Dial Records Southern Soul Story

Dial Records Southern Soul Story

     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
07/22/2003
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667222327
catalogNumber:
223
Rank:
117450

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hold What You've Got  - Joe Tex
  2. Be Your Own Judge  - Joe Tex
  3. I Let Her Get Away  - Joe Tex
  4. I Wanna Be Free  - Joe Tex
  5. Say Thank You  - Joe Tex
  6. I've Got a Thing Going On  - Bobby Marchan
  7. I Gotta Sit Down and Cry  - Bobby Marchan
  8. Get Down With It  - Bobby Marchan
  9. Half a Mind  - Bobby Marchan
  10. Just Be Yourself  - Bobby Marchan
  11. Somebody Will  - Clarence Reid
  12. I Refuse to Give Up  - Clarence Reid
  13. Only Your Love  - Paul Kelly
  14. Chills and Fever  - Paul Kelly
  15. I Want To (Do Everything for You)  - Joe Tex
  16. A Sweet Woman Like You  - Joe Tex
  17. The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)  - Joe Tex
  18. Can't Help It  - Paul Kelly
  19. Since I Found You  - Paul Kelly
  20. You Really Fooled Me  - Chris Harris
  21. Gimme a Try  - Clarence Reid
  22. It Comes and It Goes @@Len Wade
  23. You Can't Tie Me Down @@Little Archie
  24. All I Have to Do @@Little Archie
  25. I Just Want What Belongs to Me  - Bobby Marchan
  26. Sad Sack  - Bobby Marchan

Disc 2

  1. Skinny Legs and All  - Joe Tex
  2. Don't Let the Sun Shine on Me @@Dialtones
  3. Hummin' a Heartache  - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  4. This Time  - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  5. That's When I Guessed  - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
  6. I Need You @@Little Archie
  7. I Am a Carpet @@Little Archie
  8. Dr. Funky  - Chris Harris
  9. Tell 'Em I Am Who I Am  - Chris Harris
  10. Call Another Doctor (On the Case)  - Paul Kelly
  11. We're Gonna Make It  - Paul Kelly
  12. Throw the Switch  - Frederick Knight
  13. I Know Where I've Been  - Frederick Knight
  14. Footprints on My Mind  - Annette Snell
  15. I'll Be Your Fool Once More  - Annette Snell
  16. You Oughta Be Here With Me  - Annette Snell
  17. Get Your Thing Together  - Annette Snell
  18. Just as Hooked as I've Ever Been  - Annette Snell
  19. Love Connection  - Annette Snell
  20. Can You Dig It?  - King Floyd
  21. Learning to Forget You  - King Floyd
  22. Dirt  - Jean Knight
  23. Jesse Joe (You Got to Go)  - Jean Knight
  24. Ain't Nothin' Wrong With Whitey  - Bobby Marchan
  25. I Gotcha  - Joe Tex

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