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Sweet Soul Music: 1961

  • 1. Watusi, The - The Vibrations
    2. Shop Around - The Miracles
    3. All in My Mind - Maxine Brown
    4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles
    5. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
    6. You Can Have Her - Roy Hamilton
    7. Rainin' in My Heart - Slim Harpo
    8. I Don't Want to Cry - Chuck Jackson
    9. Hide Away - Freddy King
    10. Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
    11. Some Kind of Wonderful - The Drifters
    12. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
    13. Blue Moon - The Marcels
    14. Daddy's Home - Shep & the Limelites
    15. Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe
    16. Driving Wheel - Junior Parker
    17. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
    18. Every Beat of My Heart - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    19. Stand by Me - Ben E. King
    20. Raindrops - Dee Clark
    21. My True Story - The Jive Five
    22. It's Gonna Work out Fine - Ike & Tina Turner
    23. Last Night - The Mar-Keys
    24. I Like It Like That, Pt. 1 - Chris Kenner
    25. Little Bit of Soap, A - The Jarmels
    26. Let the Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino
    27. Just out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) - Solomon Burke
    28. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
    29. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
    30. Gypsy Woman - The Impressions
    31. Turn on Your Love Light - Bobby "Blue" Bland
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 16867

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Booth (Reissue)

    Liner Note Authors: Colin Escott; Dave Booth.
    The year 1961 ushered in more than just a new decade -- it heralded a new era in black popular music as the gritty, street-smart sound of postwar R&B gave way to the smooth, sophisticated approach spearheaded by Motown Records. The first entry in Bear Family's ten-volume Sweet Soul Music lays the foundation for the transformation to follow, cherry picking formative classics from then-fledgling Motown (the Miracles' "Shop Around") and Stax (Carla Thomas' "Shop Around"), the Memphis label that would prove its greatest creative rival -- spanning across the U.S., from New Orleans (Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-in-Law") to Chicago (the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman") to New York City (the Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"), the collection also encompasses all of the major U.S. R&B labels, negotiating the licensing snafus that undermine these types of anthologies to offer a true panoramic overview of soul's epic scope and scale. And it's packaged with Bear Family's usual attention to detail -- the mastering is pristine (better than has ever been heard on even the major artists) and the accompanying booklets are authoritative (averaging 60 pages in length, stuffed with color photos, track-by-track commentary, and related recording data). The result is an anthology series that's as educational as it is entertaining. ~ Jason Ankeny

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