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Joe Simon - The Power Of Joe Simon (1973) [Reissue 2000]

Jazz, Blues | Author: artmuss | 7-08-2017, 10:48
Joe Simon - The Power Of Joe Simon (1973) [Reissue 2000]Artist: Joe Simon
Title Of Album: The Power Of Joe Simon
Year Of Release: 1973/2000
Label (Catalog#): Southbound [CDSEWD 132]
Country: United States
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: FLAC (*tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 60:16
Full Size: 363 mb
WebSite: Album Preview

An album that combined tracks that Joe had cut as singles for the Spring label, mostly in the south, but a few on the east coast – with production either by Simon and John Richbourg, or by the Gamble/Huff team in Philly. Titles include "Step By Step", "Drowning In The Sea Of Love", "Trouble In My Home", and "Help Me Make It Through The Night".

ByDonald E. Gillilandon January 10, 2014 Amazon.com

The Power of Joe SImon is an apt title for this collection. The man had a versatile, booming, smoky voice that was perfect for singing everything from soul tunes and blues numbers to more country-influenced fare. This set veers headlong into soul territory, collecting some excellent early 1970s singles that Simon recorded. The original 10-song LP has now been expanded to 18 tracks with some non-LP B-sides and unissued tracks.

Some of these songs were big hits for Simon, especially the two Gamble & Huff-produced songs, "Drowning in a Sea of Love" and "Power of Love," But even the songs that aren't as well known are terrific tunes, bursting with soulful joy, Simon skillfully wrapping that distinctive voice around the melody of each tune. Of the bonus tracks, he does a very pleasing cover of "Indiana Wants Me" and the closing track, "Weekend on the West Coast," is a sweet, sentimental gem.

The booklet that comes with the CD isn't exactly packed with information, but there is a reproduction of the back cover of the original album plus some vintage advertising done to promote the record. A real soul treat!


1. Step By Step (03:02)
2. Your Time To Cry (02:57)
3. Drowning In The Sea Of Love (03:22)
4. You Are The One (02:55)
5. Trouble In My Home (03:29)
6. Talk Don't Bother Me (02:55)
7. To Lay Down Beside You (03:15)
8. Power Of Love (02:45)
9. Help Me Make It Through The Night (02:40)
10. Georgia Blue (02:55)

Bonus Tracks
11. I Ain't Givin' Up (02:14)
12. Who Was That Lady (04:40)
13. River (03:20)
14. Ever Since Then (06:02)
15. Indiana Wants Me (03:03)
16. Where Did All The Good Times Go (02:37)
17. As My Thoughts Go Back To You (02:30)
18. Weekend On The West Coast (03:26)

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