Shreveport Southern Soul CD (2000)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label Kent (uk)
SKU 60391804
UPC 029667217828
UPC 14 00029667217828
Format CD
Release Date 2/15/2000
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Dee Marais; J. Alan Johnson
CatalogID 178
Lable Name Kent
Released 04/04/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00029667217828
Album Notes and Credits
Includes liner notes by John Ridley.
Liner Note Author: John Ridley.
Recording information: Sound City.
Photographer: Gilles P?tard.
Based in Shreveport, LA, the Murco label didn't record soul music exclusively, but it did concentrate heavily on Southern soul in the late '60s and early '70s. There were no national hits, with the marginal exception of Eddy Giles' "Losin' Boy" (the first track on this CD), which registered briefly in the Cashbox Hot 100. In fact, none of the singers on this 26-track compilation of Murco sides (some of which came out on various subsidiaries, and a couple of which were previously unreleased) will be familiar even to most soul collectors. Still, operating under the direction of Dee Marais, the label produced deep soul that was well recorded and a cut above the soul done by many other small non-hit labels (of the sort anthologized on numerous other Kent compilations, for instance), although it was usually derivative. The churchy, bluesy, and brassy aspects of the Stax sound, for instance, are all echoed strongly here, sometimes very strongly, as on Charles Crawford's "A Sad Sad Song," which takes the pleading aspect of the Otis Redding school to town and back. And don't anyone try to claim that Ann Alford's "Got to Get Me a Job" was recorded after Sly Stone's "Thank You." Alford's "If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another)" is reminiscent of James Brown's ballads, while Dori Grayson's "Try Love" is a 1967 throwback to the Mary Wells Motown sound. Nonetheless, the arrangements and vocals show a degree of care and passion uncommon on many non-hit records, soul or otherwise. Certainly the most interesting of the several performers on this collection is Reuben Bell, whose high-pitched vocals can be mistaken for those of a woman. His 1967 single "It's Not That Easy," with its mesmerizing minor-key melody and tense arrangement, is easily the disc's standout. ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (5-6/01, p.101) - "...Superb..."
Disc 1
1 Losin Boy - Eddy Giles
2 Got Nobody To Love - Dori Grayson
3 That's How Strong My Love Is - Eddy Giles
4 Sad Sad Song, A - Charles Crawford
5 Action Speak Louder Than Words - Reuben Bell
6 Got To Get Me A Job - Ann Alford
7 Another Day Lost - Reuben Bell/The Beltones
8 I Can Fix That For You - Dori Grayson
9 While I'm Away (Baby Keep The Faith) - Eddy "G" Giles/The Jive 5
10 I'm Coming Home - Marcus Brown
11 Sweet Lovin' Man - Dori Grayson
12 Too Late - Reuben Bell
13 That's Why I'm So Sad - Abe/Marion Ester/The Casnovas
14 So Deep In Love - Eddy Giles
15 Not Guilty - Marion Etster
16 Ain't Gonna Worry No More - Eddy "G" Giles
17 Be Mine Sometime - Dori Grayson
18 You're Gonna Miss Me - Reuben Bell
19 Happy Man - Eddy "G" Giles
20 If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another) - Ann Alford
21 Try Love - Dori Grayson
22 Love With Feeling - Eddy "G" Giles
23 Let Me Be The Fool - Abe/Marion Ester/The Casanovas
24 Never Let Go - Dori Grayson
25 It's Not That Easy - Reuben Bell/The Casanovas
26 Everyday - Abraham/The Casanovas
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