Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook

Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook


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Chances are, you do not know who Phillip Mitchell is. He wrote, produced, and recorded songs that became beloved in the '70s but very rarely became hits. Mel & Tim brought "Starting All Over Again" onto the charts and plenty of stars cut his songs, but he was a songwriter/producer who never quite broke out of his ghetto, always writing, producing, and recording songs that appealed to deep soul audiences, and never gunning for the crossover. Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook, a 2013 collection from Ace that's part of their ongoing songwriter series, does not do a thing to widen his appeal; rather, it underscores how Mitchell belonged to Southern soul, respecting its boundaries even when he teased its parameters, letting it dip into previously taboo subject matters and letting all the grooves expand and relax and contract into a luxuriant whole. Everything here is redolent of its time: it's that hazy, funky, silky netherland of the early '70s where funk is evident but smooth; where the groove is emphasized over hooks, songs, lyrics, and even performances. Which isn't to say the 23 songs on Something New to Do lack character or personality, because each of the featured artists here do posses a persona, twisting themselves into an appropriate shade of grey. What is striking about Something New to Do is that Mitchell didn't necessarily have transcendent classics -- the closest he comes is "Starting All Over Again," a heartbroken ode to picking up the pieces after a love affair -- but he mastered the sound and structure of his time, so this 23-track collection satisfies deeply.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2013
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667239424
catalogNumber: 6723942
Rank: 52861

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Millie Jackson   Producer
Joe Simon   Producer
Bobby Womack   Producer
Willie Mitchell   Producer
Wade Marcus   String Arrangements
Paul Mooney   Liner Note Source
Barry Beckett   Producer
Bell   Producer
David Cole   Liner Note Source
Tommy Couch   Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Jerry Greenberg   Producer
Rick Hall   Producer
Roger Hawkins   Producer
Clayton Ivey   Composer,Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer,String Arrangements
James Mitchell   Producer
Wardell Quezergue   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sonny Sanders   Producer
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Floyd Smith   Producer
George Soulé   Producer
Wolf Stephenson   Producer
Peter Tevis   Producer
George Tipton   String Arrangements
Tom Washington   Arranger
Terry Woodford   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes
Phillip Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Photo Courtesy
Dave Crawford   Producer
John Ridley   Liner Note Source
Raeford Gerald   Producer
Archie Russell   Producer
Ernest Shelby   Composer
Billy Clements   Composer
Carl Davis   Producer
Barry Fowden   Photo Courtesy,Liner Note Source
Jan Barker   Liner Note Source

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