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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B000QEKHVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You've Got To Give Love To Get Love
2. I Can't Stop (Version 1)
3. Missing You (Version 1)
4. Since You Don't Want Me (Version 1)
5. Oh Baby, You Can Depend On Me
6. Looking for a New Love
7. Pity For The Lonely
8. Puttin' Game Down
9. Since You Don't Want Me (Version 2)
10. My Honey and Me
11. I Can't Stop (Version 2)
12. Ain't That Lovin' You (For More Reasons Than One)
13. Home Don't Seem Like Home
14. To The Other Man
15. I'll Just Call You Honey
16. Be Good To Me Baby
17. I'll Love You Until The End
18. Ghetto Train
19. My Honey And Me (Radio Promo)

Product Description

* This is the first of two volumes that will eventually reissue all of this extremely important Southern soul artist's singles for the Ko Ko label, originally released between 1967 and 1978.

* Luther Ingram, who died just a few weeks ago, has never been properly represented on CD before now, apart from a few inconclusive "Greatest Hits" sets. This is an oversight that Ace/Kent is now beginning to correct, with more to come before the year is over.

* This volume features all the hits that lead up to Ingram's multi-platinum success with the original hit version of `(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right' in 1972 - to be featured on volume two. Highlights of this package include `Ain't That Lovin' You' (# 6 R & B/# 45 Pop) and the original version of `My Honey And Me' (# 19 R & B/ # 55 Pop).

* Packaging includes label shots of every one of the featured recordings, plus rare and unpublished photographs of this soul giant.

* All of native Tennessean Ingram's recordings were made either in Memphis or Muscle Shoals, which means that this is soul music of the highest order.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Featuring the legendary first ten singles issued by Memphis Soul Man LUTHER INGRAM on the Ko Ko label between 1966 and 1971 (A&B-sides) - this Kent-Soul CD represents something of a wet dream for Soul aficionados. Rated by many Soul Vocalist fans as one of the great voices of the period - Ingram's "Pity For The Lonely" is primo Ace reissue territory - and typically they've done a bang-up job. Here are the 'more reasons than one' to buy this CD reissue beauty...

Released July 2007 - Ace/Kent Soul CDKEND 279 (Barcode 029667227926) breaks down as follows - all USA 7" singles unless otherwise noted (60:08 minutes):

1. You've Got To Give Love To Get Love
2. I Can't Stop (Version 1)
The A&B-sides of Ko Ko Records 101, 1968, both tracks by Luther Ingram

3. Missing You (Version 1)
4. Since You Don't Want Me (Version 1)
The A&B-sides of Ko Ko Records 103, 1968, both tracks by Luther Ingram and Leslie McFarland)

5. Oh Baby, You Can Depend On Me
6. Looking For A New Love
The A&B-sides of Ko Ko Records 2101, November 1968, A-side by Luther Ingram, B-side a co-write with Leslie McFarland

7. Pity For The Lonely
Using "Looking For A New Love" as the B-side (see 6) - the A&B-sides of Ko Ko Records KOA-2102, May 1969, A-side by Dorian Burton and Gertrude Jones

8. Puttin' Down Game
9. Since You Don't Want Me (Version 2)
The A&B-sides of Ko Ko Records KAO-2103, September 1969. "Puttin' Down Game" (written by Stacy Johnson) was also issued as his first 45 in the UK on Stax Records STAX 142 in February 1970 but with (10) "My Honey And Me" as it's A-side. "Since You Don't Want Me (Version 2)" also turned up as the USA B-side to "Be Good To Me Baby" on Ko Ko Records KOA-2107 in 1971.

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By Roger Honeychurch on 15 Dec. 2014
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Fantastic CD, great singer singing great tunes one of my albums of the year.
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The Treasure From KoKo 27 Jan. 2008
By Soulboogiealex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Luther Ingram these days is a largely forgotten name from the world of Soul, even though most people would recognize his smash "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)", arguably the quintessential adultery song. Ingram enjoyed most of his output on Johnny Baylor's KoKo records that was in turn distributed through Stax in their post Atlantic days. Baylor was one of Stax most colorful figures. Baylor, before he got employed at Stax, was allegedly part of the Black Mafia, hustlin', dealing and pimping in Harlem. Baylor was also rumored to be Sugar Ray Robinson's sparring partner at one point. Even though these remain shady accusations and heresy, Baylor and his partner in crime did become the strong men of Stax offering security services. When Isaac Hayes needed some enforcers on the road to ensure he'd get his money from the promoters, Baylor tagged along in change of a simply trade off. Stax was to distribute his label of one, Luther Ingram was the only signed artist Baylor had, and Luther got to be the opening act for Hayes. Later Isaac Hayes would claim in Rob Bowman's excellent book "Soulsville", "We had to do some gangster stuff sometimes but I got my money and these guys protected me". Baylor's way of doing business is described as something straight out of a gangster film in Bowman's book, Johnny got what he want gun toting and pistol whipping. Nasty as Baylor might have been though, without his enforcing ways Luther's career might never have gotten to that Soul supreme peak of "If Loving You Is Wrong".

Before Ingram hit the road with Isaac Hayes he had scored a few minor hits with a sound that was heavy indebted to Syl Johnson and Willie Mitchel from Hi records fame. Fine southern Soul 45s, especially "Missing You", but not distinctive enough to make it in that highly competitive market. When Ingram hit the road with Hayes the latter had just put out his ground breaking album "Hot Buttered Soul". The album featured just four songs with only one clocking in under five minutes. "Hot Buttered Soul" would prove to be a revolution in many ways. Before that genre redefining album Soul was a singles market, artists only issued albums after having sufficient hit singles to fill them. "Hot Buttered Soul" didn't feature any track cut for radio. It was aimed at the adult album market and heralded the album era in soul that eventually enable Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield to produce their groundbreaking album in turn. The nearly twenty minute climax of the album brought rapping on wax for the first time in its full glory. "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" featured an intro that was longer than the actual song. Hayes' deep and brooding voice relates the lament of a man who finds his lady cheating on him time and time again, before he finally packs it in. Set over a pulsing wah wah guitar and a humming organ it took Soul a whole new level.

As is documented in "Pity For The Lonely (the KoKo singles)" this rubbed off on Luther. Although his material stayed at comfortable radio length the tone got to be more brooding. Luther infused his work with a deep blue sexuality that was trade mark Isaac Hayes. This approach gave him his first R&B smash when he peaked at #6 with "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)". The song broke the Pop 50 as well and after years of struggling to get his career afloat Ingram was suddenly hot product. Ironically "Ain't That Loving You" is one of the few singles in his career Ingram didn't write himself. Written by Homer Banks and Allen Jones it had been recorded before for Johnny Taylor and failed to hit. Lou Rawls would later take the record to even bigger heights with Luther's arrangement. Funnily enough when Isaac Hayes recorded the song he didn't use the Ingram version that seemed cut and tailored for him but turned it into a forgettable Soul stomp, the public soon did. The flip side to the break through single was another superb Isaac Hayes like masterpiece "Home Don't Seem Like Home". This one was written by Ingram so that must have gotten him quite a few royalties in the end. But one must wonder where his career might have gone if the flip would have been the follow up. With the hypnotic hi-hat and the seductive bass it must have been bound to enchant the radio audiences across the nation. In comparison the fine follow up "To The Other Man" seems a little pale. Even though its flip is an infectious stomper, "I'll Just Call You Honey", the 45 simply can't touch the two sides of Ingram's breakthrough hit.

"Ghetto Train" closes this first fine collection by Kent. A joyous southern Soul rouser with a painful and confronting subtext in the lyrics. The second will chronicle his rise to super stardom with "If Loving You Is Wrong". Sadly this super star status wouldn't last all that long. Unable to adapt to the album format Ingram was one of those artists that would be crushed by the rise of Disco in the late seventies, unable to find a home on FM radio anymore. Stax tragic demise soon after he reached super start status didn't help much either. After the seventies Ingram would record sporadically till his death march 19th last year. Compiler Tony Rounce started this fine project well before Luther's tragic passing and claims its out of respect of Luther that the CDs didn't hit the market until well after his passing. Rounce writes in the liner notes that he didn't want the project to appear as a cash-in. I couldn't think of a finer tribute to Luther though. The passion and respect with which this project is put together is almost as inspiring as the music that it features. I can't wait till the next installment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
First Of Two Kent Volumes Covering The KoKo Sides By 1960s/1970s Soul Vocalist Luther Ingram 2 Jun. 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In these two volumes, the Ace of London subsidiary Kent Records provides the 38 sides recorded and released for Johnny Baylor’s KoKo Records by 1960s/1970s Soul singer/songwriter Luther Ingram, born in Jackson, Tennessee on November 30, 1937 (he had been recording since 1957 - see the Comments below). The sound reproduction quality is first rate, as is always the case with Ace products, while the insert/jewel case reverse provides discography details and informative liner notes written by Tony Rounce. Among the 38 singles released, 17 registered on the national R&B charts from mid-1969 to mid-1978, with 9 crossovers to various elements of the more lucrative Billboard Pop Hot 100.

In Volume 1 you get these, his first 6 charting singles: Pity For The Lonely - # 39 R&B June 1969 b/w Looking For A New Love as KoKo 2102; My Honey And Me - # 19 R&B and # 55 Hot 100 Dec 1969-Jan 1970 b/w I Can't Stop as KoKo 2104; Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) - # 6 R&B and # 45 Hot 100 May-June 1970 b/w Home Don't Seem Like Home as KoKo 2105; To The Other Man, an “answer song” to Doris Duke's To The Other Woman - # 22 R&B and # 110 Hot 100 Bubble Under Oct-Nov 1970 b/w I'll Just Call You Honey as KoKo 2106; Be Good To Me Baby - # 21 R&B and # 97 Hot 100 May-June 1971b/w Since You Don't Want Me as KoKo 2107; and I'll Love You Until The End - # 39 R&B Sept-Oct 1971 b/w Ghetto Train as KoKo 2108. The other 3 released singles in Vol. 1 were all non-charting efforts: You’ve Got To Give Love To Get Love b/w I Can’t Stop as Koko 101 in 1966; Missing You b/w Since You Don’t Want Me as KoKo 203 in 1967; and Oh Baby, You Can Depend On Me b/w Looking For A New Love as KoKo 2101 in 1969. Track 19 is a 40-second radio promo for a record store using a voice-over.

In Volume 2 you get these other 11 KoKo charting sides: You Were Made For Me - # 18 R&B/# 93 Hot 100 March-April 1972 b/w Missing You, - # 26 R&B/# 108 Hot 100 Bubble Under as KoKo 2110; (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right - # 1 R&B and # 3 Hot 100 June-July 1972 b/w Puttin’ Game Dow (a remix unfortunately) as KoKo 2111; I’ll Be You Shelter (In Time Of Storm) - # 9 R&B/# 40 Hot 100 Dec 1972-Jan 1973 b/w I Can’t Stop (new version) as KoKo 2113; Always - # 11 R &B/# 64 Hot 100 April-May 1973 b/w Help Me Love as KoKo 2115; Love Ain’t Gonna Ru n Me Away - # 23 R&B July 1973 b/w To The Other Man (re-release) as KoKo 2116; Ain’t Good For Nothing - # 44 R&B July 1976 b/w These Are The Things as KoKo 721; Let’s Steal Away To The Hideaway - # 33 Feb-March 1977 b/w I’ve Got You Love In My Life as KoKo 724; I Like The Feeling - # 35 R&B June 1977 b/w I’m Gonna Be The Best Thing as KoKo 725; Do You Love Somebody? - # 13 R&B Feb-March 1978 b/w How I Miss My Baby as KoKo 728; and Get To Me - # 41 R&B May-June 1978 b/w Trying To Find My Love as KoKo 731.

Luther Ingram, who passed away at age 70 on March 19, 2007, will never be confused with contemporary greats like Marvin Gaye or al Green, but as you will hear in these two volumes, in his Memphis-Soul style he could deliver a ballad or funky selection with equal aplomb and who knows, in the hands of an Atlantic or Motown he might well have gone on to greater heights in the commercial market.
Good Song ! 3 Sept. 2014
By MATTEAU KEMP - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's an artist that made a lot of great music before his passing ! Too bad he's only known for that one song !
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