Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Southern soul really was natural as rain, a mixture of blues, R&B, gospel and country that somehow managed to sound exactly like, well, soul, no matter how many ways it was spun, and from its first stirrings in the early 1960s until disco and synthesizers officially killed it off in the mid-'70s, a case could be made that there was no more exciting music coming out of America. This wonderful three-disc, 75-track set traces that very arc in mostly chronological order, beginning with William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" from 1961 and ending with Geater Davis' last-gasp "I'll Play the Blues for You " from 1977. In between is some very exciting music indeed, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Southern soul really was natural as rain, a mixture of blues, R&B, gospel and country that somehow managed to sound exactly like, well, soul, no matter how many ways it was spun, and from its first stirrings in the early 1960s until disco and synthesizers officially killed it off in the mid-'70s, a case could be made that there was no more exciting music coming out of America. This wonderful three-disc, 75-track set traces that very arc in mostly chronological order, beginning with William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" from 1961 and ending with Geater Davis' last-gasp "I'll Play the Blues for You " from 1977. In between is some very exciting music indeed, including Otis Redding's stunning "These Arms of Mine," Charlie Rich's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" who says soul and country aren't two sides of the same coin?, James Carr's stark and desperate "The Dark End of the Street," Etta James' powerful "I'd Rather Go Blind," Chuck Brooks' brilliant and dangerous-sounding "Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," and a pair of Al Green classics, "Tired of Being Alone" and the title tune, "Take Me to the River," and that's just a quick list of the gems found in this delightful set. Released by labels like Stax, Goldwax, Excello, Fame, and Dial, southern soul was all about emotion and groove and always sounded rougher, sexier, and more dangerous than what northern labels like Motown were doing in the same time period. Truthfully, southern soul was what it was because of the high mixture of passionate gospel in its DNA, as if these artists hoped to sing their way out of hell and into heaven. The subject was love, in all of its guises, and much like country, soul carried every bit as much sadness as it did joy. Love doesn't always work out right, whether you make it to heaven or not. That's the bottom line, and no genre has ever celebrated a more adult approach to such matters, or filled the world with so much passion for it, than southern soul. The story is here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667000901
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 28,629

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Miss Your Water - William Bell (3:01)
  2. 2 Go Home Girl - Arthur Alexander (2:20)
  3. 3 These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding (2:33)
  4. 4 Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes (2:26)
  5. 5 My Adorable One - Joe Simon (2:46)
  6. 6 You're Gonna Make Me Cry - O.V. Wright (3:23)
  7. 7 When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (2:51)
  8. 8 Losin' Boy - Eddy "G" Giles (3:18)
  9. 9 Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding (4:02)
  10. 10 Something I Never Had - Jarvis Jackson (3:24)
  11. 11 Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do) - Wilson Pickett (2:42)
  12. 12 Got to Make a Comeback - Eddie Floyd (2:39)
  13. 13 When Something Is Wrong with My Baby - Charlie Rich (2:49)
  14. 14 The Dark End of the Street - James Carr (2:34)
  15. 15 Let's Do It Over - Toussaint McCall (2:18)
  16. 16 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin (3:17)
  17. 17 I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down - Sam & Dave (2:41)
  18. 18 You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man) - June Edwards (2:51)
  19. 19 Let's Face Facts - The Masqueraders (3:23)
  20. 20 She Ain't Gonna Do Right - James & Bobby Purify (2:47)
  21. 21 Bless Your Sweet Soul - Al Johnson (3:01)
  22. 22 Dirty Man - Laura Lee (2:53)
  23. 23 Cover Me - Eddie Hinton (2:55)
  24. 24 You're Gonna Miss Me - The Beltones (2:43)
  25. 25 I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James (2:37)
  26. 26 Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Oscar Toney Jr. (3:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You Left the Water Running - Maurice & Mac (2:43)
  2. 2 I'll Go Crazy - Don Bryant (2:03)
  3. 3 Rainbow Road - Bill Brandon (2:59)
  4. 4 The One You Can't Have (All by Yourself) - Shirley Walton (2:51)
  5. 5 Tell Him Tonight - William Bollinger (2:40)
  6. 6 A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart) - Ollie & the Nightingales (2:50)
  7. 7 Uptight Good Woman - Spencer Wiggins (2:43)
  8. 8 I Forgot to Be Your Lover - William Bell (2:21)
  9. 9 I'll Make It Up to You - Clay Hammond (3:40)
  10. 10 Slip Away - Clarence Carter (2:30)
  11. 11 That's the Way Love Turned out for Me - James Carr (3:16)
  12. 12 Polly Wally - Tony Borders (2:20)
  13. 13 Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man - Candi Staton (2:31)
  14. 14 Buying a Book - Joe Tex (3:27)
  15. 15 To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman) - Doris Duke (2:59)
  16. 16 Stealing in the Name of the Lord - Paul Kelly (3:37)
  17. 17 Faithful and True - Z.Z. Hill (2:38)
  18. 18 Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, Pts. 1-2 - Chuck Brooks (6:40)
  19. 19 I Went off and Cried - Kip Anderson (3:03)
  20. 20 If I Can't Run to You I'll Crawl - Barbara & the Browns (2:41)
  21. 21 What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me - Paul Thompson (2:59)
  22. 22 Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone - Johnnie Taylor (3:01)
  23. 23 Wish I Was Back - Thomas Bailey (2:53)
  24. 24 I Can't Give You My Heart - Jimmy Braswell (3:10)
  25. 25 Lead Me On - Gwen McCrae (2:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mumble in My Ear - Marcell Strong (3:23)
  2. 2 Breaking Up Somebody's Home - Denise LaSalle (3:28)
  3. 3 Tired of Being Alone - Al Green (2:50)
  4. 4 I Can't Be Satisified - Spencer Wiggins (3:35)
  5. 5 Groove Me - King Floyd (3:01)
  6. 6 She's All I Got - Freddie North (2:41)
  7. 7 Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes - Bobby Newsome (3:17)
  8. 8 Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim (3:50)
  9. 9 We Always Come Back Strong - Sam Dees (2:26)
  10. 10 I've Been Lonely for So Long - Frederick Knight (3:21)
  11. 11 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram (3:35)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down - Ann Peebles (2:43)
  13. 13 I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You - Bobby Womack (3:49)
  14. 14 It Hurts So Good - Millie Jackson (3:12)
  15. 15 You've Got My Mind Messed Up - Quiet Elegance (2:50)
  16. 16 I Get My Groove from You - Bobby Patterson (3:27)
  17. 17 Take Time to Know Him - Tommie Young (3:16)
  18. 18 How Can I Get Next to You - George Jackson (3:37)
  19. 19 I'll Be the Other Woman - The Soul Children (3:35)
  20. 20 Heartbreak Woman - Clarence Carter (3:14)
  21. 21 Take One Step (I'll Take Two) - Chet Davenport (4:03)
  22. 22 Take Me to the River - Al Green (3:44)
  23. 23 If You Got to Love Somebody - Tommy Tate (3:18)
  24. 24 I'll Play the Blues for You - Geater Davis (3:29)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Loretta Lynn Composer
Peter Knight Composer
Steve Wiggins Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds Composer
Steve Cropper Composer, Producer
Eddie Floyd Composer, Producer
Jimmy Hughes Composer
Wilson Pickett Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Tommy Tate Composer
Clay Hammond Composer
Steve Alaimo Producer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Jeanie Greene Composer
Marlin Greene Composer, Producer
Willie Mitchell Producer
Bobby Patterson Composer, Producer
Allan Jones Composer
Kip Anderson Composer
George Jackson Composer, Producer
Dan Penn Arranger, Composer
Homer Banks Composer, Producer
John Baylor Composer
Barry Beckett Producer
Al Bell Producer
Charles Chalmers Composer, Producer
Jackie Clark Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer, Producer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Steve Davis Composer
Sam Dees Composer, Producer
Bill Foster Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
Rick Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer
Carl Hampton Composer, Producer
Jimmie Haskell Arranger
Roger Hawkins Producer
Eddie Hinton Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer, Producer
Gene Kent Producer
Buddy Killen Producer
Mike Lewis Arranger
Deadric Malone Composer
Timothy Matthews Composer
Chips Moman Arranger, Composer
Spooner Oldham Producer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Richard Rome Arranger
Brad Shapiro Producer
Danny Small Composer
George Soulé Composer
Aaron Varnell Arranger
Jerry Weaver Arranger, Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Terry Woodford Producer
Freddy DeMann Producer
Quin Ivy Producer
Al Jackson Jr. Producer
Elijah Walker Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Introduction, Track Notes
William Armstrong Composer
Phillip Mitchell Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell Producer
Ady Croasdell Memorabilia
Dean Rudland Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Track Notes
O.B. McClinton Composer
Peter Gibbon Memorabilia
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Bettye Crutcher Composer
Mary Frierson Composer
John Ridley Memorabilia
Charles Derrick Producer
Earl Randle Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Calvin Lewis Composer
Kent Barker Composer
Bill Haney Producer
Jerry Strickland Producer
Jerry Beach Composer
Reuben Bell Composer
Earl Cage Composer
Martina Goggin Liner Notes, Author, Foreword
Vicki Fox Memorabilia
Wilbur Terrell Composer
Bobby Newsome Composer, Producer
Raymond Moore Composer
Eddy "G" Giles Composer
Ellington Jordan Composer
Colin Dilnot Liner Notes, Author, Track Notes
William "Hoss" Allen Producer
Steve Guarnori Memorabilia
Papa Don Schroeder Producer
James Brantley Composer
Bill Carrier Cover Photo
James Frierson Composer
James J. Mitchell String Arrangements
Thomas Bailey Composer
Don Davis & the Nite Owls Producer
Marcell Strong Composer
Jimmy Johnson Composer
James "Stump" Cross Composer
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