Kent's Cellar of Soul

Kent's Cellar of Soul

     
 

Like several '60s soul compilations on the Kent label, the concept is vague enough to elude the grasp of all but those who are quite immersed in the most dedicated corner of soul record collecting. It has "club and turntable hits from the golden age of American soul music," according to the back cover, though that really applies to British clubs and turntables, not… See more details below

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Like several '60s soul compilations on the Kent label, the concept is vague enough to elude the grasp of all but those who are quite immersed in the most dedicated corner of soul record collecting. It has "club and turntable hits from the golden age of American soul music," according to the back cover, though that really applies to British clubs and turntables, not American ones. The liner notes also intimate that soul compilations issued as part of the series "Bell's Cellar of Soul" in the 1960s served as an inspiration. They also claim that the 26 songs on this CD "are now entirely familiar sides," though that claim probably only holds water in some specialized British clubs and collector circles. None of these songs were big hits (with the exceptions of the Intruders' "Cowboys to Girls" and possibly James & Bobby Purify's "Let Love Come Between Us"), and most of them in fact weren't even small hits. Ultimately, it's a reasonably high-quality anthology of obscure (to the general listener) 1960s soul music, though one lacking the strongest of thematic linkages. The tenor tends toward the upbeat and danceable, though also, frankly, the generic and also-ran. Some cuts rise above that tag, like Rodger Collins' infectious "She's Looking Good," which has a Wilson Pickett-ish funky uptempo feel; Brooks O'Dell's "You Better Make Up Your Mind," which has an orchestrated moody drama that largely eludes these anthologies; Little Richard's 1967 single "Get Down With It," one of his best post-'50s sides; Tina Britt's "The Real Thing," one of the best Martha & the Vandellas sound-alike songs (though the Chiffons did a better version); and the Dreamlovers' "You Gave Me Somebody to Love," a highly credible Righteous Brothers imitation. On the other hand, some tracks are too imitative to even generate slight admiration, like Bob Brady & the Con Chords' transparent Miracles knockoff "Everybody's Going to the Love-In." Rounding up the call of the more notable inclusions are the quality blue-eyed soul of Lonnie Mack on "Save Your Money"; Clifford Curry's "She Shot a Hole in My Soul," which must be one of the songs most frequently cited as a lost cult gem; Barbara Lynn's smooth 1966 version of "You Left the Water Running"; and O.V. Wright's original 1964 version of "That's How Strong My Love Is," though the track is so different from the renditions by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones that it sounds almost like another song altogether.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667219822
catalogNumber:
198
Rank:
59354

Tracks

  1. She's Looking Good  - Rodger Collins
  2. My Elusive Dreams  -  Joshua Dillard
  3. A Lot of Love  - Homer Banks
  4. Chain Reaction  -  Spellbinders
  5. Make Me Yours  - Bettye Swann
  6. Cowboys to Girls  -  Intruders
  7. When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)  - Mighty Sam
  8. You Better Make Up Your Mind  - Brooks O'Dell
  9. Hole in the Wall  -  Packers
  10. Karate Boogaloo  -  Jerry-O
  11. Everybody's Going to the Love-In  -  Bob Brady & the Con Chords
  12. Chills and Fever  - Paul Kelly
  13. The Real Thing  - Tina Britt
  14. Let Love Come Between Us  -  James & Bobby Purify
  15. Get It from the Bottom  -  Steelers
  16. (I'm a Fool) I Must Love You  -  Falcons
  17. You Gave Me Somebody to Love  -  Russ Gardner
  18. Soul Serenade  -  Beau Dollar & The Coins
  19. Get Down With It  - Little Richard
  20. Shine It On  - Vernon Garrett
  21. Keep My Woman Home  -  Danny White & Linda Nail
  22. She Shot a Hole in My Soul  - Clifford Curry
  23. Save Your Money  - Lonnie Mack
  24. You Left the Water Running  - Barbara Lynn
  25. The Right to Cry  - Erma Franklin
  26. That's How Strong My Love Is  -  Keys

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lonnie Mack   Producer
Little Richard   Contributor
J.J. Jackson   Arranger
Van McCoy   Producer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Buzz Cason   Producer
Jerry Ross   Producer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Roger Collins   Contributor
Moses Dillard   Arranger
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Gene Miller   Arranger
Ray Shanklin   Arranger
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Clifford Curry   Contributor
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Producer
Jimmy Oliver   Arranger
Tina Britt   Contributor
Jerry Murray   Producer
Spellbinders   Contributor
Bill Millar   Cover Photo
Larry Maxwell   Producer
J.D. Cash   Producer
Barbara Gordon   Producer
Mighty Sam   Contributor
Dave Godin   Liner Notes
Danny White & Linda Nail   Contributor
Leslie Asch   Arranger

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