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Good to the Last Drop

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One could reasonably argue that British music fans love soul and rhythm & blues even more than American audiences, or at very least they're eager to celebrate lesser-known talents within these genres in a way folks at home do not. Ember Records, one of the leading independent record labels in the U.K. during the '60s and '70s, released a steady stream of noteworthy R&B sides for the English market, and Good to the Last Drop: From the Ember Tape Vaults/ Rare Sixties and Seventies Soul features 23 sides issued by the label in their heyday. While Ember released some soulful singles from homegrown acts, only one of them appears here " Looky Looky" by the Brothers Grimm,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One could reasonably argue that British music fans love soul and rhythm & blues even more than American audiences, or at very least they're eager to celebrate lesser-known talents within these genres in a way folks at home do not. Ember Records, one of the leading independent record labels in the U.K. during the '60s and '70s, released a steady stream of noteworthy R&B sides for the English market, and Good to the Last Drop: From the Ember Tape Vaults/ Rare Sixties and Seventies Soul features 23 sides issued by the label in their heyday. While Ember released some soulful singles from homegrown acts, only one of them appears here " Looky Looky" by the Brothers Grimm, while the rest were licensed for British release from a variety of American labels, most notably the Detroit-based GM Records named for owner Guido Marasco rather than a certain local auto manufacturer. There were enough U.K. labels snapping up American soul material at the time that Ember's R&B line was a bit short on big names, but there are plenty of solid, lesser-known tunes on this set. Fork in the Road sound like a more polished version of the Chairmen of the Board on "Can't Turn Around Now," the Values cover Dean Martin and make it work complete with a passage in Italian on "Return to Me," Tony & Tyrone generate a righteous groove on the rollicking "Everyday Fun," Ed Robinson delivers a potent message number on the emotional powerhouse "Hey Blackman," and Mr. Flood's Party sound taut and intelligent on a cover of "Compared to What." The legendary Johnny Otis with his son Shuggie Otis in tow contributes the closing cut, "Good to the Last Drop," which is a sadly ordinary-sounding disco number despite some freaked-out synthesizer work, and though Jewel Akens' "Wee Bit More of Your Lovin'" is an admirably tough rock & roll number, calling it soul isn't truth in advertising. But otherwise this is a solid and well-sequenced collection of worthy and lesser-known soul tunes, and Mike Atherton's liner notes are well written and present the facts as they're known. Fans of vintage R&B who are still in the market for quality obscurities will find this to be a good value for money, not to mention fine listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Fantastic Voyage
  • EAN: 5055311000190
  • Catalog Number: 19
  • Sales rank: 161,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Compared to What - Mr. Floods Party (4:01)
  2. 2 Looky Looky (2:26)
  3. 3 Wee Bit More of Your Lovin' - Jewel Akens (1:42)
  4. 4 That's the Way - The Casinos (1:58)
  5. 5 Return to Me (2:06)
  6. 6 Oh Lord (You Gotta Help Me) (3:58)
  7. 7 Here I Am (2:18)
  8. 8 Dig In (1:55)
  9. 9 That's What I Feel for You (4:06)
  10. 10 Why Can't There Be Love (2:53)
  11. 11 Baby Don't You Leave Me - Carol Woods (2:34)
  12. 12 Everyday Fun - Tony & Tyrone (2:54)
  13. 13 Can't Turn Around Now (2:32)
  14. 14 My Own Special Way (3:10)
  15. 15 Disaster Area (4:32)
  16. 16 Skeletons in the Closet (2:26)
  17. 17 Whip Your Loving on Me - Tony & Tyrone (2:54)
  18. 18 Hurt a Little Everday (3:04)
  19. 19 Can't See Myself Doing You Wrong (3:32)
  20. 20 Hey Blackman, Pt. 1 - Ed Robinson (3:30)
  21. 21 Put a Little Love in Your Heart (2:13)
  22. 22 Learn How to Love (3:06)
  23. 23 Good to the Last Drop - Johnny Otis (2:20)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Floyd Jones Producer
Johnny Otis Composer, Producer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer, Producer
Skip Battin Arranger
The Casinos Composer
Milt Matthews Composer
Jewel Akens Composer
Ed Robinson Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Charles "Packy" Axton Composer
Jerry Capehart Composer
Denny Cordell Producer
Hank Cosby Composer
Eddie Daniels Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Eugene McDaniels Composer
Nicky Otis Composer
Clarence Paul Composer
Ewell Roussell Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Composer
Delmar Evans Composer
Jimmy King Composer
Mickey Stevenson Producer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Douglas Brown Composer
Hal Shaper Producer
Johnny Keyes Composer
Randy Myers Composer
Mike Atherton Liner Notes
Hermon Weems Composer
Johnny Keyes Composer
Daniel Di Minno Composer
R. Green Producer
Josephine Armstead Composer
W. Hines Producer
Dick Scott Composer, Producer
Delmar Evans Composer
Beau Ray Fleming Producer
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