Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 2

Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 2


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Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 2

In the history of American popular music, the name "Brunswick" has meant different things at different times, so it is worth pointing out that the music on this compilation is drawn from the R&B-oriented Brunswick (and its Dakar subsidiary) label run by Carl Davis in Chicago in the 1960s and '70s, not from the catalog of the Brunswick Records originally founded during World War I by the Brunswick-Balke-Collendar company, an Iowa piano manufacturer, and phased out at the end of the '30s, when it was owned by Columbia Records. Brunswick was revived as a subsidiary by Decca in the '40s, but by the time Davis was its A&R supervisor, it was in the process of being purchased by Nat Tarnopol. Throughout this latter period, its flagship artist was Jackie Wilson (whom Tarnopol managed), but, as this collection demonstrates, it also boasted such major artists as Major Lance and Little Richard. This second volume of Brunswick obscurities is more varied than its predecessor, including tracks from a wider time period and material licensed from other labels. It casts back to Isaac Hayes' 1962 inaugural vocal performance, "Sweet Temptation," originally issued locally on Memphis' Youngstown Records, then reissued nationally by Brunswick in 1964. On the other end, it also includes early-'70s tracks like Walter Jackson's "Easy Evil," which, with its prominent clavinet, recalls Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." That is one of many songs that ape the Motown sound, with Johnny Williams' "Just a Little Misunderstanding" (a remake of a Contours tune co-written by Wonder) featuring an arrangement in the Miracles mold, while Billy Butler's "Burning Touch of Love" and Wales Wallace's "Talk a Little Louder" both evoke the Temptations. But then, so much of the set sounds like the popular R&B of the era that listening is like discovering an alternate historical universe of should-have-been hits.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Brunswick Records
UPC: 0646953302121
catalogNumber: 33021
Rank: 43742

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Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Alan O'Day   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Harold Beane   Composer
Willie Henderson   Composer
Gary Jackson   Composer
Bobby Lester   Composer
Billy Nichols   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Paul Tarnopol   Executive Producer
Lee Simmons   Composer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
William Butler   Composer
A.J. Tribble   Composer
Joshua Marc Levy   Art Direction
Marvin Smith   Composer
Carl Davis   Composer
Nathaniel Smith   Composer
Robert Miller   Composer
Tyrone Moss   Composer
Leon Barbour   Composer
George Davis   Composer
Eugene Todd   Composer

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