Birth of Soul

Birth of Soul


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An ingenious mix of 28 pivotal tracks from 1957-1965, mostly from the early '60s, that helped lay the groundwork for soul music. Some heavy-duty collectors may have wished these were all rarities, rather than a blend of hits and rarities. But it must be said that several of the hits here don't turn up on many compilations, like the ones by Inez & Charlie Foxx ("Mockingbird"), the Tams ("Hey Girl Don't Bother Me"), Joe Henderson ("Snap Your Fingers"), Bobby Bland ("Ain't Nothing You Can Do"), and the Marvelows ("I Do"). And there are plenty of nifty collector items as well: outtakes by Otis Redding and Wiliam Bell, "answer" records by Thelma Kilgore and Gloria Lynne, and early Southern soul by Jimmy Hughes. A special treat is the rabble-rousing city soul of Derek Martin's "Daddy Rollin' Stone," which became one of the Who's most obscure tracks when they covered it on the B-side of their second British 45 in 1965. The compilation may fall between the cracks of general soul listeners and soul specialists. But if you don't have most of the tracks yet, it's a good survey of early soul, with an all-encompassing diversity that includes many regional styles, and embraces both "down-home" and "uptown" productions.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/1996
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667212328
catalogNumber: 123
Rank: 77208

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Track Performer
Etta James   Track Performer
Little Johnny Taylor   Track Performer
William Bell   Track Performer
Jerry Butler   Track Performer
Sam Cooke   Track Performer
Jimmy Holiday   Track Performer
Jimmy Hughes   Track Performer
Impressions   Track Performer
Barbara Lynn   Track Performer
Otis Redding   Track Performer
Ernestine Anderson   Track Performer
Gloria Lynne   Track Performer
Little Anthony & the Imperials   Track Performer
Garnet Mimms   Track Performer
Freddie Scott   Track Performer
Claudine Clark   Track Performer
Enchanters   Track Performer
Tams   Track Performer
J.J. Barnes   Track Performer
Ann Cole   Track Performer
Inez Foxx   Track Performer
Charlie Foxx   Track Performer
Mary Johnson   Track Performer
Jan Bradley   Track Performer
Derek Martin   Track Performer
Marvelows   Track Performer
Theola Kilgore   Track Performer
Bertha Tillman   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Barrett Strong   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer
Bert Keyes   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Bob Weinstein   Composer
Dave Godin   Liner Notes
William Cook   Composer
Billy Dawn Smith   Composer
Barbara Lynn Ozen   Composer

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