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Last Soul Company [Box]
     

Last Soul Company [Box]

 
This box set tells the story of a little record company that could. Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Malaco Records was one of the few Southern labels to survive the British invasion. Though not as high profile as either Stax-Volt or Hi Records, Malaco revived the careers of great talents like Z.Z. Hill, Bobby Blue Bland, and Johnny Taylor while also developing artists

Overview

This box set tells the story of a little record company that could. Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Malaco Records was one of the few Southern labels to survive the British invasion. Though not as high profile as either Stax-Volt or Hi Records, Malaco revived the careers of great talents like Z.Z. Hill, Bobby Blue Bland, and Johnny Taylor while also developing artists like the naughty Denise LaSalle, soul pop singers Dorothy Moore and Latimore, and a number of gospel groups. The label's success in keeping the horn-fed sound of southern-fried blues alive is told in song on the hefty six-CD set, THE LAST SOUL COMPANY. From the happenstance start-up as a booking agency arm begun by white boys who loved rhythm and blues to the smooth R&B hit "Misty Blue" by soul chanteuse Moore, the set follows Malaco's history to current, contemporary blues material from Bland, Taylor, Little Milton Campbell, and Bobby Rush. Because it is put together chronologically, disco diva Fern Kinney's cuts are captured on the same disc with those of blues man Hill, a raw and rockin' singer who put Malaco on the record-selling map in the '80s. While this makes for a bit of culture shock on disc three, the set evens out on the final three CDs, making THE LAST SOUL COMPANY a tour de force through the sounds of the new South. Roberta Penn

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Malaco Records started out in the late 1960s, the label that small Southern R&B companies looked up to was Stax. The Jackson, MS-based Malaco, like the Memphis-based Stax, focused mainly on deep-fried Southern soul in the beginning -- only in 1968 and 1969, Malaco was a struggling young operation that was fighting to stay afloat. But ironically, Malaco would still be in business long after Stax's 1975 demise, and it would continue to favor classic soul long after most labels had moved away from it. When other black-oriented independents were putting out urban contemporary, rap and house music in the 1980s and 1990s, Malaco was the place you went to hear soulsters like Johnnie Taylor, Denise LaSalle and Latimore and soul-minded bluesmen like Little Milton and Bobby "Blue" Bland. In 1999, Malaco celebrated its 30 years in business with The Last Soul Company, a six-CD box set that spans 1968-1998 and ranges from the decent to the superb. It's miraculous that the company survived long enough to have a 30th anniversary -- small R&B labels have come and gone over the years, and Malaco itself almost went under at various times. This collection contains all of the hits that defined Malaco, including King Floyd's "Groove Me" in 1970, Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" in 1971, Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue" in 1976 and Z.Z. Hill's "Down Home Blues" in 1982. Over the years, Malaco Records and the Malaco studio dabbled in disco (one of this collection's most famous tunes is Anita Ward's 1979 disco smash "Ring My Bell"), funk and urban contemporary, but essentially, Malaco has remained a soul label with an interest in blues and gospel. Half the fun of hearing a collection like this one is discovering some obscure gems -- on The Last Soul Company, such gems include Jewell Bass' seductive "Let Your Love Rain Down on Me," Power's remake of the Rascals' "Groovin'," and male singer Ona Watson's soul makeover of Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It." Obviously, a six-CD set is too much for the casual listener, but for the seasoned R&B fanatic, The Last Soul Company is a fascinating listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/1999
Label:
Malaco Records
UPC:
0048201003024
catalogNumber:
30
Rank:
108441

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Looking For My Pig
  2. Warm Loving Man
  3. I Can't Go Wrong
  4. Sweetheart Baby
  5. You Can't Find Love
  6. Red Cross Store Blues
  7. Mississippi River
  8. I Feel Better Now
  9. Talking 'Bout Love
  10. Funky Thing
  11. Groove Me
  12. What Our Love Needs
  13. I Miss You
  14. When A Man Cries
  15. Baby Let Me Kiss You
  16. Mr. Big Stuff
  17. I Found All These Things
  18. Mr. & Mrs. Untrue
  19. Gypsy Read Your Cards For Me
  20. Gospel Train
  21. Woman Don't Go Astray
  22. Can't Be In Two Places At The Same Time
  23. Superman
  24. Dog In The Night
  25. Don't Let Go

Disc 2

  1. We Can Love
  2. Misty Blue
  3. Travel On
  4. E Ni Me Ni Me Ni Mo
  5. Somebody Touched Me
  6. Funny How Time Slips Away
  7. We Should Really Be in Love
  8. Dark Skin Woman
  9. Flying Too High
  10. Trouble Blues
  11. I Believe You
  12. You Don't Love Me
  13. I Wanna Be Your C.B.
  14. With Pen In Hand
  15. The End of the Rainbow
  16. Fallin' In Love With You
  17. I'm Gonna Hate Myself
  18. Take This Job And Shove It
  19. The Whole World Is Dancin'
  20. Let Your Love Rain Down On Me
  21. Ring My Bell

Disc 3

  1. Dance, Sing Along
  2. Groove Me
  3. Get Up And Dance
  4. Together We Are Beautiful
  5. Sweet Life
  6. Please Don't Make Me (Do Something Bad to You)
  7. Seeing You Again
  8. Down Home Blues
  9. Cheatin' in the Next Room
  10. Groovin'
  11. Don't Be Lonely
  12. Bad Risk
  13. A Lady in the Street
  14. Let's Share
  15. Someone Else Is Steppin' In
  16. Get A Little, Give A Little
  17. Right Place, Right Time
  18. Shade Tree Mechanic
  19. Your Husband Is Cheatin' on Us

Disc 4

  1. The Blues Is Alright
  2. Lady, My Whole World Is You
  3. This Is Your Night
  4. My Tu Tu
  5. Part Time Lover
  6. I Get Off On You
  7. Members Only
  8. Rock Me
  9. Wall to Wall
  10. Sunshine Lady
  11. Annie Mae's Cafe
  12. Cheatin' Is A Risky Business
  13. Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time
  14. Room 244
  15. Everything's Out In The Open
  16. All You'll Ever Need
  17. I Found a Love

Disc 5

  1. You Gotta Hurt Before You Heal
  2. Ain't Nothing Like the Lovin' We Got
  3. Still Crazy
  4. Midnight Run
  5. Wet Match
  6. Take Off Your Shoes
  7. If You'll Give Me Your Heart
  8. I Need a Good Woman Bad
  9. Working Is The Curse Of The Drinking Classes
  10. I'll Always Love You
  11. Stay Close To Home
  12. There's a Stranger in My House
  13. Poonanny Be Still
  14. Please Don't Let Our Good Thing End

Disc 6

  1. Here's Your Mop Mr. Johnson
  2. Don't Let The Devil Ride
  3. Cold This Winter
  4. You Ain't Women Enough To Take My Man
  5. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
  6. Good Love
  7. Your Man Is Home Tonight
  8. Last Two Dollars
  9. Got My Whiskey
  10. I Been Having An Affair
  11. Let Me Please You
  12. Who Is Betty?
  13. Don't Make Me Creep
  14. Tenderness
  15. Two Lumps Of Sugar
  16. Big Boned Woman

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Track Performer
Willie Cobbs   Track Performer
Z.Z. Hill   Track Performer
Keri Leigh   Track Performer
James Peterson   Track Performer
Artie "Blues Boy" White   Track Performer
Jackson Southernaires   Track Performer
Shirley Brown   Track Performer
Paul Davis   Track Performer
Tyrone Davis   Track Performer
Eddie Floyd   Track Performer
Frederick Knight   Track Performer
Jean Knight   Track Performer
Latimore   Track Performer
Dorothy Moore   Track Performer
Rose Brothers   Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor   Track Performer
Bobby Womack   Track Performer
Sho-Nuff   Track Performer
Denise LaSalle   Track Performer
Bobby Rush   Track Performer
Anita Ward   Track Performer
Fern Kinney   Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell   Track Performer
Nolan Struck   Track Performer
King Floyd   Track Performer
Beat Daddys   Track Performer
Fiestas   Track Performer
Big Mike Griffin   Track Performer
C.P. Love   Track Performer
McKinley Mitchell   Track Performer
Jewel Bass   Track Performer
Chuck Brooks   Track Performer
G.C. Cameron   Track Performer
Little Milton   Track Performer
Ernie Johnson   Track Performer
George Soulé   Track Performer
Carson Whitsett   Track Performer
Joe Lee Wilson   Track Performer
Carl Sims   Track Performer
Poonanny   Track Performer
Golden Nuggets   Track Performer
Natural High   Track Performer
Mel Waiters   Track Performer
Tonya   Track Performer
Ruby Wilson   Track Performer
Stan Mosley   Track Performer
Kristine   Track Performer
Formula Diablos   Track Performer
Haran Griffin   Track Performer
Joe Shamwell   Track Performer
Elliot Small   Track Performer
Stefan Anderson   Track Performer
Unemployed   Track Performer
Ona Watson   Track Performer
Barons   Track Performer
Mighty Sam   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tommy Tate   Composer
Tommy Couch   Producer
Brenda Lee Eager   Composer
Wolf Stephenson   Producer,Liner Notes
Rob Bowman   Producer,Liner Notes
Dennis J. Heckler   Art Direction
D.D.L. Kaminer   Art Direction
Ben Osborne   Composer
James "Cookie" Palmer   Composer

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