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Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul

Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul


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It may open up with Aaron Neville's 1993 rendition of George Jones' classic "The Grand Tour," but Ace's 2012 compilation Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul focuses on the golden age of country soul -- the late '60s and early '70s, the age when the borders between these two strands of southern American music became decidedly blurring. And many of the 23 cuts on Behind Closed Doors are firmly within the Southern soul tradition -- slow, smoky, gritty, and soulful, anchored by languid stride piano and buttressed by muscular horns. Most of the sides slide by at a slow tempo, rhythms that usually groove to a deep funk and occasionally are given a sweet, smooth soul veneer (the Limelites' "Before the Next Teardrop Falls") but often the proceedings are stately, the better to showcase the singer (Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her," Tony Borders' "Gentle On My Mind," Solomon Burke's "He'll Have to Go," Brook Benton's "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye"). All this slowness means that the cuts that do pick up the tempo really stand out from the pack: Cookie Jackson's take on Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" blazes, and Moses & Joshua Dillard's ebullient rendition of Wynette & David Houston's "My Elusive Dreams" is positively addictive. But even if there's not a whole lot of variety here, there are plenty of good cuts that capture country-soul at its best.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2012
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667237529
catalogNumber: 6723752
Rank: 62817


  1. The Grand Tour
  2. He'll Have To Go
  3. Take Time To Know Her
  4. I Saw Me
  5. My Elusive Dreams
  6. Hangin' On
  7. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
  8. Wings Upon Your Horns
  9. Before the Next Teardrop Falls
  10. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  11. Life Turned Her That Way
  12. He Called Me Baby
  13. The Chokin' Kind
  14. Yours, Love
  15. Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad
  16. Detroit City
  17. Gentle On My Mind
  18. Don't Touch Me
  19. Set Me Free
  20. Behind Closed Doors
  21. If You're Not Back In Love By Monday
  22. Skip a Rope
  23. She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye

Album Credits

Technical Credits

John Hartford   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Mel Tillis   Composer
John Palumbo   Composer
Carmol Taylor   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Doug Gilmore   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
George Richey   Composer
Lee Ross   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Norris Wilson   Composer
Jack Moran   Composer
Danny Dill   Composer
Kenny O'Dell   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Ira Allen   Composer
Audrey Allison   Composer
June Davis   Composer
Glenn Martin   Composer
Vivian Keith   Composer
Buddy Mize   Composer
Steve Davis   Composer

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