Loving Arms: The Soul Country Collection

Loving Arms: The Soul Country Collection

by Millie JacksonMillie Jackson


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Ace's 2014 compilation Loving Arms: The Soul Country Collection explores a usually uncelebrated aspect of Millie Jackson's career: her habit for recording country songs. She did this often throughout the '70s and early '80s, starting in 1973 when she cut the minor Bobby Goldsboro hit "Summer (The First Time)," then ending after Just a Li'l Bit Country, a 1981 LP that wound up as the culmination of her country inclinations. The Soul Country Collection picks album tracks recorded between 1977 and 1981, adding two unreleased alternate versions from this time along with a brand-new recording of Millie changing Tyler Farr's 2013 hit "Redneck Crazy" into "Black Bitch Crazy." This new selection is the only time where Jackson truly indulges in her earthy humor; otherwise, this music is played relatively straight: Millie picks a country song and then sings it in her signature Southern style. While this occasionally dips into disco -- delightfully, one of the two oldest, purest country songs here, Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You" and Charlie Walker's "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," is given a bawdy glitter-ball arrangement -- it nevertheless sounds like this era as it balances slow Southern soul grooves with bits of soft rock and other sumptuous satin sounds from the pre-MTV era. This means The Soul Country Collection captures one of the deepest Southern soul singers not so much stretching herself but letting country come to her. Jackson is an immovable force of nature, so much so that when she does record something that sounds like country, it's designed as a novelty touting her greatness (that'd be "Anybody That Don't Like Millie Jackson"), so what is remarkable about this set is how it doesn't highlight her country roots -- which are there, because she's a child of the south -- but how she can make everything, such as Merle Haggard's "If You're Not Back in Love by Monday," which she turns into exquisite late-night heartbreak, into something that sounds like it sprung fully formed from her own soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667241823
catalogNumber: 1226335
Rank: 87549

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Millie Jackson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Conlee   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Millie Jackson   Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Larry Henley   Composer
Barbara Fairchild   Composer
Deborah Allen   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Mark Abramson   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Clayton Ivey   Composer
Kenny Rogers   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Terry Woodford   Composer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Tom Brasfield   Composer
Brian Smith   Photo Courtesy
Glenn Martin   Composer
Donald Cook   Composer
Chris Bolton   Liner Notes
George Barber   Composer
Thomas Jans   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer
Raymond Green   Cover Photo
Joshua Kear   Composer

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