Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures: Taken From Our Vaults, Vol. 1

Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures: Taken From Our Vaults, Vol. 1

     
 

Dave Godin is a big name, perhaps the biggest in British soul scholarship. He was a writer and critic in Blues & Soul magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, and an all-around promoter and collector who was instrumental in getting much American soul released in the U.K. This is his personal selection, accompanied by almost 10,000 words in linerSee more details below

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Dave Godin is a big name, perhaps the biggest in British soul scholarship. He was a writer and critic in Blues & Soul magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, and an all-around promoter and collector who was instrumental in getting much American soul released in the U.K. This is his personal selection, accompanied by almost 10,000 words in liner notes, of 25 of his favorite "Deep Soul" tracks (a term that, according to his notes, he coined himself) from the 1960s and early 1970s. There are no songs by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, or the like here, so presumably the cuts were also chosen with an eye toward how undeservedly unknown they are. Irma Thomas, represented by the original 1964 mono single version of "Anyone Who Know What Love Is (Will Understand)," is the sole name likely to be familiar to non-fanatics. The main qualification for inclusion is the intensity of the vocal performances, and on that grounds this disc certainly delivers; the life-dependent emotion puts this, in some senses, closer to gospel than pop. As far as this anthology representing the alpha and omega of the best rare "deep soul," it's been a little overhyped. It's certainly leagues above the average soul rarity compilation (including many done by the same Kent label), in part because it licenses from so many sources, rather than just one or two labels as such collections are apt to do. It also doesn't focus exclusively on soloists, adding group vocal performances with more of a pop and doo-wop influence here and there. The songs and singers, though, aren't as striking as they are on the records made by the best soul stars. Is it the best compilation of rare deep soul, then? Well, it's up there, although some of the tunes are more generic than Godin seems willing to admit, and the slow-to-midtempo churchy arrangements can get a bit stifling all at once. As for songs that should definitely be better known, Kenny Carter's almost apocalyptically operatic "Showdown," actually written for (and turned down by) the Moody Blues as a possible follow-up to "Go Now," is certainly a lost classic. Zerben R. Hicks' "Lights Out" features a taut drama that crosses from the simply intense to the haunting. Raw Spitt's "Songs to Sing" has a specific social consciousness missing from most of the tracks here; it is comparable to the material Swamp Dogg put on his early-1970s albums, which is no surprise as Swamp Dogg produced Mr. Spitt (aka Charlie Whitehead).

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/1997
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667214322
catalogNumber:
143
Rank:
71523

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Tracks

  1. I'm Never Gonna Live It Down  -  Knight Brothers
  2. Easy as Saying 1-2-3  - Timmy Willis
  3. Lights Out  -  Zerben R Hicks & The Dynamics
  4. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)  - Irma Thomas
  5. Have a Little Mercy  - Jean Wells
  6. Try Love  - Dori Grayson
  7. I Can't Make It Without Him  -  Brendetta Davis
  8. Showdown  - Kenny Carter
  9. I'm Not the One  - Larry Banks
  10. The Turning Point  - Jimmy Holiday
  11. Standing Here Crying  -  Incredibles
  12. She Broke My Heart  -  Just Brothers
  13. You're on Top  -  Untouchables
  14. It's Not That Easy  -  Reuben Bell & The Casanovas
  15. Cry Baby Cry  -  Van & Titus
  16. I Still Love You  -  Jean Stanback
  17. Try to Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It)  - Bessie Banks
  18. Songs to Sing  -  Raw Spitt
  19. How Much Longer (Must I Wait)  - Lee Moses
  20. Nothing's Too Much (Nothing's Too Good)  - Billy Young
  21. I Feel Like Cryin'  -  Sam & Bill
  22. I'm Goin' for Myself  -  Eddie & Ernie
  23. Tried So Hard to Please Her  -  Knight Brothers
  24. The Love of My Man  -  Pearlean Gray & The Passengers
  25. You Got Me  -  Jaibi

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Holiday   Track Performer
Irma Thomas   Track Performer
Billy Young   Track Performer
Raw Spitt   Track Performer
Jean Wells   Track Performer
Bessie Banks   Track Performer
Timmy Willis   Track Performer
Knight Brothers   Track Performer
Larry Banks   Track Performer
Reuben Bell   Track Performer
Kenny Carter   Track Performer
Sam & Bill   Track Performer
Dori Grayson   Track Performer
Van & Titus   Track Performer
Just Brothers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dave Godin   Producer

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