The Soul of Sue: The UK Sue Label Story, Vol. 3

The Soul of Sue: The UK Sue Label Story, Vol. 3

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Overview

Like the first two volumes in this series, this collects a bunch of singles issued on the British Sue label in the 1960s -- some, but far from all, of them licensed from the American Sue label. This is more soul music-centered than its predecessors, and indeed it's a pretty wide, if somewhat haphazard, sampling of American soul singles from 1959-1967. There's no real theme to the anthology other than the appearance of all 25 tracks on the U.K. Sue label, which might make it a little bewildering, except to those British listeners with nostalgic memories of the original Sue releases. There's just one big American hit here, Shades of Blue's "Oh, How Happy," though there are a good number of minor/cult hits that are as good, or nearly as good, as most classic high-charting soul smashes: Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle," Lee Dorsey's "Do-Re-Mi," James Brown's "Night Train" (presented in the slightly sped-up version on the original 45), the Soul Sisters' "I Can't Stand It," and Ike & Tina Turner's "Am I a Fool in Love." Then there are a few items by big names that weren't such big hits either, like Irma Thomas' "Don't Mess With My Man," Jerry Butler's "Believe in Me," and Bobby Bland's "That Did It." Filling out the disc are numerous, pretty obscure cuts by names both mid-sized and little-known, and in truth not many of these are too ear-catching, with exceptions like the Anglos' "Incense" (long incorrectly rumored to feature Steve Winwood on lead vocals), O.V. Wright's haunting "What Did You Tell This Girl of Mine," and the underrated Baby Washington's uptown soul goodie "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face." Certainly there's a lot of stylistic ground covered, from New York, Chicago, and Memphis to New Orleans and elsewhere, with even a bit of R&B-tinged jazz for good measure. It's too scattered in both focus and quality, however, to be recommended as a solid building block for a '60s soul library. The liner notes have some very interesting memories of the U.K. Sue label and memorabilia reproductions relating to it, however.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667223522
catalogNumber: 235
Rank: 58625

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Fallon   Conductor
Bert Keyes   Conductor

Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Earl King   Composer
Edwin Starr   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Jimmy McGriff   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Donnie Elbert   Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Barrett Strong   Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
John Cevetello   Producer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Larry Fallon   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Inez Foxx   Composer
Charlie Foxx   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Earl Nelson   Composer,Producer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer,Producer
Bob Relf   Composer,Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Creed Taylor   Producer
Hy Weiss   Producer
John Rhys   Producer
J.M. Lederman   Producer
Bert Russell   Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Producer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Jackie Day   Composer
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Composer
Aaron Collins   Composer
Brian Peters   Memorabilia
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Robert Kelly   Composer
Gered Mankowitz   Cover Photo
Phil Smee   Memorabilia
Russell Sims   Producer
Dorothy LaBostrie   Composer
Sydney Shaw   Composer
Pearl Woods   Composer,Producer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
M. Davis   Composer
Joe Evans & Arthur McClain   Producer
James H. Brown   Producer
Clarence Jackson   Composer

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