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VA - The Girls Got Soul (2000)

Pop | Author: artmuss | 12-04-2018, 17:56
VA - The Girls Got Soul (2000)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Girls Got Soul
Year Of Release: 2000
Label (Catalog#): Kent Soul [CDKEND 18]
Country: International
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B, Pop-Soul
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 68:26
Full Size: 275 mb

This 25-track compilation consists solely of Atlantic female-sung soul from the 1960s, concentrating largely on cuts that weren't hits, even when the performers were famous (and not all of these singers were). The only hugely successful Atlantic woman of the 1960s was, of course, Aretha Franklin, and although she has a couple of songs here (the 1967 LP track "Save Me" and the 1968 B-side "Ain't No Way"), they're not among her more familiar ones. Still, the talent aboard this anthology is enough to fill a wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Mary Wells, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, the Sweet Inspirations, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Barbara Lynn, and Doris Troy, for starters. It's true that if you've been collecting soul CDs diligently for more than a decade, you might have a good deal of this, particularly on the Soul Classics label. Even if that's the case, though, this is a tremendous listen, just below the top cut of soul anthologies of any sort, and certainly one of the very best CD various-artist collections of obscure '60s soul. The brilliant producers and songwriters enlisted by Atlantic throughout the decade ensure a consistent high quality as do the talents of the vocalists themselves. Among the neglected treasures here are Doris Troy's West Indian-influenced "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" covered by the Hollies; LaVern Baker's ebullient original version of "Bumble Bee" covered for a hit by the Searchers; the Ikettes' sultry 1962 Top 20 hit "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)"; and the lush Bert Berns production of Baker's 1964 flop single "Go Away." As far as insanely rare things that will even whet the appetite of maniac collectors, there's the solid, somewhat Motown 1965 pop-soul single by the unknown Rozetta Johnson and Ann Mason's "You Can't Love Me (In the Midnight Hour)," a strange but impassioned "answer" record to "In the Midnight Hour." Barbara Lynn's version of "You'll Lose a Good Thing" on this disc, incidentally, is a 1967 remake not her original 1962 hit; if you're disappointed by her merely okay reworking of that classic, as compensation there's a previously unreleased 1968 outtake, "Unloved, Unwanted Me."


1. The Sweet Inspirations – Sweet Inspiration
2. Aretha Franklin – Save Me
3. Ann Mason – You Can't Love Me (In The Midnight Hour) (feat. Little Mac & The Boss Sounds)
4. Doris Troy – Whatcha Gonna Do About It
5. Mary Wells – Me And My Baby
6. Barbara Lynn – You'll Lose A Good Thing
7. Rozetta Johnson – That Hurts
8. Doris Troy – But I Love Him
9. Aretha Franklin – Ain't No Way
10. Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles – I'm Still Waiting
11. Mary Wells – Dear Lover
12. Barbara Lynn – (Until Then) I'll Suffer
13. Barbara Lynn – Unloved, Unwanted Me
14. Rozetta Johnson – It's Nice To Know
15. Betty Lavette – My Man, He's A Lovin' Man
16. Little Esther Phillips – Hello Walls
17. LaVern Baker – Go Away
18. LaVern Baker – Bumble Bee
19. Ruth Brown – Here He Comes
20. The Ikettes – I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)
21. Laura Lee – Separation Line
22. The Sweet Inspirations – Let It Be Me
23. Baby Washington – I Can't Afford To Lose Him
24. Mary Wells – (Hey You) Set My Soul On Fire
25. Barbara Lynn – Take Your Love And Run


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  • #1: Soulman902 (14 April 2018 00:01)

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