Holding the Losing Hand: Hotlanta Soul, Vol. 3

Holding the Losing Hand: Hotlanta Soul, Vol. 3

     
 

It's only been in recent years that Atlanta, GA, has been given the credit it deserves as a major center in R&B record making, and Birmingham, AL, is still waiting for its day in the hipster sun, but great music has flowed from both cities for years. This collection of rare and unreleased material from the General Recording Corporation archives, an outfit that… See more details below

Overview

It's only been in recent years that Atlanta, GA, has been given the credit it deserves as a major center in R&B record making, and Birmingham, AL, is still waiting for its day in the hipster sun, but great music has flowed from both cities for years. This collection of rare and unreleased material from the General Recording Corporation archives, an outfit that controlled the Moonsong, Aware, and Clintone labels (and at one time was owned by notorious porn kingpin Mike Thevis) shows that even the lesser R&B markets in the 1960s and '70s were cranking out some brilliant music. The 23 selections run the gamut from the polished sensuality of "A Woman's Way" by Roszetta Johnson to King Hannibal's wild (and previously unheard) "Good Times," with the passionate, preaching soul of Bill Brandon, the tough-talking bark of Sam Dees, and the Motown-flavored groove of Deep Velvet resting somewhere in between. Holding the Losing Hand digs deeper into 1970s R&B than most of Kent's soul compilations, dipping its toes into early funk and even disco grooves, but the material included is uniformly passionate and compelling, with superb vocal work and tight, well-executed arrangements on every cut. It's hard to believe that there are still top-shelf R&B sides waiting to be rediscovered at this late date, but Holding the Losing Hand demonstrates that really is the case, and those with a taste for vintage soul will be happy to expand their collections with this set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/27/2005
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667225625
catalogNumber:
256
Rank:
267449

Tracks

  1. I Know Where You're Coming From
  2. A Woman's Way
  3. Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody
  4. Fools Love
  5. Good Times
  6. That's How Long I'll Be Loving You
  7. Everybody's Trying to Get Over
  8. A Better Way
  9. Beautiful Day (Keep Moving On)
  10. Johnnie Mae Wright
  11. Hanna Mae
  12. We've Got to Sing Together  - Frederick Knight
  13. Personal Woman
  14. Claim Jumping
  15. Stop This Merry-Go-Round
  16. Holding the Losing Hand
  17. Let's Make Our New Love Something Special
  18. I Got That Will
  19. Men
  20. If It Wasn't for the Children
  21. I'm So Glad
  22. I Am Free of Your Love
  23. (I Like Making That) Early Morning Love

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Frederick Knight   Composer,Producer
Ethel Waters   Composer
C.L. Blast   Producer
Sam Dees   Composer,Producer
Martin McNichols   Producer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Aaron Varnell   Horn Arrangements
Dale Warren   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Tony Rounce   Cover Photo
Bill Brandon   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia,Label Design
John Ridley   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Label Design
Randolph Walker   Composer
Ted Stovall   String Arrangements
Hermon Hitson   Composer
Tamara Stewart   Flute Arrangement
Steve Guarnori   Memorabilia,Label Design
Clinton Moon   Producer

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