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Slow 'n' Moody Black & Bluesy & More

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The rather awkward that's-a-mouthful title of this CD arose in part because it grew out of a couple of previous similarly named compilations on the Kent label. The company released an LP titled Slow 'n' Moody Black & Bluesy in 1983, and a CD of the same title in 1994 that took off a couple songs and added a dozen more. Not quite satisfied, in 2009 Kent rejigged it yet again by taking off some material, adding a couple more tracks, appending "& More" to the title, and finding (say the liner notes) "extra verses or longer fadeouts and [using] them wherever they sounded superior to the original releases." The whole (and kind of confusing) story is laid out in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The rather awkward that's-a-mouthful title of this CD arose in part because it grew out of a couple of previous similarly named compilations on the Kent label. The company released an LP titled Slow 'n' Moody Black & Bluesy in 1983, and a CD of the same title in 1994 that took off a couple songs and added a dozen more. Not quite satisfied, in 2009 Kent rejigged it yet again by taking off some material, adding a couple more tracks, appending "& More" to the title, and finding (say the liner notes) "extra verses or longer fadeouts and [using] them wherever they sounded superior to the original releases." The whole (and kind of confusing) story is laid out in the booklet's introductory annotation. What's more important, especially if you're coming to this CD without having its predecessors in your collection, is that it collects 26 tracks in the "deep soul" style recorded for the Modern label between the mid-'60s and early '70s. Wait, you're saying: Modern was a Los Angeles label, how could there be much "deep soul" from L.A., as the style was so identified with the American South? Well, as the liner notes point out, "There was more Southern-sounding soul produced in Los Angeles than New York City, Detroit, or Chicago, where similar numbers of young blacks had migrated during and after the war years." So Modern did generate a lot of material in the emotive, richly arranged ballad style associated with deep soul, even if it had relatively little commercial success, especially when compared to Stax, Atlantic, Hi, Goldwax, and other such companies. Indeed, there aren't many names on here that will be familiar even to most soul fans, some probable exceptions being B.B. King, Johnny Copeland, Z.Z. Hill, and the Mighty Hannibal. But the sides are well produced, even if lacking in the kind of killer songs likely to either tickle the charts or find placement on more selective soul anthologies in the CD era. It's also true that the songs sometimes bear the influences of more distinctive greats like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke on their sleeves. But they're sincere, and fairly melodic more often than not. If Stacy Johnson's cliché-ridden "Consider Yourself" is the low end of this particular batch, there are enough better cuts, like Larry Davis' uncommonly bluesy and minor-key "The Years Go Passing By," to make the overall average come out a bit ahead of the specialist reissue pack. Also, the somewhat lighter production touch makes it a refreshing change from the heavier Southern-originating deep soul comps that dominate the reissue market for this genre, even though that might count as a strike against this particular anthology for some deep soul purists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667232128
  • Catalog Number: 321
  • Sales rank: 245,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothing Can Change the Love I Have for You (3:08)
  2. 2 You Messed Up My Mind (3:10)
  3. 3 I Can't Stand It (1:52)
  4. 4 Let's Get Together (3:15)
  5. 5 Darling I'm Standing by You (2:52)
  6. 6 Baby I'll Come - Mary Love (3:02)
  7. 7 If I'd Lose You (2:58)
  8. 8 I Don't Wanna Lose You (2:44)
  9. 9 (Baby) Come to Me (3:32)
  10. 10 Ain't Nobody's Business - B.B. King (3:04)
  11. 11 Every Dog's Got His Day - Johnny Copeland (2:59)
  12. 12 Weep No More - Terry & The Tyrants (3:09)
  13. 13 It's Real, Pt. 1 (2:39)
  14. 14 Whenever I Can't Sleep - Willie Gauff & The Love Brothers (2:42)
  15. 15 The Last One to Know (3:26)
  16. 16 A Woman Needs a Man (2:49)
  17. 17 Everybody Needs Somebody (2:51)
  18. 18 Farewell - Willie Gauff & The Love Brothers (3:20)
  19. 19 Why Should I Be the One (3:30)
  20. 20 I'll Come Back to You (3:09)
  21. 21 Consider Yourself (2:47)
  22. 22 The Years Go Passing By - Larry Davis (3:08)
  23. 23 I'm Falling for You (2:44)
  24. 24 I'm in Love (2:44)
  25. 25 Sweet Bitter Love (3:45)
  26. 26 The Smartest Fool (3:12)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Hubert Sumlin Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Jimmy Holiday Composer
Clay Hammond Composer
Arthur Adams Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Arthur Freeman Composer
Tommy Youngblood Composer
Mike Akopoff Producer
Nick Ashford Composer
Maxwell Davis Arranger
Porter Grainger Composer
Jerry Harris Composer
Kent Harris Composer
Lennie Johnson Composer
Leo Kulka Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Jimmy Robins Arranger, Composer, Producer
Larry Sanders Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Joe Thompson Composer
Kae Williams Jr. Producer
Milton Smith Producer
Miles Grayson Arranger
Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis Arranger
G. Benz Producer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Oscar Perry Composer
Lucy Walker Composer
Everett Robbins Composer
Robert Freed Composer
Willie Gauff Composer
Bill Silva Producer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Larry Perrault Composer
Robert Freed Composer
J.G. Barrett Composer
Henry Houston Composer, Producer
Harold Lee Grayson Composer
G. Benz Producer
Freddy De Mann Producer
Freddie Lee Kober Composer
Elder O'Neal Composer
C.a. Alexander Composer
Bill Silva Producer
Aaron Collins Composer
Len Johnson Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Larry Lucie Composer
Larry Sanders Composer
Lucy Walker Composer
P. Harris Composer
Roland Roberts Composer
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