Even on his earliest singles, Johnny Adams
already had developed a velvety crooning style seemingly at odds with his raucous hometown. This 14-track collection of Adams
' 1959-1963 work for Ric Records contains some stunning stuff, most of it in the big-voiced ballad mode (with an occasional nod to Ray Charles
). "I Won't Cry," "A Losing Battle," and "Lonely Drifter" capture Adams
' tender, mellifluous delivery beautifully.