Incredible southern soul from Tommy Tate – work recorded in the 70s for the Koko
label, a good deal of which was never issued at the time! Koko
never released a full album by Tommy back in the 70s – just a smattering of singles – so although his talents are mighty, he's been somewhat more lost to time in comparison to other labelmates at Koko
or Stax – which is a goddamn shame, considering the brilliance of this work! Tommy's got a slight rasp in his vocals – just a touch, but the right amount to score a nice edge and a really distinctive quality that really sets him apart – especially in the sweeter moments. There's a style here that really gets to the heart of the matter – pushing past popular cliches in southern soul, and still showing that even as the 70s wore on, there were folks like Tate who could always make a record come out great. CD features 20 tracks in all – singles issued on Koko
, other titles that only appeared later on a P-Vine CD, and even a few early numbers done for Stax with The Nightingales. Titles include "School Of Life", "Sanity", "Revelations", "I Ain't Gonna Worry", "Just A Little Overcome", "Identity", "It's A Bad Situation", "Hardtimes SOS", "If You Got To Love Somebody", and "More Power To You".