Leon Fort
Remastered By – Nick Robbins
Research [Audio Research] – Michal Bednarek
Vibraphone [Vibes] – Vincent Montana


Tracklist:

01. Brown Baby (04:36)
02. I'm Just A Prisoner (08:05)
03. It's Too Late (04:34)
04. Me And Mrs Jones (04:47)
05. Am I Black Enough For You (05:17)
06. Let's Stay Together (06:27)
07. Your Song (06:32)
08. I'm Gonna Make It This Time (04:26)

Bonus Tracks:
09. Me And Mrs Jones (Live) (09:04)
10. Am I Black Enough For You (Single Version) (03:20)
11. Me And Mrs Jones (Single Version) (03:42)

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Analyzed: Billy Paul / 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.30 dB -12.33 dB 4:36 01-Brown Baby
DR9 -0.30 dB -12.37 dB 8:05 02-I'm Just A Prisoner
DR11 -0.30 dB -12.96 dB 4:34 03-It's Too Late
DR11 -0.30 dB -12.71 dB 4:47 04-Me And Mrs Jones
DR11 -0.30 dB -12.93 dB 5:17 05-Am I Black Enough For You
DR10 -0.30 dB -13.58 dB 6:27 06-Let's Stay Together
DR9 -0.30 dB -11.30 dB 6:32 07-Your Song
DR11 -0.30 dB -12.95 dB 4:26 08-I'm Gonna Make It This Time
DR8 -0.30 dB -10.56 dB 9:04 09-Me And Mrs Jones (Live)
DR11 -0.30 dB -13.19 dB 3:20 10-Am I Black Enough For You (Single Version)
DR10 -0.30 dB -12.01 dB 3:42 11-Me And Mrs Jones (Single Version)
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 16
Bitrate: 897 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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