Second Volume of Classics Tracks that Originally Issued on the Salsoul Label in the Golden Era of Disco/Dance Music. Songs Include Inner Life's Take on "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Moment of My Life", Loleatta Holloway's "Hit and Run", First Choice's "dr. Love" and Double Exposure's "my Love is Free" and Many More.
Tom Hook’s recording on the Arbors label is a potpourri of musical effort using some of the best New Orleans players in various combinations. On some, he even uses a string section: two violins, viola, cello and string bass. Hook is featured on piano and vocals and is credited with many of the arrangements. Those familiar with New Orleans players will recognize many of the names here. I list only a few here: Bobby Durham, bass and vocals; Ed Metz, drums; Wendell Brunious, trumpet; Tom Fischer, clarinet and sax; Rick Trolsen, trombone. Metz is from the Tampa area rather than New Orleans but he’s a first-call percussionist for many and has been featured on many labels including this Arbors recording.
It's unfortunate that Tom Rush's third album has such a strong reputation among rock listeners – not that it doesn't deserve it, but it sort of distracts them from this album, which was as natural a fit for rock listeners as any folk album of its era. Rush's debut album is filled with a hard, bluesy brand of folk music that's hard on the acoustic guitar strings and not much easier on his voice; he sings stuff like "Long John" and "If Your Man Gets Busted" with a deep, throaty baritone that's only a little less raw than John Hammond's was while doing his work of the same era. Rush had the misfortune to be equated with Bob Dylan, but he had a more easygoing and accessible personality that comes out on numbers here such as Woody Guthrie's "Do-Re-Mi" and Kokomo Arnold's "Milkcow Blues," which are thoroughly enjoyable and quietly (but totally) beguiling. Additionally, he isn't such a purist that he felt above covering a Leiber & Stoller number such as "When She Wants Good Lovin'."