Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2013
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667239523
  • Catalog Number: 6723952
  • Sales rank: 46,096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 But You Know I Love You - The Sweet Inspirations (2:32)
  2. 2 Please Help Me, I'm Falling - William Bell (2:23)
  3. 3 Bad News - Clarence Carter (2:56)
  4. 4 Sunday Morning Coming Down - Hank Ballard (5:04)
  5. 5 Sometimes - Facts of Life (3:41)
  6. 6 Only Mama That'll Walk the Line - Pat Lundy (2:13)
  7. 7 Tennessee Waltz - Otis Redding (2:53)
  8. 8 A Satisfied Mind - Bobby Hebb (2:43)
  9. 9 Don't Let Me Cross Over - Ralph Lamar (4:30)
  10. 10 Help Me Make it Through the Night - Joe Simon (2:42)
  11. 11 I'll Release You - Ted Taylor (3:21)
  12. 12 Sweet Music Man - Millie Jackson (4:02)
  13. 13 Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong - James Carr (2:42)
  14. 14 Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me) - Bettye Swann (2:52)
  15. 15 Sixteen Tons - Johnnie Taylor (2:28)
  16. 16 I Hate You - Bobby "Blue" Bland (4:13)
  17. 17 Statue of a Fool - David Ruffin (4:20)
  18. 18 Sweet Dreams - Esther Phillips (3:16)
  19. 19 All I Have to Offer You (is Me) - Eddie James (3:05)
  20. 20 When I Stop Dreaming - Etta James (2:35)
  21. 21 I Can't Help it (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Isaac Hayes (4:22)
  22. 22 Funny How Time Slips Away - Dorothy Moore (3:48)
  23. 23 Forever's A Long, Long Time - Sweet Pea Atkison (6:50)
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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
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
Duncan Cowell Mastering
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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