Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977

Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977


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Southern soul really was natural as rain, a mixture of blues, R&B, gospel and country that somehow managed to sound exactly like, well, soul, no matter how many ways it was spun, and from its first stirrings in the early 1960s until disco and synthesizers officially killed it off in the mid-'70s, a case could be made that there was no more exciting music coming out of America. This wonderful three-disc, 75-track set traces that very arc in mostly chronological order, beginning with William Bell's "You Don't Miss Your Water" from 1961 and ending with Geater Davis' last-gasp "I'll Play the Blues for You " from 1977. In between is some very exciting music indeed, including Otis Redding's stunning "These Arms of Mine," Charlie Rich's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" (who says soul and country aren't two sides of the same coin?), James Carr's stark and desperate "The Dark End of the Street," Etta James' powerful "I'd Rather Go Blind," Chuck Brooks' brilliant and dangerous-sounding "Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," and a pair of Al Green classics, "Tired of Being Alone" and the title tune, "Take Me to the River," and that's just a quick list of the gems found in this delightful set. Released by labels like Stax, Goldwax, Excello, Fame, and Dial, southern soul was all about emotion and groove and always sounded rougher, sexier, and more dangerous than what northern labels like Motown were doing in the same time period. Truthfully, southern soul was what it was because of the high mixture of passionate gospel in its DNA, as if these artists hoped to sing their way out of hell and into heaven. The subject was love, in all of its guises, and much like country, soul carried every bit as much sadness as it did joy. Love doesn't always work out right, whether you make it to heaven or not. That's the bottom line, and no genre has ever celebrated a more adult approach to such matters, or filled the world with so much passion for it, than southern soul. The story is here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667000901
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 18153


Disc 1

  1. You Don't Miss Your Water
  2. Go Home Girl
  3. These Arms of Mine
  4. Steal Away
  5. My Adorable One
  6. You're Gonna Make Me Cry
  7. When a Man Loves a Woman
  8. Losin' Boy
  9. Try a Little Tenderness
  10. Something I Never Had
  11. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)
  12. Got to Make a Comeback
  13. When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
  14. The Dark End of the Street
  15. Let's Do It Over
  16. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  17. I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
  18. You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
  19. Let's Face Facts
  20. She Ain't Gonna Do Right
  21. Bless Your Sweet Soul
  22. Dirty Man
  23. Cover Me
  24. You're Gonna Miss Me
  25. I'd Rather Go Blind
  26. Without Love (There Is Nothing)

Disc 2

  1. You Left the Water Running
  2. I'll Go Crazy
  3. Rainbow Road
  4. The One You Can't Have (All by Yourself)
  5. Tell Him Tonight
  6. A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart)
  7. Uptight Good Woman
  8. I Forgot to Be Your Lover
  9. I'll Make It Up to You
  10. Slip Away
  11. That's the Way Love Turned out for Me
  12. Polly Wally
  13. Another Man's Woman, Another Woman's Man
  14. Buying a Book
  15. To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)
  16. Stealing in the Name of the Lord
  17. Faithful and True
  18. Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, Pts. 1-2
  19. I Went off and Cried
  20. If I Can't Run to You I'll Crawl
  21. What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me
  22. Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone
  23. Wish I Was Back
  24. I Can't Give You My Heart
  25. Lead Me On

Disc 3

  1. Mumble in My Ear
  2. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
  3. Tired of Being Alone
  4. I Can't Be Satisified
  5. Groove Me
  6. She's All I Got
  7. Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes
  8. Starting All Over Again
  9. We Always Come Back Strong
  10. I've Been Lonely for So Long
  11. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
  12. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
  13. I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love to You
  14. It Hurts So Good
  15. You've Got My Mind Messed Up
  16. I Get My Groove from You
  17. Take Time to Know Him
  18. How Can I Get Next to You
  19. I'll Be the Other Woman
  20. Heartbreak Woman
  21. Take One Step (I'll Take Two)
  22. Take Me to the River
  23. If You Got to Love Somebody
  24. I'll Play the Blues for You

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Loretta Lynn   Composer
Peter Knight   Composer
Steve Wiggins   Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer,Producer
Eddie Floyd   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Hughes   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Tommy Tate   Composer
Clay Hammond   Composer
Steve Alaimo   Producer
Donnie Fritts   Composer
Jeanie Greene   Composer
Marlin Greene   Composer,Producer
Willie Mitchell   Producer
Bobby Patterson   Composer,Producer
Allan Jones   Composer
Kip Anderson   Composer
George Jackson   Composer,Producer
Dan Penn   Arranger,Composer
Homer Banks   Composer,Producer
John Baylor   Composer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Bell   Producer
Charles Chalmers   Composer,Producer
Jackie Clark   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer,Producer
Marcus Daniel   Composer
Steve Davis   Composer
Sam Dees   Composer,Producer
Bill Foster   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer,Producer
Rick Hall   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carl Hampton   Composer,Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
Roger Hawkins   Producer
Eddie Hinton   Composer
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer
Gene Kent   Producer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Mike Lewis   Arranger
Deadric Malone   Composer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Chips Moman   Arranger,Composer
Spooner Oldham   Producer
David Porter   Composer,Producer
Richard Rome   Arranger
Brad Shapiro   Producer
Danny Small   Composer
George Soulé   Composer
Aaron Varnell   Arranger
Jerry Weaver   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Terry Woodford   Producer
Freddy DeMann   Producer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Al Jackson   Producer
Elijah Walker   Producer
Tony Rounce   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Introduction,Track Notes
William Armstrong   Composer
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
Rudolph V. "Doc" Russell   Producer
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Track Notes
O.B. McClinton   Composer
Peter Gibbon   Memorabilia
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Mary Frierson   Composer
John Ridley   Memorabilia
Charles Derrick   Producer
Earl Randle   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Kent Barker   Composer
Bill Haney   Producer
Jerry Strickland   Producer
Jerry Beach   Composer
Reuben Bell   Composer
Earl Cage   Composer
Martina Goggin   Liner Notes,Author,Foreword
Vicki Fox   Memorabilia
Wilbur Terrell   Composer
Bobby Newsome   Composer,Producer
Raymond Moore   Composer
Eddy "G" Giles   Composer
Ellington Jordan   Composer
Colin Dilnot   Liner Notes,Author,Track Notes
William "Hoss" Allen   Producer
Steve Guarnori   Memorabilia
Papa Don Schroeder   Producer
James Brantley   Composer
Bill Carrier   Cover Photo
James Frierson   Composer
James J. Mitchell   String Arrangements
Thomas Bailey   Composer
Don Davis & the Nite Owls   Producer
Marcell Strong   Composer
Jimmy Johnson   Composer
James "Stump" Cross   Composer

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