Birth of Soul: Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

Birth of Soul: Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

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Overview

To the average listener, Detroit means one thing with regard to '60s soul: Motown. While it's difficult to ignore the seismic impact of Motown, it wasn't the only thing happening in the Motor City, as Ace's 2017 compilation Birth of Soul: Special Detroit Edition proves. Collecting 24 sides recorded between 1961 and 1964 -- six of these weren't released at the time, all but one making their debut here -- Birth of Soul: Special Detroit Edition focuses on an era when the Motown sound was yet to crystallize, so there isn't a uniformity of styles here. Instead of the big bouncing beat of Tamla, most of the music glides along smoothly, filled with cool rhythms, slick harmonies, and nimble arrangements. The touchstone for the collection is Barbara Lewis, who is heard at the outset with 1963's "Think a Little Sugar," a song that has some echoes of her big hit "Hello Stranger" and has many cousins here, including Priscilla Page's "My Letter" and Laura Johnson's "I Know How It Feels." The featured male singers also work a similar uptown sophistication on their tracks, but the collection also finds space for uptempo dance numbers by vocal harmony groups, sleek updated R&B, and early work from Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, Norman Whitfield's Sonnettes, Martha & the Vandellas' first incarnation as the Del-Phis, and the Donays, whose original version of "Devil in His Heart" was later popularized by the Beatles. Combined, this shows how rich Detroit soul and R&B were outside of the confines of Berry Gordy, Jr.'s empire, and this music sounds as alive and vital as some of the second-string singles coming out of Motown during the early '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667079228
catalogNumber: 3552877
Rank: 45881

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Riley Hampton   Conductor
Ady Croasdell   Compield
Graham Finch   Compield

Technical Credits

Barbara Lewis   Composer
Dave Hamilton   Composer,Producer
J.J. Barnes   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Barnes   Composer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Brian Holland   Composer
Martha Reeves   Composer
Lee Rogers   Composer
William Garrett   Composer
Johnnie Mae Matthews   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Maron McKenzie   Composer
John Thornton   Composer
Cara Bell   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Tony Clarke   Composer
James Lately   Composer
Mike Hanks   Arranger,Composer,Director
Ronald Davis   Composer
Thelma Gordy   Composer
Klute   Producer
Marva Josie   Composer
James Gibson   Composer
Jack Thomas   Composer
Richard Drapkin   Composer
William Saunders   Composer
Bonny Rice   Composer
Robert Sanders   Composer
Melvin Davis   Composer
Graham Finch   Liner Notes
Jake Hammonds   Composer
Quinton Kimble   Composer
Wilbur Harbert   Composer
Clara Bell   Composer
Fred Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joseph Hunter   Composer
Michael Salter   Cover Photo
Carlis Monroe   Composer
Leonard Frieson   Composer
George Washington   Composer
George Penney   Composer,Producer

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