If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This actually isn't the first soul compilation devoted to cheating songs; there were a couple on Ichiban/Soul Classics in the mid-'90s. The genre's fertile enough that there's no repetition between those and this 20-song disc, which spans 1967 to 1982, and generally (though not exclusively) mines the earthy, deep soul end of things. With some exceptions (Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman," James Carr's "Dark End of the Street"), these aren't automatically familiar to general listeners. And while the artist roster includes some big soul names -- Johnnie Taylor, Irma Thomas, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes -- it's filled out with more cultish and journeymen artists like Denise...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This actually isn't the first soul compilation devoted to cheating songs; there were a couple on Ichiban/Soul Classics in the mid-'90s. The genre's fertile enough that there's no repetition between those and this 20-song disc, which spans 1967 to 1982, and generally (though not exclusively) mines the earthy, deep soul end of things. With some exceptions (Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman," James Carr's "Dark End of the Street"), these aren't automatically familiar to general listeners. And while the artist roster includes some big soul names -- Johnnie Taylor, Irma Thomas, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes -- it's filled out with more cultish and journeymen artists like Denise LaSalle, the Soul Children, Eddie Floyd, and Jackie Moore (and even collectors may have heard nothing by Phillip Mitchell, Sam Dees, or Rozetta Johnson). As music, it's mostly emotional ballads that might be suitable for slow dancing or making out if not for the somewhat salacious lyrical content. Because of such content, these songs have more wit than many a soul slowie, and they're generally above average, though the lugubrious tempos tend to draw down your disposition after a while. The concept of an up-tempo cheating song seems to have been rather foreign, and thus it's a relief when Carla Thomas hits a danceable groove on "Some Other Man (Is Beating Your Time)" or Mel & Tim's chirpy hit "Backfield in Motion" comes on. Some of the more surprising or interesting entries include Lloyd Price's 1971 single "Mr. and Mrs. Untrue," from a time when the '50s rocker had long been out of the sales spotlight; an obscure 1972 effort by Irma Thomas, "She'll Never Be Your Wife," penned by Jerry Williams (aka Swamp Dogg); Ann Peebles' steamy "Breaking Up Somebody's Home"; and Jackie Moore's 1969 single "Loser Again," which is a little more uptown in its production mood than much of what's here. The low spot is certainly Candi Staton's cover of "Suspicious Minds," not made any more palatable by the fact that it was a moderate hit in Britain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2002
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667220828
  • Catalog Number: 208
  • Sales rank: 340,328

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woman to Woman - Shirley Brown (3:57)
  2. 2 We're Getting Careless With Our Love - Johnnie Taylor (4:04)
  3. 3 Married, But Not to Each Other - Denise LaSalle (3:45)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Have to Tell Her - Isaac Hayes (4:08)
  5. 5 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Millie Jackson (3:58)
  6. 6 Mr. and Mrs. Untrue - Lloyd Price (3:34)
  7. 7 Who Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman or Your Wife) - Rozetta Johnson (3:47)
  8. 8 Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool - Loleatta Holloway (4:06)
  9. 9 I'll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children (3:40)
  10. 10 She'll Never Be Your Wife - Irma Thomas (2:57)
  11. 11 If He Hadn't Slipped Up and Got Caught - Bobby Patterson (4:03)
  12. 12 The Dark End of the Street - James Carr (2:32)
  13. 13 Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Ann Peebles (2:28)
  14. 14 Some Other Man (Is Beating Your Time) - Carla Thomas (3:01)
  15. 15 Backfield in Motion - Mel & Tim (2:35)
  16. 16 If We Get Caught, I Don't Know You - Phillip Mitchell (3:53)
  17. 17 Suspicious Minds - Candi Staton (3:56)
  18. 18 Stealing Love - Eddie Floyd (3:52)
  19. 19 Loser Again @@Moore "Miss" Jackie (3:00)
  20. 20 Mess on Your Hands - Sam Dees (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Candi Staton Track Performer
Shirley Brown Track Performer
James Carr Track Performer
Eddie Floyd Track Performer
Millie Jackson Track Performer
Lloyd Price Track Performer
The Soul Children Track Performer
Carla Thomas Track Performer
Irma Thomas Track Performer
Loleatta Holloway Track Performer
Denise LaSalle Track Performer
Bobby Patterson Track Performer
Sam Dees Track Performer
Isaac Hayes Track Performer
Ann Peebles Track Performer
Phillip Mitchell Track Performer
Rozetta Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Nick Robbins Mastering
Peter Silverton Liner Notes
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