Birth of Soul, Vol. 4

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Birth of Soul series takes a refreshingly different approach than most vintage soul compilations, focusing on one of the music's less documented periods: those transitional years in the late '50s and early '60s when soul was evolving out of doo wop, rock & roll, and R&B. That doesn't mean that Birth of Soul, Vol. 4 is full of lost classics; some of it's very good, and some of it's only ordinary. But it does at least break up the march of endless compilations of strip-mined soul subgenres, like those that focus on mid-tempo, mid-'60s soul dance numbers. Many of the cuts have a somewhat slicker, more orchestrated, more pop-oriented sound than soul of any ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Birth of Soul series takes a refreshingly different approach than most vintage soul compilations, focusing on one of the music's less documented periods: those transitional years in the late '50s and early '60s when soul was evolving out of doo wop, rock & roll, and R&B. That doesn't mean that Birth of Soul, Vol. 4 is full of lost classics; some of it's very good, and some of it's only ordinary. But it does at least break up the march of endless compilations of strip-mined soul subgenres, like those that focus on mid-tempo, mid-'60s soul dance numbers. Many of the cuts have a somewhat slicker, more orchestrated, more pop-oriented sound than soul of any sort would boast after the early '60s. The influence of the Drifters in particular is apparent on quite a few of the tracks, as to a lesser extent are the effects of Sam Cooke, Jerry Butler, the Shirelles, and such relatively underheralded soul-pop hitmakers as Chuck Jackson, Gene McDaniels, and Marv Johnson (the last of whom is actually represented by a 1963 single, the Bert Berns-composed "Come on and Stop," that leads off the CD). So why haven't you (most likely) heard of most or all of these particular songs? The usual reason when it comes to comps like this applies -- they weren't as good as the hits by the names cited in the previous few sentences. But their are some first-rate singles here, like Ketty Lester's "Please Don't Cry Anymore," which is a little reminiscent of the 1963 smooth soul-pop hits by Barbara Lewis and the Essex; Hal Miller's "On My Own Two Feet," which sounds a little like a more soul-oriented Four Seasons (no surprise, as it was co-composed by Four Seasons producer/songwriter Bob Crewe); and Kenny Lynch's 1962 45 "Puff (Up in Smoke)," which sounds much like an uptown New York soul production, although it was (in a commendably adventurous move for this series) actually recorded in the U.K. by a black British singer. Almost anything else you want to know about this material is contained in Ady Croasdell's typically thorough and well-informed liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667227520
  • Catalog Number: 275
  • Sales rank: 131,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come on and Stop - Marv Johnson (2:12)
  2. 2 Catch That Teardrop - The "5" Royales (2:31)
  3. 3 Lil' Valley - The M-M's & The Peanuts (2:56)
  4. 4 Bossa Nova Baby (2:03)
  5. 5 Irresistible You - Bobby Peterson (2:46)
  6. 6 I Can Tell (I'm Losing Your Love) - Lena Calhoun & The Emotions (2:01)
  7. 7 Take Your Heart - Betty Willis (2:37)
  8. 8 Puff (Up in Smoke) (2:35)
  9. 9 On My Own Two Feet - Hal Miller (2:45)
  10. 10 A Clock That's Got No Hands (2:02)
  11. 11 Jack Be Nimble - The Intruders (2:45)
  12. 12 I Don't Love You No More (I Don't Care About You) - Jimmy Norman (2:30)
  13. 13 Crying for My Baby (2:13)
  14. 14 The Trouble with Girls (Of Today) (2:08)
  15. 15 You'd Be Crying Too - The Matadors (2:55)
  16. 16 The Gypsy Said (2:00)
  17. 17 I Came Running (Back from the Party) - Wade Flemons (2:20)
  18. 18 Where Is the Boy Tonight (2:39)
  19. 19 Please Don't Cry Anymore (2:32)
  20. 20 Pretty Little Girl Next Door - Bobby Day (2:35)
  21. 21 My Heart's on Fire (2:15)
  22. 22 Gee, What a Girl - The Persians (2:18)
  23. 23 Don't Lead Me On - Mr. Tears (1:57)
  24. 24 Trouble I've Had - Clarence Ashe (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Robinson Conductor
Roy Glover Jr. Conductor
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Arranger, Producer
Harold Burrage Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Bob Crewe Composer, Producer
Eddie Rambeau Composer
Billy Bland Composer
Bert Berns Producer
Martin Cooper Composer
Luchi de Jesus Arranger
Jim Foglesong Producer
Al Kasha Composer
Gene Redd Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Phil Terry Composer
Hy Weiss Producer
Roy Glover Jr. Arranger
Tony Rounce Memorabilia, Label Design
Bert Russell Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Cover Illustration, Label Design
Robert Byrd Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Hank Jacobs Arranger
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Jackie Farris Composer
Eddie Singleton Composer, Producer
Cliff Chambers Composer
John Pugh Memorabilia, Label Design
Marlowe "Lowe" Murray Composer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Frank Miller Composer
Bob Halley Composer
Rob Shread Remastering
Clarence Ashe Composer
Gareth Sweeney Memorabilia, Label Design
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