Am I asking too much - ABET 9427


Lucille Mathis


Lucille Mathis recorded for WLAC DJ Bill “Hoss” Allen in Muscle Shoals and Nashville. The material was leased to Excello for the two 45s issued on their Abet subsidiary. All four sides are very strong Southern Soul as you’d expect – and for horn enthusiasts like me three of the sides feature some great baritone sax work!


Of the Muscle Shoals cuts, ListenSomewhere Out There is a typically well structured ballad on which Lucille’s rather “little girl lost” vocals can be heard to good effect. ListenI Don’t Want To Go Through Life is a fine punchy dance song – yet more proof that the Fame musicians could swing with the best of them. Great chugging beat.


I don't want to go through life - ABET 9431Turning to the Nashville tracks, “I’m Not Your Regular Woman” is another cutting dance tune, but the pick of them all is the magnificent ListenAm I Asking Too Much. This lovely Ted Jarrett ballad has a superb chord structure and I especially like the stop break with its “climbing” horn arrangement.







I'm not your regular woman / ListenAm I asking too much ~ ABET 9427 (1968)
ListenSomewhere out there / ListenI don't want to go through life (being a fool) ~ ABET 9431 (1968)


Note ~ "I Don’t Want To Go Through Life" and “I’m Not Your Regular Woman” can be found on the fine Road CD "Nashville's Got The Beat" (RDBL 44). “Somewhere Out There” can be found on the Ace UK CD "The Heart Of Southern Soul Vol 1" (CDCHD 568) and “Am I Asking Too Much” is on Vol 2 (CDCHD 601).


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