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Angel ,Where have you been

by Angel Rissoff

A mix of classic and original Rhythm&Blues,Soul,Blues with a nod to the group Harmony sound.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where you at?
2:07 album only
2. I want a love I can see
3:05 album only
3. Where have you been?
5:11 album only
4. Why me?
5:01 album only
5. Better to have and don't need
4:11 album only
6. Promise to be mine?
3:39 album only
7. Break out the tears
3:52 album only
8. Back in Love again
4:43 album only
9. I wanna be
3:17 album only
10. Rockin' daddy
2:53 album only


Album Notes
Influenced by Little Richard, Hank Ballard, Howard Tate and BB King, Angel started singing rhythm and blues on street corners when he was twelve. It would take forever to list all of his favorite singers, but a few standouts are Sonny Til, Nolan Strong, Pookie Hudson, Arthur Prysock, and Billy Eckstine. When Angel was 15, he joined his first band as a bass player and eventually played with the legendary "Grandfather of Rock 'n Roll" Chuck Berry. He was the lead singer for the South Florida group The Kollektion and had his own group called GC Dangerous with Gene Cornish of the Rascals. Angel was the lead singer for the critically acclaimed group Diamond, Angel& Crooks. He has worked with such notable people as Dion,Matt(Guitar)Murphy,Bobby Byrd,Robbin Ford, Darlene Love, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Jackson,Paul Schafer, The Blues Image,Harvey Fuqua and The New Rascals. He also recorded and played at Carnegie Hall with Cyndi Lauper and was an original member of Little Isidore and The Inquisitors. He sang lead on the #1 hit single "Harlem Hit Parade," and "Jitterbop" from his album "Little Leopold" made it to #3 on the charts.Recently he has appeared on the Ratso CD "Water Rising" and "Tails of the city" a CD written and produced by Murray Weinstock.Angel can be seen all around the country as a member of Kenny Vance and the Planotones.



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Angel is Angel Rissoff, whose biography states he started singing rhythm and blues on street corners when he was twelve, subsequently having worked with such artists John Lee Hooker, Chuck Jackson, Darlene Love, Harvey Fuqua and Bobby Byrd. For this album, already nominated for ‘Best Solo Album’ in the Carolina Beach Music Awards, he is joined by an array of real musicians as he offers up a mixture of his own songs and covers of such as Smokey Robinson’s ‘I Want A Love I Can See’ – very nice to – and rockers like Huey ‘Piano’ Smith’s ‘Where You At’ and Harvey Fuqua’s ‘Oh Rockin' Daddy,’ Not sure of the original of ‘Your Promise To Be Mine’ but the nature of the song and the sax support from John Hagen, suggest a doo-wop group, 'I Wanna Be (Your Everything)’ hails from the Manhattans’ repertoire and ‘It's Better To Have And Don't Need’ stays faithful to Don Covay. Of his own material, the brass-supported ‘Where Have You Been?’ title track manages to be both moody and slow-funky and ‘Break Out The Tears’ is a mid-paced toe-tapper. Despite a minute touch of rock-slanted guitar, ‘Back In Love Again’ is a smoldering femme-supported, soul-dripping ballad and is only just eased off the ‘toe-of-the-heap’ stakes by ‘Why Me?’ constructed like a perfect slice of late-sixties West Coast harmony soul-group balladry. Forget any reverse prejudices and Angel’s skin color, this guy has S-O-U-L!

Rick Scott Soul (DJ United Kingdom)

Monster Tunes You Will NOT want to miss, I kid you not!
Two monster modern/crossover soul tracks on this cd in Break out the tears And The cover of the Temptations, I want a love I can see,Since purchasing this masterpiece and playing them in uk soul clubs up and down the country, they have become two of the most requested and in demand tunes around.

Blues in Britain Magazine

The set opens with Huey “Piano” Smith’s “Where You At?”, an explosive slab of 50’s New Orleans’ R&B with rampant horns, fat toned guitar and great blues shouting, setting a standard that is maintained throughout this highly impressive set. “I Wanna Be (Your Everything)” stays in that same New Orleans’ style adding a splash of funk and soul infused vocals that hint at an appreciation of Sam Cooke.

Three tracks fall into vocal group R&B territory; the slow rocking doo-wop stylings of “I Want A Love I Can See”, the churning “Break Out The Tears” with it’s sultry sax and Smokey Robinson inspired vocals, and he infectious “Oh Rocking Daddy, replete with yackety-sax, demonstrating Angel’s natural command and understanding of the genre.

Apart from the title track, a lowdown greasy blues replete with sensuous vocals, a sultry falsetto and salacious harp and horns, the rest of the tracks fall into a soul bag. The deeply soulful “Why Me?” and “Back In Love Again” are infused with emotive, gospel inflected vocals; the pulsing “It’s Better To Have And Don’t Need” will delight fans of deep Memphis soul, whilst the sultry ballad, “Your Promise To Be Mine”, with it’s moody harmonies and smokey sax, has the Ink spots written all over it.

Angel is hugely talented and this set comes highly recommended to blues fans of all stylistic persuasions. (www.angelmusicinc.com)

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Rating 9