Sweet Soul Music: 1971

Sweet Soul Music: 1971


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With the 1971 volume of Sweet Soul Music, the ongoing Bear Family series arrives at the era that was covered in detail on Rhino's peerless early-'90s series Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Rhino roughly proceeded in chronological order yet blurred lines on the calendar, so individual volumes featured songs from more than one year. Bear Family does the opposite, diligently marching through the years on each volume. This deliberately paced order combined with broader licensing would give Bear Family enough distinction, but the German reissue label also makes a conscious decision to include superstars of the era along with selections from such labels as Motown and Stax, which were largely absent from Rhino. This means in addition to the lush pop-soul that dominated Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, there is plenty of deep Southern soul, hard funk, and psychedelic soul on Sweet Soul Music, which means it paints a fuller portrait of its era. On the 1971 volume, the addition of Southern soul is immediately apparent, as the 26-track disc opens with Jackie Moore's "Precious, Precious" and Johnnie Taylor's "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" and spends much of its first ten songs in similar territory, while also finding space for James Brown's hard-driving "Soul Power, Pts. 1-2." Generally, Sweet Soul Music 1971 has a slightly harder edge than the volumes that directly follow (and certainly harder than Didn't It Blow Your Mind!), but there's also space for the Latin boogie of the Beginning of the End's "Funky Nassau, Pt. 1," the tight, sexy groove of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," the gorgeous group harmonies of the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her?," and a bunch of bright, densely arranged pop-soul that both represented the year and hinted at where fashion was headed (the Honey Cone's "Want Ads," the 8th Day's "She's Not Just Another Woman," Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff," Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Treat Her Like a Lady"). At the edges there are hints of suspicion (the Undisputed Truth's "Smiling Faces Sometimes"), baroque melodrama (the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate"), and singer/songwriters (Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"), all elements in what was an uncommonly rich year for soul music.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2014
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102168819
catalogNumber: 2425174
Rank: 78922


  1. Precious, Precious
  2. Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone
  3. Do Me Right
  4. Get Your Lie Straight
  5. Proud Mary
  6. Soul Power, Pts. 1-2
  7. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  8. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
  9. Want Ads
  10. Funky Nassau, Pt. 1
  11. She's Not Just Another Woman
  12. Mr. Big Stuff
  13. Treat Her Like a Lady
  14. Suspicious Minds
  15. Ain't No Sunshine
  16. Smiling Faces Sometimes
  17. Watcha See is Watcha Get
  18. Trapped By a Thing Called Love
  19. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  20. A Nickel and a Nail
  21. Respect Yourself
  22. Have You Seen Her?
  23. Clean Up Woman
  24. Family Affair
  25. Rock Steady
  26. Let's Stay Together

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Barbara Acklin   Composer
James Brown   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Green   Composer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
General Johnson   Composer
Denise LaSalle   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Jackie Moore   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
James Wilson   Composer
Eddie Cornelius   Composer
Don Davis   Composer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Vernon Morrison   Composer
Barney Perkins   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Ralph Williams   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Dave Crawford   Composer
Rafael Munnings   Composer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Clyde Wilson   Composer
Dave Booth   Reissue Producer,Tape Research,Discographical Information
Richard Poindexter   Composer
Robert Poindexter   Composer
Kent Barker   Composer
Joseph Broussard   Composer
Victor Drayton   Composer
Tyrone Fitzgerald   Composer
Francis Zambon   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Jackie Members   Composer
Greg Perry   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Reginald Turner   Composer
Johnny Bellmon   Composer
Carrol Washington   Composer
Jerry Akines   Composer
Abrim Tilmon   Composer
Ora Denise Jones   Composer
Mack Rice   Composer
James Mitchell   Composer

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