The complete Back Beat and ABC
Records singles of the mighty OV Wright – a hell of a deep soul singer who we'd rank right up there with James Carr, Otis Redding, and other known southern greats of the late 60s! Yet OV never fully got his due, and we're not sure why – as the material on these vintage singles is stunning right from the very first track – no clunkers, no filler, no bad moves at all – just a rock-solid legacy of soul music that spans the space of a decade in this excellent collection – which includes early work on the Texas indie Back Beat, then a shift to the bigger ABC
label when that company absorbed the indie into their fold. Like Bobby Blue Bland – another contemporary who made a similar label shift – Wright didn't lose anything in the transition, and continued to sound wonderful right up to his final years of recording, before his untimely early passing in 1980. The 2CD collection features 41 tracks in all – including "Can't Find True Love", "Don't Want To Sit Down", "Monkey Dog", "Why Not Give Me A Chance", "Ace Of Spades", "Afflicted", "Born All Over", "Pledging My Love", "A Nickel & A Nail", "Oh Baby Mine", "Working Your Game", "Treasured Moments", "Heartaches Heartaches", "Fed Up With The Blues", "Missing You", "This Hurt Is Real", and "What More Can I Do".
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)