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Music City Soul [Various Artists]

  • 1. When the Boy That You Love (Is Loving You) - Peggy Gaines (previously unreleased)
    2. Hold On (A Little Bit Longer) - Rufus Hunter
    3. Sound of a Crying Man, The - Herbert Hunter (previously unreleased)
    4. Candy - The Tempo Rhythms (previously unreleased)
    5. It's a Little Bit Late - Fred Waters
    6. I'd Like to Try It One More Time - Larry Birdsong
    7. These Are My People - Roscoe Shelton (previously unreleased)
    8. It's Almost Sundown - Gene Allison
    9. Foolish Lover - Jimmy Tig
    10. Isn't It Wonderful to Dream - Herbert Hunter
    11. Some Day - Thomas Henry
    12. I Know the Feelin' - The Jades
    13. I Want to Give My Heart to You - Leevert Allison
    14. I Need a Man - The Precious Three
    15. Tell Me Baby (Who Would I Be) - The Avons
    16. Just to Satisfy My Baby - Peggy Gaines
    17. Love Is a Two Way Thing - Freddie Waters
    18. My Loss, Your Gain - The Jades
    19. Is It Love (Or Imitation) - Thomas Henry
    20. Happy Go Lucky - Herbert Hunter
    21. Push Away from the Table - Herbert Hunter
    22. You Girl - Wendell Watts
    23. Singing a New Song - Freddie Waters
    24. Win or Lose - Rufus Hunter
    25. Sugar - Thom Henry/Larry Birdsong/Thomas Henry
    26. Nobody Knows - Eddie Frierson/Freddie Waters (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 157

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Harvey; Ted Jarrett; Bob Holmes; Bob Riley; Ady Croasdell (Compilation)

    Performers include: Peggy Gaines, Herbert Hunter, The Tempo Rhythms, Roscoe Shelton, Gene Allison, Freddie Waters.
    Liner Note Author: Ady Croasdell.
    Photographer: Fred James.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Dave Flynn; Ian Clark.
    Arrangers: Ted Jarrett; Bob Holmes.
    This is Nashville soul from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, all released on labels partly or wholly owned by Ted Jarrett: Ref-O-Ree, Spar, and Poncello. It's not often acknowledged that Nashville, known almost exclusively for its country music, also had an active black music scene, which makes this 26-track compilation archivally important. The fact still remains, though, that Nashville, and certainly these labels, did not develop an outstanding or distinctive soul style. It's easy to play spot-the-influences here, whether it's the gritty Motown of the Temptations, the smooth soul of the Northeast or the mid-tempo gospel-flecked blues-soul of Stax. In fact, Jimmy Tig's "Foolish Lover" sounds like an attempt at a mathematical fusion of "Love Is Strange" and "Stay," while Herbert Hunter's "Isn't It Wonderful to Dream" is unabashedly derivative of classic Ben E. King sides, and Thomas Henry's "Is It Love" rips a page from Major Lance's book. You're not going to recognize any of the performers, with the possible exception of the well-traveled Gene Allison, whose bluesy "It's Almost Sundown" (with a vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke) is one of the best cuts. There are some nice oddities here and there, like the Jades' moving, moody ballad "My Loss, Your Gain," and Wendell Watts' super-lush "You Girl," with its bouncy strings, rhumba-ish beat, and lounge-lizard vocals. ~ Richie Unterberger

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