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It's Me ~ Classic Texas Soul 1965-72 [Original recording remastered]

Johnny Copeland Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B00BPBWYHU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. It's Me
2. The Invitation
3. Blowin' In The Wind
4. I'm Going To Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat
5. Dedicated To The Greatest
6. You're Gonna Reap What You Sow
7. Wake Up Little Susie
8. Mother Nature
9. I Waited Too Long
10. The Hip Hop
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. You're Gonna Need Somebody To Love
2. Why Don't You Make Up Your Mind
3. Somebody's Been Scratchin - Johnny And Lilly (Miss La Vell)
4. Sufferin City (Version 2 Duet Version) - Johnny And Lilly (Miss La Vell)
5. Soul Power
6. Ghetto Child
7. Every Dog s Got It's Day
8. Wizard Of Art
9. Dear Mother
10. You Must Believe In Yourself
See all 20 tracks on this disc

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Grammy winning Johnny Copeland remains a favourite of fans and collectors of blues and soul. Although he spent the later part of his life living in and working out of New York, he will always be thought of as an archetypal Texan, with his intense style. His 1960s Texas recordings for producer Huey Meaux have been scattered across different compilations in the past. However Kent's new 2CD set It's Me collects almost all of them in one place for the first time ever, and presents them in a deluxe package put together from fresh transfers of the original Meaux mastertapes. All of Johnny's singles for Wand, Suave/Jet Stream, Boogaloo, Kent and Wet Soul are featured, along with many bonus sides not originally issued and a clutch of recently discovered alternate takes, home demos and even a couple of hitherto-unknown songs. Although it's not quite definitive for contractual reasons, it's unlikely that anyone buying It's Me will ever find a more comprehensive collection of Johnny Copeland in his younger years and at his very best.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For many people Johnny Copeland was most famous for some classy blues albums on Rounder Records full of great singing and tasty guitar, such as "Boom, Boom" and "Texas Twister". However he had an earlier career when he tried a variety of styles. He produced some good soul sides, some of which were collected together in 2001 on an Indigo Records CD "Ghetto Child - the Houston Sessions". However those brilliant compilers at Kent have put together this outstanding double CD with 43 tracks, some of which have not been released on CD before. It is a gem of a collection of this period in the late 60's when his music was at its most soulful.

The collection starts off with the excellent mid-paced "Its me", with his voice in top form and a Stax-like sax backing with some nice organ in the middle. His voice is even better on the next track "The invitation". "I waited too long" will get your toes tapping as will a number of others such as " If you're looking for a fool" & "No puppy love". For Northern Soul lovers there are two alternative takes to the popular "Sufferin city" version released on Atlantic - I really like the duet on CD two with Lavell White - released as Johnny and Lilly on Wet Soul in 1970. The B side "Somebody's scratchin'" is pretty good too.

If you like your soul with a blues feel there are lots of good examples of this eg "Ghetto Child" & "Old man blues". He does a slower version of James Carr's "Love attack" and if you shut your eyes it could almost be Otis himself!!

To sum up this is a gem of an album with a variety of different styles but throughout some great vocals. If I was to pick any fault it would be a minor one in that I am not over keen on the two Johnny Ace Medleys. So if you like late sixties soul blues this would be a great buy for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good classic-sounding soulful songs delivered with great gritty voice 3 Nov 2013
By Crispy Critter - Published on Amazon.com
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I had no idea this guy did such soulful stuff. Was familiar with more recent blues, which sounds completely different to me. Some of this material reminds me of Wilson Pickett, some reminds me of Clarence Carter. But all with Copeland's gritty voice, and a certain Texas zest that really sounds good. Mostly all good stuff, but I could live without his covers of "Blowing in the Wind" and "Wake Up Little Susie."

Two hours of music between the two discs. Well worth a taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Texas soul man before becoming a Grammy-winning blues star 31 Aug 2013
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Before the birth of his contemporary blues star daughter Shemekia, and before becoming an electric guitar blues hero in the 1980s (winner of a 1986 Grammy) until his heart problems and death in 1997, Johnny Copeland was a Houston-based soul man who had a lot of regional success in the 1965-72 period thoroughly (except for his Atlantic releases) covered here. All his singles for five different labels are included, plus material that was unissued at the time, as well as some demos that dramatically highlight his raw ability.

Ace/Kent compiler Tony Rounce has been busy lately on a number of formidable projects and really comes through again on this one. He also provides nine pages of notes on his subject as part of a beautiful 16-page accompanying booklet containing photos and colorful reproductions of Copeland's records on his multiple record labels. The sound is meticulously remastered from the original tapes; and even the disc dubs, which had to be used in a couple of cases, sound great.

Copeland may have idolized smooth singers such as Johnny Ace, Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole (in addition to his blues influences), but he himself had one of the most powerful, rough and raspy deep soul voices around - with tremendous commitment to everything he sang (and very strong emotion when called for). About half of his issued singles were self-written and these tended to lean more to his soul-blues side, with a number of them featuring his fine blues guitar work. For me his peak as a soul songwriter and singer was reached with his group Johnny Copeland & His Soul Agents in 1970 on their phenomenal double-sided single "Soul Power" b/w "Ghetto Child." The title of the James Brown-inspired "Soul Power" says it all - and it's not kidding! Just a solid blast of funky soul potency. "Ghetto Child," constructed upon an organ-riff framework reminiscent of The Animals' version of "House of the Rising Sun," is Copeland's utterly heart-felt and moving, plaintive plea to do something to improve the lives of impoverished inner city children. Excellent Copeland cover versions in this collection include Chris Kenner's "Something You Got," Wilson Pickett's "Danger Zone" and James Carr's "Love Attack." Two seemingly odd remake choices from 1966 also work very well: his take on Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" sounds like a template for the Richie Havens recordings that would emerge nationally the following year. And who would have thought the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up, Little Susie" could be transformed into a hip-shaking slice of Deep Southern soul? Copeland did. There are also two fine remade versions of his best Atlantic recording, "Sufferin' City."

It's well worth it to go with any Tony Rounce Ace or Ace/Kent CD collection these days. The man is definitely on a roll!
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