Percy Sledge – Take Time To Know Her (1968)

FrontCover1.jpgTake Time to Know Her is an album by Percy Sledge. It was originally released on Atlantic Records in 1968. It was re-released in 1998 on CD. Three singles from the album placed on the Billboard charts, with the title track reaching number 11. (by wikipedia)

After “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Take Time to Know Her” was Percy Sledge’s biggest hit, and it leads off this 1968 album from the great Southern soul singer. Like “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Take Time to Know Her” was a mid-tempo soul ballad in which Sledge tells a tale of love that hasn’t gone quite the way one might wish, and this musical template dominates much of the album, though to his credit Sledge had a gift for bending songs to his style with such skill that he finds new paths even when he seems to be going in the same direction. Sledge does offer a few interesting change-ups on this album — there’s an insouciant edge to his cover of “Spooky,” he edges into his falsetto register on “Come Softly to Me,” sounds downright jaunty on “I Love Everything About You,” and revels in a rare opportunity to rock the house on “Baby Help Me.”

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But most of Take Time to Know Her is classic Percy Sledge, with the singer pouring out loss, hurt and pleas for mercy while a crack organ-led and horn-enhanced studio band stirs the soup behind him, and the results are a blessing to anyone who loves classic soul of the ’60s. Sledge didn’t have the broadest range, but it’s hard to imagine anyone not being affected by the skill and emotional potency of his work, and this album captures him in excellent form. (by Mark Deming)

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Personnel:
Percy Sledge (vocals)
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a bunch of unknown studio musicians

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Tracklist:
01. Take Time To Know Her (Davis) 2.55
02. Feed The Flame (Penn/Oldham) 2.25
03. Sudden Stop (Russell) 2.47
04. Come Softly To Me (Ellis/Troxel/Christopher) 2.55
05. Spooky (Buie/Middlebrooks/Cobb/Sharpe) 2.52
06. Out Of Left Field (Penn/Oldham) 3.15
07. Cover Me (Hinton/Greene) 2.59
08. Baby Help Me (Womack) 2.39
09. It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright (Hinton/Greene) 2.53
10. High Cost Of Leaving (Briggs/Fritts) 3.01
11. Between These Arms (Evans/Jenkins) 2.40
12. I Love Everything About You (Penn/Oldham) 2.18

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Percy Tyrone Sledge (November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015)

And here´s one of the most important songs in my life: Take Time To Know Her:

I found a woman
I felt I truly loved
She was everything
I’d ever been dreaming of

But she was bad, I didn’t know it
Her pretty smile never did show it
All I knew is what I could see
And I knew I wanted her for me

I took her home to mama
Mama wanted to see my future bride
Well she looked at us both
And then she called me to her side

She said, “Son, take time to know her
It’s not an overnight fling
Take time to know her
Please don’t rush into this thing”

But I didn’t listen to mama
I went straight to the church
I just couldn’t wait to have a little girl of mine
When I got off from work
The preacher was there
So was my future bride
He looked at us both
And then he called me to his side

He said, “Son, take time to know her
It’s not an overnight fling
You better take time to know her
Please, please don’t rush into this thing”

When it look like every thing was gonna turn out all right
And then I came home a little early one night
And there she was kissin’ on another man

Now I know what mama meant when she took me by the hand
And said son, take time to know her
It’s not an overnight fling
Take time to know her
Please don’t rush into this thing

Take time to know her
It’s not an overnight fling
Take time to know her

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