Soul Diva Sessions

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There's not much rhyme or reason to this two-CD, 30-track compilation of woman-sung soul from the 1960s and 1970s. With just two big hits Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" and Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours", it's certainly not a best-of for the category. And though it does have tracks by a few hitmakers Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples, Betty Everett, Patti LaBelle, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & the Pips, none of those selections would count among these performers' better-known recordings. As a kind of arbitrary but wide-ranging compilation of not-too-well-known soul, however -- licensed from an impressive variety of labels -- it's a fairly good ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There's not much rhyme or reason to this two-CD, 30-track compilation of woman-sung soul from the 1960s and 1970s. With just two big hits Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" and Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours", it's certainly not a best-of for the category. And though it does have tracks by a few hitmakers Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples, Betty Everett, Patti LaBelle, Ike & Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & the Pips, none of those selections would count among these performers' better-known recordings. As a kind of arbitrary but wide-ranging compilation of not-too-well-known soul, however -- licensed from an impressive variety of labels -- it's a fairly good investment for someone who's not a systematic soul collector, but wants something full of pretty high-quality stuff in a style that they probably haven't heard before. The focus is too sprawling to lend itself to quick summarization, but some of the highlights span several micro-genres -- dramatic pop-soul Betty Lavatte's "Let Me Down Easy," P.P. Arnold's "The First Cut Is the Deepest," Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles' "All or Nothing", pre-disco Gwen McCrae's "Lead Me On," the Ad-Libs' cover of Van McCoy's "Giving Up"; upbeat dancefloor soul Everett's "Getting Mighty Crowded," Knight's pre-Motown gem "Stop & Get a Hold of Myself"; funky New Orleans soul Betty Harris' "There's a Break in the Road"; arching ballads the Fascinations' "I Can't Stay Away From You"; Hi Records soul-funk Ann Peebles' "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"; and an obscure Curtis Mayfield cover in the Superfly style Patti Jo's "Make Me Believe in You".
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: SESSIONS
  • UPC: 698458621627
  • Catalog Number: 216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Is the Thanks I Get - Barbara Lynn (2:26)
  2. 2 Let Me Down Easy - Bettye LaVette (2:48)
  3. 3 Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett (2:12)
  4. 4 One Man's Poison - Liz Lands (2:50)
  5. 5 There's a Break in the Road - Betty Harris (2:51)
  6. 6 You Gotta Push - Jodi Gayles (2:49)
  7. 7 Save Me - Nina Simone (3:24)
  8. 8 The Weight - Aretha Franklin (2:59)
  9. 9 Lead Me On - Gwen McCrae (2:13)
  10. 10 A Moment's Pleasure - Millie Jackson (6:59)
  11. 11 Koochie Koochie Koochie - Mavis Staples (2:47)
  12. 12 Color My World Blue - Ann Sexton (2:43)
  13. 13 Love Factory - Eloise Laws (3:24)
  14. 14 Don't Give It Up - Linda Clifford (9:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Giving Up @@Ad-Libs (3:18)
  2. 2 Every Little Bit Hurts - Peggy Scott (3:24)
  3. 3 The First Cut Is the Deepest - P.P. Arnold (3:16)
  4. 4 I Can't Stay Away from You - The Fascinations (2:51)
  5. 5 Hanging Heavy on My Mind - Doris Allen (2:19)
  6. 6 All or Nothing - Bluebelles (2:26)
  7. 7 The Easiest Way to Fall - Freda Payne (2:38)
  8. 8 Make Me Believe in You - Patti Jo (3:40)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down - Ann Peebles (2:44)
  10. 10 I Need It Just as Bad as You - Laura Lee (3:00)
  11. 11 Mr Big Stuff - Jean Knight (2:44)
  12. 12 Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin' On - Ike Turner (2:36)
  13. 13 Stop & Get a Hold of Myself - The Pips (2:55)
  14. 14 Lay This Burden Down - Mary Love (2:37)
  15. 15 Ride Your Pony - Betty Harris (3:11)
  16. 16 Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis (2:31)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Linda Clifford Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Robbie Robertson Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Lori Burton Composer
Van McCoy Composer
George Jackson Composer
Gil Askey Composer
Ed Cobb Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Pam Sawyer Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Dottie Peoples Composer
Earl Randle Composer
Wayne Thompson Composer
Naomi Neville Composer
Curtis Ousley Composer
James McDougal Composer
John Cossey Cover Illustration
Bill Buckley Sleeve Notes
Wrecia Holloway Composer
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