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Sweet Soul Music: 1961

The year 1961 ushered in more than just a new decade -- it heralded a new era in black popular music as the gritty, street-smart sound of postwar R&B gave way to the smooth, sophisticated approach spearheaded by Motown Records. The first entry in Bear Family's ten-volume Sweet Soul Music lays the foundation for the transformation to follow, cherry picking formative classics from then-fledgling Motown (the Miracles' "Shop Around") and Stax (Carla Thomas' "Shop Around"), the Memphis label that would prove its greatest creative rival -- spanning across the U.S., from New Orleans (Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law") to Chicago (the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman") to New York City (the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"), the collection also encompasses all of the major U.S. R&B labels, negotiating the licensing snafus that undermine these types of anthologies to offer a true panoramic overview of soul's epic scope and scale. And it's packaged with Bear Family's usual attention to detail -- the mastering is pristine (better than has ever been heard on even the major artists) and the accompanying booklets are authoritative (averaging 60 pages in length, stuffed with color photos, track-by-track commentary, and related recording data). The result is an anthology series that's as educational as it is entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2008
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127168672
catalogNumber: 16867
Rank: 139938

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Technical Credits

Paul Gayten   Composer
Freddie King   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Roosevelt Sykes   Composer
Maxine Brown   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Chris Kenner   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Carla Thomas   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Dee Clark   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Robert C. Smith   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Bill Cook   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Berry Gordy   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Leroy Kirkland   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Mar-Keys   Composer
James Moore   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Joe Seneca   Composer
William Miller   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Eugene Pitt   Composer
Dave Booth   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
William Garrett   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Joseph Scott   Composer
James Sheppard   Composer
Virgil Stewart   Composer
Leslie Temple   Composer
Oscar Waltzer   Composer
Fred Johnson   Composer
Sven T. Uhrmann   Photo Restoration
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Restoration
Andreas Merck   Photo Restoration
Freddie Gorman   Composer
Malou Rene   Composer
Shirley Hall Milkoff   Composer
James Lee   Composer
Deadrick Malone   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
Gypsy Mayfield   Composer
James Johnson   Composer

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