Goldwax Story, Vol. 2

Goldwax Story, Vol. 2


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The follow-up to 2001's The Goldwax Story follows the same format as its predecessor: a couple dozen tracks of Memphis '60s soul from the vaults of the Goldwax label, most known for recording James Carr. Carr himself is only represented here by one track, an alternate version of "A Woman Is a Man's Best Friend" that appeared on a 1977 Japanese reissue (Kent has issued several Carr compilations if you need to hear more of the singer). The rest of these singers are known mostly to soul collectors, except for O.V. Wright (heard on his sole single for Goldwax, 1964's "There Goes My Used to Be") and Timmy Thomas (with his radically rearranged 1967 cover of the Animals' hit "It's My Life," done five years before his huge hit "Why Can't We Live Together"). As for the rest, it's well-done but somewhat by-numbers Southern soul, heavy on the country influences in the songwriting, the gospel feel of the vocals, and some too-blatant approximations of Sam Cooke's singing by some of the artists. Some of the more distinguished items are Spencer Wiggins' "I Never Loved a Woman (The Way I Love You)," a gender-changed rearrangement of the Aretha Franklin hit, with Duane Allman on slide guitar; Gene "Bowlegs" Miller's instrumental "Toddlin'," co-written by a young Isaac Hayes; Dorothy Williams' "Country Style," an obscure Willie Dixon composition; and Percy Milem's above average interpretation of the Don Covay song "I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)" (more famous as done by Little Richard). A few of the anthology's tracks didn't surface until 1977 in Japan, and six (one of which is credited to "Unknown") make their first-ever appearance here. The liner notes are comprehensive even by Kent's standards, including not just a track-by-track rundown, but excerpts from interviews with several of the performers and Goldwax co-owner Quinton Claunch.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667222525
catalogNumber: 225
Rank: 92595


  1. I Never Loved a Woman (The Way I Love You)
  2. Crying Baby Baby Baby
  3. I Don't Want to Take a Chance
  4. Welcome Home Baby
  5. Peace of Mind
  6. When You Look in the Mirror
  7. It's My Life
  8. I Ain't Gonna Cheat on You No More
  9. Say You Need It
  10. Toddlin'
  11. Good Times @@George & Greer
  12. Country Style
  13. Love Me @@Phillip & The Faithfuls
  14. She's Better Than You @@Keys
  15. I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)
  16. Happiness
  17. Merry Go Round of Love
  18. A Woman Is a Man's Best Friend
  19. There Goes My Used to Be @@O. V. Wright
  20. The Side Wind @@Topnotes
  21. Darling @@Vel Tones
  22. I'm Crying Over You
  23. If You're Not With the One You Love
  24. A Man Needs a Woman @@O. B. McClinton

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
Timmy Thomas   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Roger Atkins   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer,Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Andrew Love   Composer
Gene Miller   Composer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Ronnie Shannon   Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Composer,Producer
O.B. McClinton   Composer
Louis Williams   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
John Ridley   Liner Notes
Dean Beard   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Colin Dilnot   Liner Notes
Don Covay   Composer

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