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Nobody Wins: Stax Southern Soul 1968-1975

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ace Records family has reissued numerous collector-oriented compilations from the Stax vaults over the years, and this 2012 anthology was intended as the first of a planned series on its Kent subsidiary focusing on Stax tracks from the late '60s and early '70s. The 21 tracks all focus on Stax recordings that fall into the Southern deep soul category -- not a problem as such soul abounded on the label, though these might be more deep soul-oriented than the typical Stax reissue. It's also oriented toward songs that aren't too familiar -- none of them were hits, and three of them were previously unreleased, though most of them did come out as singles between 1968 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Ace Records family has reissued numerous collector-oriented compilations from the Stax vaults over the years, and this 2012 anthology was intended as the first of a planned series on its Kent subsidiary focusing on Stax tracks from the late '60s and early '70s. The 21 tracks all focus on Stax recordings that fall into the Southern deep soul category -- not a problem as such soul abounded on the label, though these might be more deep soul-oriented than the typical Stax reissue. It's also oriented toward songs that aren't too familiar -- none of them were hits, and three of them were previously unreleased, though most of them did come out as singles between 1968 and 1975. And while some of the artists Johnnie Taylor, Jimmy Hughes, William Bell, Inez Foxx, Eddie Floyd, Mable John, Little Milton at various points had substantial hits though not always for Stax, they're outweighed by acts that will largely be recognized only by those that study the fine print of Stax discographies. None of these songs were hooky or innovative enough to be as memorable as the many hits the label had during these half-dozen or so years. Hits aren't everything, though, unless you're as rabid a capitalist as you are a collector. If some of these songs are on the average or generic side, more often they're pretty fair efforts that usually boast excellent singing and fine if occasionally slick production, as well as subtly testifying to the versatility of tracks released under the Stax umbrella. Particularly pleasing are some cuts that use more group harmonies than the norm for Stax productions from this era, as well as some that exhibit a bluesier bent than soul as a whole did during this period, like Little Milton's fine "Woman Across the River," Jimmy Hughes' "Let 'Em Down Baby," and Mable John's "Shouldn't I Love Him." The menu's varied enough that favorites will vary according to individual tastes, but other tracks worthy of citation include Johnny Daye's opening pleader "Stay Baby Stay" and Bettye Crutcher's previously unissued sweet soul outing "Make a Joyful Noise" which unlike many outtakes really should have been released at the time. Sometimes it's apparent that Stax was keeping an ear open to the sounds of Hi elsewhere in Memphis -- Freddie Waters' "Groovin' on My Baby's Love" has an Al Green feel, for instance -- though no doubt some of that influence was traveling in the other direction as well. Stax obsessives will already have much of this, particularly on volumes two and three of the box sets of Stax singles. But this is a good pickup for those who don't want to make such a huge investment, yet are still interested in seeking out some of the label's deep catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667237024
  • Catalog Number: 6723702
  • Sales rank: 131,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stay Baby Stay - Johnny Daye (2:48)
  2. 2 I've Done It Again - The Charmels (3:28)
  3. 3 Love Changes - Charlene & the Soul Seranaders (3:52)
  4. 4 Move Over - The Soul Children (2:55)
  5. 5 Hold on This Time - Chuck Brooks (3:30)
  6. 6 Where Was He? - Jimmy Lewis (3:10)
  7. 7 Nobody Wins 'Til the Game Is Over - Sir Mack Rice (3:04)
  8. 8 Groovin' on My Baby's Love - Freddie Waters (2:45)
  9. 9 Stealing Love - Eddie Floyd (3:51)
  10. 10 Crossing Over the Bridge - Inez Foxx (2:52)
  11. 11 Make a Joyful Noise - Bettye Crutcher (5:04)
  12. 12 Lovin' on Borrowed Time - William Bell (3:56)
  13. 13 Two Fools - Willie Singleton (3:18)
  14. 14 You're Leaving Me - Ollie & the Nightingales (2:50)
  15. 15 The Fault Is Not in Me - Sylvia and the Blue Jays (2:44)
  16. 16 Shouldn't I Love Him - Mable John (2:30)
  17. 17 Will You Love Me Forever - Johnnie Taylor (2:57)
  18. 18 I've Never Found a Girl to Love Me Like You Do - Calvin Scott (2:40)
  19. 19 Let 'Em Down Baby - Jimmy Hughes (2:39)
  20. 20 A Love Affair That Bears No Pain - Shack (4:07)
  21. 21 Woman Across the River - Little Milton (4:11)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
William Bell Composer, Producer
Steve Cropper Composer, Producer
Eddie Floyd Composer, Producer
Jimmy Lewis Composer, Producer
Homer Banks Composer, Producer
Al Bell Composer
Milton Campbell Producer
Don Davis Composer, Producer
Inez Foxx Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
Willie Hall Producer
Booker T. Jones Composer
James Mitchell Arranger
Clarence Paul Producer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Sir Mack Rice Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes
Rob Finnis Cover Photo
Raymond Jackson Composer, Producer
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Joe Rock Composer
Joe Shamwell Composer
Johnny Daye Composer
Ted Jarrett Composer, Producer
We Three Producer
Jim Thomas Producer
Randy Stewart Producer
Allen Jones Composer
Bob Holmes Producer
Carl Lumbus Composer, Producer
Bill Cofield Producer
Lucy Southern Composer
Robert Lee Holmes Composer
Henry Bush Producer
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