Sweet Soul Music: 1973

Sweet Soul Music: 1973




By 1973, Gamble & Huff had hit their stride with Philadelphia International Records, thereby coloring the sound of soul music for the era, so, appropriately enough, Bear Family's 1973 volume of Sweet Soul Music begins with their protégé Thom Bell's arrangement and production of the Spinners' "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love." Not a Philly International record, it's nevertheless an indication of how thoroughly smooth soul spread throughout the U.S. in the early '70s. Among these 23 songs are some big songs for Philadelphia International -- the O'Jays' "Love Train," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost, Pt. 1," which in this context does indeed sound like the first disco record -- but it's also possible to hear their influence on Timmy Thomas' slow-burning "Why Can't We Live Together," the Four Tops' post-Motown hit "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)," Marvin Gaye's sultry "Let's Get It On," and the Manhattans' "There's No Me Without You." Apart from James Brown -- heard here through Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s "Doing It to Death" -- the funk and Southern soul are also getting more dramatic, as evidenced by Don Covay's cheating classic "I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In," Syl Johnson's tight "Back for a Taste of Your Love," and the slick funk of the Pointer Sisters' "Yes We Can Can." This polish is intoxicating but it isn't so slick that it disguises how this was one of the most vital, creative eras of soul, and it still sounds vibrant decades later.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102168833
catalogNumber: 2425176

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Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Marvin Gaye   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer
Timmy Thomas   Composer
Donald Bryant   Composer
Darryl Carter   Composer
Emilio Castillo   Composer
Leonard Caston   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
David Garibaldi   Composer
Norman Harris   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Syl Johnson   Composer
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer
Bernard Miller   Composer
Patrick Patterson   Composer
Ann Peebles   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Steve Scipio   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Ed Townsend   Composer
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Brenda Johnson   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Dave Booth   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Melvin Steals   Composer
Anita Poree   Composer
Bobby Martin   Composer
Michael Burton   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Edward Bivens   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Mack Rice   Composer
Don Covay   Composer
Mervin Steals   Composer

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