Complete Atlantic Singles Plus [Remastered]

Complete Atlantic Singles Plus [Remastered]

by The Sweet Inspirations
     
 

Atlantic Records must have felt conflicted when they signed the Sweet Inspirations to a record deal in 1967. On one hand, the group was clearly one of the finest female vocal groups (arguably the finest) in the history of R&B, featuring four outstanding singers who could dazzle individually or in harmony. But at the sameSee more details below

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Atlantic Records must have felt conflicted when they signed the Sweet Inspirations to a record deal in 1967. On one hand, the group was clearly one of the finest female vocal groups (arguably the finest) in the history of R&B, featuring four outstanding singers who could dazzle individually or in harmony. But at the same time, the Sweet Inspirations were in great demand as backing vocalists, having worked magic on sessions for some of Atlantic's biggest stars, including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke, and Esther Phillips, and by making them stars on their own, the label could spoil a formula that had been working well for them. Between 1967 and 1971, Atlantic released 17 singles by the Sweet Inspirations, and while several of them fared well on the R&B charts, none of them became major crossover hits or pushed them into true soul stardom, even though they were teamed with some of the best producers and arrangers in the business. If the Sweet Inspirations didn't earn much chart action, it was never a matter of talent or the quality of their product, as confirmed by a listen to The Complete Atlantic Singles Plus, which pulls together the A- and B-sides from those 17 45s, along with four bonus tracks, three seeing their first release here. The Sweet Inspirations -- Cissy Houston (Whitney's mother), Myrna Smith, Estelle Brown, and Sylvia Shemwell, with Ann William replacing Houston in 1969 -- never sound less than expert on any of these 37 tracks, and put a soulful stamp of their own on tracks that were already hits for others, including "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," and "To Love Somebody" (the latter recorded while the Bee Gees looked on in amazement). Atlantic clearly spared no expense on these sessions, with Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, and Ugene Dozier among the producers and arrangers who worked on this material, and the graceful strut of the music is as much of a pleasure as the fine voices they accompany. The Sweet Inspirations are ultimately better remembered for their work behind the scenes than their recordings as headliners, but these sides make it clear they were four of the finest vocalists birthed by the Southern soul movement of the '60s; this set ignores the gospel sides they recorded for Atlantic, making it less than a definitive overview of their career, but if you're only looking for their soul sessions, this is pure magic, and as good as it gets.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064002635
catalogNumber:
400263
Rank:
49668

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)  -  Sweet Inspirations
  2. I Don't Want To Go On Without You  -  Sweet Inspirations
  3. Let It Be Me  -  Sweet Inspirations
  4. When Something is Wrong With My Baby  -  Sweet Inspirations
  5. That's How Strong My Love is  -  Sweet Inspirations
  6. I've Been Loving You Too Long  -  Sweet Inspirations
  7. Oh! What a Fool I've Been  -  Sweet Inspirations
  8. Don't Fight It  -  Sweet Inspirations
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man  -  Sweet Inspirations
  10. Reach Out For Me  -  Sweet Inspirations
  11. Sweet Inspiration  -  Sweet Inspirations
  12. I'm Blue  -  Sweet Inspirations
  13. To Love Somebody  -  Sweet Inspirations
  14. Where Did It Go  -  Sweet Inspirations
  15. Unchained Melody  -  Sweet Inspirations
  16. Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again  -  Sweet Inspirations
  17. What the World Needs Now is Love  -  Sweet Inspirations
  18. You Really Didn't Mean It  -  Sweet Inspirations

Disc 2

  1. Crying In the Rain  -  Sweet Inspirations
  2. Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday  -  Sweet Inspirations
  3. Sweets For My Sweet  -  Sweet Inspirations
  4. Get a Little Order  -  Sweet Inspirations
  5. Don't Go  -  Sweet Inspirations
  6. Chained  -  Sweet Inspirations
  7. (Gotta Find) a Brand New Lover, Pts. 1 & 2  -  Sweet Inspirations
  8. At Last I've Found a Love  -  Sweet Inspirations
  9. That's the Way My Baby is  -  Sweet Inspirations
  10. Them Boys  -  Sweet Inspirations
  11. Flash In the Pan  -  Sweet Inspirations
  12. This World  -  Sweet Inspirations
  13. Light Sings  -  Sweet Inspirations
  14. Evidence  -  Sweet Inspirations
  15. Change Me Not  -  Sweet Inspirations
  16. Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me  -  Sweet Inspirations
  17. I've Been Inspired To Love You  -  Sweet Inspirations
  18. Little Green Apples/Think/Something  -  Sweet Inspirations
  19. Make It Easy On Yourself  -  Sweet Inspirations

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sweet Inspirations   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Nick Ashford   Composer
Roland Chambers   Arranger,Composer
Tommy Cogbill   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Ugene Dozier   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Arif Mardin   String Arrangements
Chips Moman   Composer
Alex North   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Composer,Producer
Hy Zaret   Composer
David Nathan   Producer,Liner Notes
Shapiro   Composer
Dave Crawford   Producer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Roger Williams   Artwork
Mike Milchner   Remastering
Dave Moyssiadis   Engineer
Mann Curtis   Composer

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