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Classic Album Review: Sam Moore | Plenty Good Lovin’: The Lost Solo Album

For soul fans, it doesn’t get better than this long-lost album from the Memphis icon.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If the last name doesn’t ring a bell, the first one should: Moore is the Sam from Sam and Dave.

Bet you didn’t know the original Soul Man made a solo album back in 1970. That’s OK; for decades, neither did he. Not until the former junkie got clean, got his memory back and dug up these long-lost tapes, which were shelved by Atlantic Records. What the hell they were thinking at the time, we’ll never know. Plenty Good Lovin’ is a time capsule of authentic Memphis R&B, with Moore soulfully belting out a set dominated by funky, percolating versions of classics like Tennessee Waltz, Shop Around and Part Time Love, backed by the honking sax of King Curtis, the chicken-pickin’ guitar of Eric Gale, the tasty drumming of Bernard Purdie and — get this — Aretha Franklin on backup vocals! For fans of real-deal soul, it doesn’t get better than this. Buy it before it slips away again.