Artist: Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Album: Not In My Lifetime
Label: Blue Dot Records
Year Of Release: 2021
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
1. A Word From Willie (0:20)
2. Don’t Let Me Get In Your Way (3:49)
3. Over And Over (4:21)
4. Real Good Lie (4:43)
5. What Is It We’re Not Talking About? (4:22)
6. Darling Mine (4:23)
7. I’m Just Like You (3:30)
8. Make Your Own Good News (4:27)
9. Warm To Cool To Cold (3:56)
10. Let The Lady Dance (4:36)
11. Heartbreak (3:40)
12. Suffering With The Blues (4:12)
13. Almost Memphis (3:41)
14. ‘Til You’ve Walked In My Shoes (4:03)
Anticipation surrounding the release of “Not In My Lifetime” has been bittersweet. The performances, the love, the songwriting, the arranging and producing, everything is right from the heart. Everything except for the sad reality that this is the final recording of Wee Willie Walker. A fact so hard to accept.
The songs on “Not In My Lifetime” are relatable stories, little slices of life, Willie sets into motion with his mesmerizing voice. You will believe everything he sings because he believed everything he sang. Add to this the striking arrangements and skilled performances by The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, and your ears will thank you. With the exception of three thoughtfully selected covers, each song was written especially for Wee Willie Walker. Willie’s alter ego takes over on “’Til You’ve Walked In My Shoes”, track #14, and “Warm To Cool To Cold” track #9, is a remake of one of Willie’s classic recordings on Goldwax Records.
The album leads off with “A Word From Willie”, which is truly a word from Willie. This poignant excerpt was taken from an in-studio interview with Tina Abbaszadeh, and without hesitation “Not In My Lifetime”, became the title of the album. “Not In My Lifetime” by Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, is an album of authentic American songs deeply rooted in, and inspired by African American Blues and Soul music. Please listen with your heart.