South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If the name Minaret doesn't ring any bells for you, there's a reason for that: the '60s/'70s independent label -- formed in Nashville but based in the Florida panhandle throughout its run -- didn't have any hits. As always, hits are not necessarily a reflection of musical quality, and Minaret did release plenty of fine sides, many of them collected on South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles, a double-disc 2013 set by Omnivore Records. Minaret was firmly within the deep southern soul tradition of the '60s and '70s, quite clearly following the path blazed by Stax/Volt Records and Muscle Shoals' studios. Although the label's acts didn't take this path ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If the name Minaret doesn't ring any bells for you, there's a reason for that: the '60s/'70s independent label -- formed in Nashville but based in the Florida panhandle throughout its run -- didn't have any hits. As always, hits are not necessarily a reflection of musical quality, and Minaret did release plenty of fine sides, many of them collected on South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles, a double-disc 2013 set by Omnivore Records. Minaret was firmly within the deep southern soul tradition of the '60s and '70s, quite clearly following the path blazed by Stax/Volt Records and Muscle Shoals' studios. Although the label's acts didn't take this path to any surprising places -- based on this, which is billed to run all the way til 1976 but effectively stops around 1970, the label was slow to dip into funk -- but this is an enjoyable journey anyway because this is solid, unflashy, workingman and workingwoman soul. Big John Hamilton, the closest thing Minaret had to a star and a guy who is on nearly half of this 40-track collection, stands for all the label's attributes and weaknesses. He is a strong singer in the vein of Otis Redding, James Carr, and Wilson Pickett, but he doesn't have a signature that separates him from his peers. Instead, he just delivers the goods without fuss, and the same can be said of Genie Brooks, Johnny Dynamite, and Willie Gable, among all the others here. There may not be a song that could've crossed over into the pop charts -- this is deep soul at its proudest -- and there may not have been anything hooky or distinctive enough to be heard outside of the south, but all 40 tracks here are good, generic soul, the kind of things that hardcore R&B collectors love and the kind that deserve to be heard by an audience beyond crate-diggers. Fortunately, this collection will now give plenty of exposure to a label that has only be known to those in the know, and will likely please nearly any southern soul fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings
  • UPC: 816651014767
  • Catalog Number: 101476
  • Sales rank: 35,457

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Train - Big John Hamilton (3:12)
  2. 2 Big Bad John - Big John Hamilton (2:34)
  3. 3 I Have No One - Big John Hamilton (2:34)
  4. 4 I Just Want To Thank You - Big John Hamilton (2:32)
  5. 5 Fine Time - Genie Brooks (2:48)
  6. 6 Juanita - Genie Brooks (3:04)
  7. 7 Blue Diamonds - Double Soul (3:00)
  8. 8 I Can't Use You - Double Soul (2:37)
  9. 9 Big Fanny - Big John Hamilton (2:09)
  10. 10 How Much Can a Man Take - Big John Hamilton (2:47)
  11. 11 Pretty Girls - Big John Hamilton (2:56)
  12. 12 Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Big John Hamilton (2:17)
  13. 13 The Night the Angels Cried - Johnny Dynamite (2:44)
  14. 14 Everybody's Clown - Johnny Dynamite (3:04)
  15. 15 Helping Hand - Genie Brooks (2:52)
  16. 16 South Side of Soul Street - Genie Brooks (2:27)
  17. 17 Breaking Up is Hard To Do - Big John Hamilton (2:43)
  18. 18 Love Comes and It Goes - Big John Hamilton (3:34)
  19. 19 Sewanee Strut - Leroy Lloyd & The Dukes (2:52)
  20. 20 A Taste of the Blues - Leroy Lloyd & The Dukes (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'll Love Only You - Willie Cobbs (2:26)
  2. 2 Don't Worry About Me - Willie Cobbs (2:29)
  3. 3 If You're Looking For a Fool - Big John Hamilton (2:20)
  4. 4 Take This Hurt Off Me Fool - Big John Hamilton (2:19)
  5. 5 A Shell of a Woman - Doris Allen (3:00)
  6. 6 Kiss Yourself For Me - Doris Allen (2:49)
  7. 7 I'm Your Man - Gable Reed (2:54)
  8. 8 Who's Been Warming My Oven - Gable Reed (2:27)
  9. 9 A Place In My Heart - Big John Hamilton (2:25)
  10. 10 Let a Little Love In - Big John Hamilton (2:35)
  11. 11 Row, Row, Row - Willie Gable (2:01)
  12. 12 Eternally - Willie Gable (3:14)
  13. 13 Them Changes - Big John Hamilton (3:04)
  14. 14 Bright Star - Big John Hamilton (2:24)
  15. 15 Lift Me Up - Big John Hamilton (3:26)
  16. 16 Just Seeing You Again - Big John Hamilton (2:36)
  17. 17 I've Got To Tell You - County Willie (4:34)
  18. 18 Double Funk - LRL & the Dukes (4:09)
  19. 19 I Got To Get Myself Somebody - Big John Hamilton (2:51)
  20. 20 Free Me - Big John Hamilton (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ar-Jay Musical Direction
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Buddy Miles Composer
Bob Cummings Producer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Finley Duncan Composer, Producer
James Jackson Composer
Jim Lancaster Mastering, Photo Courtesy
Huey P. Meaux Composer
Bud Reneau Producer
Larry Shell Composer
Larry West Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Dewey Oldham Composer
Jo Jo Benson Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Mack Vickery Composer
Becki Bluefield Composer
Oscar Frank Composer
Chuck Reed Composer
Shelby S. Singleton Jr. Director, Producer
Vivian Keith Composer
Bryan George Licensing
Big John Hamilton Composer
Neil Ray Composer
Elmore Morris Composer
Gene Bourgeois Composer
Leroy Lloyd Composer, Producer
Ar-Jay Arranger
Christopher Kairdes Composer
Steve S. Singleton Composer
Sam Johnson Composer
Robert James Benninghoff Composer
Melvin Mims Composer
Lynne Brewer Composer
John R. Scoggins Producer
John Lee Hamilton Composer
John Hall Arranger
James Stanley Composer
James S. Foster Composer
Timothy Sanders Composer
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