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Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-77

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:07 pm
by Neil Foxlee
3CD set on Kent (Ace). A fair amount is predictable (ie great but familiar), but note eg Charlie Rich (disc one, track 13) among the less obvious selections.

CD One:

01 YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER
William Bell
02 GO HOME GIRL
Arthur Alexander
03 THESE ARMS OF MINE
Otis Redding
04 STEAL AWAY
Jimmy Hughes
05 MY ADORABLE ONE
Joe Simon
06 YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME CRY
O V Wright
07 WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
Percy Sledge

08 LOSIN' BOY
Eddy Giles
09 TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS
Otis Redding
10 SOMETHING I NEVER HAD
Jarvis Jackson
11 NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO)
Wilson Pickett
12 GOT TO MAKE A COMEBACK
Eddie Floyd
13 WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY
Charlie Rich
14 THE DARK END OF THE STREET
James Carr

15 LET'S DO IT OVER
Toussaint McCall
16 DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN
Aretha Franklin
17 I CAN'T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN
Sam & Dave
18 YOU AIN'T WOMAN ENOUGH (TO TAKE MY MAN)
June Edwards
19 LET'S FACE FACTS
The Masqueraders
20 SHE AIN'T GONNA DO RIGHT
James & Bobby Purify
21 BLESS YOUR LITTLE SWEET SOUL
Al Johnson

22 DIRTY MAN
Laura Lee
23 COVER ME
Eddie Hinton
24 YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME
Reuben Bell with the Beltones
25 I'D RATHER GO BLIND
Etta James
26 WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING)
Oscar Toney Jr

CD Two:

01 YOU LEFT THE WATER RUNNING
Maurice & Mac
02 I'LL GO CRAZY
Don Bryant
03 RAINBOW ROAD
Bill Brandon
04 THE ONE YOU CAN'T HAVE (ALL BY YOURSELF)
Shirley Walton
05 TELL HIM TONIGHT
William Bollinger
06 A SMILE CAN'T HIDE (A BROKEN HEART)
Ollie & the Nightingales
07 UPTIGHT GOOD WOMAN
Spencer Wiggins

08 I FORGOT TO BE YOUR LOVER
William Bell
09 I'LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU
Clay Hammond
10 SLIP AWAY
Clarence Carter
11 THAT'S THE WAY LOVE TURNED OUT FOR ME
James Carr
12 POLLY WALLY
Tony Borders
13 ANOTHER MAN'S WOMAN, ANOTHER WOMAN'S MAN
Candi Staton
14 BUYING A BOOK
Joe Tex

15 TO THE OTHER WOMAN (I'M THE OTHER WOMAN)
Doris Duke
16 STEALING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
Paul Kelly
17 FAITHFUL AND TRUE
Z Z Hill
18 LOVE'S GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN (PART 1)
Chuck Brooks
19 I WENT OFF AND CRIED
Kip Anderson
20 IF I CAN'T RUN TO YOU I'LL CRAWL
Barbara & the Browns
21 WHAT I DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT ME
Paul Thompson

22 JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE
Johnnie Taylor
23 WISH I WAS BACK
Thomas Bailey
24 I CAN'T GIVE YOU MY HEART
Jimmy Braswell
25 LEAD ME ON
Gwen McCrae

CD Three:

01 MUMBLE IN MY EAR
Marcell Strong
02 BREAKING UP SOMEBODY'S HOME
Denise LaSalle
03 TIRED OF BEING ALONE
Al Green
04 I CAN'T BE SATISFIED
Spencer Wiggins
05 GROOVE ME
King Floyd
06 SHE'S ALL I GOT
Freddie North
07 JODY, COME BACK AND GET YOUR SHOES
Bobby Newsome

08 STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN
Mel & Tim
09 WE ALWAYS COME BACK STRONG
Sam Dees
10 I'VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG
Frederick Knight
11 (IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT
Luther Ingram
12 I'M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN
Ann Peebles
13 I'M THROUGH TRYING TO PROVE MY LOVE TO YOU
Bobby Womack
14 IT HURTS SO GOOD
Millie Jackson

15 YOU'VE GOT MY MIND MESSED UP
Quiet Elegance
16 I GET MY GROOVE FROM YOU
Bobby Patterson
17 TAKE TIME TO KNOW HIM
Tommie Young
18 HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU?
George Jackson
19 I'LL BE THE OTHER WOMAN
The Soul Children
20 HEARTBREAK WOMAN
Clarence Carter
21 TAKE ONE STEP (I'LL TAKE TWO)
Chet Davenport

22 TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Al Green
23 IF YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY
Tommy Tate
24 I'LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU
Geater Davis

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:05 pm
by Charlie
Wonderful, just to look at; imagine how great it will sound.

Surely one of those rare compilation where you won't begrudge a few duplications, because this will become the one you'll want to play.

I usually have a terrible habit of immediately thinking of all the alternatives I might have chosen, but there are so many here that match my favourites, it seems churlish to mention 'Trapped by a Thing Called Love' by Denise LaSalle. I keep thinking it must be there and I've missed it, because all the others are present and correct - by Etta James, Maurice and Mac, Paul Kelly. A labour of love and heart.

Hard to imagine a volume two, as just about everything seems to be here. I haven't double-checked, but the first impression is that it doesn't duplicate the four volumes in the late Dave Godin's Deep Soul series. Dave tended to favour obscurities that sold only a few copies on first release; most of these were at least minor hits, and many of them were widely appreciated from the off.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:12 pm
by Gordon Neill
Charlie said:

I haven't double-checked, but the first impression is that it doesn't duplicate the four volumes in the late Dave Godin's Deep Soul series.


Eddie Giles' 'Losin Boy' is on volume 2 of Dave Godin's series. Remarkably, though, I think that's the only duplicate. And it is such a great track, can you have too many of them?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:31 pm
by NormanD
From the latest Ace Records newsletter:
http://www.acerecord.co.uk/content.php? ... lease=7831

The term Southern Soul usually evokes images of either some small studio in the Southern US states in the mid-60s to mid-70s, where the musicians are working at getting a suitable groove for a singer to pour heart and soul into some true-to-life lyrics, or a hot, sweaty chitlin’ circuit club, where the crowd is urging acts on to ever greater heights of emotion over the relentless groove of the house band. The best Southern Soul is a rich blend of blues and gospel, with a dash of soulful country added to the mix. Singers who came on the scene in its golden age grew up on their parents’ blues and gospel records, and hearing the (exclusively country) Grand Ole Opry on the radio. They usually started off singing in church, taking their gospel influences with them when they moved to soul. The majority of Southern studio bands mixed black and white musicians, each mixing sympathy with a singer’s vocal needs and knowledge they had to keep the music hard and tight enough to provide the solid framework that the songs needed.

“Take Me To The Riverâ€

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:12 am
by Neil Foxlee
Ace newsletter is where I got the details. Released Sep 29, acc. to Amazon. Cheapest at Woolies (£26.99) according to one site:
http://www.find-dvd.co.uk/musicCDPrices ... B001E7ONZQ

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:33 am
by Adam Blake
Fabulous comp. My friend got me a promo copy. It's an absolute treat. You'll be thinking exclusively in a slow 6-8 rhythm for days on end...

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:09 am
by judith
Well, what do you know. Usually, I hear the newer cds discussed on the forum long after they have been mentioned. Thanks to a thoughtful friend, I also have this compilation.

I love it. The familiar are there but not on overkill and they're well fitted between many of the great songs I'd loved and forgotten but could still sing along to the moment I heard the opening chords. How does one explain instantaneous memory out of the blue? Reminded me to silently thank my childhood babysitter who loved Soul music and the radio waves reaching from the San Francisco Bay area to her bedroom in the town I grew up in. I think, in retrospect, the youth (well myself in any case) listened to Soul (whatever region it was from) and Motown more than anything else.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:20 am
by Charlie
Adam Blake wrote:My friend got me a promo copy. .

That won't be good enough, Adam, I just got the real thing today and the packaging is fantastic, a hardback book with all the usual juicy facts backed up with rare pix of performers, handbills and labels. It might just be the best-looking and most gorgeous-sounding item Ace has ever done, which is saying something after thirty years in the game.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:15 pm
by Adam Blake
Oh dear... Record collector's cold shower required.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:23 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Obviously TMTTR is more tightly focused, but one obvious comparison is with Rhino's deleted Beg Scream & Shout box of some years back.

I've taken the liberty of pointing Phil Stoker at Ace towards this thread, to show him how much the team's efforts are obviously appreciated (even if some of us haven't got the damn thing yet!).

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:33 pm
by Adam Blake
You better tell him that we liggers will buy one like good punters!
I was just wondering what a complete set of the original 45s would set you back - if you could find them! Considerably more than thirty quid and that's for sure. Dream on...

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:34 pm
by Rob Hall
Neil Foxlee wrote:Obviously TMTTR is more tightly focused, but one obvious comparison is with Rhino's deleted Beg Scream & Shout box of some years back.


As an owner of Rhino's Beg, Scream & Shout box, it bothers me that you make this comparison. But not enough to prevent me from buying this Ace set too (are you finished in that shower yet Adam?).

17 TAKE TIME TO KNOW HIM Tommie Young


I don't think I know Tommie Young. Is this a version of Percy Sledge's "Take Time To Know Her"?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:44 pm
by Con Murphy
Rob Hall wrote:
17 TAKE TIME TO KNOW HIM Tommie Young


I don't think I know Tommie Young. Is this a version of Percy Sledge's "Take Time To Know Her"?


Yes it is, and while I'm here I want to record my astonishment that there's actually a soul singer that I've heard of that Rob hasn't. Her song "You Brought it All On Yourself" is right near the top of my all-time favourite records, a real belter of a cheating song. Unfortunately I only have it on vinyl but now I'm put in mind of it I might have to go out and buy this:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Do-You-Feel-Sam ... B00009OOIV

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:47 pm
by Charlie
Neil Foxlee wrote:Obviously TMTTR is more tightly focused, but one obvious comparison is with Rhino's deleted Beg Scream & Shout box of some years back.

I've taken the liberty of pointing Phil Stoker at Ace towards this thread, to show him how much the team's efforts are obviously appreciated (even if some of us haven't got the damn thing yet!).

Very little overlap with that Rhino collection.

Thanks for bringing the thread to Ace's attention. I was thinking of mentioning it to them, so you've saved me a phone call. It would be great if we could lure compiler/annotators Dean Rudland, Tony Rounce or Rob Finnis into joining these conversations.

Yes Rob, Tommie Young's record is a gender-switch version of Percy's; I'm not familiar with the song's writer, Steve Davis (unless...unless.... the poker-faced pool player was one of soul's most devout believers, who even financed a fanzine for a while, so....)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:14 pm
by Jamie Renton
This looks like that rarest of beasts, a box set with absolutely no filler.

Sue's just pre-ordered it for my birthday. She's nice like that, although unlike Chris' girlfiend (see "Ramadan Nights... " thread) she doesn't review my posts to make sure I'm not being a complete asshole (which some may view as self-evident)