Don't Sell Your Soul/Mike James Kirkland

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mississippi soul singer Mike James Kirkland, like so many of the 1960s and 1970s soul singing greats, grew up singing doo wop and gospel, and by the time he was fronting Mike & the Censations in the mid-'60s, he had mixed in elements of funk and jazz as well, coming up with an impressive hybrid that sounded a bit like Sam Cooke singing with a garage soul band, and sides like the striking "Don't Sell Your Soul" could hold their own on any radio station. In all, Mike & the Censations released seven singles, none of which got the attention they deserved as Kirkland moved from label to label in search of the right deal, even turning down Columbia Records at one point,...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mississippi soul singer Mike James Kirkland, like so many of the 1960s and 1970s soul singing greats, grew up singing doo wop and gospel, and by the time he was fronting Mike & the Censations in the mid-'60s, he had mixed in elements of funk and jazz as well, coming up with an impressive hybrid that sounded a bit like Sam Cooke singing with a garage soul band, and sides like the striking "Don't Sell Your Soul" could hold their own on any radio station. In all, Mike & the Censations released seven singles, none of which got the attention they deserved as Kirkland moved from label to label in search of the right deal, even turning down Columbia Records at one point, and the end result of it was that the Censations never got to release an album of any kind. Kirkland drifted into the 1970s and really found his stride with a pair of albums with MCA Records, 1972's Hang on in There and 1973's Doin' It Right, both of which sounded like Superfly-era Curtis Mayfield crossed with What's Going On-era Marvin Gaye, and tracks like the ecological-themed "What Have We Done," the reassuring "Hang on in There," and the lush and beautiful "Love Is All We Need" ended up being highly sought-after collector's items with the low-rider set. That was it for Kirkland, though, at least as a secular musician. In later years he ended up hosting a socially conscious television talk show in Los Angeles and reconnecting with his gospel roots, singing mostly in churches and only occasionally reaching into his secular catalog. Kirkland, in a fair and just world, should have been a big-time funk and soul star, but it was not to be. It certainly isn't the music's fault. At his best, Kirkland could hold his own with Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, or Otis Redding, and he deserves to be spoken of in that company. This valuable two-disc set combines both of the MCA albums with those rare early singles from Mike & the Censations to deliver the collected secular works of a great lost funk and soul singer. It's wonderful to finally have it all together, even if it took some 40 years. Soul is soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • Label: Luv N Haight
  • UPC: 780661006428
  • Catalog Number: 10064
  • Sales rank: 144,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victim of Circumstance, Pt. 1 - Mike James Kirkland (3:06)
  2. 2 Don't Mess With Me - Mike James Kirkland (2:29)
  3. 3 There's Nothing I Can Do About It - Mike James Kirkland (2:29)
  4. 4 I Need Your Lovin - Mike James Kirkland (2:49)
  5. 5 Be Mine Forever - Mike James Kirkland (2:13)
  6. 6 Don't Sell Your Soul - Mike James Kirkland (2:58)
  7. 7 Baby What Are You Gonna' Do - Mike James Kirkland (2:28)
  8. 8 Split Personality - Mike James Kirkland (2:35)
  9. 9 You're Living a Lie - Mike James Kirkland (2:50)
  10. 10 Shopping For Love - Mike James Kirkland (2:44)
  11. 11 The Straw That Broke the Camel's Back - Mike James Kirkland (2:49)
  12. 12 Gonna Try To Get You Back - Mike James Kirkland (2:45)
  13. 13 A Man Ain't Nothing But a Man - Mike James Kirkland (3:16)
  14. 14 Victim of Circumstance, Pt. 2 - Mike James Kirkland (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What Have We Done - Mike James Kirkland (3:35)
  2. 2 Where's The Soul Of Man? - Mike James Kirkland (3:07)
  3. 3 Hang On In There - Mike James Kirkland (8:51)
  4. 4 Baby I Need Your Loving - Mike James Kirkland (3:28)
  5. 5 Give It To Me - Mike James Kirkland (2:45)
  6. 6 Blota Blota - Mike James Kirkland (2:56)
  7. 7 You're Gonna Share Your Love - Mike James Kirkland (2:26)
  8. 8 It's Alright With Me - Mike James Kirkland (2:20)
  9. 9 The Prophet - Mike James Kirkland (4:11)
  10. 10 Together - Mike James Kirkland (2:47)
  11. 11 Love Is - Mike James Kirkland (2:57)
  12. 12 Got To Do It Right - Mike James Kirkland (3:41)
  13. 13 It's Too Late - Mike James Kirkland (3:53)
  14. 14 O Me O My (I'm a Fool For You Baby) - Mike James Kirkland (4:31)
  15. 15 You Put It On My Mind - Mike James Kirkland (3:40)
  16. 16 Doin' It Right - Mike James Kirkland (8:17)
  17. 17 Love Is All We Need - Mike James Kirkland (4:13)
  18. 18 Love Insurance - Mike James Kirkland (2:53)
  19. 19 The Only Change - Mike James Kirkland (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike & the Censations Primary Artist
Mike James Kirkland Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Carole King Composer
Ray Jackson Arranger
Hense Powell Arranger
Mike James Kirkland Composer
Andrew Jervis Liner Notes
R. Kirkland Composer
Kei Abe Art Direction, Layout
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