Back To The River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978 Various Artists (A Southern Soul Story)

£28.40

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Southern Soul
Label:
Kent
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
KENTBOX 18

75 Southern soul masterpieces, told from three different perspectives.

When, nearly a decade ago, Tony Rounce and I began putting together a box set looking at the world of southern soul, it was done out of a deep abiding love of the music. We thought it would be an easy project that would sell a few thousand copies. Instead it was a mammoth operation that took three years to complete and when finished helped define the music we love for a mainstream audience. Its mixture of the well-known, the obscure and the previously unreleased flew out the door and led to one of my proudest moments: standing on stage with Tony and William Bell as “Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story” snaffled a Mojo award.

We followed up – in a way – in 2011 with “The Fame Studios Story”, but it is only now that we bring you a fully fledged sequel. “Back To The River” takes its cue from something Tony said back then: “Take Me To The River” was only ever “A” southern soul story, and that many others could be told from a variety of perspectives. Here we tell three of them.

Disc One brings another view on the recordings of Muscle Shoals and Memphis. This time we focus more on artists who weren’t native to those areas: Solomon Burke recording at American, Mary Wells at Fame or Betty LaVette at Sounds Of Memphis. These studios were being used to revitalise waning careers or kickstart those that had yet to get going. The disc also features recordings by artists primarily associated with Muscle Shoals and Memphis – check the previously unreleased take of Otis’ ‘Free Me’ – and overall gives further evidence of the musical vibrancy of those two great recording centres.

Disc Two covers the wider region of the south. Taking in Miami, Texas, New Orleans and several other stops, it reveals how the regional music of the time was connected but at the same time distinct and allows us to find out what Jerry Wexler did when he fell out with the studios in Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The disc also shines a spotlight on the small scene in Mobile, Alabama and the super-rare Steve Dixon 45 that emerged from there.

Disc Three focuses on the influence southern soul had in the northern cities – a story not just of displaced southerners creating the sound of their homes states, but of the music industry’s tendency to follow big-selling trends wherever they come from. It’s possible to trace a timeline through this story that shows you when Otis and then Al Green were topping the charts. It also shows Aretha at her finest refusing to travel south and instead having the area’s best musicians flown in for her New York session.

Packaged in a very handsome and sturdy box, along with a 64-page booklet packed with illustrations and a 17,000-word track commentary, the 75 tracks on these three CDs provide a welcome and worthy extension of our “Southern Soul Story”.

Dean Rudland

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) - Solomon Burke

  • 02
    Nearer To You - Betty LaVette

  • 03
    Private Number (Extended Version) - Judy Clay and William Bell

  • 04
    Free Me (Take 1) - Otis Redding

  • 05
    A Touch Of The Blues - Bobby Bland

  • 06
    This Love Won't Run Out - Dee Dee Sharp

  • 07
    I Got Everything I Need - Eddie Floyd

  • 08
    Please Don't Desert Me Baby - Gloria Walker and The Chevelles

  • 09
    Sugarman (Extended Version) - Sam Baker

  • 10
    Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep - Joe Perkins

  • 11
    Sure As Sin - Jeanie Greene

  • 12
    What's That You Got - Rudolph Taylor

  • 13
    I Found What I Wanted - Mary Wells

  • 14
    I've Got Memories (Demo) - Melvin Carter

  • 15
    Message From Maria - Joe Simon

  • 16
    Problems - Mable John

  • 17
    I've Been Searching - O.V. Wright

  • 18
    She Ain't Gonna Do Right - Clarence Carter

  • 19
    Give Me Back The Man I Love - Barbara West

  • 20
    You're Gonna Want Me - Bill Coday

  • 21
    I'm Just Living A Lie - Bettye Swann

  • 22
    Home For The Summer - Jimmy Braswell

  • 23
    Too Weak To Fight (Extended Version) - Ella Washington

  • 24
    Everytime It Rains (aka Teardrops From My Eyes) - Na Allen

  • 25
    Yesterday - The Soul Children

Side 2

  • 01
    The Only Girl (I've Ever Loved) - Joe Tex

  • 02
    Rainy Night In Georgia - Brook Benton

  • 03
    Loves Come In Time - John Fred and His Playboys

  • 04
    Somebody Done Took My Baby And Gone - Joey Gilmore

  • 05
    I Found All These Things - C.P. Love

  • 06
    A Woman Will Do Wrong - Helene Smith

  • 07
    Depend On Me - Steve Dixon

  • 08
    I'm In Love - Esther Phillips

  • 09
    Easier To Say Than Do - Sam Dees

  • 10
    Without Love What Would Life Be - Terrie & Joy LaRoy with The Bill Parker Show Band

  • 11
    I've Got To Tell You - Count Willie with LRL and The Dukes

  • 12
    You Need Me - Joe Wilson

  • 13
    Nearer To You - Joe Medwick

  • 14
    Your Love Is All I Need - Della Humphrey

  • 15
    Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Toussaint McCall

  • 16
    How Sweet It Would Be - George Perkins

  • 17
    Daydreaming - Warren Storm

  • 18
    No More Ghettos In America - Stanley Winston

  • 19
    Do Right Man - Little Beaver

  • 20
    (Sometimes) A Man Will Shed A Few Tears Too - Johnny Adams

  • 21
    Asking For The Truth - Reuben Bell

  • 22
    I Can't Stand To See You Go - Joe Valentine

  • 23
    You Got Everything I Need - Don Hollinger

  • 24
    A Sad Sad Song - Charles Crawford

  • 25
    Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville

Side 3

  • 01
    Going Back Home - Ground Hog

  • 02
    Cry To Me - Freddie Scott

  • 03
    Lookin' For A Home - Little Buster

  • 04
    The Girls From Texas (Extended Version) - Jimmy Lewis

  • 05
    Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin

  • 06
    I Found A Man In My Bed - Roy C

  • 07
    Take Your Time - Clay Hammond

  • 08
    Just A Touch Of Your Hand - Al Gardner

  • 09
    You're Good For Me - Don Covay

  • 10
    I Found The One - Billy Sha-Rae

  • 11
    Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes - Z.Z. Hill

  • 12
    What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody? - The Soul Brothers Six

  • 13
    That's How It Is (When You're In Love) - Otis Clay

  • 14
    Go On Fool (Extended Version) - Marion Black

  • 15
    I Want Everyone To Know - Fontella Bass

  • 16
    You Wants To Play - Oscar Weathers

  • 17
    (I Want Her) By My Side - The Fuller Brothers

  • 18
    Shackin' Up - Barbara Mason

  • 19
    Don't Blame Me - Willie Hightower

  • 20
    Stop - Lester Young

  • 21
    Someone To Take Your Place - Bill Locke

  • 22
    If Loving You Is A Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty) - Lee Moses

  • 23
    Easy As Saying 1-2-3 - Timmy Willis

  • 24
    I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me Parts 1 & 2 - Little Richard

  • 25
    Mary Jane - Bobby Rush

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