A tremendous singer – finally getting his due! Brooks O'Dell may not be one of the best-known names in 60s soul, but he's got a really incredible voice – one we'd rank right up there with Walter Jackson, Garnet Mimms, and other shining stars of that generation. His approach often has the same mixture of sweet and sad that you'll find in the work of Walter Jackson – but with some of the rougher edges that you might hear in the music of that other 60s Jackson named Chuck – and like both of those singers, O'Dell's backings often blend full strings with tighter rhythms, in a mode that's top-shelf professional, but still deeply personal and soulful. This much-needed CD pulls together Brooks' 60s singles for labels that include Gold, Scepter, Bell, Columbia, and Valentine – then adds in a full album recorded for Jerry "Swamp Dogg
" Williams in the early 70s, most of which was never issued at the time! These later tracks have a bit more of a southern soul approach, but still all the maturity and class of before – and as usual for Kent, the CD comes with a huge booklet of notes that finally tells the full story of O'Dell's career. 26 titles in all – including "I'm Your Man", "Walk On By", "Shirley Remember Me", "Soul Serenade", "If I Had You", "You Better Make Up Your Mind", "The Lively Ones", "Standing Tall", "I Got What It Takes (parts 1, 2, & 3)", "Now You Are Gone", "Nothing's The Same Without You", "Everybody's Friend Nobody's Lover", "Predicament #2", "Is It Real", "Got To Travel On", "Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", and "Turn My World Around".