The Best of Sam & Dave [Atlantic]

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During the early '80s, Atlantic released newer compilations from some of the most popular R&B artists from the '60s, including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. The Best of Sam & Dave perhaps works even better. Although the duo's 1969 greatest hits remains definitive from a pop culture and song choice perspective, this boasts superior sound and zero filler. Like all of their compilations of merit, The Best of Sam & Dave proves the precision of the backing from Booker T. and the MG's and the duo's most illustrious songwriting team, Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The writing team's masterwork, the amazing and kinetic "Soul Man" was in line with the burgeoning ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
During the early '80s, Atlantic released newer compilations from some of the most popular R&B artists from the '60s, including Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. The Best of Sam & Dave perhaps works even better. Although the duo's 1969 greatest hits remains definitive from a pop culture and song choice perspective, this boasts superior sound and zero filler. Like all of their compilations of merit, The Best of Sam & Dave proves the precision of the backing from Booker T. and the MG's and the duo's most illustrious songwriting team, Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The writing team's masterwork, the amazing and kinetic "Soul Man" was in line with the burgeoning black pride of the time. While other well-known tracks like "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" and "Hold on, I'm Comin'" are here, The Best of Sam & Dave also culls other songs that are just as potent. The humorous "Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody" and the hard-driving yet quirky "Wrap It Up" all display the singular one-two punch of Moore's narrow and irascible tone pitted against Prater's woebegone baritone. Arguably the best track, the phenomenal "I Thank You" closes the compilation on a high note. Although the duo did switch officially to Atlantic by the early '70s, this compilation stops at the prime Stax material. The Best of Sam & Dave had a brief shelf life and was supplanted by more extensive overviews. As a compilation spotlighting the hits, this does the job.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678127922
  • Catalog Number: 81279

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam & Dave Primary Artist
Samuel Moore Vocals
Dave Prater Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam & Dave Contributor
Isaac Hayes Composer, Producer
David Porter Composer, Producer
Bob Rolontz Liner Notes
Jim Stewart Producer
Stephen Innocenzi Mastering
Stanislaw Zagorski Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Give me some of that soul!

    At the risk of sounding cliche, if you are interested in music that brings out that inner chutzpah and makes you feel good, then then this CD is it. This CD brings together Sam and Daves' greatest hits. "Hold on, I'm Coming" is my absolute favorite, but you certainly can't go wrong with "Soul Man" or "I Thank You" either. The upbeat tracks are the best. I found some of the slower, more romantic tracks, like "Good Night Baby" a bit corny, but that's just my taste. What I like about this music most of all is that there is the feeling that Sam and Dave are "testing" the formality of older generations of music, and letting their listeners know that they've got something more, something which comes from the heart. Truly an uplifiting CD. I would recommend it for a morning or evening commute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Found No Way Out!

    Since I wanted the original popular versions of Soul Man; Hold On, I'm Comin'; I Thank You; You Don't Know Like I Know; When Something is Wrong With My Baby, this is the CD that had them all. Most of the other songs I could care less about, but Sam & Dave's music is always good to have. Other of their CD's didn't compare.

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