Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Vol. 2

Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Vol. 2

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Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Ace's second dip into the country-soul well, is every bit as good as its 2012 predecessor. Basically, it's cut from the same cloth as the first volume, concentrating on recordings from the late '60s but stretching deep into the '70s (

Overview

Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Ace's second dip into the country-soul well, is every bit as good as its 2012 predecessor. Basically, it's cut from the same cloth as the first volume, concentrating on recordings from the late '60s but stretching deep into the '70s (Millie Jackson's "Sweet Music Man" dates from 1977), with Ted Taylor's 1962 "I'll Release You" and Orquestra Was' 1996 "Forever's a Long, Long Time Ago" functioning as de facto ringers. "Forever's a Long, Long Time Ago" may fit aesthetically but certainly not sonically, as it's a crisp digital blast on a collection devoted to warm, lush, analog soul. There are lingering elements of highly produced, backing vocal-laden soul from the early '60s -- the blueprint Ray Charles wrote on his trailblazing Modern Sounds in Country & Western music in 1961 -- but nearly all of this is deep southern soul, either slow-burning laments or sweaty, horn-punctuated workouts (Johnnie Taylor's funky reworking of "Sixteen Tons" is unexpected and wonderful). This is the sound of the south, where the lines between country and soul blurred beyond recognition, producing magnificent music. There are no hits here -- indeed, some of this is even unearthed, including James Carr's "Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong" -- but that only illustrates how deep the country-soul river ran: it was a constant among a certain brand of soul singer, as this splendid collection makes plain. With any luck, there will be a Volume 3 on the horizon.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2013
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667239523
catalogNumber:
6723952

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Tracks

  1. But You Know I Love You
  2. Please Help Me, I'm Falling
  3. Bad News
  4. Sunday Morning Coming Down
  5. Sometimes
  6. Only Mama That'll Walk the Line
  7. Tennessee Waltz
  8. A Satisfied Mind
  9. Don't Let Me Cross Over
  10. Help Me Make it Through the Night
  11. I'll Release You
  12. Sweet Music Man
  13. Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong
  14. Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)
  15. Sixteen Tons
  16. I Hate You
  17. Statue of a Fool
  18. Sweet Dreams
  19. All I Have to Offer You (is Me)
  20. When I Stop Dreaming
  21. I Can't Help it (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  22. Funny How Time Slips Away
  23. Forever's A Long, Long Time

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Merle Travis   Composer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Millie Jackson   Producer
Otis Redding   Producer
Gene Barge   Producer
Bill Justis   Arranger
Van McCoy   Arranger,Producer
Ted Taylor   Composer
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Jerry Ross   Producer
Dan Penn   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Memorabilia
Steve Barri   Producer
Ralph Bass   Producer
Hal Blair   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Tommy Couch   Producer
Jerry Crutchfield   Composer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Rick Hall   Producer
Melvin Jernigan   Arranger
Kenny Rogers   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Chips Moman   Producer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
A.L. Owens   Composer
David Porter   Producer
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Lelan Rogers   Producer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Mike Settle   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Wolf Stephenson   Producer
James Stroud   Producer
Dale Warren   Arranger
Don Was   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Hal Neely   Producer
Jan Crutchfield   Composer
Cliff Parman   Arranger
Mick Patrick   Memorabilia
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Dub Williams   Composer
Robert Yount   Composer
Bob Dunham   Memorabilia
Wayne Shuler   Producer
Leroy Daniels   Composer
Carl Davis   Producer
Colm O'Brien   Illustrations
Ivy J. Bryant   Composer
Joseph Hayes   Composer
Eddie Miller   Composer
Sanger D. Shafer   Composer
Penny Moyers   Composer
Dean Mathis   Producer
John Ricbourg   Producer
Jerry Mathis   Arranger
Buddy Scott   Producer

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