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As a fan of soul greats like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green I was quite suprised to have not heard of another soul great in Howard Tate, Although not nearly as succesful as the likes of the greats I have mentioned Tate was regarded by many of his peers as a very talented soul singer. Howard Tate's career began in the 1960's and he is probably best known for his track Get It While You Can" which was covered by Janis Joplin.
Since he retired from music in the late seventies he became a drug addict and then beat his habit and began counselling drug abusers and the mentally ill, and worked as a preacher. In 2001 a Jersey City DJ persuaded Tate to start performing again and two years later he released Rediscovered, this album was his first studio album for more than an amazing 25 years.
With so many Soul Greats that came from the seventies it isnt hard to see why such a talent like Howard Tate could have slipped through the publics radar, It certainly isnt anything to do with a poor voice as Tate has a very strong soul voice that is most similar to Sam Moore from Soul Legends Sam & Dave. Like a fine bottle of plonk Howard Tate's voice has got even better with age. Still able to hit the high notes well into his sixties is very impressive. That's enough about the voice for now and on we go to the comeback album Rediscovered.
1.) Mama was right
This is the opening track and it is soon clear to hear that his voice is superb. The honky tonk piano with the horns and guitars is a standard feature of soul and works extremely well on this track. Rediscovered is off to a great start.
2.) Show me the man
This song is a gorgeous ballad which is about showing a woman you are the right man for them and no man can love you like you can. This track is very well back musically from the piano and guitar aswell as the organ.
3.) Organic Love (100% Natural)
This track is a great indicator of the quality of this recording. This sounds superb coming through your speakers and in a great system will sound amazing with the tester of the falsetto and of course the bass guitar and drum combo.
4.) Sorry Wrong Number
This opens with a piano piece that sounds like Elton John if he went into Soul Music. This really showcases the emotion of Howard Tate's voice as he moves through this tale of a lost relationship. Superbly sung.
5.) Either side of the same town
I am not a fan of Elvis Costello but some of the covers of his songs I have heard in the soul genre have been amazing and this is one such track. This is the kind of song that would be a great live performance as the audience would sway to the music,
6.) All I know is the way I feel
This is the longest song on the album at 5:27 which is a full minute longer than the second longest song on the album. This song is just the right length and is a catchy ballad with some great backing vocals.
7.) Don't compromise yourself
This is an awesome ballad that starts with a beautifully soft piano piece and then his voice comes in, This really is a fine fine song that will appeal to many many soul fans. One of the best songs of his career.
8.) Don't need No monkey on my back
This opens with a guitar that goes through the notes and then the standard bluesy soul structure comes in and this is another fine track that shows off his vocals to great effect especially what he can do when he errupts into a loud yell.
9.) She May Be White (But She Be Funky)
This is about the attraction between Tate (A black male) and a white female who he sees in the city. This makes for a great song for any interracial couples. One of the most different songs on the album which works really well.
This is a cover of the classic Prince song and boy is this a funky version of the great song. As the guitar cries and his falsetto comes in you realise this is a great version which manages to make it like you are hearing the song for the very first time.
This is a slightly country soul track which has a great rhythm and the content of the song is similar to Marvin Gaye on his legendary What's going on? album. A great track that has some great guitar work.
12.) Get it while you can
This is an amazing new version of his classic track. When you hear this is it amazing to think that he wasnt as popular as the soul greats of the era, Emotion dripping from his voice. Awesome song staggeringly performed by a soul great in my eyes.
This is a staggeringly good return to form for Howard Tate and he has just released a new album this year which I am sure will be just as good as this one. I hope his music is brought to a new younger audience so that the music stays around as he is a soul legend talent wise.