Moaning, Groaning, Crying: A Galaxy of Soul & R&B

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the R&B subsidiary of the San Francisco Bay Area's Fantasy label, Galaxy put out a good chunk of soul in the mid-to-late '60s. This is a 26-track compilation of singles that appeared on Galaxy and a variety of its own subsidiary labels between 1965-1970 along with one previously unreleased cut, Isaiah Smith's "As Long as You're in Circulation". There's probably just one song here, Rodger Collins' "She's Looking Good," that'll be familiar to the average soul listener, and even that song might not be the most familiar version -- although the Collins single was a small R&B hit, it was Wilson Pickett's cover that made it a national smash. Otherwise, this is ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As the R&B subsidiary of the San Francisco Bay Area's Fantasy label, Galaxy put out a good chunk of soul in the mid-to-late '60s. This is a 26-track compilation of singles that appeared on Galaxy and a variety of its own subsidiary labels between 1965-1970 along with one previously unreleased cut, Isaiah Smith's "As Long as You're in Circulation". There's probably just one song here, Rodger Collins' "She's Looking Good," that'll be familiar to the average soul listener, and even that song might not be the most familiar version -- although the Collins single was a small R&B hit, it was Wilson Pickett's cover that made it a national smash. Otherwise, this is decent, varied, but somewhat minor-league soul, perhaps with an overall more bluesy feel than much of the competition, and often derivative of major trends without matching the best efforts in those styles. Like many such anthologies, it has a few tracks which jump out as worthier than others of being compiled on a mixtape. For instance, there's Ozz & the Sperlings' "Daddy Rollin' Stone," which has no obvious relationship to the famous prior R&B songs of that name recorded by Otis Blackwell and Derek Martin, but is a satisfying boisterous, raw slice of bluesy soul all the same, lyrically inspired in part by fellow Bay Area soul man Sly Stone. Buddy Conner gets into the jazzy blues-soul including burbling organ more characteristic of some of Galaxy's earlier 1960s output on "Half Way Loving"; Little Ronnie & the Chromatics' "I Was Wrong, Pt. 1" sounds a lot like an early-'60s James Brown ballad; and the aforementioned Isaiah Smith comes through with a good lean blues-soul ballad on "As Long as You're in Circulation." As for names with illustrious pasts, presents, and futures, future Tower of Power singer Lenny Williams is heard on a 1968 single, "I Couldn't Find Nobody"; mellow bluesman Charles Brown contributes another 45 from that year, "Cry No More"; and Sugar Pie DeSanto does a nice sweet soul burner on 1970's "My Illusions," which has a more orchestral arrangement than most of the items here.
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  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667223621
  • Catalog Number: 236

Album Credits

Technical Credits
Charles Brown Composer
Sonny Rhodes Composer
Sugar Pie DeSanto Composer
Lonnie Hewitt Composer
Cynthia Robinson Composer
Ray Shanklin Composer
Cal Valentine Composer
Leroy Williams Composer
Jesse Osborne Composer
Rodger Collins Composer
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Concept
Freddie Hughes Composer
Frank Samuels Composer
Bobby Reed Composer
Earl Randle Composer
John Malone Composer
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