Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969

Soul Motion: The Complete Bang, Shout and RCA Recordings 1966-1969

by The ExcitersThe Exciters

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Overview

Compilations of the Exciters have unsurprisingly focused on the recordings they made in the early to mid-'60s for United Artists, a period that contained their most popular work (including the hit "Tell Him" and the original version of "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"). It's not too well known that they continued to record fairly often for other labels throughout the '60s. This 21-song compilation has much of that subsequent output, most of which hadn't appeared on CD prior to this anthology. In this era, the Exciters found themselves in the dilemma of many talented acts of their time that first struck early in the decade: there weren't any songs with the instant hit appeal of "Tell Him" or "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," and the girl group style they'd done so well on those hits was becoming outmoded with the onset of soul. But approached with the knowledge that this isn't the group at its best (at least material-wise) or most definitive, this isn't a bad listen for serious girl group/'60s soul fans. Many of the earliest tracks, from their stint at Bang, were written or co-written by the great soul producer/songwriter Bert Berns, and while they weren't among his best compositions, they're OK (especially the ballad "You Got Love," which sounds like something Dusty Springfield might have considered covering). Much of the post-Bang stuff here was co-written by the Exciters' Herb Rooney with Larry Banks (famed as composer of "Go Now," the Bessie Banks single covered for an international hit by the Moody Blues), and these tracks generally found the group drifting toward a less distinctive brand of mid to late-'60s soul, though "Take One Step (I'll Take Two)" is a very good midtempo belter. Lead singer Brenda Reid's vocals are consistently powerful and stirring, however, and the 20-page liner notes have what's likely to be the best history of the Exciters ever published.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667231923
catalogNumber: 319
Rank: 97029

Tracks

  1. A Little Bit of Soap
  2. I'm Gonna Get Him Someday
  3. You Better Come Home
  4. Weddings Make Me Cry
  5. Number One
  6. You Got Love
  7. Soul Motion
  8. You Know It Ain't Right
  9. Take One Step (I'll Take Two)
  10. If You Want My Love
  11. Blowing Up My Mind
  12. You Don't Know What You're Missing ('Til It's Gone)
  13. Give It All
  14. Fight That Feelin'
  15. Always
  16. I Don't Have to Worry (No More)
  17. You Got Me
  18. Movin' Too Slow
  19. If I Could See into Tomorrow
  20. A Year Ago
  21. Turn Me On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Exciters   Primary Artist
Artie Butler   Conductor
George Patterson   Conductor
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor
Larry Banks   Conductor

Technical Credits

Jeff Barry   Composer
Bert Berns   Composer,Producer
Artie Butler   Arranger
Wes Farrell   Composer
George Patterson   Arranger
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Paul Robinson   Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Herbert Rooney   Composer
Larry Banks   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Andrew Pope   Composer
Carl Victor   Producer
Dennis Garvey   Liner Notes

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