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VA - If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers (2002)

12-10-2015, 18:39
Blues | Soul | Funk | R&B | Pop | FLAC / APE

VA - If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers (2002)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: If Loving You Is Wrong: 20 Cheatin' Heartbreakers
Year Of Release: 2002
Label (Catalog#): Kent Soul [CDKEND 208]
Genre: Deep, Smooth Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 1:11:47
Full Size: 172 mb / 432 mb

If Loving You Is Wrong... is a scintillating compilation courtesy of the ever-reliable Kent label and features 20 soul psalms to high infidelity. The majority of these cuts date from the liberal, post-pill, pre-AIDS 1970s. Typical is "Dark End Of The Street". A much covered Chips Moman and Dan Penn composition, singer James Carr provides the definitive version, his distressed delivery articulating the insidious fear of discovery, "They're gonna find us" but with a hint of redemption.

Prior to the late 60s, soul divas were traditionally compelled to portray the submissive role. Their "hymns to him", often as not penned by men, habitually cast them as desperately foraging for a man to love and having collared one they were prepared to suffer almost any indignity to keep him. Now there was a new breed of shrewdly formidable females who refused to kow-tow to this antiquated, frankly misogynistic perspective. Theirs was a feminist agenda that potently proclaimed ladies had the same "love rights" as fellas. Sisters doin' it themselves include Millie Jackson's tortured "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right" and Ann Peebles' "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", with Ann declaring, "Got nowhere to turn, tired of being alone, feel like breaking up somebody's home."

If Loving You Is Wrong is fiercely funky, sinuously soulful, cunningly compiled with superbly informative sleeve notes and if soul is your bag, damn well essential.--Chris King


01. Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman (1974)
02. Johnny Taylor - We'Re Getting Carreless With Our Love (1974)
03. Denise Lasalle - Maried,but Not To Each Other (1976)
04. Isaac Hayes - I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her (1978)
05. Millie Jackson - (If Loving You Is Wrong)i Don't Want To Be Right (1974)
06. Lloyd Price - Mr And Mrs Untrue (1971)
07. Rozetta Johson - Who Are You Gonna Love(Your Woman Or Your Wife) 1971
08. Loleatta Holloway - Part Time Lover Full Time Fool (1973)
09. Soul Children - I'll Be The Other Woman (1973)
10. Irma Thomas - She'll Never Be Your Wife (1972)
11. Bobby Patterson - If He Hadn't Slipped Up And Got Caught (1976)
12. James Carr - Dark End Of The Street (1967)
13. Ann Peebles - Breaking Up Somebody's (1972)
14. Carla Thomas - Some Other Man(Is Beating Your Time) 1969)
15. Mel And Tim - Backfield In Motion (1969)
16. Phillip Mitchell - If We Get Caught,i Don't Know You (1975)
17. Candi Staton - Suspicious Minds (1982)
18. Eddy Floyd - Stealling Love (1974)
19. (Mis) Jackie Moore - Loser Again (1969)
20. Sam Dees - Mess On Your Hands (1998)

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