There aren’t many singers like Aaron Neville
, whose vocal control and extended phrasing could give Sam Cooke
a run for his money, and that smooth, sweet voice mellowed and smoothed out like the very best fine whiskey as his career, both with and without the Neville Brothers
, went on. His most exciting work, though, at least as a solo artist, was arguably his early sides for the Minit and Sansu labels between 1960 and 1977. This two-disc set collects his singles from this period, many of which were produced by the great Allen Toussaint
, and adds in bonus tracks and alternate takes, to make a fine introduction to the vital early years of this amazing singer’s impressive legacy.