Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 1

Brunswick Lost Soul, Vol. 1


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In the history of American popular music, the name "Brunswick" has meant different things at different times, so it is worth pointing out that the music on this compilation is drawn from the R&B-oriented Brunswick (and its Dakar subsidiary) label run by Carl Davis in Chicago in the 1960s and '70s, not from the catalog of the Brunswick Records originally founded during World War I by the Brunswick-Balke-Collendar company, an Iowa piano manufacturer, and phased out at the end of the '30s, when it was owned by Columbia Records. Brunswick was revived as a subsidiary by Decca in the '40s, but by the time Davis was its A&R supervisor, it was in the process of being purchased by Nat Tarnopol. Throughout this latter period, its flagship artist was Jackie Wilson (whom Tarnopol managed), but, as this collection demonstrates, it also boasted such major artists as Major Lance and Little Richard. Mostly dating from the late '60s, these non-hit tracks show a group of artists closely shadowing the successful R&B styles of the period. For example, Billy Butler (brother of Jerry Butler) turns out a heavily Motown-influenced track on "Come Over to My Side," which sounds like it might have escaped from a Four Tops session. Tommy Green, lead singer of the Artistics, makes their song "You Left Me" sound a lot like Marvin Gaye. On the other hand, Johnny Jones & the King Casuals take a more gutbucket soul approach on "Chip Off the Old Block," sounding more Stax than Motown. Seemingly, it would have been easy for several of these records to have been R&B hits in place of similar ones that actually were, which, decades later, gives the album an oddly familiar sound; a listener keeps thinking the music has been heard before, only to realize it has not.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Brunswick Records
UPC: 0646953302022
catalogNumber: 33020
Rank: 62798

Album Credits

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Major Lance   Composer
Joe Simon   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Clifford Davis   Composer
Willie Henderson   Composer
Lee Hildebrand   Source Material
Gary Jackson   Composer
Wayne Jones   Composer
Billy Nichols   Composer
Gerald Sims   Composer
Ray Topping   Source Material
James Alexander   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Robert Pruter   Source Material
Richard Penniman   Composer
Paul Tarnopol   Executive Producer
Lee Simmons   Composer
Barbara Griffin   Composer
William Butler   Composer
Joshua Marc Levy   Art Direction,Illustrations
Jim Payne   Source Material
Jack Daniels   Composer
Carl Davis   Composer
Nathaniel Smith   Composer
Martin Goggin   Source Material
Lonnie Heard   Composer
Thomas Green   Composer
Wesley Johnson   Composer
Jesse King   Composer
Canute Scott   Composer
Barry Barney   Composer
Wayne Readus   Composer
Raymond Haley   Composer
John Moore   Composer
Floyd Sims   Composer
Douglas Fowles   Composer
Dennis Miller   Composer
Charles White   Source Material
Bob McGrath   Source Material

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