Friday, July 1, 2022

VA - Super Soul Sisters [2016] (3 x CD's)

 

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VA - Super Soul Sisters [2016] (3 x CD's)

Out-of-copyright CD compilations can be a bit of a lottery in terms of content and sound quality but this one hits all its targets with great flair.

This set gives you 60 vintage soul recordings from the early sixties, from a wide range of female artists. It mixes up big names (Aretha, Gladys Knight) and the totally obscure (Carrie Grant and the Grandeurs), and generally avoids obvious big hits without picking unknown tracks just for the sake of it. These tunes may not be familiar, but many of them are magnificent and none of them are without something worthy of your attention. Whoever is responsible for the selection really, really knows what they're doing. The opening track, Martha & the Vandellas "I'll Have To Let Him Go", which is jaw-droppingly, house-shakingly brilliant.  The sound quality is exemplary, with everything sounding fresh and new, and there are some brief but informative, scene-setting liner notes. (Amazon)

Great tunes! Some well know, some less known and downright obscure. 

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Track list

CD1

01 Martha Reeves & the Vandellas I'll Have to Let Him Go 2:48

02 Betty Everett Your Love is Important to Me 3:05

03 Patti Labelle & the Bluebells Tear After Tear 2:39

04 Barbara Lynn You'll Lose a Good Thing 2:23

05 Claudine Clark Your Love 2:34

06 Gladys Knight & the Pips Every Beat of My Heart 2:02

07 Yvonne Fair & the James Brown Band If I Knew 2:26

08 Mitty Collier Don't Let Her Take My Baby 2:19

09 Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) 2:23

10 Irma Thomas It's Raining 2:04

11 Gerri Granger Castle in the Sky 2:32

12 Freda Payne He Who Laughs Last 2:05

13 Baby Washington A Handful of Memories 2:21

14 Johnnie Mae Matthews My Little Angel 2:59

15 Maxine Brown Promise Me Anything 2:38

16 Gigi Little Bit of Lovin' 2:43

17 Beverly Ann Gibson Love's Burning Fire 3:01

18 Annie Laurie Time Out for Tears 2:52

19 Birdie Green How Come 2:04

20 Aretha Franklin Trouble in Mind 2:13


CD2

01 Gladys Knight & The Pips Letter Full Of Tears 2:46

02 Baby Washington Hush Heart 2:13

03 Varetta Dillard You Better Come Home 2:30

04 Irma Thomas I Done Got Over It 2:52

05 Aretha Franklin Just For A Thrill 2:30

06 Ketty Lester River Of Salt 1:46

07 Fontella Bass Bad Boy 2:11

08 Dorothy Berry You're Driving Me Crazy 2:12

09 Brenda Holloway Hey Fool 2:20

10 Birdie Green Tremblin' 2:29

11 Claudine Clark Freddy Blue Eyes 2:24

12 Maxine Brown My Life 2:15

13 Carrie Grant & The Grandeurs Take All Of My Life 2:15

14 Mable John Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That 2:52

15 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas My Baby Won't Come Back 2:23

16 Ada Ray Give Our Love A Chance 2:19

17 Gerri Granger What S Wrong With Me 2:07

18 Barbara George Don't Ask Me No Question 2:37

19 Johnnie Mae Matthews The Headshrinker 2:37

20 Barbara Lynn Second Fiddle Girl 1:59


CD3

01 Barbara English We Need Them 2:15

02 Brenda Holloway Echo 2:27

03 Gloria Lynne You Don't Have To Be A Tower Of Strength 2:14

04 Betty Lavett My Man, He's A Lovin Man 2:39

05 Esther Phillips Don T Feel Rained On 2:03

06 Patti Labelle & Her Blue Belles I Sold My Heart To The Junkman 2:25

07 Mable John Looking For A Man 2:20

08 Irma Thomas Cry On 2:21

09 Yvonne Fair & The James Brown Band I Found You 2:27

10 Gladys Knight & The Pips Operator 2:13

11 Baby Washington The Time 2:12

12 Claudine Clark Foxy 2:24

13 Maxine Brown If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) 1:55

14 Miss Lavell Tide Of Love 2:40

15 Barbara Lynn Lonely Heartaches 2:00

16 Baby Lena Calhoun First Love 2:08

17 Christine Kittrell It S Nobody S Fault 1:47

18 Erma Franklin Don't Wait Too Long 2:19

19 Ramona King Soul-Mate 2:01

20 Freda Payne (Desafinado) Slightly Out Of Tune 2:32

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