The Old Town & Barry Soul Survey

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Old Town label is known more for 1950s and early-'60s doo wop, R&B, and rock & roll than it is for 1960s soul music. However, it and its subsidiary label Barry did continue to operate throughout the '60s and release numerous soul records, though without much commercial success. This collector-oriented compilation features 26 of such sides, though one Peggy Scott's "Things Have More Meaning Now" dates from 1973, a couple others didn't see the light of day until the 1990s, and one Charlie Thomas' "No One Home to Come Home To" was previously unreleased. As it happens, none of the Old Town material by the label's two most successful artists during this period...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Old Town label is known more for 1950s and early-'60s doo wop, R&B, and rock & roll than it is for 1960s soul music. However, it and its subsidiary label Barry did continue to operate throughout the '60s and release numerous soul records, though without much commercial success. This collector-oriented compilation features 26 of such sides, though one Peggy Scott's "Things Have More Meaning Now" dates from 1973, a couple others didn't see the light of day until the 1990s, and one Charlie Thomas' "No One Home to Come Home To" was previously unreleased. As it happens, none of the Old Town material by the label's two most successful artists during this period Arthur Prysock and Hector Rivera was available to license for this compilation. That leaves Billy Bland and, if you're really up on your soul charters A-Z, Thelma Jones as the only names here that even most soul collectors would be familiar with right off the bat. It's varied and fairly generic '60s soul without a specific regional or label-specific identity, but that doesn't mean it's bad. There are some above-average cuts here, like Freddie Houston's "If I Had Known," which sounds a bit like Jackie Wilson's more melodramatic '60s stuff arrangement-wise; Billy Bland's "All I Wanna Do Is Cry," which comes off a little like it's trying to ride Gene McDaniels' train; and the Sparkels' "Try Love One More Time" and Beverly McKay's "Say It With Feeling," which are uncannily like Motown's very early girl group-ish efforts. The influence of Motown, New York uptown soul, and maybe a little bit o' early Philly soul is all over many of the sides, and some of the more derivative ones can't fail to bring to mind superior efforts by Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and the like. So it's for collectors only, but it's above-average as such soul specialist productions go, with consistently good production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667224420
  • Catalog Number: 244
  • Sales rank: 331,903

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If I Had Known - Freddie Houston (2:20)
  2. 2 Could This Be Love - Roscoe & Barbara (2:40)
  3. 3 Souvenirs of a Heartbreak - Thelma Jones (2:31)
  4. 4 Left Out - Jesse Johnson (1:59)
  5. 5 I Gotta Have Love Too - Bobby Long & The Dealers (2:46)
  6. 6 No One Home to Come Home To - Charlie Thomas (3:11)
  7. 7 You Can't Trust Your Best Friend (2:36)
  8. 8 All I Wanna Do Is Cry (2:21)
  9. 9 Try Love (One More Time) - The Sparkels (2:08)
  10. 10 Say It With Feeling - Beverly McKay (2:15)
  11. 11 Let Your Love Shine - Lester Young (3:03)
  12. 12 Think Smart (2:14)
  13. 13 I'm So Glad (2:39)
  14. 14 It's a Woman's World (You Better Believe It) - Gypsies (2:39)
  15. 15 Baby, I Need You (2:00)
  16. 16 Hold It Baby - King Ernest (2:39)
  17. 17 Keep on Loving You - Ella Johnson (2:32)
  18. 18 Baby, I Need You - Jesse Gee (2:39)
  19. 19 The Tide Has Turned - Sammy Fain (2:28)
  20. 20 Lonely Man (2:17)
  21. 21 You Took My Love for Granted (2:14)
  22. 22 Slowly I Turn - Billy Profit (2:40)
  23. 23 Stop and Take Another Look - Divine Men (2:31)
  24. 24 I Must Be Doing Something Right (2:36)
  25. 25 Second Chance - Thelma Jones (2:43)
  26. 26 Things Have More Meaning Now - Peggy Scott (3:28)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Rosco Gordon Composer
Lester Young Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Bobby Lance Arranger, Composer, Producer
Billy Bland Composer
Sidney Barnes Composer
Billy Cox Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Charles Fox Composer
Thomas Howard Producer
George Kerr Composer, Producer
Gene Redd Composer
Randy Stewart Composer, Producer
Hy Weiss Producer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Jimmy Oliver Arranger, Composer
David Battaglia Composer
Tony Esposito Arranger
Fran Robbins Composer
Stanley Gelber Composer
Jesse Gould Composer
Donald Height Composer
John Standberry Jr. Composer
Edgar Campbell Composer
Nick Robins Mastering
Bobby Adams Composer
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