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King's Serious Soul: Too Much Pain
1. I Wish I Was Back (In Your Arms Again) - Thomas Bailey
2. Too Much Pain
3. Reap What You Sow - Eddie James
4. Am I Wasting My Time - Robert Moore
5. When My Baby Cries - Gloria Walker
6. Lonely Man
7. She's Gone, Pt. 1
8. Come to Me - Patterson Twins
9. Letter Full of Tears - Nancy Butts
10. We'll Cry Together - Marie Queenie Lyons
11. Back in Love Again - Patterson Twins
12. I Can't Get Used To (Living Without You) - Eddie James
13. Heart Can You Hear Me - Freddie Williams
14. I Don't Want to Leave You Darling - Jeb Stuart
15. Just Won't Move - Thomas Bailey
16. Try a Little Harder
17. I Can't Give You My Heart - Jimmy Braswell
18. One Hurt
19. Only One Love - Nancy Butts
20. All I Want Is You
21. Keep on Keeping On - Cody Black
22. My Darling Honey Baby
23. Why Does a Woman Treat a Man So Bad - Sam Baker
24. Your Love Is Out of Reach - Jimmy Braswell
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 194
Performers include: Thomas Bailey, Patterson Twins, Jimmy Braswell, Gloria Walker, Eugene Evans, Nancy Butts, Marie "Queenie" Lyons, Jeb Stuart, Lord Thunder, Billy Soul, Eddie James.
Contains 24 tracks.
Personnel: Marie Queenie Lyons, Cody Black, Freddy Williams, Gloria Walker, Eddie James, Estus Patterson, Robert Moore , Jeb Stuart, Sam Baker, Lance (vocals).
Liner Note Author: John Ridley.
There aren't a whole lot of King soul records that are well-known beyond the massive catalog James Brown assembled at the label. This 24-track compilation goes into King's vaults for numerous other soul records released by the company between 1964 and 1973. Actually much of this was not produced by King itself, but leased from other sources, such as Boblo in Macon, GA. In any case, most of it has a deep Southern soul feel. Not a single song made the charts, and not a single performer is widely known even by cult standards. It's ordinary soul music, which doesn't mean it's bad or ill-produced; it's just the kind of thing that will appeal exclusively to serious collectors. Sometimes the influence of Brown can be felt, but it's the balladeering Brown, not the funkified one, as heard on cuts like Eugene Evans' "Too Much Pain" and Thomas Bailey's "Wish I Was Back (In Your Arms Again)." Among the better tracks are Nancy Butts' (that's her real name) "Letter Full of Tears," an early-'70s recording of a Don Covay composition (popularized in the 1960s by Gladys Knight) that has an early-'60s retro feel. Jeb Stuart's "I Don't Want to Leave You Darling" and Jimmy Braswell's "I Can't Give You My Heart" have the smoldering ballad-with-bluesy-guitars-and-horn feel typical of some '60s Stax products. ~ Richie Unterberger
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