Sweet Soul Music: 1972

Sweet Soul Music: 1972


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Sweet Soul Music: 1972

The 1972 volume of Bear Family's Sweet Soul Music opens up with a blast from Joe Tex -- the wild "I Gotcha," whose gonzo rhythms don't exactly set the pace for the rest of the 25-song disc. Even with the inclusion of Otis Clay's "Trying to Live My Life Without You" and Joe Simon's "Power of Love," there's a distinct downturn on Southern soul on Sweet Soul Music: 1972, and although James Brown has a heavy presence -- his "Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 1" is here, along with "Gimme Some More" from the J.B.'s and Lyn Collins' "Think" -- funk doesn't rule the roost, either. By and large, the soul on Sweet Soul Music: 1972 is nice and smooth, whether it comes in the form of exuberant, highly decorated pop (the Main Ingredient's "Everybody Plays the Fool," the Soul Children's "Hearsay," Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Too Late to Turn Back Now"), or the flood of romantic harmony groups (the Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly, Wow," the Chi-Lites' "Oh Girl") or songs that fall somewhere outside of these realms (the free-floating paranoia of the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers," Bill Withers' well-tailored "Use Me," and Bobby Womack's spacy "Woman's Gotta Have It"). Much of this is due to the rise of Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International -- the O'Jays, Billy Paul's "Me & Mrs. Jones," and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now" all came from that label -- but when Memphis titan Al Green turns toward such purely seductive material as "I'm Still in Love with You," there's a definite sense that the era of gritty Southern soul is over. Sweet Soul Music: 1972 charts this change quite effortlessly and quite entertainingly, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102168826
catalogNumber: 2425175

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Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Green   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Joe Simon   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Betty Wright   Composer
Denise LaSalle   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Angelo Bond   Composer
Kenneth Williams   Composer
James Bailey   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Darryl Carter   Composer
Eddie Cornelius   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Fred Wesley   Composer
John Whitehead   Composer
Linda Womack   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
John Colbert   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Norman West   Composer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Dave Booth   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Rudy Clark   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Joe Mims   Composer
Joseph Green   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Eugene Williams   Composer
Cary "Grant" Gilbert   Composer

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