THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL
Hannibalism! (Norton Records)
Reviewed by Shaun Dale
Hannibalism! tracks 25 years of the career of James Shaw, who recorded for a
wide range of labels as Jimmy Shaw, Hannibal, The Mighty Hannibal and King
Hannibal. No matter what name he used, though, or what label he appeared
on, there was one consistent thread running through all of his music.
Hannibal was one sensational soul singer.
Still is, actually, if you take his word for it. The extended notes he
contributes to this Norton collection, chronicling his life from his
Atlanta, GA boyhood to his friendships with soul legends like Sam Cooke,
James Brown, Jesse Belvin and others, close on a promise to come back with a
vengeance, and if he retains a fraction of the chops displayed on the 28
tracks here, well, he just might be the source of a mighty soul revival.
Meanwhile, this album stands as the most enjoyable history lesson you'll
ever take. Certain, um, lifestyle choices may have kept Hannibal from
achieving the widescale commercial success his talent merited, but that
talent has happily been preserved and is available again. This is one for
your player, not your archives. It's the real deal.
Big Chief Hug-um An' Kiss-um * Take A Chance On Me * Please
A Chance On Me * Motha Goose Breaks Loose * Fall In Love With Me * My Name
Is Hannibal * The Biggest Cry * I Need A Woman ('Cause I'm A Man) * Baby
Please Change Your Mind * My Kinda Girl * All Night Long * Jerkin' The Dog *
In The Midnight Hour * Hymn No. 5 * Fishin' Pole * Shame, Shame * Trying To
Make It Through * Get Back * The Right To Love You * Good Time * I Just Want
Some Love * Get In The Groove * Somebody In The World For You * We're Gonna
Make It * Meet Me At Mary's Place * I'm Coming Home * The Truth Shall Make
You Free * Party Life
© 2001 - Shaun Dale