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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00006L9R5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Headline News 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soul Master (Album Version) 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Love Is My Destination 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Am Your Man 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Time Is Passin' By 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Twenty Five Miles 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'm Still A Struggling Man 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Backyard Lovin' Man 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. He Who Picks A Rose 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Soul City (Open Your Arms To Me) 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. You Beat Me To The Punch 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Pretty Little Angel 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. If My Heart Could Tell The Story 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Who Cares If You're Happy Or Not (I Do) 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. 24 Hours (To Find My Baby) 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Mighty Good Lovin' 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Harlem (Mono Version) 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Girls Are Getting Prettier 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. It's My Turn Now 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mad Dave on 8 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
Of all of the 2-for-1 UK Motown releases this is easily the best of the lot. Unlike many motown albums of the time neither of these albums contain derivative covers of other Motown classics. That said there a number of tracks that were recorded by other artists "Gonna Keep on tryin' till I win your love" and "You beat me to the punch", "He Who Picks a Rose" and "Way over there." As far as I know Edwin Starr was the first to record Gonna Keep on tryin' till I win your love- a fantastic Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong penned classic also recorded by Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Ruffin and the Temptations. All of the other covers are certainly reworkings rather than note for note copies of the originals, unlike his covers of Temptations albums songs on the War and Peace album.

The original material here is stunning and far outperforms any of his (or even Motown's) 70's material. "Agent Double 'O' Soul", "I am the man for you baby", "Stop her on sight", "oh how happy" - frankly I better stop there because EVERY song on these albums are an absolutely perfect slice of 60's soul. Its amazing to hear how Edwin manages to take his Southern Soul roots and then perfectly blends it with the Motown Sound. While there are three or four ballads on these albums, the rest of the material is simply blistering. One note that needs to be made about these two albums is that they mainly comprise of singles and b-sides, but this is to the benefit of the cd as all of these tracks are commercial motown songs that were intended to storm the pop charts and there really isn't any 'filler' here at all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gawain Morris on 14 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
Edwin Starr I was very fortunate to see live once at the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally in the mid-80's.
He was amazing Live, the energy, the soulful voice.
The twin package on this CD really marks his wonderful pre-'War' and pre 70's Tamla Motown work.
Soulmaster contains I feel his best work,'Agent Double-O-Soul', 'SOS','Headline News' and the real standout track, 'My Weakness is You' all wonderful Soul Standards of the Mid to late 60's.
25 Miles standout track is that great Northern Soul All-Nighter clasic '25 Miles' a song you can't fail to dance to.
The rest of the CD is full of treasures not normally found on compilations albums, so it sounds new and fresh.
Remastering is excellent and the packaging of the two albums on one CD, make this a well thought out package plus the three non-lP extra tracks.
Classic Soul from a truly great artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Essential Soul From One Of Its Greatest Voices 18 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best collection you will find encapsuling Edwin Starr's 1960's (pre-War) work. It actually plays like a compilation--for that's exactly what the first of these two albums is. Soul Master was released in September 1968, but is, in fact, a collection primarily comprised of single sides Starr cut for both Rip Tip and Motown going back to summer 1965 and his great, thumping debut hit, "Agent Double-O Soul," which just barely missed the pop Top 20 while cracking the R&B Top Ten. You'll also find two great 1966 singles, "Stop Her On Sight" and "Headline News," both with a great pounding rhythm, soulful female backing vocals, and that awesome voice of Starr's which bore a tenor's range, yet a baratone's power. Edwin's version of his own composition "Oh How Happy" is here also, and is reasonably comparable to the beautiful, chiming version of the song by the Shades Of Blue, which hit the pop Top 15 in June 1966. (In fact, Starr wrote or co-wrote five of the twelve selections on Soul Master, certainly a factor in this being one of the real sleeper albums in the Motown catalog for my money.) It also helps that there are really only a couple of ballads on the album: Most of the tracks have a good danceable rhythm with carefully crafted hooks and layers of varying musical instrumentation--whatever best fits the song. And oh yes: I'd be remissed if I didn't mention the excellent funked-up cover of Smokey's "Way Over There," marking one of Starr's first teamings with producer Norman Whitfield.
The 25 Miles album is a bit more of a varied affair, and perhaps a bit weaker overall--but by no means a pushover. The follow-up single to the killer title track, "I'm Still A Struggling Man," should have been a much bigger hit than it was. Edwin adds a muscular, testosterone-charged vocal to the Smokey Robinson-Ronnie White classic "You Beat Me To The Punch," which is also given a pretty funky, percussive backbeat by Norman Whitfield reminiscent of some of his work with the Temps around that time (1969.) On the other end of the spectrum, the album's closer, Smokey's "Mighty Good Lovin'," sounds a bit anticlamatic--like not a lot of spirit was put into it (in other words, filler!) If that's the only complaint one can find on a cd of 27 tracks, however, there's nothing to get hung up about, especially when you consider the amount of filler that quite frequently marred original Motown albums in the 1960's.
What collectors would consider the real prize of this package, however, lies yet ahead, in the form of three bonus tracks retrieved from the vaults of Rip Tip Records. These final three tracks are as good as anything that preceded them, and what most appeals to me is that two of them, "Girls Are Gettin' Prettier" (Written by Starr) and "It's My Turn Now," show off Edwin's ovbious affection for the more fiery Southern soul sounds of Stax/Volt. "Girls Are Gettin' Prettier" in particular sounds very much like something Otis Redding would have done--a husky, shouting pile-driver in the vein of "I Can't Turn You Loose" or "Love Man." There are flashes of the Southern-soul-shouter influence scattered throughout the two complete albums on this disc as is, but on these bonus tracks they really jump out at you. You ain't gonna find these tracks elsewhere, which is as good a reason as any to buy this cd instead of, say, Early Classics, or any other collection of Edwin's '60's work. I should point out at this time that the three bonus tracks are in mono, as is "Agent Double-O Soul," while all the other tracks (tracks 2-24) are in true stereo--and the mastering on this cd is pretty much topnotch.
Edwin Starr was one of _the truly great voices in Sixties-Seventies soul, and it's a shame the guy never attained the superstar status he richly deserved. (Perhaps Berry Gordy would have promoted him a little more if he'd had breasts and a shrill voice--but that's another story for another day.) Nonetheless, I'm grateful that Universal Inc. has had the good sense to release this outstanding twofer, along with Edwin's two early Seventies longplayer, War & Peac/Involved, as part of their Motown two-on-one series. Forget about all the cheap compilations out there, friends, and buy these twofers instead (starting with this one): You'll get a much better feel of what this underrated powerhouse performer was all about. Five stars all the way!
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Splendid! 18 May 2005
By rollo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These European pressings are a blessing. These are Edwin Starr's finest two albums in a twofer package. The remastering is great.(though not 24 bit)All of the cuts are in stereo and the grooves are solid. What more could one want.
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