Lou Rawls: Lost and Lookin'
Lost and Lookin'
Lou Rawls with Les McCann Ltd.
Stormy Monday (aka I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water) (Capitol SM 1714)
Ron Jefferson (drums).
Composed by J.W. Alexander & L. Jordan.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, January 1962
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
A year before Sam Cooke's hit single, Lou Rawls (Cooke's boyhood friend and former backup singer) took "Lost and Lookin'" to an insurmountable peak of poignancy and desperation. The emotional pull of this performance makes it one of the finest offerings of any blues-based ballad to unrequited love. Rawls captures the essence of a forlorn lover, desperate for some explanation and hoping beyond reason for an unlikely return. He is reduced to tears and longing in a search for something never to be found again. Rawls, with the perfectly understated Les McCann Ltd. in subtle accompaniment, creates a masterpiece of expression with his vocal acuity, forever memorializing the sometimes painful human condition of lost love that can only be told properly through the blues.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello