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Beale Street Soul Man ~ The Sounds Of Memphis Sessions [Original recording remastered]

Dan Greer Audio CD

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Dan Greer was the producer and songwriter behind many Sounds Of Memphis recordings. This is the first ever CD of his classic 1970s recordings for the label. Originally the song-writing partner of George Jackson, by the early 70s he had gone his own way. He produced hits for the Ovations and Southern soul classics for Barbara Brown, Spencer Wiggins and the Minits. 19 of the 22 tracks are previously unreleased. The CD includes his own versions of songs he produced for other artists. These recordings are every bit as good as those of George Jackson. This is high-end Southern soul. The booklet includes an in-depth essay, and previously unseen photographs of Greer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars more deep-in-the-vault treasure discovered by Ace's Kent Soul division 2 Oct 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on
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I really had to trust Ace/Kent on this one as I knew neither the artist, Dan Greer (actually a writer-producer-vocalist), nor a single song on this collection of his 1971-73 work at Sounds of Memphis. As usual, my trust was rewarded.

A number of these tracks are a bit barebones since they were essentially demo recordings looking to be matched with other artists; yet this proves to be an asset in virtually every case - especially when it was the Hi rhythm section (on loan from Willie Mitchell) putting down the instrumental tracks. Greer and the Hi guys are at their best on the propulsive and catchy [no pun intended] "Hook Line and Sinker," which would have been ideal for Hi artists Syl Johnson, Otis Clay or Ann Peebles. On another up-tempo gem, "Mistaken Identity," intended for a female singer, the unfinished quality of the recording really lets the delightfully punchy electric guitar part (which would have otherwise been deeper in the mix) stand out.

Greer was a master at composing in just about any subgenre of soul that was out there at the turn of the seventies, including social message songs, here bearing the titles "Peace & Love," "When Will It All End" (strongly pro-environment and anti-war), the humanistic "Share" (released as a Dan Greer single), and the optimistic "So Good to Be Young." This latter track (the disc's closer) is a fully realized masterpiece, featuring a stellar arrangement with a chorus and Greer's most assured vocal, that had huge soul and pop hit written all over it -- except it was never issued until now!

Three singles were released under Greer's name during his three years at Sounds of Memphis. Oddly, the first A-side ("Masquerade") is not included here due to "time constraints." (Huh?) Its fine B-side, "Thanks to You Girl (I Can Make It)," is this CD's leadoff track. The aforementioned "Share" was released in 1972, and his funkiest groover "Hell Paso" was put out on the MGM label in '73. This one stirred up some local interest, but as compiler/liner notes writer Dean Rudland explains, Greer was just too busy in the studio to go out and promote the record.

Many of these songs deserved to be widely heard forty years ago, but for now I am just grateful this terrific collection is available. Thanks again, Ace/Kent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the collector 7 Dec 2013
By REB - Published on
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Another obscure soul singer gets a first rate release from England's Ace/Kent Records, which has to be the best source of classic soul music in the world today. Greer is definitely a songwriter first, and his vocals are not in the same league as the great ones. I would put this cd on the same level as the recent Kent release of James Govan, although the songs are more original, and Govan's vocals are better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Soul Royalty 30 Oct 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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There's not much I can add to the thorough and excellent review already posted by TheNoomz83, other than to second that emotion; this is indeed a great collection of obscure soul music! Like that reviewer, I also had never heard of Dan Greer until recently. But after buying all of the recent reissues of George Jackson's output from the 60s & 70s, along with several compilations from the Fame label, I stumbled upon Greer's name and became curious about the songs he had recorded during his Memphis years.

In the comprehensive booklet that somes with the CD there is a cool artist photo of two young artists: "George & Greer." This, of course was George Jackson and Dan Greer. Talk about a dynamic songwriting team! Not sure if there were any plans at the time to record the two together (that would be a total treat), but together and separately they wrote a bunch of great songs.

Like Jackson, Greer was a staff songwriter and also the head of A&R at the Sounds of Memphis label, but aside from recording a few singles of his own, there were no full albums available until this reissue surfaced. Kudos to the Kent/Ace team for yet another excellent compilation. Unlike the main review, which raved that "These recordings are every bit as good as those of George Jackson," I don't think they are quite up to Jackson's lofty standards. But that's no great slight towards Dan Greer. He was also a talented songwriter and possesed a very good singing voice as well, but I just think George Jackson was one of the very best of the era.

But I will agree with the remark that "This is high-end Southern soul." Indeed it is. And if you crave this addictive style of music, this collection by Dan Greer is one you are sure to enjoy.
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