Something New To Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook Various Artists (Songwriter Series)

£11.50

Availablity:
World
Genre:
70s Soul
Label:
Kent
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDKEND 394

Ace’s well-established Songwriter Series doesn’t wander into the realms of soul as often as some might wish, but we aim to remedy that in future with more salutes to great black American writers of the past 40 years, particularly those whose work excites collectors simply on the strength of their name under a title. We weigh in this month with an unquestionably strong collection of classics written or co-written by soul hero “Prince” Phillip Mitchell.

The songs here mostly chose themselves, through their popularity with record buyers or the acclaim afforded them by collectors and dancers on the Northern and Modern-Crossover scenes. ‘I Don’t Do This’, ‘Come Through Me’, Corey Blake, our title track – I would have been excommunicated from every soul forum and dancehall in the world if I hadn’t included these. And why wouldn’t I anyway, they’re all fine tunes.

As with other CDs in the series, one shouldn’t always expect the obvious version of any song. Instead of hearing Phillip himself sing ‘Free For All’, for example, you will hear Mel & Tim. And instead of hearing Mel & Tim sing ‘Starting All Over Again’, you will hear Johnnie Taylor. John Edwards’ sensational ‘Cold Hearted Woman’ is here so that we can include Phillip singing ‘Little Things’. Katie Love’s original of ‘It Hurts So Good’ takes precedence over Millie Jackson’s version because, well, it’s the original. And we can then feature Millie’s underrated ‘Leftovers’. Nothing wrong with any of this – there are no losers in this game.

I shouldn’t need to be hard-selling any part of this CD. Check out that track listing – it speaks for itself. It’s very rare that you will hear so many great songs, one after another, sung by so many great voices. The only real problem you might have with this collection is deciding which track you like best.

 

By Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Cold Hearted Woman - John Edwards

  • 02
    Free For All (Winner Takes All) - Mel & Tim

  • 03
    (You Gotta) Come Through Me - Garland Green

  • 04
    Carry Me - Ernie Shelby

  • 05
    I Don't Do This (To Every Girl I Meet) - Sidney Joe Qualls

  • 06
    It Be's That Way Sometime - Joe Simon

  • 07
    Archie's In Love - Archie Bell & The Drells

  • 08
    Something For My Head - Bobby Womack

  • 09
    You Made Me What I Am - Erma Coffee

  • 10
    Gonna Have A Murder On Your Hands - J.J. Williams

  • 11
    Little Things - Phillip Mitchell

  • 12
    It Hurts So Good - Katie Love & The Four Shades Of Black

  • 13
    If You Can't Give Her Love (Give Her Up) - Mary Wells

  • 14
    Starting All Over Again - Johnnie Taylor

  • 15
    Trippin' On Your Love - The Staple Singers

  • 16
    Hitch Hiking To Heartbreak Road - Bobo Mr Soul

  • 17
    Here I Am Again - Candi Staton

  • 18
    Something New To Do - Bobby Sheen

  • 19
    The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me (Is When We're Making Love) - Dorothy Moore

  • 20
    A Star In The Ghetto - Average White Band & Ben E King

  • 21
    That's The Way I Wanna Live My Life - Tommie Lee

  • 22
    Leftovers - Millie Jackson

  • 23
    How Can I Go On Without You - Corey Blake

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