Sweet Soul Music: 1973

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By 1973, Gamble & Huff had hit their stride with Philadelphia International Records, thereby coloring the sound of soul music for the era, so, appropriately enough, Bear Family's 1973 volume of Sweet Soul Music begins with their protégé Thom Bell's arrangement and production of the Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love." Not a Philly International record, it's nevertheless an indication of how thoroughly smooth soul spread throughout the U.S. in the early '70s. Among these 23 songs are some big songs for Philadelphia International -- the O'Jays' "Love Train," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost, Pt. 1," which in this context does indeed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By 1973, Gamble & Huff had hit their stride with Philadelphia International Records, thereby coloring the sound of soul music for the era, so, appropriately enough, Bear Family's 1973 volume of Sweet Soul Music begins with their protégé Thom Bell's arrangement and production of the Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love." Not a Philly International record, it's nevertheless an indication of how thoroughly smooth soul spread throughout the U.S. in the early '70s. Among these 23 songs are some big songs for Philadelphia International -- the O'Jays' "Love Train," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost, Pt. 1," which in this context does indeed sound like the first disco record -- but it's also possible to hear their influence on Timmy Thomas' slow-burning "Why Can't We Live Together," the Four Tops' post-Motown hit "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)," Marvin Gaye's sultry "Let's Get It On," and the Manhattans' "There's No Me Without You." Apart from James Brown -- heard here through Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s "Doing It to Death" -- the funk and Southern soul are also getting more dramatic, as evidenced by Don Covay's cheating classic "I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In," Syl Johnson's tight "Back for a Taste of Your Love," and the slick funk of the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can." This polish is intoxicating but it isn't so slick that it disguises how this was one of the most vital, creative eras of soul, and it still sounds vibrant decades later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5397102168833
  • Catalog Number: 2425176
  • Sales rank: 66,997

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Could It Be I'm Falling In Love? - The Spinners (4:12)
  2. 2 Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas (3:29)
  3. 3 The Message - Cymande (4:18)
  4. 4 Love Train - The O'Jays (3:00)
  5. 5 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got) - The Four Tops (3:08)
  6. 6 I Can Understand It - New Birth (4:19)
  7. 7 Leaving Me - The Independents (3:10)
  8. 8 Pillow Talk - Sylvia (4:08)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby - Barry White (4:02)
  10. 10 There's No Me Without You - The Manhattans (3:39)
  11. 11 Doing It To Death - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (5:16)
  12. 12 Armed and Extremely Dangerous - First Choice (2:48)
  13. 13 I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In - Don Covay (4:22)
  14. 14 Yes We Can - The Pointer Sisters (3:08)
  15. 15 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye (4:02)
  16. 16 I Can't Stand the Rain - Ann Peebles (2:28)
  17. 17 Keep On Truckin', Pt. 1 - Eddie Kendricks (3:33)
  18. 18 Hurts So Good - Millie Jackson (3:29)
  19. 19 Cheaper To Keep Her - Johnnie Taylor (3:29)
  20. 20 The Love I Lost, Pt. 1 - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:44)
  21. 21 I've Got To Use My Imagination - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:30)
  22. 22 Back For a Taste of Your Love - Syl Johnson (2:34)
  23. 23 What Is Hip? - Tower of Power (3:23)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Chuck Jackson Composer
Barry White Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Don Covay Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Goldberg Composer
Timmy Thomas Composer
Donald Bryant Composer
Darryl Carter Composer
Emilio Castillo Composer
Leonard Caston Composer
Allan Felder Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
David Garibaldi Composer
Norman Harris Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Syl Johnson Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Bernard Miller Composer
Patrick Patterson Composer
Ann Peebles Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer
Steve Scipio Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Ed Townsend Composer
Marvin Yancy Composer
Brenda Johnson Composer
Stephen Kupka Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell Composer
Frank Wilson Composer
Dave Booth Reissue Producer, Tape Research, Discographical Information
Melvin Steals Composer
Anita Poree Composer
Bobby Martin Composer
Michael Burton Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Edward Bivens Composer
Este Photo Restoration
Mack Rice Composer
Wolfgang Manns Mastering
Mervin Steals Composer
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