South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue

South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue

     
 
The first of what's promised to be many trips into Huey P. Meaux's deep vaults, Ace's 2013 compilation South Texas Rhythm 'N' Soul Revue is an unfettered delight, collecting 24 sides released on the Jet Stream, Tear Drop, Eric, Cascade, Pacemaker, Boogaloo, and Trinity imprints

Overview

The first of what's promised to be many trips into Huey P. Meaux's deep vaults, Ace's 2013 compilation South Texas Rhythm 'N' Soul Revue is an unfettered delight, collecting 24 sides released on the Jet Stream, Tear Drop, Eric, Cascade, Pacemaker, Boogaloo, and Trinity imprints between 1962 and 1973, adding three previously unissued numbers for good measure. Hits aren't the name of the game here, nor are there too many household names: Big Walter Price (not Big Walter Horton), Johnny Adams, Johnny Copeland, and Barbara Lynn (the latter represented with a demo of "You'll Lose a Good Thing") are the names that could possibly spark recognition, but even these are better-known by aficionados, not trainspotters. Yet, that's the appeal of this collection: it unearths sides rarely heard outside of the serious collectors' purview, and there is plenty of deep soul to treasure here, some soulful slow grooves balanced by gritty workouts, bluesy vamps, and the occasional novelty, like the breakneck "Fat Man" by TV & the Tribesmen. Mostly, this is regional R&B music, playing to either the juke joints or crossover radio of the mid-'60s. There may be no outright knockouts here but every one of the 24 songs is easy to enjoy and some, like the relentless rhythms of Copeland's "Sufferin' City" and Jackie Paine's "Go Go Train," are so infectious they're hard to resist. That the rest is for serious R&B listeners -- the kind who enjoy how James Young reworks Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" or Sunny & the Sunliners' cover of Earl King's "Trick Bag" -- is hardly a detriment, as this is all grooving R&B, blues, and soul that defines the upper end of "generic." It may not transcend the genre, but it certainly embodies it, which is a good thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667239028
catalogNumber:
6723902
Rank:
66386

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Technical Credits

Eddie Boyd   Composer
Barbara Lynn   Producer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Charles Berry   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer,Producer
Big Walter Price   Composer
Willie Schofield   Composer
Robert West   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Ted Wright   Composer
Edward Thomas   Composer
Lena Agree   Composer
Margo White   Composer
Bob McRee   Composer
Jay D. Miller   Composer
Bernard Jolivette   Composer
Barbara Lynn Ozen   Composer
Earl Johnson   Composer
Alton Valier   Composer,Producer
Joe Hughes   Composer
Clifton Thomas   Composer

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