Arthur Prysock (born January 2nd 1929 in Spartanburg, South Carolina) had a
long and varied career as a vocalist of high repute, lending his velvet
baritone to jazz, blues, R&B, pop and disco, having been inspired by his
musical hero Billy Eckstine.
Prysock was discovered by the jump blues band leader Buddy Johnson while
living and working in Hartford CT, where he had honed his talents in several
groups during his time off. Johnson installed Prysock as his lead male vocalist
and they recorded several hits together for Decca in the 40’s before Arthur
went solo, touring the chitlin circuit, sometimes accompanied by his brother
Red Prysock, (an exhilarating tenor saxophonist) with whom he also
recorded. Before long ‘I Didn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night’ gave Arthur his first
solo R&B hit on Decca in 1952 charting at a high of #5, and cementing his
reputation as a great balladeer.
During the late 50’s and early 60’s Arthur recorded several R&B hits for the
Old Town label and in 1965 fulfilled a life-long dream recording with Count
Basie, which started a fruitful relationship with the Verve label for the
remainder of the decade.
The 1976 album ‘All My Life’ (R&B #36, Pop #153) heralded a return to
prominence (and to his old label Old Town) for Prysock and exemplified his
dexterity in tackling the new contemporary Philly Soul inspired disco style.
The lead single ‘When Love Is New’ (R&B #10, Pop #64), a smooth, percussive
disco-soul track with Prysock’s perfectly understated laid-back vocal was
penned by legendary Philly International producers and song-writers Gamble
& Huff, as was follow up single ‘I Wantcha Baby’ (R&B #43) which tells you
everything you need to know about the tone of this underappreciated album.
Another stand out is the title track ‘All My Life’, Prysock delivers a Barry
White-esque impassioned croon over an up-tempo, uplifting solid dancefloor
groove provided by this tracks songwriter, and producer of the album John
Davis, along with his Monster Orchestra.
BBR is very proud to bring you ALL MY LIFE completely re-mastered and
repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and bonus content.
ALL MY LIFE, released on CD for the first time, is a must have for all R&B,
Disco and Philly Soul fans out there!
1. I WANTCHA BABY
2. ALL MY LIFE
3. I LOVE MAKIN’ LOVE TO YOU
4. BABY I’M THE ONE
5. WHEN LOVE IS NEW
6. ONE BROKEN HEART
7. ALL I NEED IS YOU TONIGHT
8. THIS IS WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME
9. WHEN LOVE IS NEW (Single Version)
Label : Big Break records
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