Goin' Back to Miami: The Soul Sides 1965-1970

Goin' Back to Miami: The Soul Sides 1965-1970

by Wayne CochranWayne Cochran


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The notion of anyone being billed as "the white James Brown" seems faintly ridiculous, but that description was actually one of the less ludicrous aspects of Wayne Cochran's outrageous career in the '60s and '70s. Born and raised in Georgia, Cochran began his musical career in the '50s as a rockabilly howler (he wrote and recorded the original version of "Last Kiss" before J. Frank Wilson took it to the national pop charts), but he had a powerful taste for rhythm & blues, and in the early '60s he evolved into the most over-the-top blue-eyed soul singer the world has ever seen. Fronting his road band the C.C. Riders (which featured as many as 15 musicians), flanked by gyrating female backup singers, and sporting a platinum blond pompadour roughly the size of a loaf of Wonder Bread, Cochran was a showman willing to do anything to impress an audience (that included tossing furniture around the room at some gigs), and he developed a sizable fan following in his adopted hometown of Miami, Florida, which included comedy legend Jackie Gleason, who featured Cochran on his TV variety show. Largely through word of mouth, Cochran grew into a cult hero, playing over 300 dates a year and knocking out audiences with his frantic stage show, and in time became one of the biggest draws in Las Vegas. Despite his success as a live attraction, Cochran never scored anything close to a hit record beyond a few minor regional successes, and as a consequence little of his back catalog has made it to CD. Goin' Back to Miami: The Soul Sides 1965-1970 is the most comprehensive collection of Cochran's '60s sides to date, featuring the cream of his singles for Mercury, Chess, and King Records (his final album, 1972's Cochran!, doesn't make the cut for some reason). These 26 songs confirm Cochran was a good but not great vocalist, but he had energy, spirit, and swagger to spare, and "Goin' Back to Miami" is some sort of classic (enough so that the Blues Brothers covered it), and his covers of "Get Ready," "Think," "Harlem Shuffle," and "Little Bitty Pretty One" get over on the sheer lunatic energy of Cochran and his crew. Goin' Back to Miami also includes a bonus disc featuring an unreleased Wayne Cochran live album, cut straight to two-track in the studio in 1970, and though there's by a bit too much between-song patter, it's the best evidence extant of what Cochran's barnstorming nightclub show was like. Alec Palao's liner notes offer an in-depth history of Cochran's career, including plentiful quotes from the White Knight of Soul himself (who is now the pastor of a church in Hialeah, Florida), and this is a sincere and suitably wild tribute to a one-of-a-kind performer. Get that frying pan on the fire, cook up a little fatback grease, and crank this up good and loud -- that's just what Wayne deserves.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667058926
catalogNumber: 1178733
Rank: 41077

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayne Cochran   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Sugar Pie DeSanto   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Bobby Marchan   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Tommy Roe   Composer
Wayne Cochran   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Barrett Strong   Composer
Dewey Terry   Composer
Monk Higgins   Arranger
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris   Composer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Earl Nelson   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Bob Relf   Composer
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Bobby Simms   Arranger,Composer
Abner Spector   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Charles Stepney   Arranger
Norman Whitfield   Composer
William Robinson   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Robert Byrd   Composer
Ray Hildebrand   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Charles Brent   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Roger Penzabene   Composer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Billy Davis   Composer
Sylvester Stewart   Composer
Allen Jones   Composer
Charles Rich   Composer
Inez Newton   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer,Producer

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