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Sweet Soul Music: 1971

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With the 1971 volume of Sweet Soul Music, the ongoing Bear Family series arrives at the era that was covered in detail on Rhino's peerless early-'90s series Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Rhino roughly proceeded in chronological order yet blurred lines on the calendar, so individual volumes featured songs from more than one year. Bear Family does the opposite, diligently marching through the years on each volume. This deliberately paced order combined with broader licensing would give Bear Family enough distinction, but the German reissue label also makes a conscious decision to include superstars of the era along with selections from such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With the 1971 volume of Sweet Soul Music, the ongoing Bear Family series arrives at the era that was covered in detail on Rhino's peerless early-'90s series Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Rhino roughly proceeded in chronological order yet blurred lines on the calendar, so individual volumes featured songs from more than one year. Bear Family does the opposite, diligently marching through the years on each volume. This deliberately paced order combined with broader licensing would give Bear Family enough distinction, but the German reissue label also makes a conscious decision to include superstars of the era along with selections from such labels as Motown and Stax, which were largely absent from Rhino. This means in addition to the lush pop-soul that dominated Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, there is plenty of deep Southern soul, hard funk, and psychedelic soul on Sweet Soul Music, which means it paints a fuller portrait of its era. On the 1971 volume, the addition of Southern soul is immediately apparent, as the 26-track disc opens with Jackie Moore's "Precious, Precious" and Johnnie Taylor's "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" and spends much of its first ten songs in similar territory, while also finding space for James Brown's hard-driving "Soul Power, Pts. 1-2." Generally, Sweet Soul Music 1971 has a slightly harder edge than the volumes that directly follow (and certainly harder than Didn't It Blow Your Mind!), but there's also space for the Latin boogie of the Beginning of the End's "Funky Nassau, Pt. 1," the tight, sexy groove of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," the gorgeous group harmonies of the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her?," and a bunch of bright, densely arranged pop-soul that both represented the year and hinted at where fashion was headed (the Honey Cone's "Want Ads," the 8th Day's "She's Not Just Another Woman," Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff," Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Treat Her Like a Lady"). At the edges there are hints of suspicion (the Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes"), baroque melodrama (the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"), and singer/songwriters (Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"), all elements in what was an uncommonly rich year for soul music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102168819
  • Catalog Number: 2425174
  • Sales rank: 66,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Precious, Precious - Jackie Moore (3:25)
  2. 2 Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor (3:02)
  3. 3 Do Me Right - The Detroit Emeralds (2:49)
  4. 4 Get Your Lie Straight - Bill Coday (2:58)
  5. 5 Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner (3:30)
  6. 6 Soul Power, Pts. 1-2 - The J.B.'s (4:25)
  7. 7 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (3:48)
  8. 8 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You - Wilson Pickett (2:48)
  9. 9 Want Ads - Honey Cone (2:45)
  10. 10 Funky Nassau, Pt. 1 - The Beginning of the End (3:11)
  11. 11 She's Not Just Another Woman - 8th Day (3:13)
  12. 12 Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight (2:30)
  13. 13 Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers (2:46)
  14. 14 Suspicious Minds - Dee Dee Warwick (3:17)
  15. 15 Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (2:06)
  16. 16 Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (3:18)
  17. 17 Watcha See is Watcha Get - The Dramatics (3:35)
  18. 18 Trapped By a Thing Called Love - Denise LaSalle (2:40)
  19. 19 Thin Line Between Love and Hate - The Persuaders (3:23)
  20. 20 A Nickel and a Nail - O.V. Wright (3:43)
  21. 21 Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers (3:32)
  22. 22 Have You Seen Her? - The Chi-Lites (5:09)
  23. 23 Clean Up Woman - Betty Wright (2:48)
  24. 24 Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone (3:06)
  25. 25 Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (3:12)
  26. 26 Let's Stay Together - Al Green (3:17)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Barbara Acklin Composer
James Brown Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Al Green Composer
Luther Ingram Composer
Bill Withers Composer
General Johnson Composer
Denise LaSalle Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer
Jackie Moore Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
James Wilson Composer
Eddie Cornelius Composer
Don Davis Composer
Tony Hester Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Vernon Morrison Composer
Barney Perkins Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Ralph Williams Composer
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Dave Crawford Composer
Rafael Munnings Composer
Clarence Reid Composer
Clyde Wilson Composer
Dave Booth Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Discographical Information
Richard Poindexter Composer
Robert Poindexter Composer
Kent Barker Composer
Joseph Broussard Composer
Victor Drayton Composer
Tyrone Fitzgerald Composer
Francis Zambon Composer
Willie Clarke Composer
Jackie Members Composer
Greg Perry Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Reginald Turner Composer
Johnny Bellmon Composer
Carrol Washington Composer
James Mitchell Jr. Composer
Jerry Akines Composer
Abrim Tilmon Jr. Composer
Sylvester Stewart Composer
Ron Dunbar Composer
Ora Denise Jones Composer
Mack Rice Composer
Wolfgang Manns Mastering
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