Uptown Down South

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The title implies that these are recordings cut south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but with an uptown sound; the concept is flawed. Just as you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, if you use southern musicians and producers, the product is going to sound likewise. If Diana Ross used these same hookups, she would sound like Ann Sexton or Betty Wright. However, the compilation deserves kudos despite its gray area because its selections are so scarce. To have them accessible on one CD is a musical godsend. Highlights among the 24-tracks include Roger Hatcher's glorious "Sweetest Girl in the World"; Marva Whitney's tumultuous "Don't Let Our Love Fade Away"; Skip Mahoney...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
The title implies that these are recordings cut south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but with an uptown sound; the concept is flawed. Just as you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, if you use southern musicians and producers, the product is going to sound likewise. If Diana Ross used these same hookups, she would sound like Ann Sexton or Betty Wright. However, the compilation deserves kudos despite its gray area because its selections are so scarce. To have them accessible on one CD is a musical godsend. Highlights among the 24-tracks include Roger Hatcher's glorious "Sweetest Girl in the World"; Marva Whitney's tumultuous "Don't Let Our Love Fade Away"; Skip Mahoney & the Casuals' "Running Away From Love"; Bits 'N' Pieces' "Keep On Running Away"; the Wallace Brothers' "Thanks a Lot"; and ZZ Hill's "Our Love Is Getting Better." Other saucy entrées include tracks by the Kelly Brothers, the Avons a little-known female group, and Lucille Mathis.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667212120
  • Catalog Number: 121
  • Sales rank: 341,552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got to Hold Back - Freddie North (2:04)
  2. 2 Sweetest Girl in the World - Roger Hatcher (2:12)
  3. 3 Judy - Frank Howard (2:43)
  4. 4 That's Loving You - Percy Wiggins (2:15)
  5. 5 I'm Not Your Regular Woman - Lucille Mathis (1:54)
  6. 6 Since I Met You Baby - The Avons (2:40)
  7. 7 Don't Let Our Love Fade Away - Marva Whitney (2:35)
  8. 8 Even If the Signs Are Wrong - Shirley Brown (2:42)
  9. 9 Childhood Days - Bobby Powell (2:52)
  10. 10 Just Another Guy - Freddie North (2:49)
  11. 11 Bigger and Better - The Hytones (2:23)
  12. 12 Cryin' Days Are Over - The Kelly Brothers (2:59)
  13. 13 Save a Foolish Man - Lee Brackett (2:31)
  14. 14 That's My Man - Marion James (2:23)
  15. 15 No More Tears - Bessie Jones (1:47)
  16. 16 Set Your Soul on Fire - Jerry Washington (2:40)
  17. 17 Our Love Is Getting Better - Z.Z. Hill (2:53)
  18. 18 Crystal Blue Persuasion - The Kelly Brothers (3:28)
  19. 19 What Price for Love - Bennie Shaw (2:35)
  20. 20 Thanks a Lot - The Wallace Brothers (1:55)
  21. 21 I Would If II Could - The Avons (2:30)
  22. 22 Keep on Running Away - Bits 'N' Pieces (2:48)
  23. 23 Running Away from Love - Skip Mahoney & the Casuals (4:52)
  24. 24 Just the Other Day - Little Johnny Truitt (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Z.Z. Hill Track Performer
Shirley Brown Track Performer
The Wallace Brothers Track Performer
Marva Whitney Track Performer
Freddie North Track Performer
Bobby Powell Track Performer
Bessie Jones Track Performer
John Ervin Vocals
Percy Wiggins Track Performer
The Kelly Brothers Track Performer
Jerry Washington Track Performer
The Avons Track Performer
Marion James Track Performer
Little Johnny Truitt Track Performer
Lee Brackett Track Performer
Roger Hatcher Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Holmes Arranger, Producer
Jerry Crutchfield Producer
Alan Rush Producer
Robert Tubert Producer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Jerry Washington Producer
Russell Sims Producer
Ellis Taylor Producer
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