Wednesday, February 23, 2022

VA - Heart of Southern Soul Vol. 01 +Vol. 02+ Vol.03 [1994 - 1997]

 

SOUTHERN SOUL

VA - Heart of Southern Soul Vol. 01 +Vol. 02+ Vol.03 [1994 - 1997]

VA - Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 01, From Nashville to Memphis and Muscle Shoals     A welcome reappearance in the Ace catalogue for the first CD in the Excello soul trilogy. This was originally released in 1994 but has been unavailable for several years. It runs the full gamut of the Excello group of labels, with releases on Sims and Abet, and includes five tracks that did not come out at the time of recording. This deep soul selection will break your heart. (Ace Records)

VA - The Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 02,  No Brags, Just Facts     Stax and Hi weren't the final words in deep Southern soul in the late 1960's; Excello also recorded some solid efforts in the vein. This 24-track compilation accumulates material that appeared on the label and its offshoots from the mid-60's to the mid-70's (concentrating on the late '60s) that's only known to serious soul hounds. The Wallace Brothers, Kip Anderson, and Mava Whitney are the most well-known names, to give you an idea of the level of specialization we're talking about here. A lot of this has the churchy, bluesy feel you expect from prime Southern soul, though little if any is truly among the classic cream of the genre. Certainly the swamp blues duet of Dee and Don and the gospel harmonies of the Wallace Brothers are worth hearing by listeners who want to build a large soul collection. Inspirational lyric (from Jerry Washington's "Right Here is Where You Belong"): "He told me I have something worse than cancer. He told me what I have was a very, very bad case of the blues!" (AllMusic review by Richie Unterberger)

VA - The Heart Of Southern Soul, Vol. 03,  The Flame Burns On     Into the 70's for this volume of prime southern soul culled from the Excello group, with added sweeteners and production values enhancing the perennial subjects of love, life and cheating. (Ace Records)

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Track lists

Vol. 01

01 Kelly Brothers Falling In Love Again 2:35

02 Wallace Brothers Line Between Love And Hate 2:42

03 Kip Anderson That's All I Can Do 2:27

04 Roshell Anderson Snake Out Of Green Grass (Part 1) 3:41

05 Roshell Anderson Snake Out Of Green Grass (Part 2) 2:26

06 Tiny Watkins A Soldier's Sad Story 3:05

07 Interpreters Pretty Little Thing 2:38

08 Johny Truitt Your Love Is Worth The Pain 2:49

09 Avons Talk To Me 2:45

10 Lee Webber Your Love's So Good 2:56

11 Lucille Matthis Somewhere Out There 3:14

12 Dee And Don Mr Fortune Teller 2:33

13 Tiny Watkins Midnite Tears 2:11

14 Mariann The Woman In Me 2:38

15 Wallace Brothers Steppin' Stone 2:23

16 Stacy Lane Gonna Need Somebody 2:14

17 Kip Anderson I Went Off And Cried 3:04

18 Kelly Brothers You're That Great Big Feelin' 2:57

19 Shirley Brown You'll Never Ever Know 4:13

20 Bobby Powell C C Rider 2:44

21 Slim Harpo The Price Is Too High 2:06

22 Johny Truitt There Goes A Girl 3:16

23 Marva Whitney Do Your Thing 2:24

24 Eugene Kemp The Power Is Gone 3:51


Vol. 02

01 Kip Anderson Letter From My Darling 4:05

02 Kelly Brothers My Love Grows Stronger 2:47

03 Dee And Don I Can't Stand It 2:29

04 Wallace Brothers Precious Words 2:29

05 Kip Anderson You'll Lose A Good Thing 3:36

06 Tiny Watkins Way Cross Town 2:46

07 Marva Whitney Here I Am 3:03

08 Johhny Truitt Don't Let Me Be A Cryin' Man 2:24

09 Latimore Brown I Will 3:04

10 Lee Webber Seventh Son 2:49

11 Percy Wiggins Look What I've Done 2:31

12 Exotics Let Me Be A Part Of You 2:22

13 Lucille Mathis Am I Asking Too Much 2:31

14 Stacy Lane The Lifetime Of A Man 2:14

15 Kip Anderson Watch You Work It Out 3:11

16 Tiny Watkins Forbidden Fruit 2:36

17 Jerry Washington Right Here Is Where You Belong 4:43

18 Exotics Let's Try To Build A Love Affair 2:40

19 Stacy Lane Funky Little Train 2:02

20 Chuck & Marianne Lets Walk Down The Street Together 3:10

21 Lucille Mathis I Don't Want To Go Through Life 2:38

22 Johhny Truitt I'm Through With You 3:08

23 Eugene Kemp No Pity In The City 3:21

24 Stacy Lane No Brags Just Facts 2:04


Vol. 03

01 Freddie North She's All I Got 2:43

02 Doris Duke It Sure Was Fun 2:42

03 Rose Davis Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 3:20

04 Jimmy Jules Ten Carat Fool 3:07

05 Big T & the Pacemakers - Tears 2:59

06 Jean Stanback The Next Man 4:13

07 5 Degrees Farenheit Dady's Home 2:59

08 Bobby Powell I'm Going to Try You One More Time 2:58

09 Freddie North You're Killing Me Slowly But Surely 2:56

10 Doris Duke He's Everything I Need 3:30

11 Seventh Wonder For the Good Times 3:10

12 5 Degrees Farenheit Big Bad Rain 2:57

13 Art Gentry This is My Chance 3:14

14 Doris Duke Bad Water 3:26

15 Jerry Washington I Won't Leave You Hanging 3:55

16 Freddie North Lovin' on Back Streets 3:41

17 Doris Duke If She's Your Wife 4:03

18 Jimmy Jules My World Tumbles Down 2:40

19 Freddie North Sun Comes Down 2:39

20 Bobby Powell I'm Going to Win Her Love 3:12

21 Doris Duke Since I Fell for You 2:49

22 Brooks O'dell Got to Travel On 4:31

12 5 Degrees Farenheit Big Bad Rain 2:57

13 Art Gentry This is My Chance 3:14

14 Doris Duke Bad Water 3:26

15 Jerry Washington I Won't Leave You Hanging 3:55

16 Freddie North Lovin' on Back Streets 3:41

17 Doris Duke If She's Your Wife 4:03

18 Jimmy Jules My World Tumbles Down 2:40

19 Freddie North Sun Comes Down 2:39

20 Bobby Powell I'm Going to Win Her Love 3:12

21 Doris Duke Since I Fell for You 2:49

22 Brooks O'dell Got to Travel On 4:31

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6 comments:

  1. Great collection, many thanks Butterboy.

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  2. thank you B.B. NICE ONE LOVE SOUL

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    1. You're welcome Aussie.
      More soul in the future.

      Cheers.

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  3. Hi BB - this is a real 'crossing the genres' set; some bluesy, some tinged in country, often soulful and great dancer 70's crossover. It shows how a number of favourite artists changed their earlier vocal style, such as Freddie North & Brooks O'Dell, who for me are similar to the likes of Roy Hamilton going from say 'Cracking Up' (and the Billy Connolly type Pub Singer) & 'The Panic Is On' to a much smoother, softer style of soulful singing and arrangements.

    'Tis a great set to introduce the length, breadth and variety as well as show just how influential the 'overall Soul' genre has been, and show it through rare and never before released artists songs.

    Keep 'em comin' please :)

    Thanks

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    1. Hi puw,
      A very good observation. Thanks for giving your perspective.
      More soul & Funk coming.

      Cheers.

      Cheers.

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