Kent's Cellar of Soul

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667219822
  • Catalog Number: 198
  • Sales rank: 52,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's Looking Good - Rodger Collins (2:22)
  2. 2 My Elusive Dreams - Joshua Dillard (2:20)
  3. 3 A Lot of Love - Homer Banks (2:39)
  4. 4 Chain Reaction - The Spellbinders (2:35)
  5. 5 Make Me Yours - Bettye Swann (3:15)
  6. 6 Cowboys to Girls - The Intruders (2:40)
  7. 7 When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters) - Mighty Sam (2:43)
  8. 8 You Better Make Up Your Mind - Brooks O'Dell (2:38)
  9. 9 Hole in the Wall - The Packers (2:47)
  10. 10 Karate Boogaloo - Jerry-O (2:35)
  11. 11 Everybody's Going to the Love-In - Bob Brady & the Con Chords (2:51)
  12. 12 Chills and Fever - Paul Kelly (1:52)
  13. 13 The Real Thing - Tina Britt (2:23)
  14. 14 Let Love Come Between Us - James & Bobby Purify (2:28)
  15. 15 Get It from the Bottom - The Steelers (2:01)
  16. 16 (I'm a Fool) I Must Love You - The Falcons (2:20)
  17. 17 You Gave Me Somebody to Love - Russ Gardner (3:08)
  18. 18 Soul Serenade - Beau Dollar & The Coins (2:36)
  19. 19 Get Down With It - Little Richard (3:16)
  20. 20 Shine It On - Vernon Garrett (2:29)
  21. 21 Keep My Woman Home - Danny White & Linda Nail (2:29)
  22. 22 She Shot a Hole in My Soul - Clifford Curry (2:26)
  23. 23 Save Your Money - Lonnie Mack (2:42)
  24. 24 You Left the Water Running - Barbara Lynn (2:11)
  25. 25 The Right to Cry - Erma Franklin (3:28)
  26. 26 That's How Strong My Love Is - The Keys (2:59)
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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
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ray Shanklin Arranger
Arthur Wright Arranger
Clifford Curry Contributor
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell Producer
Jimmy Oliver Arranger
Tina Britt Contributor
Jerry Murray Producer
The 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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