Tyrone Davis - I Cant Go On This Way (1978/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Tyrone Davis
Title: I Cant Go On This Way
Genre: R&B, Soul, Chicago Soul, Smooth Soul, AM Pop, Quiet Storm, Disco
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1978 at Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois
A late 70s gem from Tyrone's years on Columbia Records – one that shows both sides of his talents for the label! The set starts out with an extended clubby groover called 'Get On Up (Disco)' – a bumping sort of number that's clearly trying to push him into Johnnie Taylor territory, and which comes off surprisingly well. But even better are the rest of the tracks on the set – which update Tyrone's older Brunswick sound with a smoother, more sophisticated sort of style – still recorded in Chicago, and with some southern soul traces – but usually done in a warmer midtempo groove, with excellent lead vocals and great backing from The Haywood Sisters. Titles include 'It's You It's You', 'Bunky', 'All I Ever Need', 'I Can't Go On This Way', and 'Can't Help But Say'.
The king of romantic Chicago soul, Tyrone Davis' warm, aching vulnerability and stylish class made him especially popular with female soul fans during a lengthy hitmaking run that lasted throughout the '70s. Best known for the classics "Can I Change My Mind" and "Turn Back the Hands of Time," Davis was a versatile baritone singer who could handle everything from pop-soul to funk to bluesy chitlin-circuit R&B, but smooth soul was his true bread and butter. Once Davis broke through in the late '60s, he never really stopped recording; although the R&B chart hits dried up by the early '80s, he was still going strong into the new millennium, decades after his first single was released.
Tyrone Davis was born May 4, 1938, in Greenville, MS; he spent most of his formative years in Saginaw, MI, and moved to Chicago in 1959, where he eventually found a job as a valet and chauffeur for bluesman Freddie King. He befriended the likes of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, and Otis Clay, among others, and began to pursue his own singing career in the clubs on the city's West and South Sides. Singer/pianist Harold Burrage took Davis under his wing and helped him refine his craft, and the budding blues shouter got his first shot in 1965 on the Four Brothers label. His first single, "Suffer," was recorded under the name Tyrone the Wonder Boy and written and produced by Burrage, as was the follow-up "Good Company." Unfortunately, Burrage passed away in late 1966, and after one more single Davis moved on to cut one-offs for Sack and ABC. He found a home at Carl Davis' new label Dakar in 1968, when a Texas DJ flipped his first release over and started playing the B-side, "Can I Change My Mind." Showcasing Davis' lovelorn pleading to best effect, the song went all the way to number one on the R&B charts, and reached the pop Top Five as well.
Teamed with producer/arranger Willie Henderson, who'd masterminded "Can I Change My Mind," Davis capitalized on his breakthrough with a string of orchestrated hits that emphasized his new, smoother style, and helped point the way for Chicago soul into a new decade. "Is It Something You've Got" reached the R&B Top Five in 1969, and it was followed in 1970 by the sublime "Turn Back the Hands of Time." It was his second R&B number one, and also his biggest hit on the pop charts with a peak at number three; plus, the accompanying album of the same name ranks among the best soul LPs of its time, producing two more hits in the R&B Top Ten "I'll Be Right Here" and "Let Me Back In." Davis hit the R&B Top 40 with steady regularity over the next few years, including the Top Tens "Could I Forget You," "I Had It All the Time," "Without You in My Life," and "There It Is." In 1975, he scored his third number one R&B hit with "Turning Point," but left Dakar for Columbia the following year.
Davis' ballad mastery was a main selling point for Columbia, which made his backing orchestrations even lusher than before, but he also made the occasional concession to contemporary dance trends, which informed his debut Columbia hit "Give It Up (Turn It Loose)," a number two R&B single from 1976. Further successes followed in "This I Swear" (1977), "Get On Up (Disco)" (1978), and the slinky ballad "In the Mood" (1979). Davis recorded his final album for Columbia in 1981, then switched to Highrise, where he promptly landed a Top Five R&B hit -- his last, as it turned out -- with "Are You Serious" in 1982. Short stints with Ocean-Front and Prelude followed before Davis settled in with Future for the latter half of the '80s. He spent the first half of the '90s on retro-soul label Ichiban, recording several albums, and then moved to Southern soul imprint Malaco in 1996 for an equally productive stay that lasted into the new millennium. Davis continued to release new albums every year or two, and toured the soul/blues circuit as restlessly as ever. Tyrone Davis suffered a stroke in October of 2004 and remained hospitalized until his death in February of 2005. --Artist Biography by Steve Huey
1. Get On Up Disco 09:58
2. All I Ever Need 04:29
3. Bunky 05:06
4. I Can't Go On This Way 04:39
5. Can't Help But Say 04:10
6. It's You It's You 03:13
7. I'm Still In Love with You 03:29
8. Do You Feel It 04:58
Backing Vocals – Gloria Graham, The Haywood Singers, Wales Wallace
Bass – Bernard Reed
Cello – Elaine Mack, Kenneth Slowik, Robert Guastafeste
Congas, Bongos – Henry Gibson
Drums, Percussion – Quinton Joseph
Flute – James Mack, Kaye Clement
French Horn – Gail Williams, Maurice Grice, Thomas Still, William Klingelhoffer
Guitar – Danny Leake, John Bishop, Melvin Taylor
Keyboards – Tennyson Stephens
Oboe – Carol Stephenson
Saxophone – Cliff Davis, Fred Entesari, Ronald Wilson, Steele Seals, Willie Henderson
Strings [Bass] – Aventine Calvetti
Trombone – John Avent, Morris Ellie, Steve Berry
Trumpet – Clyde Bordelon, Elmer Brown, Murray Watson, Norval Hodges
Vibraphone – Bobby Christian
Viola – Gerasim Warutian, Lee Lene, Solomonov Rami
Violin – Barbara Breckman, Christine Haarvig, Danny Burgess, Deborah Miller, Edmund Baurer, Edward, Green, Elaine Fohrman, Faye Christensen, Mark Feldman, Philip Hilson, Roger James, Sallie LeVerenz, Virginia Graham
Vocals - Tyrone Davis
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