Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chances are, you do not know who Phillip Mitchell is. He wrote, produced, and recorded songs that became beloved in the '70s but very rarely became hits. Mel & Tim brought "Starting All Over Again" onto the charts and plenty of stars cut his songs, but he was a songwriter/producer who never quite broke out of his ghetto, always writing, producing, and recording songs that appealed to deep soul audiences, and never gunning for the crossover. Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook, a 2013 collection from Ace that's part of their ongoing songwriter series, does not do a thing to widen his appeal; rather, it underscores how Mitchell belonged to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chances are, you do not know who Phillip Mitchell is. He wrote, produced, and recorded songs that became beloved in the '70s but very rarely became hits. Mel & Tim brought "Starting All Over Again" onto the charts and plenty of stars cut his songs, but he was a songwriter/producer who never quite broke out of his ghetto, always writing, producing, and recording songs that appealed to deep soul audiences, and never gunning for the crossover. Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook, a 2013 collection from Ace that's part of their ongoing songwriter series, does not do a thing to widen his appeal; rather, it underscores how Mitchell belonged to Southern soul, respecting its boundaries even when he teased its parameters, letting it dip into previously taboo subject matters and letting all the grooves expand and relax and contract into a luxuriant whole. Everything here is redolent of its time: it's that hazy, funky, silky netherland of the early '70s where funk is evident but smooth; where the groove is emphasized over hooks, songs, lyrics, and even performances. Which isn't to say the 23 songs on Something New to Do lack character or personality, because each of the featured artists here do posses a persona, twisting themselves into an appropriate shade of grey. What is striking about Something New to Do is that Mitchell didn't necessarily have transcendent classics -- the closest he comes is "Starting All Over Again," a heartbroken ode to picking up the pieces after a love affair -- but he mastered the sound and structure of his time, so this 23-track collection satisfies deeply.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2013
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667239424
  • Catalog Number: 6723942
  • Sales rank: 107,483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cold Hearted Woman - John Edwards (3:37)
  2. 2 Free for All (Winner Takes All) - Mel & Tim (2:38)
  3. 3 (You Gotta) Come Through Me - Garland Green (3:00)
  4. 4 Carry Me - Ernie Shelby (2:59)
  5. 5 I Don't Do This (To Every Girl I Meet) - Sidney Joe Qualls (3:11)
  6. 6 It Be's That Way Sometimes - Joe Simon (4:13)
  7. 7 Archie's in Love - Archie Bell & the Drells (2:42)
  8. 8 Something for My Head - Bobby Womack (2:59)
  9. 9 You Made Me What I Am - Erma Coffee (2:49)
  10. 10 Gonna Have a Murder on Your Hands - J.J. Williams (2:40)
  11. 11 Little Things (It's Those Little Things That Count) - Phillip Mitchell (3:05)
  12. 12 It Hurts So Good - Katie Love & the Four Shades of Black (3:19)
  13. 13 If You Can't Give Her Love (Give Her Up) - Mary Wells (2:57)
  14. 14 Starting All Over Again - Johnnie Taylor (4:15)
  15. 15 Trippin' on Your Love - The Staple Singers (4:26)
  16. 16 Hitch Hike to Heartbreak Road - Bobo Mr. Soul (3:00)
  17. 17 Here I Am Again - Candi Staton (4:01)
  18. 18 Something New to Do - Bobby Sheen (2:32)
  19. 19 The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me (Is When We're Making Love) - Dorothy Moore (3:33)
  20. 20 A Star in the Ghetto - Ben E. King (3:50)
  21. 21 That's The Way I Wanna Live My Life - Tommie Lee (2:36)
  22. 22 Leftovers - Millie Jackson (4:29)
  23. 23 How Can I Go On Without You - Corey Blake (3:36)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Millie Jackson Producer
Joe Simon Producer
Bobby Womack Producer
Willie Mitchell Producer
Wade Marcus String Arrangements
Paul Mooney Liner Note Source
Barry Beckett Producer
Al Bell Producer
David Cole Liner Note Source
Tommy Couch Producer
Don Davis Producer
Jerry Greenberg Producer
Rick Hall Producer
Roger Hawkins Producer
Clayton Ivey Composer, Producer
Arif Mardin Producer, String Arrangements
James Mitchell Producer
Wardell Quezergue Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Nick Robbins Mastering
Sonny Sanders Producer
Brad Shapiro Producer
Floyd Smith Producer
George Soulé Producer
Wolf Stephenson Producer
Peter Tevis Producer
George Tipton String Arrangements
Tom Washington Arranger
Terry Woodford Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Dave Crawford Producer
John Ridley Liner Note Source
Raeford Gerald Producer
Archie Russell Producer
Ernest Shelby Composer
Billy Clements Composer
Carl Davis Producer
Barry Fowden Photo Courtesy, Liner Note Source
Jan Barker Liner Note Source
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