Between 1959 and 1966 Arthur Prysock had two dozen singles and more than half a dozen albums issued on Old Town. These have been largely out of print since Verve Records bought Arthur’s contract and his Old Town masters in 1966. Many have never been reissued at all, in any format.
Arthur’s warm baritone brings to mind Lou Rawls, Roy Hamilton, Billy Paul and his own hero, Billy Eckstine, a contemporary and his friend. The tracks featured cover all facets of Arthur’s artistry, from smooth balladry to rocking R&B.
Apart from the title track, which made the Hot 100 and narrowly missed the R&B Top 10 in 1965, few of these became national hits but many were big sellers in the black American community and stayed in the Old Town catalogue for years. Kent issues them in digital format for the first time.
1. THE GREATEST GIFT
2. I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU
3. KEEP A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW FOR ME
4. I WORRY 'BOUT YOU
5. IF I SHOULD EVER FALL IN LOVE
6. DO YOU BELIEVE
7. GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
8. ONE MORE TIME
10. COME AND SEE THIS OLD FOOL
11. OUR LOVE WILL LAST
13. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
14. EBB TIDE
15. CLOSE YOUR EYES
16. FULL MOON AND EMPTY ARMS
17. TEARDROPS IN THE RAIN
18. I'M CROSSING OVER
19. IT'S TOO LATE BABY (TOO LATE)
20. MY SPECIAL PRAYER
21. ONLY A FOOL BREAKS HIS OWN HEART
23. HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
24. LET IT BE ME