Incredible work from a singer we know almost nothing about – but who steps out beautifully in this overstuffed set! Tony Owens is a name that we've only seen once or twice on some rare singles that have passed through our hands – and honestly, we'd never dreamed that he'd made so many recordings, or that they'd all be this great! As part of their project to open up the farthest corners of the American scene of years back, the folks at the Grapevine
label have brought most of Tony's classic work back to life for this set – stretching back to the mid 60s, and running up through the late 70s – and featuring an assortment of New Orleans soul tracks cut for labels that include Soul Sound, Soulin, Listening Post, Buddah, Island, and Sansu! As with other Grapevine
CDs – such as their Johnny Moore or Phillip Mitchell collections – the work is augmented by a history of the artist, and the tracks themselves have been beautifully remastered for a really cohesive sound. The set features 22 tracks in all – including 4 previously unissued numbers – and titles include "I'll Be There", "This Heart Can't Take No More", "I Got Soul", "Confessin A Feeling", "I Can't Lose (parts 1 & 2)", "Thank You", "Woman I Got To Leave You", "Do What You Wanna Do", "All That Matters", "One Man's Woman Another Man's Wife", and "I Need I Need Your Love".
(Out of print.)