It's Me: Classic Texas Soul 1965-72

It's Me: Classic Texas Soul 1965-72

by Johnny Copeland
     
 
Johnny Copeland is one of those singers who is beloved by a few but known by only a handful more. He had his shot at the big time in the '80s, when he recorded an album called Showdown with guitarists Albert Collins and Robert Cray, but his best music was cut a decade or more before, and Ace's 2013

Overview

Johnny Copeland is one of those singers who is beloved by a few but known by only a handful more. He had his shot at the big time in the '80s, when he recorded an album called Showdown with guitarists Albert Collins and Robert Cray, but his best music was cut a decade or more before, and Ace's 2013 collection, It's Me: Classic Texas Soul 1965-1972, captures it all, tracing the As and Bs and obscure sides the singer made for any number of southern labels during that seven-year period. Here it adds up to two discs and 33 songs, none of them national hits, but some popular in their region, all holding up quite well over the years. Copeland wasn't a flashy singer; he got the job done, something that served him well on the chitlin circuit but didn't get him much beyond that, despite ambitious, jumping covers of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" and other pop and rock hits -- he does a high-stepping cover of the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up, Little Susie," which sounds just a touch too anodyne for his talents -- but he always sounds best when he's singing something gritty and pure, with a serious funky undertow. He took the occasional stab at crossovers but he was at heart a journeyman, not a trailblazer, so he can sometimes seem like an old pro who is reticent to place a serious bet. He may never have taken any risks, but his wheelhouse was deep, so It's Me is a satisfying collection of little-known deep Southern soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2013
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667239226
catalogNumber:
6723922

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's Me
  2. The Invitation
  3. Blowin' in the Wind
  4. I'm Going to Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat
  5. Dedicated to the Greatest
  6. You're Gonna Reap What You Sow
  7. Wake Up Little Susie
  8. Mother Nature
  9. I Waited Too Long
  10. The Hip Hop
  11. Four Dried Beans
  12. Johnny Ace Medley #1: Anymore/Pledging My Love/Cross My Heart
  13. Stealing
  14. Something's Up Your Sleeve
  15. That's All Right Little Mama
  16. Coming to See About You
  17. All These Things
  18. Something You Got
  19. It's My Own Tears That's Being Wasted
  20. Slow Walk You Down
  21. Danger Zone
  22. If You're Looking for a Fool
  23. Sufferin' City
  24. I Wish I Was Single

Disc 2

  1. Why Don't You Make Up Your Mind
  2. Somebody's Been Scratchin'
  3. Sufferin' City
  4. Soul Power
  5. Ghetto Child
  6. Every Dog's Got Its Day
  7. Wizard of Art
  8. Dear Mother
  9. You Must Believe in Yourself
  10. Love Attack
  11. Old Man Blues
  12. No Puppy Love
  13. I Waited Too Long
  14. The Hip Hop
  15. The Invitation
  16. Johnny Ace Medley #2: Cross My Heart/Saving My Love for You/Angel/Anymo
  17. Blowing in the Wind
  18. I'm Going to Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat
  19. Wake Up Little Susie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Copeland   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Joe "Guitar" Hughes   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Johnny Copeland   Composer
Sherman Johnson   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer
Don Robey   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Edward Thomas   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Fats Washington   Composer
David Mattis   Composer
Howard Hausey   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Charley Booth   Composer
Charles Jerue   Composer
Alton Valier   Composer
Clifton Thomas   Composer
Reginald Potts   Composer

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