Dial Records Southern Soul Story

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Nashville-based Dial label didn't only record soul in the 1960s and 1970s, but that's what it's most known for, particularly the soul records by Joe Tex. This is a two-CD, 51-song survey of their soul output from the early '60s through the mid-'70s. While it reveals a depth to its roster considerably beyond Tex, it also demonstrates that Tex was by far the most memorable of its performers. There are ten songs by Tex himself on this anthology, which might be a little redundant as collectors apt to pick this up will almost certainly already have Tex hits like "Hold What You've Got," "Skinny Legs and All," and "I Gotcha," all of which are here. As some compensation,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Nashville-based Dial label didn't only record soul in the 1960s and 1970s, but that's what it's most known for, particularly the soul records by Joe Tex. This is a two-CD, 51-song survey of their soul output from the early '60s through the mid-'70s. While it reveals a depth to its roster considerably beyond Tex, it also demonstrates that Tex was by far the most memorable of its performers. There are ten songs by Tex himself on this anthology, which might be a little redundant as collectors apt to pick this up will almost certainly already have Tex hits like "Hold What You've Got," "Skinny Legs and All," and "I Gotcha," all of which are here. As some compensation, the other Tex tracks do include a quartet of far more obscure non-hits from 1962-1964, the standout among them being the jazzy, minor-keyed "I Wanna Be Free." That still leaves about 40 non-Tex songs, which are solid but unspectacular Southern soul following various strands of the time, including country-soul, pseudo-Motown, funky tunes, and sweet soul. Sides by some hitmakers -- Bobby Marchan, King Floyd, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, and Jean Knight -- are included, though, alas, all of them recorded for Dial past their prime. Filling out the ranks are bit players like Annette Snell who did have modest R&B hits with three of the 1973-1974 singles featured here, Clarence Reid, Paul Kelly, and Little Archie. There's not much among the backbench stuff that demands attention, though oddly one of the better cuts is "Don't Let the Sun Shine on Me," a 1967 midtempo soul-pop ballad by the least recognizable artist on board, the Dialtones. Little Archie's funky "I Am a Carpet" gets some points for the sheer weirdness of its title lyric, and you could say the same thing of Bobby Marchan's 1975 45 "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With Whitey." This being Ace Records, the label includes a handful of ultra-rarities in the form of a couple of mid-'60s Marchan alternate takes one of them a cover of a Roger Miller song, "Half a Mind", the mid-'60s Marchan outtake "Just Be Yourself," and the "extended version" of Snell's "Footprints on My Mind."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667222327
  • Catalog Number: 223
  • Sales rank: 151,514

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex (3:11)
  2. 2 Be Your Own Judge - Joe Tex (2:36)
  3. 3 I Let Her Get Away - Joe Tex (2:44)
  4. 4 I Wanna Be Free - Joe Tex (2:55)
  5. 5 Say Thank You - Joe Tex (2:39)
  6. 6 I've Got a Thing Going On - Bobby Marchan (2:29)
  7. 7 I Gotta Sit Down and Cry - Bobby Marchan (2:46)
  8. 8 Get Down With It - Bobby Marchan (2:40)
  9. 9 Half a Mind - Bobby Marchan (2:52)
  10. 10 Just Be Yourself - Bobby Marchan (2:38)
  11. 11 Somebody Will - Clarence Reid (3:18)
  12. 12 I Refuse to Give Up - Clarence Reid (3:10)
  13. 13 Only Your Love - Paul Kelly (2:27)
  14. 14 Chills and Fever - Paul Kelly (1:52)
  15. 15 I Want To (Do Everything for You) - Joe Tex (2:10)
  16. 16 A Sweet Woman Like You - Joe Tex (2:37)
  17. 17 The Love You Save (May Be Your Own) - Joe Tex (2:58)
  18. 18 Can't Help It - Paul Kelly (2:19)
  19. 19 Since I Found You - Paul Kelly (2:12)
  20. 20 You Really Fooled Me - Chris Harris (3:07)
  21. 21 Gimme a Try - Clarence Reid (2:34)
  22. 22 It Comes and It Goes @@Len Wade (3:08)
  23. 23 You Can't Tie Me Down @@Little Archie (1:52)
  24. 24 All I Have to Do @@Little Archie (2:24)
  25. 25 I Just Want What Belongs to Me - Bobby Marchan (2:36)
  26. 26 Sad Sack - Bobby Marchan (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Skinny Legs and All - Joe Tex (3:07)
  2. 2 Don't Let the Sun Shine on Me @@Dialtones (3:07)
  3. 3 Hummin' a Heartache - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (2:23)
  4. 4 This Time - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (2:40)
  5. 5 That's When I Guessed - Clarence "Frogman" Henry (2:30)
  6. 6 I Need You @@Little Archie (3:10)
  7. 7 I Am a Carpet @@Little Archie (2:59)
  8. 8 Dr. Funky - Chris Harris (2:50)
  9. 9 Tell 'Em I Am Who I Am - Chris Harris (2:38)
  10. 10 Call Another Doctor (On the Case) - Paul Kelly (3:23)
  11. 11 We're Gonna Make It - Paul Kelly (3:09)
  12. 12 Throw the Switch - Frederick Knight (2:50)
  13. 13 I Know Where I've Been - Frederick Knight (3:20)
  14. 14 Footprints on My Mind - Annette Snell (3:21)
  15. 15 I'll Be Your Fool Once More - Annette Snell (3:33)
  16. 16 You Oughta Be Here With Me - Annette Snell (3:59)
  17. 17 Get Your Thing Together - Annette Snell (3:22)
  18. 18 Just as Hooked as I've Ever Been - Annette Snell (2:39)
  19. 19 Love Connection - Annette Snell (2:30)
  20. 20 Can You Dig It? - King Floyd (4:06)
  21. 21 Learning to Forget You - King Floyd (3:47)
  22. 22 Dirt - Jean Knight (2:22)
  23. 23 Jesse Joe (You Got to Go) - Jean Knight (2:43)
  24. 24 Ain't Nothin' Wrong With Whitey - Bobby Marchan (3:39)
  25. 25 I Gotcha - Joe Tex (2:28)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
King Floyd Producer
Finley Duncan Producer
Buddy Killen Arranger, Producer
Mike Leech Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
John Ridley Liner Notes
Paul "PK" Kelly Arranger, Producer
R. J. Branden Arranger
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