Shreveport Southern Soul

Shreveport Southern Soul

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Based in Shreveport, LA, the Murco label didn't record soul music exclusively, but it did concentrate heavily on Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s. There were no national hits, with the marginal exception of Eddy Giles' "Losin' Boy" (the first track on this CD), which registered briefly in the Cashbox Hot 100. In fact, none of the singers on this 26-track

Overview

Based in Shreveport, LA, the Murco label didn't record soul music exclusively, but it did concentrate heavily on Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s. There were no national hits, with the marginal exception of Eddy Giles' "Losin' Boy" (the first track on this CD), which registered briefly in the Cashbox Hot 100. In fact, none of the singers on this 26-track compilation of Murco sides (some of which came out on various subsidiaries, and a couple of which were previously unreleased) will be familiar even to most soul collectors. Still, operating under the direction of Dee Marais, the label produced deep soul that was well recorded and a cut above the soul done by many other small non-hit labels (of the sort anthologized on numerous other Kent compilations, for instance), although it was usually derivative. The churchy, bluesy, and brassy aspects of the Stax sound, for instance, are all echoed strongly here, sometimes very strongly, as on Charles Crawford's "A Sad Sad Song," which takes the pleading aspect of the Otis Redding school to town and back. And don't anyone try to claim that Ann Alford's "Got to Get Me a Job" was recorded after Sly Stone's "Thank You." Alford's "If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another)" is reminiscent of James Brown's ballads, while Dori Grayson's "Try Love" is a 1967 throwback to the Mary Wells Motown sound. Nonetheless, the arrangements and vocals show a degree of care and passion uncommon on many non-hit records, soul or otherwise. Certainly the most interesting of the several performers on this collection is Reuben Bell, whose high-pitched vocals can be mistaken for those of a woman. His 1967 single "It's Not That Easy," with its mesmerizing minor-key melody and tense arrangement, is easily the disc's standout.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667217828
catalogNumber:
178

Tracks

  1. Losin' Boy
  2. Got Nobody to Love
  3. That's How Strong My Love Is
  4. A Sad Sad Song
  5. Action Speak Louder Than Words
  6. Got to Get Me a Job
  7. Another Day Lost
  8. I Can Fix That for You
  9. While I'm Away (Baby Keep the Faith)
  10. I'm Comin' Home
  11. Sweet Lovin' Man
  12. Too Late
  13. That's Why I'm So Sad
  14. So Deep in Love
  15. Not Guilty
  16. Ain't Gonna Worry No More
  17. Be Mine Sometime
  18. You're Gonna Miss Me
  19. Happy Man
  20. If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another)
  21. Try Love
  22. Love With a Feeling
  23. Let Me Be the Fool
  24. Never Let Go
  25. It's Not That Easy
  26. Everyday, Pt. 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reuben Bell   Track Performer
Dori Grayson   Track Performer
Eddy "G" Giles   Track Performer

Technical Credits

J. Alan Johnson   Producer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Steve Ross   Composer
John Ridley   Liner Notes
Dee Marais   Composer,Producer
Reuben Bell   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Willie B. James   Composer
Dori Grayson   Composer
Eddy "G" Giles   Composer
Wille James   Composer
Abe Ester   Composer
Abraham Ester   Composer
Don Alford   Composer
Elbert Giles   Composer

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