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Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues 1967-78 [CD]

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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace / Beat Goes Public
  • ASIN: B004MRU9G2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Not The Best - Buddy Guy
2. Country Girl - The Johnny Otis Show
3. It Took A Long Time - Finis Tasby
4. Eli's Pork Chop - Little Sonny
5. Tough Competition - Ray Agee
6. Shake 'em Up - Slim Green
7. Comin At Ya Baby Part 2 - Johnny Otis Show
8. You Got Me Movin - Big Daddy Rucker
9. Your Love Is Good Enough For Me - Icewater Slim
10. No Matter What The Cost May Be - Albert Washington
11. The Whole World's Down On You - Larry Davis
12. Mellow Together - Lowell Fulson
13. Cloudy Day - Finis Tasby
14. You Shattered My Dreams - Smokey Wilson
15. High Time - Smokey Wilson
16. Welcome Home - Lowell Fulson
17. Gimme Some Of Your Lovin' - Arthur K Adams
18. Playing On Me - Albert King
19. That's What Love Will Make You Do - Little Milton
20. Bad Understanding - Al King
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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* As soul became the music of black America in the late 60s, the blues had to adapt to survive. For those who could, playing to the white rock crowd was an attractive option, but in hundreds of sweaty, run-down clubs in cities and towns across the US an older urban black audience was still there to be entertained. Blues musicians made a few concessions to the age, added funk licks and a few soul screams and created some seriously good music, which has often been ignored by blues scholars. "Shattered Dreams" is BGP's celebration of that period.

* Drawn from the vaults of such influential labels as Stax, Modern and Jotis this exciting music comes from major names including Little Milton, Lowell Fulsom and Albert King, using all the nous gathered through years on the chitlin' circuit to keep themselves relevant to record buying audiences of the day. Elsewhere we have both terminally obscure and cult heroes. Finis Tasby and Smokey Wilson created music of great worth that was rarely heard at the time, never mind 40 years later.

* In recent years funky blues has started to be a sought-after genre, especially with funk collectors and numbers such as Tasby's `It Took A Long Time', Slim Green's `Shake It Up' and Buddy Guy's `I'm Not The Best' would all fill a floor. The blues guys could certainly hit a groove, but if "Shattered Dreams" captures anything it is a sense of despair you can hear as Smokey Wilson sings `You Shattered My Dreams'. Despair for an age that was passing away.

Product Description

Great compilation from an era when blues was blended with funky soul. Original labels: Kent, Stax, Vanguard, Big Town, Hawk Sound, Enterprise, Modern, and Eastbound.Medium 1
  1. Shake 'Em Up - GREEN, Slim
  2. It Took A Long Time - TASBY, Finis
  3. Bad Understanding - KING, Al
  4. Mellow Together - FULSON, Lowell
  5. Country Girl - OTIS SHOW, Johnny
  6. That's What Love Will Make You Do - LITTLE MILTON
  7. Your Love Is Good Enough For Me - ICEWATER SLIM
  8. Playing On Me - KING, Albert
  9. You Shattered My Dreams - WILSON, Smokey
  10. The Whole World's Down On Me - DAVIS, Larry
  11. Cloudy day - TASBY, Finis
  12. I'm Not The Best - GUY, Buddy
  13. Comin' At Ya baby Pt.2 - OTIS SHOW, Johnny
  14. Eli's Porkk Shop - LITTLE SONNY
  15. Gimme Some Of Your Lovin' - ADAMS, Arthur K.
  16. Welcome Home - FULSON, Lowell
  17. No Matter What The Cost May Be - WASHINGTON, Albert
  18. High Time - WILSON, Smokey
  19. You Got Me Movin' - RUCKER, Big Daddy
  20. Good Feeling - ROBINSON, Freddy
  21. Tough Competition - AGEE, Ray

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Shattered Dreams - Funky Blues 1967-1978" is the latest release on Ace Records label imprint Beat Goes Public (also known as BGP) and typically it's an absolute belter. I had a feeling it would be good, and it is. Here's the details first...

Released 28 March 2011, Ace/Beat Goes Public CDBGP 229 breaks down as follows (73:26 minutes):

1. Shake 'Em Up - SLIM GREEN (from the 1971 USA LP "Stone Down Blues" on Kent KST 549)
2. It Took A Long Time - FINIS TASBY (1977 Big Town label recording, exclusive to this compilation)
3. Bad Understanding - AL KING (Previously Unreleased until the 2010 CD compilation "Together: The Complete Kent And Modern Recordings" by Al King and Arthur K Adams on Ace CDCHD 1292)
4. Mellow Together - LOWELL FULSON (USA 7" single on Kent 489, B-side of "Blues Pain", 1968)
5. Country Girl - THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW (USA 7" single on Kent 506, A-side, 1969)
6. That's What Love Will Make You Do - LITTLE MILTON (USA 7" single on Stax STA-0111, A-side, 1971)
7. Your Love Is Good Enough For Me - ICE WATER SLIM (USA 7" single on Hawk Sound Records HS-1002, B-side of "Supersonic Megatonic Flash", 1974 - produced by Johnny Otis)
8. Playing On Me - ALBERT KING (USA 7" single on Stax STA-0166, B-side of "The High Cost Of Living", 1973)
9. You Shattered My Dreams - SMOKEY WILSON (USA 7" single on Big Town 725, Non-Album Track, 1978)
10. The Whole World's Down On You - LARRY DAVIS [Previously Unreleased]
11. Cloudy Day - FINIS TASBY 1977 (Big Town label recording, exclusive to this compilation)
12. I'm Not The Best - BUDDY GUY (USA 7" single on Vanguard 35080, B-side of "Fever", 1968)
13. Comin' At Ya Baby Part 2 - THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW [Previously Unreleased]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great hidden gems 18 April 2013
By Mhuwsic
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Opening track is a barnstormer and there are a few rollicking tunes hidden in the collection , a good listen but not consistently as funky as I had hoped
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Yemsky
Format:Audio CD
As Mark wrote on his previous review: "The bass and guitar on the Previously Unreleased "High Time" by Smokey Wilson has production chops so good, you'd swear it was a Niles Rodgers and Bernard Edwards session - very funky and very cool." It surely is one of the highlights and one of the reasons why you should buy this compilation, even if you already have other tracks. HOWEVER, ARRRRRGH, they put the track index in the wrong position so that when you intend to skip to this track it starts playing before the fade out of the previous track. Can we have some quality control, please!?!?!?!

Update, May 2013: I have been in touch with Ace Records twice. They checked what I said and confirmed that they had made a mastering mistake. An initial replacement still had the same problem but a second replacement in April 2013 is now correctly mastered. I believe there is no way to identify the bad/ good copies prior to purchasing, so I recommend you contact them via eMail or Facebook if you have a dodgy copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 26 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Best funky blues compilation out there. 'Welcome Home' by Lowell Fulson and 'That's What Love Will Make You Do' by Little Milton are such almighty classics I can't believe I hadn't heard them before. Get it. Just get it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like soul music? 31 Aug 2011
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One question, do you like R&B, Soul, Gospel and Blues? If the answer is yes, read no more reviews just buy this stunning album, it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! If you ain't dancing by the time it finishes, get a medic to check you are still alive?
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