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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:34 pm
by Con Murphy
Jamie Renton wrote:Sue's just pre-ordered it for my birthday. She's nice like that,


Yeah, right, and I'll be ordering a copy for my wife's birthday as well, know what I mean...?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:20 pm
by Jamie Renton
Con Murphy wrote:
Jamie Renton wrote:Sue's just pre-ordered it for my birthday. She's nice like that,


Yeah, right, and I'll be ordering a copy for my wife's birthday as well, know what I mean...?


OK, OK, i pre-ordered it using her account details (having got her permission to do so first, I hasten to add). She says she finds it easier to get my presents this way as I'm apparently "a nightmare to buy presents for." Not very romantic I know, but it does mean I tend to get presents that I really want.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:13 pm
by Neil Foxlee
No Irma Thomas at Muscle Shoals mind, but hey, you can't always get what you want.

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 4:43 pm
by judith
Jamie Renton wrote: 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)


Make me laugh all day!

I am absolutely captivated by Clay Hammond' falsetto in "I'll Make It Up To You". He slides right into it without the tiniest take or hitch or pause.

(Clay Hammond - 21 June 1936 - Groesbeck, Texas. Yes, I've been working my way through the artists for the birthday list. It will take a while as many are not in Wikipedia but it certainly is a grand opportunity for me - for now the voices which are so strong in my memory are becoming faces and histories and lives.)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 6:25 pm
by Neil Foxlee
I've long had a soft spot for Hammond, though whether he qualifies as a Southern Soul singer by virtue of being born in Texas is a moot point:

"Hammond may be best remembered as the author of Little Johnny Taylor's huge soul hit, "Part Time Love." He was also a decent Sam Cooke-style soul singer in his own right, however, who recorded for various labels in the 1960s. His most well-known efforts from that time are the four singles he did for Kent between 1966-69. These mixed Southern soul, gospel, and blues styles, yet also had a somewhat lighter and poppier production aura than much Southern soul, perhaps because they were recorded in Los Angeles. All eight songs from these 45s, as well as eight others that were recorded but not released in the 1960s, appear on the Ace CD Southern Soul Brothers, which also includes ten tracks recorded for Kent around the same time by fellow soul vocalist Z.Z. Hill. Hammond recorded sporadic singles and albums for various labels after the 1960s, in addition to singing in the lineups of groups such as the Drifters and the Rivingtons on the oldies circuit. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide"

PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:09 am
by judith
Thank you Neil. I see (and hear) ZZ Hill is also represented. Every time I listen to one of these cd's, I get caught up in another aspect. Last listen, I've gone from falsettos to the bass lines.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:08 pm
by Jamie Renton
Just got my copy & listening now. So far, it sounds like the best birthday present I can ever remember getting (even if I did have to choose it myself!), sound quality, programming, packaging & (of course) material, all of the highest order.

Big discoveries so far (just finished CD1): Oscar Toney Jr & June Edwards

This + Stern's recent Franco compilation makes for all the music I need right now.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:34 pm
by howard male
It's at the top of my Christmas list. I don't know if it's available on line, but David Hepworth's review in this month's Word is well worth a look - it's like the opening chapter of a book that you'd love to continue reading.

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

PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:55 am
by john poole
A follow-up collection "Back to the River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978" is due for release today, a few familiar selections, but not too many.
https://acerecords.co.uk/back-to-the-ri ... -1961-1978

This is Track 8 on the first disc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3p89cDaAWk
http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_201 ... ia_walker/