Kent's Cellar of Soul

Kent's Cellar of Soul


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Like several '60s soul compilations on the Kent label, the concept is vague enough to elude the grasp of all but those who are quite immersed in the most dedicated corner of soul record collecting. It has "club and turntable hits from the golden age of American soul music," according to the back cover, though that really applies to British clubs and turntables, not American ones. The liner notes also intimate that soul compilations issued as part of the series "Bell's Cellar of Soul" in the 1960s served as an inspiration. They also claim that the 26 songs on this CD "are now entirely familiar sides," though that claim probably only holds water in some specialized British clubs and collector circles. None of these songs were big hits (with the exceptions of the Intruders' "Cowboys to Girls" and possibly James & Bobby Purify's "Let Love Come Between Us"), and most of them in fact weren't even small hits. Ultimately, it's a reasonably high-quality anthology of obscure (to the general listener) 1960s soul music, though one lacking the strongest of thematic linkages. The tenor tends toward the upbeat and danceable, though also, frankly, the generic and also-ran. Some cuts rise above that tag, like Rodger Collins' infectious "She's Looking Good," which has a Wilson Pickett-ish funky uptempo feel; Brooks O'Dell's "You Better Make Up Your Mind," which has an orchestrated moody drama that largely eludes these anthologies; Little Richard's 1967 single "Get Down With It," one of his best post-'50s sides; Tina Britt's "The Real Thing," one of the best Martha & the Vandellas sound-alike songs (though the Chiffons did a better version); and the Dreamlovers' "You Gave Me Somebody to Love," a highly credible Righteous Brothers imitation. On the other hand, some tracks are too imitative to even generate slight admiration, like Bob Brady & the Con Chords' transparent Miracles knockoff "Everybody's Going to the Love-In." Rounding up the call of the more notable inclusions are the quality blue-eyed soul of Lonnie Mack on "Save Your Money"; Clifford Curry's "She Shot a Hole in My Soul," which must be one of the songs most frequently cited as a lost cult gem; Barbara Lynn's smooth 1966 version of "You Left the Water Running"; and O.V. Wright's original 1964 version of "That's How Strong My Love Is," though the track is so different from the renditions by Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones that it sounds almost like another song altogether.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/2003
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667219822
catalogNumber: 198
Rank: 66127

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Lonnie Mack   Composer,Producer
Johnny Cash   Producer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Little Richard   Contributor
Bobby Marchan   Composer
King Curtis   Composer
Louis Smith   Composer
Mac Gayden   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
J.J. Jackson   Arranger
Van McCoy   Composer,Producer
Robert C. Smith   Composer
Jimmy Wisner   Arranger
Vernon Garrett   Composer
Buzz Cason   Producer
Dan Penn   Composer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Joshie Armstead   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
Bob Brady   Composer
Calvin Carter   Producer
Quinton Claunch   Producer
Roger Collins   Contributor
Moses Dillard   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Samuel James   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Gene Miller   Arranger
Horace Ott   Composer
Vini Poncia   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Ray Shanklin   Arranger
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Bettye Swann   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
Johnny Wyker   Composer
Clifford Curry   Contributor
Al Jackson   Composer
Deanie Parker   Composer
Rodger Collins   Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Producer
Jimmy Oliver   Arranger
Tina Britt   Contributor
Jerry Murray   Composer,Producer
Clarence Reid   Composer
Spellbinders   Contributor
Wes Wells   Composer
Bill Millar   Cover Photo
Larry Maxwell   Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Joe Sobotka   Composer
Oscar Frank   Composer
Barbara Gordon   Producer
Roosevelt Jamison   Composer
Willie Clarke   Composer
Mighty Sam   Contributor
Dave Godin   Liner Notes
Danny White & Linda Nail   Contributor
Leslie Asch   Arranger
Jerry Ross   Composer,Producer

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