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Devin B. Thompson – Tales of the Soul (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Devin B. Thompson – Tales of the Soul (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:08 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Severn Records

New release from fellow Chicago blues/soul singer Devin B. Thompson titled “Tales Of The Soul.” It features eleven tracks, beginning with the swinging soul opener “Love To See You Smile,” as Devin’s pure vocals lead the way. He incorporates some blues into the funky breaks of “I’m Gonna Cry Me A River,” before delivering a gospel-like rendition of the Gamble & Huff original “Something You Can Do Today.” The energy picks up with the dance rhythm of “Back Together” and “Get Home Tonight,” which also showcases his mainstream R&B side. Devin B. Thompson wraps up his new album with the nostalgic seventies funk and soul of “Read Your Mind,” along with the all out blues of “Time After Time” and “Tell Me.”

Co-produced by Thompson, Severn founder David Earl, and pianist-musical director Kevin Anker, the 11-track release was recorded at the label’s Annapolis, Maryland, studio. The collection features the company’s ace house band — Anker, guitarist Johnny Moeller, organist Benjie Porecki, bassist Steve Gomes, and drummer Robb Stupka. The group’s earthy yet silken sound is augmented by a four-piece horn section, a hip-pocket chorus of background vocalists, and storied guitarist Robben Ford, who guests on two tracks.

Tales of the Soul is the culmination of a musical career that began in Thompson’s early teens in the city of Joliet, just southwest of the Windy City. He was the product of a musical family, and, like many a soul great, he has a church background: His father was a choir singer whose voice attracted the attention of the famed producer Thom Bell, and his sister also led a choir.

“I was playing trumpet and singing background in my older brother’s band,” Thompson recalls. “We started getting paid to play in variety shows when I was 14 or 15 years old, in Joliet. We’d play at places like the Ebony Terrace, the Sheraton Hotel, lounges.”


1. Devin B. Thompson – Love to See You Smile
2. Devin B. Thompson – I’m Gonna Cry a River
3. Devin B. Thompson – Something You Can Do Today
4. Devin B. Thompson – Back Together
5. Devin B. Thompson – I Ain’t No Good
6. Devin B. Thompson – Get Home Tonight
7. Devin B. Thompson – Can’t Get over You
8. Devin B. Thompson – Deeper
9. Devin B. Thompson – Read Your Mind
10. Devin B. Thompson – Time After Time
11. Devin B. Thompson – Tell Me


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