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The Exciters - Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969 (2009)

Jazz, Pop | Author: artmuss | 16-04-2018, 10:23
The Exciters - Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969 (2009)Artist: The Exciters
Title Of Album: Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969
Year Of Release: 2009
Label (Catalog#): Kent Records [CD KEND319]
Country: United States
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues, Brill Building Pop
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 57:46
Full Size: 316 mb

Compilations of the Exciters have unsurprisingly focused on the recordings they made in the early to mid-'60s for United Artists, a period that contained their most popular work (including the hit "Tell Him" and the original version of "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"). It's not too well known that they continued to record fairly often for other labels throughout the '60s. This 21-song compilation has much of that subsequent output, most of which hadn't appeared on CD prior to this anthology. In this era, the Exciters found themselves in the dilemma of many talented acts of their time that first struck early in the decade: there weren't any songs with the instant hit appeal of "Tell Him" or "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," and the girl group style they'd done so well on those hits was becoming outmoded with the onset of soul. But approached with the knowledge that this isn't the group at its best (at least material-wise) or most definitive, this isn't a bad listen for serious girl group/'60s soul fans. Many of the earliest tracks, from their stint at Bang, were written or co-written by the great soul producer/songwriter Bert Berns, and while they weren't among his best compositions, they're OK (especially the ballad "You Got Love," which sounds like something Dusty Springfield might have considered covering). Much of the post-Bang stuff here was co-written by the Exciters' Herb Rooney with Larry Banks (famed as composer of "Go Now," the Bessie Banks single covered for an international hit by the Moody Blues), and these tracks generally found the group drifting toward a less distinctive brand of mid to late-'60s soul, though "Take One Step (I'll Take Two)" is a very good midtempo belter. Lead singer Brenda Reid's vocals are consistently powerful and stirring, however, and the 20-page liner notes have what's likely to be the best history of the Exciters ever published.

::TRACKLISTING::

1 A Little Bit Of Soap 2:29
2 I'm Gonna Get Him Someday 2:32
3 You Better Come Home 2:17
4 Weddings Make Me Cry 2:05
5 Number One 2:34
6 You Got Love 2:41
7 Soul Motion 2:46
8 You Know It Ain't Right 2:20
9 Take One Step (I'll Take Two) 3:00
10 If You Want My Love 2:43
11 Blowing Up My Mind 2:48
12 You Don't Know What You're Missing ('Til It's Gone) 3:26
13 Give It All 2:40
14 Fight That Feelin' 2:57
15 Always 2:21
16 I Don't Have To Worry (No More) 3:17
17 You Got Me 2:46
18 Movin' Too Slow 2:50
19 If I Could See Into Tomorrow 2:24
20 A Year Ago 3:02
21 Turn Me On 2:41

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