Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 Various Artists (A Southern Soul Story)

£28.40

Availablity:
World
Genre:
Southern Soul
Label:
Kent
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
KENTBOX 10

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 River” sets out Southern Soul’s story in an approximately chronological manner, from its early rumblings at the beginning of the 1960s, through its first golden era in the mid-60s and its second in the early 70s, and on to the valiant attempts to forestall its demise in the mid-to-late 70s. It features everything from million-sellers to obscure 45s that didn’t get beyond the ‘limits’ of the cities in which they were recorded. It carries repertoire from the genre’s greatest and best-known names, and from its greatest unknowns – all with an excellence factor that justifies their inclusion over hundreds of other magnificent recordings.

It’s important to stress that what this 3CD set offers is very much “A” Southern Soul Story, and not “The” Southern Soul Story. We don’t claim to be definitive and could have chosen 75 different tracks that tell our “Story” in an equally compelling manner. But, in the way that that Kent’s Dave Godin’s Deep Treasures series took Deep Soul to a much bigger audience than most had thought it capable of reaching, this set will, we hope, introduce another seminal strand of black American music to a wider public. We offer no apology to the ardent, long-time collector about the familiarity of some selections - each track here is an important piece of this jigsaw, regardless of whether it sold ten million copies worldwide or only to family and friends. To that end we have also tried to avoid overdosing on the previously unreleased and un-re-released, although several tracks are indeed making their CD debut here.

There have been incredible examples of Southern Soul cut in locations as far north as Detroit, Chicago and New York, but we have restricted ourselves to recordings made, mostly, in studios whose names are synonymous with the sound – Broadway Sound/Quinvy, Royal, Stax, Muscle Shoals Sound, Criteria, Fame et al. The one exception to this is Joe Simon’s ‘My Adorable One’ - in many ways, the archetypal Southern Soul classic, albeit one cut in Northern California. However, Simon is indelibly identified with Southern Soul, having recorded in Nashville, Memphis and Muscle Shoals exclusively between 1966 and 1971, and so we feel justified in accommodating a recording that was so crucial to the development of the genre.

We also limited ourselves to recordings made in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. Recordings made in Arizona and Texas offer a largely different slant on Southern Soul, and did not really provide a comfortable musical fit. (We excluded New Orleans for the same reason). We had also originally intended to limit ourselves to one track per artist, but how do you pick just one James Carr or Otis Redding recording? Or choose one William Bell cut, when William made such fine music throughout the time span of this set? Thus we have allowed ourselves the luxury of a second bite of the apple where a select few are concerned, while keeping it to one track for most.

As early as 1962, many of Southern Soul’s pivotal figures had mastered its requisite ‘formula’. By 1964 the genre had fully invented itself – although it wasn’t yet named. Even in the late 60s, when overdubbed string sections were becoming increasingly commonplace, the end product was still so fundamentally Southern that it’s hard to notice attempts to “sweeten” such thrillers as Candi Staton’s ‘Another Man’s Woman’ or Marcell Strong’s ‘Mumble In My Ear’.

It’s the hope of everyone involved with this project that your journey through a decade and a half of unbeatable music will leave you with a desire for more Southern Soul than you thought possible. Welcome to 75 selections of great soul music for grown up tastes.

By Martin Goggin and Tony Rounce

Track listing

Side 1

  • 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 (Take 1) - Otis Redding

  • 10
    Something I Ain't 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

Side 2

  • 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

Side 3

  • 01
    Mumble In My Ear - Marcell Strong

  • 02
    Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Denise La Salle

  • 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

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A belter...a collection that will haul in new listeners with its mixture of the accessible and predictable and satisfy established fans with a running order that contextualises, tracks and maps the music's growth. ★★★★

Mojo

Surely one of the best compilations ever, in any genre. ★★★★★

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Exemplary.

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