The Girls Got Soul

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This 25-track compilation consists solely of Atlantic female-sung soul from the 1960s, concentrating largely on cuts that weren't hits, even when the performers were famous and not all of these singers were. The only hugely successful Atlantic woman of the 1960s was, of course, Aretha Franklin, and although she has a couple of songs here the 1967 LP track "Save Me" and the 1968 B-side "Ain't No Way", they're not among her more familiar ones. Still, the talent aboard this anthology is enough to fill a wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Mary Wells, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, the Sweet Inspirations, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Barbara Lynn, and Doris Troy, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This 25-track compilation consists solely of Atlantic female-sung soul from the 1960s, concentrating largely on cuts that weren't hits, even when the performers were famous and not all of these singers were. The only hugely successful Atlantic woman of the 1960s was, of course, Aretha Franklin, and although she has a couple of songs here the 1967 LP track "Save Me" and the 1968 B-side "Ain't No Way", they're not among her more familiar ones. Still, the talent aboard this anthology is enough to fill a wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Mary Wells, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, the Sweet Inspirations, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Barbara Lynn, and Doris Troy, for starters. It's true that if you've been collecting soul CDs diligently for more than a decade, you might have a good deal of this, particularly on the Soul Classics label. Even if that's the case, though, this is a tremendous listen, just below the top cut of soul anthologies of any sort, and certainly one of the very best CD various-artist collections of obscure '60s soul. The brilliant producers and songwriters enlisted by Atlantic throughout the decade ensure a consistent high quality as do the talents of the vocalists themselves. Among the neglected treasures here are Doris Troy's West Indian-influenced "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" covered by the Hollies; LaVern Baker's ebullient original version of "Bumble Bee" covered for a hit by the Searchers; the Ikettes' sultry 1962 Top 20 hit "I'm Blue The Gong-Gong Song"; and the lush Bert Berns production of Baker's 1964 flop single "Go Away." As far as insanely rare things that will even whet the appetite of maniac collectors, there's the solid, somewhat Motown 1965 pop-soul single by the unknown Rozetta Johnson and Ann Mason's "You Can't Love Me In the Midnight Hour," a strange but impassioned "answer" record to "In the Midnight Hour." Barbara Lynn's version of "You'll Lose a Good Thing" on this disc, incidentally, is a 1967 remake not her original 1962 hit; if you're disappointed by her merely okay reworking of that classic, as compensation there's a previously unreleased 1968 outtake, "Unloved, Unwanted Me."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/4/2000
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667218627
  • Catalog Number: 186
  • Sales rank: 183,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Inspiration (2:57)
  2. 2 Save Me (2:18)
  3. 3 You Can't Love Me (In the Midnight Hour) (2:36)
  4. 4 What'cha Gonna Do About It? (1:48)
  5. 5 Me and My Baby (2:03)
  6. 6 You'll Lose a Good Thing (3:04)
  7. 7 That Hurts - Rozetta Johnson (2:19)
  8. 8 But I Love Him (1:58)
  9. 9 Ain't No Way (4:12)
  10. 10 I'm Still Waiting (3:27)
  11. 11 Dear Lover (2:12)
  12. 12 (Until Then) I'll Suffer (2:56)
  13. 13 Unloved, Unwanted Me (3:15)
  14. 14 It's Nice to Know - Rozetta Johnson (2:41)
  15. 15 My Man, He's a Lovin' Man (2:43)
  16. 16 Hello Walls - Esther Phillips (3:25)
  17. 17 Go Away (2:40)
  18. 18 Bumble Bee (2:27)
  19. 19 Here He Comes (2:15)
  20. 20 I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) (2:32)
  21. 21 Separation Line (4:00)
  22. 22 Let It Be Me (2:44)
  23. 23 I Can't Afford to Lose Him (2:29)
  24. 24 (Hey You) Set My Soul on Fire (2:28)
  25. 25 Take Your Love and Run (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LaVern Baker Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Laura Lee Track Performer
Barbara Lynn Track Performer
Baby Washington Track Performer
Mary Wells Track Performer
Ruth Brown Track Performer
Doris Troy Track Performer
The Sweet Inspirations Track Performer
Bettye LaVette Track Performer
Ann Mason Track Performer
Sonny Sanders Conductor
The Ikettes Track Performer
Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles Track Performer
Rozetta Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bert Berns Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Bob Gallo Arranger, Producer
Huey P. Meaux Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Sonny Sanders Arranger
Cecil Womack Producer
David Nathan Liner Notes
Peter Gibbon Cover Photo
Carl Davis Composer
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