Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Brunswick Records was a relatively minor imprint that first popped up in the 1920s, then was passed around the corporate track, owned at one time or another by Warner Brothers, Columbia, and as the '50s rolled on, by Decca Records. Enter street-smart Detroit manager Nat Tarnopol, whose main client at the time was the dynamically talented Jackie Wilson. Wilson's debut single, "Reet Petite," appeared in 1959 on Brunswick, shooting to the top of the R&B charts, the first of 11 singles by Wilson to go Top Ten between 1959 and 1963, and Brunswick was suddenly on the map as a major player in the R&B market. By the mid-'60s, Decca had completely turned the imprint over ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Brunswick Records was a relatively minor imprint that first popped up in the 1920s, then was passed around the corporate track, owned at one time or another by Warner Brothers, Columbia, and as the '50s rolled on, by Decca Records. Enter street-smart Detroit manager Nat Tarnopol, whose main client at the time was the dynamically talented Jackie Wilson. Wilson's debut single, "Reet Petite," appeared in 1959 on Brunswick, shooting to the top of the R&B charts, the first of 11 singles by Wilson to go Top Ten between 1959 and 1963, and Brunswick was suddenly on the map as a major player in the R&B market. By the mid-'60s, Decca had completely turned the imprint over to Tarnopol, who relocated operations for the label to Chicago in 1967 and began turning out smooth, elegant, and sophisticated productions that mixed innovative horn and string arrangements over rock-solid and proto-funky rhythm tracks and some of the sweetest vocal harmonies this side of Heaven. With a solid stable of artists that included Wilson, Gene Chandler, Tyrone Davis, Barbara Acklin, the Artistics, and the Chi-Lites, Tarnopol's Brunswick label rivaled Motown as a hit machine through the '60s and virtually established what has come to be called Northern soul. By 1970, Brunswick was officially a part of MCA Records, who didn't exactly understand what they had on their hands, and financial and corporate problems soon set in for Tarnopol and Brunswick. The label struggled through the disco era before finally closing its doors officially in 1981, leaving behind an astoundingly solid catalog of music. This wonderful two-disc collection is like a jukebox set on all the hits all the time, and none of these 40 tracks are anything even close to filler. Classic side follows classic side, one after the other, including Jackie Wilson's stirring "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher," the Young-Holt Trio's delightful "Wack Wack" (and in a later incarnation as Young-Holt Unlimited, the timeless "Soulful Strut"), the Artistics' "I'm Gonna Miss You," Erma Franklin's funky "Gotta Find Me a Lover," and Fred Hughes' hard-charging and epic "Baby Boy." Then there are the Chi-Lites, who were a hit factory all on their own, producing classics that ranged from the urbane "Oh Girl" to the political punch of "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People" and the sophisticated symphonic atmospherics of "The Coldest Days of My Life." Less celebrated than Motown or Stax, Brunswick's legacy is every bit as impressive, as this generous anthology makes clear. Here an unsung label gets its due, with nary a slack note in over two hours of music, making this set a timeless treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Brunswick Records
  • UPC: 646953301629
  • Catalog Number: 33016
  • Sales rank: 88,547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (You're Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson (2:57)
  2. 2 Wack Wack (2:58)
  3. 3 Can I Change My Mind (2:45)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Miss You (2:39)
  5. 5 Follow the Leader - Major Lance (2:18)
  6. 6 Have You Seen Her (5:08)
  7. 7 Am I the Same Girl (2:56)
  8. 8 I Had It All the Time (5:23)
  9. 9 (I Can Feel Those Vibrations) This Love Is Real - Jackie Wilson (2:52)
  10. 10 Wait a Minute - The Lost Generation (2:26)
  11. 11 Are You My Woman (Tell Me So) (2:59)
  12. 12 Just Ain't No Love (2:44)
  13. 13 Love Uprising (2:32)
  14. 14 A Letter to Myself (5:31)
  15. 15 For Your Precious Love - Count Basie (2:41)
  16. 16 The Girl Don't Care (2:41)
  17. 17 The Coldest Days of My Life (4:20)
  18. 18 Without You in My Life (3:17)
  19. 19 Gotta Find Me a Lover (2:14)
  20. 20 Think Twice - Jackie Wilson (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Oh Girl (3:36)
  2. 2 The Sly, Slick & The Wicked - The Lost Generation (2:56)
  3. 3 I Love You (2:35)
  4. 4 Baby Boy - Freddie Hughes (2:50)
  5. 5 Love Makes a Woman (2:54)
  6. 6 Turn Back the Hands of Time (2:54)
  7. 7 Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited (2:57)
  8. 8 Whispers (Getting Louder) - Jackie Wilson (2:24)
  9. 9 There Was a Time (3:28)
  10. 10 (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People (2:58)
  11. 11 I Get the Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson (2:56)
  12. 12 Girl I Need You (2:27)
  13. 13 After You (2:27)
  14. 14 Turning Point (4:24)
  15. 15 Talking the Teenage Language - The Lost Generation (2:51)
  16. 16 Stoned out of My Mind (2:58)
  17. 17 There It Is (4:06)
  18. 18 You Got Me Walking - Jackie Wilson (2:39)
  19. 19 The Funky Chicken - Willie Henderson (2:12)
  20. 20 From the Teacher to the Preacher (2:26)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Barbara Acklin Composer
James Brown Composer
Jerry Butler Composer
Gene Chandler Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Arthur Brooks Composer
Larry Brownlee Composer
Willie Henderson Composer
Gary Jackson Composer
Richard Parker Composer
Sonny Sanders Composer
William Sanders Composer
David Scott Composer
Floyd Smith Composer
Raynard Miner Composer
Jesse Bolian Composer
Donald Storball Composer
Lawrence Johnson Composer
Bud Hobgood Composer
Paul Tarnopol Executive Producer
Isaac "Redd" Holt Composer
Gus Redmond Composer
Lee Simmons Composer
Lowrell Simon Composer
Eddie Singleton Composer
Bonnie Thompson Composer
Carl Wolfolk Composer
Barry Despenza Composer
Sandra Drayton Composer
Alicia Evelyn Composer
Hysear Don Walker Composer
Daniel Reed Composer
Barbara Griffin Composer
Keni St. Lewis Composer
Jack Daniels Composer
Carl Davis Composer
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