A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time
from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time
is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time
surprisingly well! The production doesn't overdo it with period production flourishes, with some sweeping arrangements on some numbers and more of an easygoing vibe on others. Titles include "Kiss Me One More Time
", "Let Me Show You How", "Ain't That Love Baby", "This Love" and "Back To You". Close Company features a fair bit of production from Dexter Wansel, in a way that continues the groove from a few years before! The sound's got a smooth, sophisticated feel that works great with Lou's maturing vocals – and the overall feel is right up there with the best classy soul coming out on Epic at the time
– work that's really stood the test of the time
because it never gave in too much to commercial trends. Titles include "Close Company", "All Time
Lover", "In The Middle Of The Night", "Pretty Eyes", "Forever I Do", "Ready Or Not", and "Say It Again". 17 tracks in all on the CD.