Sweet Taste of Sin: Sensual Breakbeat Soul

Sweet Taste of Sin: Sensual Breakbeat Soul

     
 

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Although the packaging markets this to collectors, producers, and DJs looking for samples to plunder, to the layperson it might be better described as a compilation of obscure sweet soul from the mid-'70s to the early '80s. (Phillip Mitchell's "I'll See You in Hell First" bears a 1990 date, but sounds as if it was recorded

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Although the packaging markets this to collectors, producers, and DJs looking for samples to plunder, to the layperson it might be better described as a compilation of obscure sweet soul from the mid-'70s to the early '80s. (Phillip Mitchell's "I'll See You in Hell First" bears a 1990 date, but sounds as if it was recorded considerably earlier.) There are a few hitmakers here, like Betty Everett, Shirley Brown, Isaac Hayes, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, the Detroit Emeralds, and Millie Jackson, but none are represented by hits, and most of the other names will challenge the memory banks even if you were avidly listening to black radio at the time. It's just average soul of the period, though, distinguished from many other compilations by its focus on a later era than most, and by an unabashed willingness to treat soul productions with sweet strings and slick arrangements as worthy of reinvestigation. Some tracks are better than others, like Coffey's "Sweet Taste of Sin," with his trademark funky guitar licks; Mitchell's "I'll See You in Hell First," which has a vibe akin to 1970s Curtis Mayfield; and Jackson's "It Hurts So Good," which plays it straighter than the risqué material for which she's known. This washes down easier than many sweet soul records if only because it's not overly familiar, but it can't be denied that it also reflects an era in which the soul genre itself became more saccharine and less interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2001
Label:
Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC:
0029667514125
catalogNumber:
141
Rank:
269438

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Tracks

  1. Sweet Taste of Sin  - Dennis Coffey
  2. I'll See You in Hell First  - Phillip Mitchell
  3. Keep It Up
  4. Backed Up Against the Wall
  5. Don't Risk Your Happiness on Foolishness  -  Fantastic Four
  6. Set It Out
  7. Baby Get Down
  8. Killing Time  -  Natural Essence
  9. Love Starved  - Shirley Brown
  10. Sweet Music Soft Lights and You  - Isaac Hayes
  11. Your Love Is My Desire  -  Eramus Hall
  12. It Hurts So Good
  13. I'm Gonna Have to Tell Her  - Isaac Hayes
  14. If I Had the Power  - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
  15. I Got Yo Have Your Love
  16. Do It to Me Now  -  Fatback

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shirley Brown   Track Performer
Fantastic Four   Track Performer
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Detroit Emeralds   Track Performer
Betty Everett   Vocals
Andrew Richardson   Musician
Lincoln Ross   Musician
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Guitar
Jerry Wilder   Musician
Fatback   Track Performer
Phillip Mitchell   Track Performer
Eddie McLoyd   Vocals
Natural Essence   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Millie Jackson   Producer
Cannonball Adderley   Producer
Nat Adderley   Producer
Wade Marcus   Producer
Donald Byrd   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Producer
Bernard Mendelson   Producer
Rudy Robinson   Producer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Producer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes
Joel Martin   Producer
Kent   Producer

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