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I'm So Satisfied ~ The Complete Ko Ko Recordings and More

Tommy Tate Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kent
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. School of Life
2. Sanity
3. I Just Can't Believe Your Love For Me
4. I Remember
5. If You Got To Love Somebody
6. I'm So Satisfied
7. (You Brought Me) From A Mighty Long Way
8. Help Me Love
9. Identity (I've Got To Know Who I Am)
10. Revelations
11. I Ain't Gonna Worry
12. More Power to You
13. If You Ain't Man Enough
14. It's A Bad Situation
15. Hardtimes SOS
16. Always
17. It Ain't No Laughing Matter
18. You're Movin' Much Too Fast
19. Just a Little Overcome
20. I Don't Want To Be Like My Daddy

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Tate - Quality Southern Soul 11 Nov 2007
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This CD represents some of Southern Soul Man Tommy Tate's best work from the late 60s and early 70s at a time when he was starting out on the treacherous path of making records.The cuts appeared on the Ko KO label which was distributed by Stax and the virtues of Stax are evident here - strong bass lines and tight horns behind a pleading sometimes keening Otis style vocal. The music is uplifting, derivative of the gospel drenched style of singing that STax perfected and ouzing in soul. The final three tracks are pure Stax gold and come as way of a bonus in that they are tracks by the Nightingales , a seminal group that Tate fronted briefly in 1971. Tate is also a good songwriter and whilst many will feel that he features best on the deep ballads that pepper the selection it was the R & B slanted shouters such as 'Identify'& 'I'm gonna worry' that stood out as class cuts. The selections are well packaged with good graphics. I would have liked the sleevenotes to have included an up to date interview with Tommy Tate rather than rehashing old features as the writer appears to have done . That said the CD is a delight and whilst the music is not quite in the essential category for its genre it proves that Tate is a significant and neglected Southern Soul singer and song writer.
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Tommy Tate will not be widely known to most soul fans never mind those dipping their toe into the genre. If he is known in the UK it is for his beat ballad 'I'm Taking On Pain' recorded for Okeh which is appreciated by the Northern Soul scene.

Tommy Tate was a typical 'journeyman' singer recording for a number of labels during more than twenty years. Here we have a collection of his post-Okeh music both with The Nightingales and solo. This is quality Southern Soul with the fat, organic sound of Stax used as a template for these recordings for Ko Ko.

Tommy has a light, flexible voice that is appealling and the songs show the transition of soul through the late 1960s and towards the 1980s moving from the original soul sound as it began to incorporate Funk, Philly, Disco, Country and synths.

While it would be hard to claim this is an essential release, the musical quality shines through and it has had many plays at this household. If you enjoy this also try the excellent recent Garland Green compilation also on Kent.

As always the sound quality is superb with the songs taken from mastertapes with sleevenotes that help place the songs into context.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The greatest singer you've never heard" 22 Jun 2010
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Whoa! You hear Tommy and wonder why he's not in your collection next to Otis. After hearing "Just a Little Overcome" on HBO's 'Treme' I shook off the shivers and quickly went in search of an MP3 download. WHY CAN'T YOU FIND THIS MAN ANYWHERE?! A Stax b-side track, Overcome is without a doubt one of the greatest songs ever written, performed with soul wrenching force. The rest of the collection is diverse, well produced and further exemplifies Tate as a must-have. Unfortunately (as Wikipedia explains), he is "America's best kept secret" and for some reason his entire catalogue hasn't been made available digitally (get on with it iTunes!) so this CD purchase is the only way of getting a decent collection including Overcome. Therefore, BUY IT and spread the gospel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Singer You've Never Heard 1 Jun 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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Tommy Tate, born in Homestead, Florida on 29 September 1944 but raised in Mississippi, and who began his career singing and playing drums at clubs in and around Jackson, has been alternately described as "the greatest singer you've never heard" and "America's best kept secret." A major reason was ultimately putting his fate long-term in the hands of one Johnny Baylor at KoKo Records in the early 1970s.

Before then he had joined Tim Whitsett & The Imperial Show Band, an all-white orchestra extremely popular at southeastern colleges and universities in Mississippi and can be heard on two of their most popular records, The Whole World Is The Same on Musicor 1340, and Stand By Me on Big Ten 1003. When the band dissolved sometime in 1970 Tate was signed as a songwriter at Stax Records, and while there was recommended to the remaining members of The Nightingales by Mack Rice as a suitable replacement for lead Ollie Hoskins, who had left the group. Two singles emerged with Tommy as the lead: You're Movin' Much Too Fast b/w Don't Let A Good Thing Go on Stax 0076 in- 1970, and Just A Little Overcome b/w I Don't Want To Be Like My Daddy on Stax 0091 in 1971. Neither charted.

Not long after he was signed to that KoKo Records contract (a label distributed by Stax) and in 1971 released I Remember b/w Help Me Love on KoKo 2109 (both here). It failed to chart, but in 1972 he had his first singles success when School Of Life (track 1) made it to # 22 on the R&B charts b/w a re-issue of I Remember. Unfortunately, the follow-up I Ain't Gonna Worry b/w More Power To You (tracks 11 and 12) on KoKo 2114 again failed to dent the charts, likely because Baylor was putting most, if not all, of his promotional efforts towards Luther Ingram, the only other vocalist whose records were handled by KoKo.

Indeed, it wouldn't be until 1976 that he would get his second charter when, in July, Hardtimes S.O.S. registered in the lower regions of the R&B charts at # 62 b/w Always (tracks 15 and 16) on KoKo 722. That same year he had his third and final hit with If You Ain't Man Enough, which just made the R&B Top 100 at # 93 in November b/w Revelations (tracks 13 and 10) on KoKo 723.

A 1977 release on KoKo 726, If You Got To Love Somebody (Why Not Take A Chance On Me?) - track 5 - b/w Do You Think There's A Chance? (not here) went out as a promo only, and the official KoKo 726 release was a Luther Ingram record. But KoKo 729 was a Tate single, I'm So Satisfied (track 6) b/w a re-issue of If You Ain't Man Enough. It did not chart. He also had singles released by Verve under the name Tommy Yates and by Atco as Andy Chapman without success. In 1980, however, he began a lucrative career as a songwriter for Malaco Records in Jackson, home at one time or another of such as Johnnie Taylor, Dorothy Moore, Eddie Floyd, The Fiestas, King Floyd, Jean Knight, Frederick Knight, Denise Lasalle and Little Milton, many of whom recorded Tate compositions.

A very nice release by Kent Records of the U.K., with quality sound and informative liner notes, covering just some of the work by a man unfortunately largely forgotten as a performer through no fault of his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tommy tate im satisfied 11 July 2012
By philip h mccarty - Published on Amazon.com
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i ordered this after i heard wendall pierce singing along with it while drunk in a beer joint in new orleans on the series treme. cant remeber the song title of the song that he was singing. but who cares its woth the price of admission
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Soul Treasure 26 May 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, thanks to Amazon's handy "recommended for you" listings, I discovered another amazing artist from the past. Count me as one of those ardent soul fans who had never even heard of Tommy Tate. But I'm delighted to belatedly discover such an outstanding soul singer, and the 20 tracks on this CD are a great introduction to this woefully neglected talent.

All of the material on here was recorded between late 1971 and late 1977, which the compilers dub "the last golden era of Southern Soul," and I would wholeheartedly agree with that. A great period for soul music indeed. So why wasn't Tommy Tate better known during this time? The usual combination of bad timing, and the fact that the label devoted most of their promotional budget and energy to another singer on the label, Luther Ingram. But Tate's songs were very strong and should have been better sellers. He has a deep, booming singing voice, both soulful and bluesy, that reminds me a bit of Z.Z. Hill, with maybe a touch of Bobby Bland (for whom he later wrote songs) thrown in for good measure. When Tommy Tate sings, it commands your attention.

The CD comes with a lovely booklet that has a detailed essay about Tate written by Tony Rounce. Another great CD package from Ace & Kent, one that will be appreciated by fans of 1970s Southern Soul. Don't pass this one up!
5.0 out of 5 stars let's get educated 20 Jun 2012
By Ernie S. Early - Published on Amazon.com
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i am very pleased to have gotten this cd; in particular a song i've been searching for for years! 'school of life'. he is a very talented singer who many of you may enjoy.
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