If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers Various Artists (Kent Soul)


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Hiding in shadows where we don't belong, living in darkness to hide our wrong (James Carr, 'The Dark End Of The Street' 1967)

Cheatin' Songs have always been close to the core of black music. (And country music, too, but that's a topic for another time). Way back in the 1920s, gospel evangelist Washington Phillips was happy to sing about 'A Man Who Loves Every Woman He Sees' in the classic You Can't Stop A Tattler. Jody (aka Jody Ryder aka Joe The Grinder) records might have ruled R&B in the early 1970s, but no less a legend than Louis Armstrong had already addressed the same issue as far back as the early 1930s with Jodie Man. Musical indiscretion was right there in the 40s, and the 50s. And the topic of infidelity really started to hit its stride in the mid-1960s, when liberated attitudes to marital responsibility allowed the likes of Art Freeman to proclaim It's So Romantic, Slippin' Around. OK, so Mr F may have tried to convince his listeners that the 'Slip Around' was some kind of new dance craze, but few who heard the record would have fallen for that. And even fewer would have misunderstood Clarence Carter's 1968 invitation to Slip Away ('Could You Just Slip Away, Without Him Knowing You're Gone'). Or, for that matter, an even more blatant 1970 proclamation by Roy C. that he couldn't 'See Nothing Wrong With Making Love To Another Man's Wife - Long As You Do It Right' in his 1971 R&B hit Got To Get Enough (Of Your Sweet Love Stuff)...

And if unfaithfulness was a major topic in soul circles as the 60s drew to a close, it often seemed to be the only topic in the 1970s. The afore-mentioned Jody cycle, instigated by Johnnie Taylor's Jody Got Your Girl And Gone, ran the length of 1971 and came to a conclusion only when Sam And Dave informed us that 'Jody Ryder Got Killed' at the year's close. But Jody wasn't the only one to be found fishin' in another man's pond. When Billy Paul sang Me And Mrs Jones, We Got A Thing Goin' On in 1972, you didn't need a Ph D in love-ology to realise that he wasn't singing the song from Mr Jones' point of view. This avocation of extra marital relationships sold several million records - you have to wonder exactly how many buyers identified with both the singer and the sentiments. At least as many as envied him, is my guess...

Your friends tell you there's no future in loving a married man - if I can't see you when I want, I'll see you when I can... (Luther Ingram/Millie Jackson, (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right 1972/75)

...And that's where this CD comes in. Even though cheatin' continues to be a favourite theme in contemporary and traditional styles of Black Music, there's little doubt that 1967-77 represents the golden decade for this genre - ten years when it often seemed compulsory for at least one side of every soul 45 to be a graphic hymn to illicit relationships. If Loving You Is Wrong brings you 20 of the finest examples of Hi-Infidelity, carefully chosen to fairly represent the viewpoint of both sexes (but not, on this occasion, same sex - although there are several non-heterosexual cheatin' songs that are equally worthy of inclusion here. We'll save those for volume two...) It Wouldn't Have Hurt Half As Much As It Did, If It Had Been Another Man (Freddie North, Did I Come Back Too Soon (Or Did I Stay Away Too Long?) 1971)

...And if you don't believe that cheatin' was and still is big soul business, take another look at this track listing. Almost all of these selections scored heavily on the soul charts. Several, like Shirley Brown's seminal Woman To Woman and Mel & Tim's Backfield In Motion - proof that it's possible to slip around and cop a groove simultaneously - went on to be substantial pop hits. Still more were then made over for the country market (cf Mr And Mrs. Untrue, Married, But Not To Each Other). Guess what - those versions were hits, too. And rightly so, as they're some of the finest songs ever written, and would be so regardless of their subject matter...

Got nowhere to turn, tired of being alone, feel like breaking up somebody's home (Ann Peebles, Breaking Up Somebody's Home 1972)

...Kent's If Loving You Is Wrong - 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers. An essential collection of sensual soul music, and a musical valentine with a difference. Get a copy for the one you love. Then get another for the one you're not supposed to love. And remember - if you get caught, we don't know you...

By John Ridley

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Woman To Woman - Shirley Brown

  • 02
    We're Getting Careless With Our Love - Johnnie Taylor

  • 03
    Married, But Not To Each Other - Denise LaSalle

  • 04
    I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her - Isaac Hayes

  • 05
    (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right (reprise) (Reprise) - Millie Jackson

  • 06
    Mr And Mrs Untrue - Lloyd Price

  • 07
    Who You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife) - Rozetta Johnson

  • 08
    Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool - Loleatta Holloway

  • 09
    I'll Be The Other Woman - The Soul Children

  • 10
    She'll Never Be Your Wife - Irma Thomas

  • 11
    If He Hadn't Slipped Up And Got Caught - Bobby Patterson

  • 12
    The Dark End Of The Street - James Carr

  • 13
    (I Feel Like) Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Ann Peebles

  • 14
    Some Other Man (Is Beating Your Time) - Carla Thomas

  • 15
    Backfield In Motion - Mel and Tim

  • 16
    If We Get Caught, I Don't Know You - Phillip Mitchell

  • 17
    Suspicious Minds - Candi Staton

  • 18
    Stealing Love - Eddie Floyd

  • 19
    Loser Again - (Miss) Jackie Moore

  • 20
    Mess On Your Hands - Sam Dees

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