'80s Soul Gold

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal, often licenses tracks from other record companies to broaden the selections on its compilation albums. But in assembling '80s Soul Gold, an entry in Hip-O's discount-priced series of double-CD collections, compilation producer Harry Weinger must have felt that such borrowings were unnecessary. After all, Universal, a company formed by the merger of MCA and PolyGram, already has deep holdings in soul music, starting with the Motown catalog and including MCA itself, which was a big player on the R&B scene in the '80s. The 30-track album Weinger has compiled cannot be called a greatest soul hits of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of the major label Universal, often licenses tracks from other record companies to broaden the selections on its compilation albums. But in assembling '80s Soul Gold, an entry in Hip-O's discount-priced series of double-CD collections, compilation producer Harry Weinger must have felt that such borrowings were unnecessary. After all, Universal, a company formed by the merger of MCA and PolyGram, already has deep holdings in soul music, starting with the Motown catalog and including MCA itself, which was a big player on the R&B scene in the '80s. The 30-track album Weinger has compiled cannot be called a greatest soul hits of the decade exactly. It contains only three songs that were among Billboard magazine's 25 biggest R&B records of the '80s -- the Dazz Band's "Let It Whip," Smokey Robinson's "Being with You," and Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me." But it is hardly lacking in hits. Every track but one reached the R&B Top Ten (the exception, Billy Preston and Syreeta's "With You I'm Born Again," hit the Top Ten of the pop and adult contemporary charts), and 16 -- more than half -- went to number one. As such, the album provides a good sense of what R&B music sounded like in the decade. That sense is enhanced by Weinger's wise decision to sequence the album in roughly chronological order. The '80s was a transitional decade for R&B (as is every decade, come to think of it), and the beats that were moving listeners early on were replaced by other ones as time went on. By the end of the second disc, one can hear hip-hop coming on with the cutups and James Brown sampling of Vanessa Williams' "The Right Stuff" and the very '90s-like sound of Guy's "I Like," the final track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602517048225
  • Catalog Number: 000739102
  • Sales rank: 58,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross (5:22)
  2. 2 She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (3:55)
  3. 3 Super Freak - Rick James (3:23)
  4. 4 Being with You - Smokey Robinson (4:08)
  5. 5 With You I'm Born Again - Syreeta (3:40)
  6. 6 When She Was My Girl (3:23)
  7. 7 Let It Whip (4:30)
  8. 8 Early in the Morning - The Gap Band (3:57)
  9. 9 Cutie Pie - One Way Ride (5:26)
  10. 10 All This Love (5:54)
  11. 11 Don't Look Any Further - Siedah Garrett (4:04)
  12. 12 Treat Her Like a Lady - The Temptations (4:16)
  13. 13 Mr. Telephone Man - New Edition (4:01)
  14. 14 Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell (3:58)
  15. 15 Meeting in the Ladies Room - Klymaxx (5:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nightshift - The Commodores (5:05)
  2. 2 Cherish (5:41)
  3. 3 Oh Sheila (4:02)
  4. 4 Secret Lovers (4:24)
  5. 5 Your Smile - René & Angela (4:22)
  6. 6 I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love (3:54)
  7. 7 You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) - Jeffrey Osborne (4:18)
  8. 8 Ain't Nothin' Going on But the Rent (3:33)
  9. 9 Candy - Cameo (5:40)
  10. 10 Looking for a New Love (4:00)
  11. 11 Mercedes Boy - Pebbles (3:56)
  12. 12 Little Walter - Tony! Toni! Toné! (4:50)
  13. 13 The Right Stuff - Vanessa Williams (4:28)
  14. 14 My Prerogative (4:39)
  15. 15 I Like - Guy (4:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Iantosca Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gwen Guthrie Composer, Producer
Rick James Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Kool & the Gang Composer
Ready for the World Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
Jody Watley Composer
Bill Meyers rhythm arrangement
Bernard Edwards Composer, Producer
Leon Haywood Composer, Producer
Bruce Roberts Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer, Producer
André Cymone Composer, Producer
Andy Goldmark Composer
Bobby Brown Composer
Franne Golde Composer
Aaron Hall Composer
Melvin Riley Composer
Reggie Andrews Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Larry Blackmon Composer, Producer
Khalis Bayyan Composer, Producer
Chuckii Booker Arranger
Reggie Calloway Composer
Vincent Calloway Composer, Producer
Victor Carstarphen rhythm arrangement
David Z. Producer
Eldra DeBarge Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
James Di Pasquale Producer
Ed Eckstine Executive Producer
Denzil Foster Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Executive Producer
Iris Gordy Producer
Lawrence Gottlieb Composer
Gene Griffin Composer, Producer
Duane Hitchings Composer
Suzee Ikeda Executive Producer
Kipper Jones Composer
Ron Kersey Producer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Dennis Lambert Composer, Producer
Daniel LeMelle Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wayne Lewis Producer
Thomas McElroy Composer
Al McKay Producer
Alonzo Miller Composer, Executive Producer
Terry Morgan Composer
Curtis Anthony Nolen Arranger, Producer
Walter Orange Composer
Ray Parker Jr. Producer
Lawrence Payton Vocal Arrangements
Richard Perry Producer
Mike Piccirillo Arranger, Producer
Dave Roberson Composer
Rex Salas Arranger, Composer, Producer
David Shire Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lonnie Simmons Producer
Rudy Taylor Composer
George Tobin Arranger, Producer
Gerald Valentine Composer
Bo Watson Producer
D'Wayne Wiggins Composer
Angela Winbush Composer
Peter Wolfe Arranger
David Wolfert Producer
Suzanne de Passe Executive Producer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Producer, beats
Benjamin F. Wright rhythm arrangement
Marc Blatte Composer
Bill Stephney Producer, beats
Raphael Saadiq Composer
Jonathan "Corky" Meadows Composer
Gordon Strozier Composer
Rick Iantosca Programming
Jim Bonnefond Producer
David Lombard Executive Producer
Terence Dudley Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Bobby Ray Watson Producer
Hank Schocklee Producer, beats
Uncle Dave Lewis Producer
Ali-Ollie Woodson Composer
Tony Jones Executive Producer
David Lewis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I thought that Harry Weinger did an excellent job compiling this album of the best 80s soul and R&B hits! I heard this CD on a summer road trip in July 2007 between northern Virginia and Richmond,Va. Many of the songs I still remember showing the many facets of R&B singers and groups. They focus more on artists from Motown, MCA, Wing and others, all now under the Universal Music Group umbrella. The funk numbers by Rick James, Gap Band and Dazz Band are still addictive. The smooth sounds of DeBarge, Smokey Robinson are potent. The soulful sounds of Rene and Angela and Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne are still great. The edgy sinister grooves by Vanessa Williams, Guy, Pebbles,Jody Watley, Klymaxx, Rockwell and Tony Toni Tone are still funky! And several of them did well on the pop charts as well as R&B, reaching top 10. Play this release at an upcoming summer cookout, because it will match well with the festivities.

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