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Format: CD
Sku: 60391804
UPC: 029667217828
UPC 14: 00029667217828
Release Date: 2/15/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Losin Boy - Eddy Giles ~ Various Artists
2. Got Nobody To Love - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
3. That's How Strong My Love Is - Eddy Giles ~ Various Artists
4. Sad Sad Song, A - Charles Crawford ~ Various Artists
5. Action Speak Louder Than Words - Reuben Bell ~ Various Artists
6. Got To Get Me A Job - Ann Alford ~ Various Artists
7. Another Day Lost - Reuben Bell/The Beltones ~ Various Artists
8. I Can Fix That For You - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
9. While I'm Away (Baby Keep The Faith) - Eddy "G" Giles/The Jive 5 ~ Various Artists
10. I'm Coming Home - Marcus Brown ~ Various Artists
11. Sweet Lovin' Man - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
12. Too Late - Reuben Bell ~ Various Artists
13. That's Why I'm So Sad - Abe/Marion Ester/The Casnovas ~ Various Artists
14. So Deep In Love - Eddy Giles ~ Various Artists
15. Not Guilty - Marion Etster ~ Various Artists
16. Ain't Gonna Worry No More - Eddy "G" Giles ~ Various Artists
17. Be Mine Sometime - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
18. You're Gonna Miss Me - Reuben Bell ~ Various Artists
19. Happy Man - Eddy "G" Giles ~ Various Artists
20. If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another) - Ann Alford ~ Various Artists
21. Try Love - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
22. Love With Feeling - Eddy "G" Giles ~ Various Artists
23. Let Me Be The Fool - Abe/Marion Ester/The Casanovas ~ Various Artists
24. Never Let Go - Dori Grayson ~ Various Artists
25. It's Not That Easy - Reuben Bell/The Casanovas ~ Various Artists
26. Everyday - Abraham/The Casanovas ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by John Ridley.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: John Ridley.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sound City.
Muze PNote Photographer: Gilles P?tard.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Dee Marais; J. Alan Johnson

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/04/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2000
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 178
Music Label Name Label : Kent
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00029667217828

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