Soul City: New York

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
£8.99
Release date: 15 Jul 2013

 

"Deeply soulful'" 4/5 Record Collector

"Unheard and rare sevens only found in the dreams of collectors" Vintage Rock

"Well worth the price to get your hands on on some rare, unusual and classic proto-soul cuts" Blues & Rhythm

“refreshingly varied collection ranges from down in the alley to way uptown and takes in releases from labels both great and small...all help to paint a picture of the vibrant Big Apple black music scene of 50 or so years ago” Echoes

CAT No: FVDD169UPC TEXT: 5055311001692

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Big Apple Labels And The Dawn Of Soul Music

Fantastic Voyage’s new series, Soul City, explores the music being produced in key centres in the early 1960s, when R&B was evolving into the style that was soon widely referred to as soul. Having kicked off the series in Detroit, we now turn our attention to the Big Apple.

While New York may not have a distinctive musical ‘sound’ or style such as those which more readily identify R&B and soul recordings made in Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia or Nashville, the city was the home of countless singers and musicians through the decades, and also a veritable hotbed of independent record labels and producers, all seeking to make their fortunes by creating and promoting the next million-seller. The first step towards this was getting your record into the local radio station chart, hoping to break into what was then (1962) the R&B Top 50. While this may have been an easier process away from the metropolis, the audience was significantly larger and the potential reward greater for those based in the Big Apple, and the artists and tracks in Soul City New York provide a good overview of the range of talent and relative success achieved as the world of rhythm and blues evolved towards soul.

Most of the tracks in this collection, which has been compiled and annotated by soul music authority Clive Richardson, were recorded for independent labels, some of which have grown in reputation over the decades such that they are now regarded as comparable to the majors of that time, and their owners have carved their own niches in the history of soul. More is known of Juggy Murray (Sue/Symbol), Florence Greenberg (Scepter/Wand) and Bobby Robinson (Fire/Fury) than of any executive of Brunswick  or Roulette, and their artists have become our heroes in the annals of music history, emerging as they did from the very roots of rhythm & blues/soul music due to their mentors’ ears for talent.

Here are some early tracks cut by Ike & Tina Turner, starting their hit trail on Sue, a range of songs by Chuck Jackson and Tommy Hunt, founding superstars of the soul era, breakthrough hits by the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick and  Gladys Knight & the Pips, landmark recordings by Shep & the Limelites, an array of gospel-soul performances by the emergent Sam & Dave, vibrant vocals from the twilight of Dinah Washington’s career, hard-to find gems from Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford, collectors’ items from Jackie Wilson, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and James Ray, a chance to hear such great unknowns as the Jokers, Elmore Morris and Titus Turner, and a dose of humour from Buster Brown and Big Dee Irwin. Truly a ‘Voyage’ of discovery into the emergence of Soul City New York!

Tracklist

CD1

  1. If (Ike and Tina Turner)
  2. You Can’t Blame Me (Ike and Tina Turner)
  3. Mind In A Whirl (Ike and Tina Turner)
  4. Sleepless (Ike and Tina Turner)
  5. Tra La La La La (Ike and Tina Turner)
  6. Careless Hands (Baby Washington)
  7. I’ve Got A Feeling (Baby Washington)
  8. Come On, Let Me Try (Linda and the Del Rios)
  9. It Seemed Like Heaven To Me (Elmore Morris)
  10. People Sure Act Funny (Titus Turner)
  11. Mama, Here Comes The Bride (The Shirelles)
  12. You’re A Sweetheart (Dinah Washington)
  13. It’s A Mean Old Man’s World (Dinah Washington)
  14. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (Dinah Washington)
  15. Operator (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
  16. I’ll Trust In You (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
  17. I Need Your Loving (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  18. Tell Me (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  19. Don’t You Worry (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  20. Honey Sweet (Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford)
  21. Don’t Make Me Over (Dionne Warwick)
  22. I Smiled Yesterday (Dionne Warwick)
  23. Didn’t I Tell You (Tommy Hunt)
  24. Poor Millionaire (Tommy Hunt)
  25. And I Never Knew (Tommy Hunt)
  26. I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (Tommy Hunt)
  27. Everybody’s Got A Dance But Me (Big Dee Irwin)
  28. And Heaven Was Here (Big Dee Irwin)
  29. Sugar Babe (Buster Brown)
  30. I’m Going But I’ll Be Back (Buster Brown)

CD2

  1. Soul Twist (King Curtis)
  2. Right Now (The Isley Brothers)
  3. The Snake (The Isley Brothers)
  4. Twist And Shout (The Isley Brothers)
  5. Time After Time (The Isley Brothers)
  6. So Tight (The Jokers)
  7. Whisper (The Jokers)
  8. Angel Of Angels (Chuck Jackson)
  9. Everybody Needs Love (Chuck Jackson)
  10. Any Day Now (Chuck Jackson)
  11. Make The Night Just A Little Longer (Chuck Jackson)
  12. I Keep Forgettin’ (Chuck Jackson)
  13. In Between Tears (Chuck Jackson)
  14. Daddy’s Home (Shep and the Limelites)
  15. Three Steps From The Altar (Shep and the Limelites)
  16. Oh What A Feeling (Shep and the Limelites)
  17. Our Anniversary (Shep and the Limelites)
  18. Who Told The Sandman (Shep and the Limelites)
  19. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (James Ray)
  20. You Remember The Face (James Ray)
  21. I Need Love (Sam and Dave)
  22. Keep A Walkin’ (Sam and Dave)
  23. No More Pain (Sam and Dave)
  24. My Love Belongs To You (Sam and Dave)
  25. She’s Alright (Sam and Dave)
  26. It Feels So Nice (Sam and Dave)
  27. I Found Love (Jackie Wilson and Linda Hopkins)
  28. Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long) (Jackie Wilson)
  29. I Hear Voices (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)
  30. Just Don’t Care (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)