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Today My Way / Nancy Naturally: Expanded Version
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- Release Date 29 June 2015
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Caroline Records (in association with Soul Music Records) is proud to present the 2015 reissue of two classic albums by the legendary song stylist NANCY WILSON – TODAY-MY WAY and NANCY-NATURALLY initially released on Capitol Records in 1965 and 1966 respectively as original mono recordings with bonus tracks associated with each LP; TODAY-MY WAY is making its worldwide CD debut with this release while NANCY-NATURALLY has long been out of print since its reissue as a limited edition in Japan.
A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, Nancy Wilson’s earliest ambition was to sing: since her father was an avid music lover, she was exposed early on to recordings by artists such as Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald and Little Jimmy Scott, who became one of her primary vocal influences. At the age of fifteen, she appeared on a local television show and after graduating from high school, Nancy performed extensively in jazz and supper clubs throughout the Chillicothe area. Word about this local singing sensation reached jazz alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, who was in the area on tour and he invited Nancy to reach out to his manager John Levy about a musical career. The result was a four-night-a-week gig at the Blue Morocco nightclub in New York City followed by a contract with Capitol Records for whom Nancy went on to record a remarkable 38 albums over a twenty-year period from 1960-1980.
One of Capitol’s best-selling artists, often rivaling the sales of labelmates such as Frank Sinatra and Nat ‘King’ Cole, Nancy won her first Grammy Award in 1965 for her 1964 hit, “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.” By the time she recorded TODAY-MY WAY, Nancy Wilson was an established performer: the LP, her twelfth set, was in the words of renowed US writer A. Scott Galloway – who penned the notes for this two-on-one CD reissue – “…moved her away from jazz and glitzy concept projects smack dab into the music of contemporary times…” With arrangements by Sid Feller and Oliver Nelson and production by David Cavanaugh (who oversaw many of Nancy’s sessions for Capitol), the album featured covers of two 1964 hits, “Reach Out For Me” (Dionne Warwick) and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (The Righteous Brothers) alongside original tunes such as “Don’t Come Running Back To Me” (a US Top 60 pop charted single) “And Satisfy” and “Take What I Have.” The album became one of Nancy’s most successful LPs, reaching No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and No. 2 on the R&B Albums chart.
Another four albums would follow until the late 1966 release of NANCY-NATURALLY which was arranged by Billy May and once again produced by David Cavanaugh. This time, the emphasis was on a mix of blues, jazz and soul-oriented material including Willie Dixon’s “My Babe,” “Ain’t That Lovin’ You,” previously a hit for Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, the standards “Willow Weep For Me” and “Since I Fell For You,” alongside “Just For A Thrill,” (recorded by among others, Aretha Franklin in 1962) and a big band reading of “Ten Years Of Tears.” The LP reached No. 35 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and No. 4 on the R&B Albums chart.
Rounding out the 29 tracks on this reissue are six bonus tracks: non-album singles “Where Does That Leave Me,” “Afterthoughts,” “(You’ve Got) The Power Of Love,” “That Special Way” and B-side “Go Away” and “Be True To Me” (unissued until it was included in a 2002 US 4-CD retrospective of Nancy’s work).
Produced for reissue by David Nathan of SoulMusic Records, with remastering by Alan Wilson, artwork by Roger Williams and stellar notes by A. Scott Galloway, Kevin Goins, this 2015 release features exceptional recordings by one of contemporary music’s most enduring vocalists.
1. Reach Out For Me
2. Welcome, Welcome
3. My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)
4. Dear Heart
5. Don't Come Running Back To Me
6. And Satisfy
7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
8. Love Has Many Faces
9. Take What I Have
10. I'm All Smiles
11. If I Ruled The World
12. Where Does That Leave Me
14. In The Dark
15. Ten Years Of Tears
16. Since I Fell For You
17. You Ain't Had The Bluesv 18. Willow Weep For Me
19. My Babe
20. Just For A Thrill
21. Alright, Okay, You Win
22. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
23. Smack Dab In The Middle
24. Watch What Happens
25. Ain't That Lovin' You
26. (You Got) The Power Of Love
27. That Special Way
28. Sabor A Mi (Be True To Me)