Soul Hits

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There's plenty to be said for truth in advertising when it comes to the music business. When it comes to compilations, so many fly-by-nght labels issue generic compilations meant to attract the prospective music buyer with a cover, by listing a single big hit, or by listing a series of hits by a legendary artist and not telling you on the outside of the disc that they've been re-recorded -- i.e. are not the original versions. Thankfully, that's not the case here. This budget compilation with the generic title actually does something unusual. It lists well-known soul tracks that were indeed hits, but some of them were only regional ones. After all, how many soul fans can even...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
There's plenty to be said for truth in advertising when it comes to the music business. When it comes to compilations, so many fly-by-nght labels issue generic compilations meant to attract the prospective music buyer with a cover, by listing a single big hit, or by listing a series of hits by a legendary artist and not telling you on the outside of the disc that they've been re-recorded -- i.e. are not the original versions. Thankfully, that's not the case here. This budget compilation with the generic title actually does something unusual. It lists well-known soul tracks that were indeed hits, but some of them were only regional ones. After all, how many soul fans can even claim to have heard Brook Benton's reading of "Rainy Night in Georgia," despite the fact that it was played throughout the South and in the industrial Midwest? Benton's version is behind Gladys Knight's, and even its songwriter Tony Joe White's version topped Benton's in popularity, but it was a minor hit for Benton nonetheless; and it's an absolutely stirring take on the tune as well. There are more than few smashes here, too: the Delfonics' "La La Means I Love You" and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," Knight's early hit "Come See About Me," Johnny Otis' "Willie and the Hand Jive" with a 13-year-old Shuggie on guitar, and Billy Preston's killer "Outta Space," among many others. For the money, this is an interesting and engaging listen front to back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Columbia River Ent.
  • UPC: 723721448455
  • Catalog Number: 440003
  • Sales rank: 214,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton (3:56)
  2. 2 Dizzy - Tommy Roe (2:52)
  3. 3 If You Need Me - Wilson Pickett (2:34)
  4. 4 La La Means I Love You - The Delfonics (3:22)
  5. 5 Come See About Me - Gladys Knight (2:44)
  6. 6 Outta Space - Billy Preston (6:27)
  7. 7 Willie and the Hand Jive - Johnny Otis (2:34)
  8. 8 Searchin' - Sly & The Family Stone (2:34)
  9. 9 Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time - The Delfonics (3:18)
  10. 10 Save the Last Dance for Me - The Drifters (2:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Warm & Tender Love - Percy Sledge (3:13)
  2. 2 There Goes My Baby - The Drifters (2:13)
  3. 3 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby - Sam & Dave (3:14)
  4. 4 Thank You Pretty Baby - Brook Benton (2:21)
  5. 5 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Clarence Carter (3:21)
  6. 6 Over & Over - The Delfonics (3:10)
  7. 7 Love Machine - The Miracles (3:04)
  8. 8 Try a Little Tenderness - Percy Sledge (3:47)
  9. 9 Dance with Me - The Drifters (2:19)
  10. 10 Maybe - The Shangri-Las (2:31)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (2:55)
  2. 2 Harbor Lights - The Platters (3:12)
  3. 3 Always & Forever - Heatwave (4:49)
  4. 4 Cherish - Kool & the Gang (5:23)
  5. 5 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (4:11)
  6. 6 Stand By Me - Ben E. King (3:14)
  7. 7 Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites (4:46)
  8. 8 It's Just a House Without You - Brook Benton (2:23)
  9. 9 Love TKO - Teddy Pendergrass (4:50)
  10. 10 Somebody Loves You - The Delfonics (3:21)
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