Early Soul Classics Vol 2 – Various Artists

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Early Soul Classics Vol 2

Various Artists

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This Is the Second volume of great early original R&B / Soul classics of the 1950s through to the early 1960s from the best artists of that era, and what great period it was, with many of those artists pioneers of the R&B scene which exists to this day, as this genre of music is as popular now as it has ever been.

This digitally re-mastered compilation CD of original records should provide hours of pleasurable listening for all fans of this musical scene.

 

Track Listing:

 

Disc 1
1 Shake, Rattle And Roll 03:01 Big Joe Turner
2 So Long 02:41 Ruth Brown
3 Greenbacks 02:54 Ray Charles
4 Young Blood 02:21 The Coasters
5 I’m Gonna Quit While I’m Ahead 02:18 The Ronettes
6 After The Lights Go Down Low 02:34 Al Hibbler with Jack Pleis Orchestra
7 Will You Love Me Tomorrow 02:41 The Shirelles
8 Good Lovin’ 03:00 The Clovers
9 Baby Cakes 02:25 Dee Dee Sharp
10 Honey Love 02:26 Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
11 My Mamma Told Me 02:15 Barbara Lewis
12 Cole Slaw 03:08 Frank “Floorshow” Culley
13 Try A Little Tenderness 03:17 Aretha Franklin
14 Mardi Gras In New Orleans 02:56 Professor Longhair
15 Time Changes Things 02:27 Diana Ross & The Supremes
16 Run Red Run 03:00 The Coasters
17 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 02:33 Little Eva
18 That Old Black Magic 02:40 Tiny Grimes
19 It’s Mine 02:27 Tammy Montgomery
20 Tee-nah-nah 02:36 Harry Van Walls
21 Nobody But you 02:28 Dee Clark
22 Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere 03:03 Joe Morris
23 Just For A Thrill 03:25 Ray Charles
24 One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show 02:41 Stick McGhee
25 This Magic Moment 02:33 The Drifters
26 I’m On The Wagon 02:18 The Ronettes
Disc 2
1 Down In The Valley 02:25 Solomon Burke
2 Fools Fall In Love 02:32 The Drifters
3 Tomorrow Night 03:15 LaVern Baker
4 Without Love (There Is Nothing) 02:58 Clyde McPhatter
5 A Fool For You 03:05 Ray Charles
6 Shop Around 03:03 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
7 Won’t Be Long 03:20 Aretha Franklin
8 It’s Too Late 02:36 Chuck Willis
9 Who Wouldn’t Love A Man Like That 02:52 Mable John
10 Green Onions 02:53 Booker T. & The MG’s
11 You’ll Lose A Good Thing 02:24 Barbara Lynn
12 Since I Met You Baby 02:45 Ivory Joe Hunter
13 Hush Heart 02:12 Baby Washington
14 Down In Mexico 03:16 The Coasters
15 5-10-15 Hours 03:14 Ruth Brown
16 Young Boy Blues 02:22 Ben E. King
17 Love Letters 02:42 Ketty Lester
18 Midnight Special Train 02:40 Big Joe Turner
19 Playboy 02:47 The Marvelettes
20 This Little Girl Of Mine 02:34 Ray Charles
21 Should I Ever Love Again 02:40 Wynona Carr
22 I Found A Love 02:57 The Falcons (with Wilson Pickett)
23 Chains 02:33 The Cookies
24 Jim Dandy 02:15 LaVern Baker
25 Adorable 02:42 The Drifters
26 I’m Mad At You 02:13 Wynona Carr
Disc 3
1 My Babe 02:29 The Tymes
2 Release Me 03:18 Little Esther Phillips
3 I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) 02:31 The Ikettes
4 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) 02:06 Dee Dee Sharp
5 Let The Good Times Roll 02:52 Ray Charles
6 Don’t Feel Rained On 02:05 Esther Phillips
7 You Don’t Miss Your Water 03:01 William Bell
8 Operator 02:15 Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 Little Egypt 02:53 The Coasters
10 Mannish Boy 02:57 Muddy Waters
11 Shouldn’t I Know 03:11 The Cardinals
12 I’m Hanging Up My Heart For You 03:04 Solomon Burke
13 Last Night 02:38 The Mar-Keys
14 I Did My Part 02:28 Irma Thomas
15 Stand By Me 02:56 Ben E. King
16 Lovey Dovey 02:44 The Clovers
17 What Am I Livin’ For? 02:28 Chuck Willis
18 A Handful Of Memories 02:24 Baby Washington
19 Hey Little Girl 03:03 Professor Longhair
20 Actions Speak Louder Than Words 02:51 Mable John
21 Danny Boy 03:13 Al Hibbler
22 Hallelujah I Love Her So 02:38 Ray Charles
23 Lowe Groovin’ 02:47 Joe Morris
24 I’ll Get Along Somehow 02:38 Ruth Brown
25 Chains Of Love 02:38 Big Joe Turner
26 All I Could Do Was Cry 02:58 Etta James
Disc 4
1 It Should’ve Been Me 02:47 Ray Charles
2 W-O-M-A-N 02:44 Etta James
3 Yakety Yak 01:53 The Coasters
4 Love Is The Only Thing 02:43 Aretha Franklin
5 Amor 02:56 Ben E. King
6 Daddy Daddy 02:52 Ruth Brown
7 Up On The Roof 02:39 The Drifters
8 You Beat Me To The Punch 02:44 Mary Wells
9 Mr Lee 02:17 The Bobbettes
10 I Want A Guy 02:56 The Supremes
11 Betty And Dupree 02:28 Chuck Willis
12 Ya Ya 02:26 Lee Dorsey
13 A Lover’s Question 02:35 Clyde McPhatter
14 Send For Me If You Need Some Lovin’ 02:16 Barbara George
15 Annie Laurie 03:00 Tiny Grimes
16 I Need You Tonight 02:45 Solomon Burke
17 Gator’s Groove 02:37 Willis Jackson
18 I Smiled Yesterday 02:42 Dionne Warwick
19 Sweet Sixteen 02:56 Big Joe Turner
20 Beechwood 4-5789 02:12 The Marvelettes
21 One Mint Julep 02:30 The Clovers
22 For You 01:54 Carla Thomas
23 Such A Night 02:31 Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
24 Tweedle Dee 03:07 LaVern Baker
25 Hey Little Girl 02:17 Dee Clark
26 (You’ve Got) Personality 02:38 Lloyd Price
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One of the numbers Lena Horne sang in her triumphant 1981 one-woman show “Lena Horne – The Lady And Her Music” was an obscure Rodgers and Hart song, the wittily risqué “A Lady Must Live”. As a dedicated fan of all things Rodgers & Hart, I wondered at first, how in heaven’s name did Lena Horne find this rare gem.

 

I should have known better. There may well be a charming bit of business behind her discovery of the song; the means of her introduction to it, however, are far less important than the realisation that Lena Horne knows a good song when she hears one. Whether a song is brought to her attention for her consideration or encountered by her by chance, it is inescapable that she will recognise a song of merit, and if her vocal personality is up to it, she will have a new song to add to her already rich repertoire. And of course the chief beneficiaries are those who are unfamiliar with a forgotten or neglected gem.

 

So it’s little wonder that, in this album, Lena Horne has chosen her songs with care and in the process has uncovered rarely heard treasures from the pop song masters of the past.

Two of them have music by Harold Arlen, who wrote the melodies – with lyrics by E Y Harburg – Lena sang in “Jamaica”, her Broadway musical first presented in 1957. One is “The Eagle & Me” also with the lyrics by Harburg from the 1944 Broadway hit, “Bloomer Girl”. The song, reflecting a social consciousness of Arlen & Harburg is a joyous paean to freedom. “Sing From My Heart”, with a lyric by Ted Koehler is a swinging come-what-may ballad first sung by Irene Dunne in a 1939 RKO film, “Love Affair”.

 

Cole Porter, represented on the album by two songs could be the source of many Lena Horne numbers that she could delight her fans with, but for this album she offers his rarely performed “Ours”, in which exotic locales are viewed as retreat for lovers. It’s from the 1936 musical “Red Hot & Blue” the other Porter song is his wonderfully ardent standby “Every Time We Say Goodbye”.

 

Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash were infrequently paired as songwriters, but when they were, the songwriting craft was in captivating hands. Such is the case for “Roundabout”, lifted from 1946’s short lived “Sweet Bye And Bye”, and inserted into the 1952 Bette Davis musical, “Two’s Company”.

 

Lena Horne, to be sure, does not disappoint those who welcome choice renditions of songs from the standard repertoire. The likes of the aforementioned “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, “A Fine Romance”,“Look To The Rainbow” and “When I Fall In Love”, fill the bill with unquestioned brilliance

 

This album also reflects Lena Horne’s willingness to find worthy newcomers, two of which – the lovely ballads “I Wish I’d Met You” and “I Won’t Leave You” featured in her warm duets with Sally Davis and Joe Williams respectively. A third is “Joy”, a bluesy, yet optimistic song featuring a bit of cheerful byplay between Nina and her musicians.

 

If there is an underlying romantic philosophy in Lena Horne’s program it is one noted by Ettore Stratta, the album’s producer, “Lena”, he explains “wasn’t interested in songs of unrequited love, they reflect the sunnier view of life”.

Indeed, for the listener this album also mirrors Lena Horne’s basic philosophy of performance: the best songs of the past and present, in renditions that make them her own.

 

More recently, Lena’s “A Fine Romance” was featured in the Australian international smach hit film “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”.

 

Unfortunately, Lena Horne passed away on the 9th of May 2010, but her music will stay with us forever.

 

IRV LICHTMAN, DEPUTY EDITOR, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Track Listing

  1. I Wish I’d Met You
  2. Ours
  3. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  4. A Fine Romance
  5. Roundabout
  6. September Song
  7. Joy
  8. Close Enough For Love
  9. I Won’t Leave You Again
  10. The Eagle And Me
  11. When I Fall In Love
  12. Look To The Rainbow
  13. It Could Happen To You
  14. Sing My Heart

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