Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It may open up with Aaron Neville's 1993 rendition of George Jones' classic "The Grand Tour," but Ace's 2012 compilation Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul focuses on the golden age of country soul -- the late '60s and early '70s, the age when the borders between these two strands of southern American music became decidedly blurring. And many of the 23 cuts on Behind Closed Doors are firmly within the Southern soul tradition -- slow, smoky, gritty, and soulful, anchored by languid stride piano and buttressed by muscular horns. Most of the sides slide by at a slow tempo, rhythms that usually groove to a deep funk and occasionally are given a sweet, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It may open up with Aaron Neville's 1993 rendition of George Jones' classic "The Grand Tour," but Ace's 2012 compilation Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul focuses on the golden age of country soul -- the late '60s and early '70s, the age when the borders between these two strands of southern American music became decidedly blurring. And many of the 23 cuts on Behind Closed Doors are firmly within the Southern soul tradition -- slow, smoky, gritty, and soulful, anchored by languid stride piano and buttressed by muscular horns. Most of the sides slide by at a slow tempo, rhythms that usually groove to a deep funk and occasionally are given a sweet, smooth soul veneer the Limelites' "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" but often the proceedings are stately, the better to showcase the singer Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her," Tony Borders' "Gentle On My Mind," Solomon Burke's "He'll Have to Go," Brook Benton's "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye". All this slowness means that the cuts that do pick up the tempo really stand out from the pack: Cookie Jackson's take on Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" blazes, and Moses & Joshua Dillard's ebullient rendition of Wynette & David Houston's "My Elusive Dreams" is positively addictive. But even if there's not a whole lot of variety here, there are plenty of good cuts that capture country-soul at its best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2012
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667237529
  • Catalog Number: 6723752

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Grand Tour - Aaron Neville (3:18)
  2. 2 He'll Have To Go - Solomon Burke (3:20)
  3. 3 Take Time To Know Her - Percy Sledge (2:55)
  4. 4 I Saw Me - Esther Phillips (3:14)
  5. 5 My Elusive Dreams - Moses & Joshua Dillard (2:19)
  6. 6 Hangin' On - Ann Peebles (2:43)
  7. 7 My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You - Bobby Sheen (3:16)
  8. 8 Wings Upon Your Horns - Tami Lynn (5:55)
  9. 9 Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Limelites (3:27)
  10. 10 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Al Green (3:12)
  11. 11 Life Turned Her That Way - James Carr (2:39)
  12. 12 He Called Me Baby - Candi Staton (3:32)
  13. 13 The Chokin' Kind - Z.Z. Hill (3:10)
  14. 14 Yours, Love - Joe Simon (3:01)
  15. 15 Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad - Cookie Jackson (2:45)
  16. 16 Detroit City - Arthur Alexander (3:08)
  17. 17 Gentle On My Mind - Tony Borders (4:06)
  18. 18 Don't Touch Me - Bettye Swann (2:34)
  19. 19 Set Me Free - Clarence Carter (3:05)
  20. 20 Behind Closed Doors - Little Milton (4:00)
  21. 21 If You're Not Back In Love By Monday - Millie Jackson (4:55)
  22. 22 Skip a Rope - Joe Tex (2:46)
  23. 23 She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye - Brook Benton (3:28)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
John Hartford Composer
George Jones Composer
Loretta Lynn Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
John Palumbo Composer
Carmol Taylor Composer
Joe Allison Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Doug Gilmore Composer
Harlan Howard Composer
George Richey Composer
Lee Ross Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Glenn Sutton Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Norris Wilson Composer
Jack Moran Composer
Danny Dill Composer
Kenny O'Dell Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Ira Allen Composer
Audrey Allison Composer
June Davis Composer
Glenn Martin Composer
Vivian Keith Composer
Buddy Mize Composer
Steve Davis Composer
Curly Putnam Composer
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