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Best Of... Soul Deep

The Box Tops Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B0000258IB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Letter
2. Neon Rainbow
3. Happy Times
4. Cry Like A Baby
5. Fields Of Clover
6. Choo Choo Train
7. She Shot A Hole In My Soul
8. People Gonna Talk
9. I Met Her In Church
10. "Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March"
11. Together
12. I Must Be The Devil
13. Soul Deep
14. I Shall Be Released
15. Happy Song
16. Turn On A Dream
17. I See Only Sunshine
18. You Keep Tightening Up On Me

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classic songs 4 May 2004
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Box tops are best remembered for The letter and (to a lesser extent) Cry like a baby but there is more to their music than those two classics. Their music is deceptively simple soul-pop. Their lead singer, Alex Chilton, was just 16 when they recorded The letter. He left the group, still only 19, and had some domestic success with Big star - a group that didn't chart in Britain.
The letter, their debut single, was an American number one hit and also made the UK top ten. Cry like a baby, their only other American top ten hit, was also their only other UK top twenty hit. They had eight other American hits of which Soul deep was the only one to chart in Britain. Of the others, I particularly like Neon rainbow. These four tracks are the most notable, though it is worth mentioning Sweet cream ladies forward march (in praise of prostitutes - surely they're not serious?) and You keep tightening up on me (not a hit but maybe it would have been had it come earlier in the career).
This is an interesting collection of their best music. If you enjoy sixties soul-pop, you may wish to add this to your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Box Tops 2 Nov 2009
By Paullus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I owe the purchase of this to a Talktalk advert on television which used "Neon Rainbow" as the soundtrack. I also heard the same track while waiting to speak to a Talktalk customer advisor. I was so taken with the song that I actually wrote down the lyrics so I could search for the song title. Unusually I was actually quite disappointed when an advisor answered quickly. So I searched the internet and found "Neon Rainbow" and I must admit to never have heard of "The Box Tops" but I had heard "The Letter". So I ordered the CD "The Best Of The Box Tops: Soul Deep" from Amazon and it arrived with it's usual speed.
How did I miss out on this group? To me the songs sound fresh and modern and have a real feel good quality that belie their vintage. The CD was played endlessly in my car for a few days before I felt the need to swap it. In fact I've put it on while writing this not very technical review but hey, I love this music. In fact it has rekindled my passion for the sounds of yesteryear and I've gone on to buy CDs from several artists including The Monkees and Billy Joel to name two. Strangely enough my teenage son listens to them as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My baby just wrote me a letter 18 July 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Box Tops are one of the most intiguing groups of the late sixties, and The Letter one of the imperishable, if brief, pop classics of that decade. It clocks in at five seconds shy of two minutes, so to say it doesn`t outstay its welcome is an understatement. It certainly leaves you wanting more, and for many of us back then it literally left us wanting to hear more of this classy band, led by the now iconic figure of the sadly late Alex Chilton, who went on to found the superb Big Star - a band beset by not only a lousy name (and terrible record sleeves!) but a whole bunch of bad luck.
The Letter kicks things off, and each time I play it I feel like I`m visiting an old and trusted friend. But there was more to them than their big hit. One thing they had going for them was Chilton`s soulful voice, and a batch of songwriters willing to entrust their songs to them, not least two of the best in the business, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham - who have composed some of the greatest pop-soul songs of the last fifty years, Penn having a superb voice of his own (check out their live album, the wittily titled Moments From This Theatre). Five of their songs appear on this excellent compilation, including Neon Rainbow, the memorable Cry Like A Baby, and the amusing, gospelly I Met Her In Church.
Another great track is Soul Deep, written, as was The Letter, by Wayne Carson Thompson, a talented country singer-songwriter responsible for, among other songs, Always On My Mind and Bruce Channel`s frantic sixties hit Keep On.
Alex Chilton`s own Together is a distinctive song, with a spiky, insistent lead guitar over a brass backing. I Must Be The Devil is another of his, a blues that highlights his gruffly soulful vocals.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it 28 April 2010
By IanA
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
But buy it cheap for "The Letter" and "Neon Rainbow", the rest will never be on your iPod.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAN COULD THAT KID SING! 12 Sep 2001
By Patrick Earley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If your looking for some great blue-eyed southern soul from the sixties, you've come to the right place. The Box Tops were a band of 5 kids, led by dynamite lead singer Alex Chilton, who was only 16 years old when he joined the group. The band was relegated to doing only one thing, making great music. All the rest of the duties, including the production and most of the songwriting fell on the shoulders of Dan Penn and legendary Stax producer Chips Moman. But the person who wrote the Box Tops best music, including "The Letter, "Neon Rainbow", and "Soul Deep" were done by the great songwriter Wayne Thompson. It may have been pretty much Penn and Moman's show, but it was the gruff-voiced teenager Alex Chilton who took this band to the top of the charts. It seems like all this great music came out at one time in the late 60's. I remember when I was young kid, I used to wait in anticipation for these songs to skirt their way along the airwaves and into my 2 dollar transistor radio. I wasn't satisfied till I heard those words "gimme a ticket for an aeroplane" to come on. That 1:52 of "The Letter" was over all too fast. But I always had those other Box Tops gems like "Sweet Cream Ladies" and "Cry Like A Baby", among the others to look forward to. As quick as this band came with all this great music, they disappeared just as quick without any fanfare, and pretty much without the recognition they, and especially Alex Chilton deserved. I've followed Chilton's career closely over the years since the Box Tops...his voice never was anywhere close to being this good again. But if you want to step back in time and listen to some great and unforgettable Memphis soul, get this best of from the Tops. It's all you need.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Box Tops provide some groovy, feel-good '60s pop. 30 Jan 2003
By Josh P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One typical '60s music fan would think that a group like the Box Tops would put out a lot of good songs, many of which were minor hits, but I'm telling you, all of these songs make you feel terrific all over. From the short-lasting #1 song "The Letter", which was the band's trademark song and you can see why is because it is on every '60s music collection, to their 1970 single "You Keep Tightening Up On Me." "Neon Rainbow" is one song that will most likely stick in your head with is catchy lyrics and teh way the instruments are played and especially young Alex Chilton's rough, gravelly and one of the most famous voices of '60s music. I also enjoyed "Fields of Clover" with its psychadelic-sounding G-note on the organ at the beginning and the jumpy beat throughout. "Choo Choo Train" is one marvelous classic that will have you dancing within no time. "I Met Her In Church" is another great one that will have you shouting "Hallelujah!" soon. "Soul Deep", the title track of this album, is delightful and upbeat! Your '60s collection isn't complete without this great Box Tops compilation that provides a small sample of what the era was all about...from a great-sounding group that could have been around longer.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blue-Eyed Soul Classic 30 Jan 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This disc leads off with the Box Tops' signature song "The Letter," cut when lead singer Alex Chilton was only 16 years old!
Typical of many of the bands in the sixties, their chart run was brief--within two years the hits would dry up--but between 1967 and 1969 the Box Tops would turn out some classic blue-eyed soul. "Cry Like a Baby" was the only other top ten, but there were other hits like "Neon Rainbow," "Choo Choo Train," "I Met Her in Church," "Sweet Cream Ladies," and their final hit "Soul Deep."
Chilton would go on to achieve critical success and cult staus with Big Star in the seventies, but that band would never achieve the popular success of the Box Tops.
This disc gathers the hits, failed singles and key album tracks in a wonderful collection of songs that serve as a testimony to one of the most soulful bands of the sixties.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super sound and great collection 26 April 2000
By "gordon@ruraltel.net" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are an Alex Chilton cultist or someone who liked the Box Tops hits all those years ago, this will be a real find. I can't stop playing it!
Alex Chilton went on to a totally different sound and style with Big Star, but honestly, he never sang better than he did here. Working with the brilliant Dan Penn and Chips Moman at the American Studio in Memphis, those cats coaxed the most soulful vocals imaginable out of Chilton (a mere 16-year-old at the time!). Also the backing of the American Studio house band is impeccable. I'm sorry to disappoint those who thought that the Box Tops actually played on these records, but cette la vie.
But don't let that put you off this record. This is a sleeper, a classic, some of the best blue-eyed soul that has ever been cut. While not all cuts are as brilliant as The Letter, Cry Like a Baby, Soul Deep and Neon Rainbow, there isn't a bad apple in the bunch. How many groups from the 60s could put out an 18 song collection with no clunkers? In particular, check out Chilton's vocal on his self-penned "I Must Be the Devil." Unbelievable.
Finally, the sound is inpeccable. I had the Ultimate Box Tops, a really early CD release (1986). The sound on this collection blows that away.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two classic songs 4 May 2004
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Box tops are best remembered for The letter and (to a lesser extent) Cry like a baby but there is more to their music than those two classics. Their music is deceptively simple soul-pop. Their lead singer, Alex Chilton, was just 16 when they recorded The letter. He left the group, still only 19, and had some domestic success with Big star - a group that didn't chart in Britain.
The letter, their debut single, was an American number one hit and also made the UK top ten. Cry like a baby, their only other American top ten hit, was also their only other UK top twenty hit. They had eight other American hits of which Soul deep was the only one to chart in Britain. Of the others, I particularly like Neon rainbow. These four tracks are the most notable, though it is worth mentioning Sweet cream ladies forward march (in praise of prostitutes - surely they're not serious?) and You keep tightening up on me (not a hit but maybe it would have been had it come earlier in the career).
This is an interesting collection of their best music. If you enjoy sixties soul-pop, you may wish to add this to your collection.
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