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VA - Sweet Dreams Where Country Meets Soul vol. 2 (2013)

21-03-2014, 14:34
Music | Soul | Country

VA - Sweet Dreams Where Country Meets Soul vol. 2 (2013)

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Sweet Dreams Where Country Meets Soul
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Kent
Genre: Soul, Country
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 79:31 min
Total Size: 184 MB


01. But You Know I Love You - The Sweet Inspirations
02. Please Help Me, I'm Falling - William Bell
03. Bad News - Clarence Carter
04. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Hank Ballard
05. Sometimes - The Facts Of Life
06. Only Mama That'll Walk The Line - Pat Lundy
07. Tennessee Waltz - Otis Redding
08. A Satisfied Mind - Bobby Hebb
09. Don't Let Me Cross Over - Ralph Lamar
10. Help Me Make It Through The Night - Joe Simon
11. I'll Release You - Ted Taylor
12. Sweet Music Man - Millie Jackson
13. Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong - James Carr
14. Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me - Bettye Swann
15. Sixteen Tons - Johnnie Taylor
16. I Hate You - Bobby Bland
17. Statue Of A Fool - David Ruffin
18. Sweet Dreams - Esther Phillips
19. All I Have To Offer You (Is Me) - Eddie James
20. When I Stop Dreaming - Etta James
21. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) - Isaac Hayes
22.Funny How Time Slips Away - Dorothy Moore
23. Forever's A Long, Long Time - Orquestra Was featuring Sweet Pea Atkinson

Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul, Ace's second dip into the country-soul well, is every bit as good as its 2012 predecessor. Basically, it's cut from the same cloth as the first volume, concentrating on recordings from the late '60s but stretching deep into the '70s (Millie Jackson's "Sweet Music Man" dates from 1977), with Ted Taylor's 1962 "I'll Release You" and Orquestra Was' 1996 "Forever's a Long, Long Time Ago" functioning as de facto ringers. "Forever's a Long, Long Time Ago" may fit aesthetically but certainly not sonically, as it's a crisp digital blast on a collection devoted to warm, lush, analog soul. There are lingering elements of highly produced, backing vocal-laden soul from the early '60s -- the blueprint Ray Charles wrote on his trailblazing Modern Sounds in Country & Western music in 1961 -- but nearly all of this is deep southern soul, either slow-burning laments or sweaty, horn-punctuated workouts (Johnnie Taylor's funky reworking of "Sixteen Tons" is unexpected and wonderful). This is the sound of the south, where the lines between country and soul blurred beyond recognition, producing magnificent music. There are no hits here -- indeed, some of this is even unearthed, including James Carr's "Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong" -- but that only illustrates how deep the country-soul river ran: it was a constant among a certain brand of soul singer, as this splendid collection makes plain. With any luck, there will be a Volume 3 on the horizon.

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