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Soul Mine: The Greatest Hits & More... CD

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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Charly
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lottie Mo
2. Lover Of Love
3. Oo Na Nay
4. You Better Tell Her
5. Great Googa Mooga
6. As Quiet As Its Kept
7. Lonelyology (For Your Love)
8. Ride Your Pony (Live)
9. Coca Cola Spot (My Old Car)
10. Coca Cola Spot (Little Babe)
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ya Ya
2. Do-Re-Me
3. Eenie Meenie Mini Mo
4. You Are My Sunshine
5. When I Meet My Baby
6. Hoodlum Joe
7. Messed Around And Fell In Love
8. Ride Your Pony
9. Can You Hear Me
10. Work Work Work
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Product Description

A2CD deluxe digibook set featuring the best of the New Orleans' legend plus the rarities and more. Lee Dorsey's funky and infectious sound was an essential party ingredient during the Sixties and Seventies. During this period he recorded extensively with soul legends Allen Toussaint and The Meters. Disc 1 revisits the 1987 Charly compilation 'Am I That Easy To Forget?' compiled following Dorsey's death and collected unreleased tracks, early and live recordings. CD 2 is a new compilation of Lee's greatest recordings featuring all of his chart hits both in the USA and the UK and all his singles including 'Holy Cow' and' Working In The Coalmine'.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor Preston on 18 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
a good overview of lee dorsey's songs although i would have prefered a more chronological approach.
the first disc has popular tracks which were never singles.
robert palmer's solo career began here.
the second disc is a singles collection hits and misses.
most people would be happy with a straight best of.
a nice digibook package, not sure about charly's history of cd remasters.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. D. Rhodes on 5 July 2011
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I given this five purly from the point a view nostlger, as a teenager working in a cole mine reminded me of family that worked in the pit in midlands.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Charly drops the ball again 1 Jun. 2012
By revolver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the early '90s, Charly Records released a 2-CD Lee Dorsey collection entitled GREAT GOOGA MOOGA. As per Charly's reputation at that time, the sound quality was rather poor, and the packaging rather unattractive; on the other hand, it was a fairly well-chosen compilation, covering Lee's entire career. In any event, if you wanted Lee Dorsey on CD in those days, you didn't have much choice.

In the years since, there have been a number of wonderful-sounding Dorsey reissues - compilations and original albums - on labels such as Relic, Sundazed, PolyGram, Arista/BMG, Raven, and others.

Apparently, Charly didn't get the memo.

Their new double-CD is nicer-looking than the old one, but it's more haphazardly (one might say bewilderingly) compiled and sequenced. It is also, for the most part, poorly sourced (you'd think that at the very least they could have simply copied tracks from those other companies' CDs for most of this!), indifferently mastered, and somewhat sloppily annotated. (The song "Great Googa Mooga" is flagged as "Previously unissued", despite the fact that Charly themselves previously issued it on a package of the same name!)

(Incidentally, the song "Work, Work, Work" is here riddled with annoying clicks - not vinyl noises, but digital glitches. I checked the song sample at AllMusic.com to make sure it wasn't just my copy of the CD. It wasn't.)

On the plus side, SOUL MINE does include several rare and/or previously-unreleased-on-CD tracks, including a couple of amusing Coca-Cola commercials, a couple of odd country covers ("Am I That Easy To Forget?" and "Before The Next Teardrop Falls", with Lee singing over nondescript backing tracks pre-recorded in Nashville) and some live performances. None of these rarities are truly essential - still, Lee Dorsey completists (such as myself) will want them.

But those just looking for a good Lee Dorsey compilation should look elsewhere. (I can vouch for WHEELIN' AND DEALIN' a/k/a THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, although disappointingly it includes none of his post-'60s recordings.) Better yet, just get the album reissues! Sundazed's expanded configurations of THE NEW LEE DORSEY and RIDE YOUR PONY, though out of print on that label, have recently been reissued by RevOla in England - I haven't actually heard the RevOla CDs, but I'm assuming that they're straight copies of the Sundazed issues (the contents are identical); and Raven have Lee's magnificent YES WE CAN coupled with the marginal but still enjoyable NIGHT PEOPLE. All in all, this is some of the most delightful music ever made (the only reason I can't bring myself to give SOUL MINE less than three stars), and it deserves better handling than Charly has given it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"You Never Can Can Get Enough Of Funky LEE DORSEY......" 5 Dec. 2013
By John H. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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With a generous 56 tracks on 2CDs housed in an attractive hard-bound mini-book with biographical notes, label scans, photos and an annotated track listing, 'SOUL MINE:The Greatest Hits And More 1960-1978' is a must for any true fan of Lee Dorsey. The first disc is basically a reissue of an older 2LP compilation, the second CD contains Lee's greatest recordings featuring all of his U.S. and U.K. chart hits except those featured on the first disc.

Disc One begins with Lee's first hit single, "Lottie Mo" and it's flip, "Lover Of Love." Next are eight previously unreleased tracks including a live version of "Ride Your Pony" and two great Coca-Cola commercials! Track 11 is his rare Spring single "Occapella" written by frequent collaborator, the legendary Allen Touissant, followed by four cuts from the fantastic Yes We Can...And Then Some album, including "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" (also a success for Robert Palmer) and another rare single, "Soul Mine" released on the Sansu imprint. After three more unreleased tracks including covers of Tim Hardin's "If I Were A Carpenter" and Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do," we get both sides of his last single, "Night People/Can I Be The One?" and end with six more unreleased tracks, the final four live versions of "Ya Ya," "Working In The Coalmine." "Lottie Mo" and "Ride Your Pony."

Disc Two is a 29 track troll through Lee's best for Fury, Constellation, Amy, Bell, Polydor and ABC, including "Ya Ya" (#1 R&B, #7 Pop), "Do-Re-Mi" (#22 R&B, #27 Pop), "Ride Your Pony" (#7 R&B, #28 Pop), "Work, Work, Work" (#121 Pop), "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" (#7 R&B, #44 Pop)), "Working In The Coal Mine" (#5 R&B, #8 Pop), "Holy Cow" (#10R&, #23 Pop), "Rain, Rain, Go Away" (#105 Pop), "My Old Car" (#97 Pop), "Go-Go Girl" (#31 R&B, #62 Pop) and "Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)" (#33 R&B, #95 Pop). Tellingly, all but two were either written or co-written by Toussaint, sometimes under his nom de plume, Naomi Neville (his mother's maiden name). The only well-known song missing is "Eenie-Meenie-Minee-Mo," although it's flip, "Behind The Eight Ball" is present. I'd be remiss without mentioning the sympathetic syncopated musical backing on most tracks by the legendary New Orleans group The Meters. Everything's gohn-a be funky indeed!

Although the sound isn't up to the high standards of Sundazed or Bear Family, everything is enjoyably listenable unless you're a snobby Grinch. For currently (Dec. 2013) less than $11, you can't go wrong. In life Lee Dorsey was known as a temperate man with a laid-back attitude, whose "what me, worry?" persona shows through in his smooth, joyful vocals. If all that work, work, workin' in that coalmine, waitin' for your ya ya, and your old car is gettin' you down, tell that rain to go away and get out from behind that eight ball and get yo'self some funky Lee Dorsey! Great Googa Mooga!

Other fine Lee Dorsey for your enjoyment: Ya! Ya!, Ride Your Pony, The New Lee Dorsey: Working in the Coal Mine / Holy Cow, Yes We Can / Night People
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
ya-ya 10 April 2014
By janya mercado - Published on Amazon.com
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these are a great batch of songs. there are plenty of hits here but its the ones that should have been hits that you'll really notice.great cd,great artist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great product and the purchase was hassle free 27 Feb. 2014
By Terry O'Connor - Published on Amazon.com
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Cd came on time and as advertised. Great product and the purchase was hassle free!
Thank you!
Fun & Funky New Orleans Legend 3 May 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Lee Dorsey when he sang a duet with Southside Johnny on the first Asbury Jukes album back in the late 1970s. I didn't know Lee Dorsey from Tommy Dorsey at the time, but I was struck by the man's distinctive, soulful vocals. And then, about 10 years ago, I heard another song by Lee Dorsey on a various artists collection, the appropriately titled "Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)". Monster tune! Well, it took me several more decades, but I finally bought a Lee Dorsey album, picking up this 2-CD collection that I surprisingly found in a shop in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Being a relative newcomer to this man's music, I'm no authority on how comprehensive this "Greatest Hits" collection is or isn't, or if other CD compilations are better. All I know is that I like this one very much. Listening to these fun and funky songs, you get the feeling that Lee Dorsey was a very easy-going man who loved life, and loved making music. That infectious spirit is found in nearly every song on this collection. The selections on Disc 1 include 4 live tracks, which also feature Allen Toussaint on keyboards. In this live setting, Dorsey's humor and good spirit are vividly on display. What an entertainer! Another "bonus" on Disc 1 are the two commercials he recorded for Coca-Cola. Pretty cool stuff.

Both discs feature tons of material written by Toussaint, including terrific tunes like "Tears, Tears and More Tears" ...."Night People" ... "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley" (yes, the same song that Robert Palmer covered) ... "On Your Way Down" (I knew this one as a Little Feat song!) ... and the aforementioned "Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky", plus hits such as "Ya Ya", "Ride Your Pony", and "Working in a Coal Mine" (and I have to admit, the first version of this song that I ever heard was by Devo!).

So, lots of his old hits, some surprised, and some cool live tracks. Maybe this isn't the perfect Lee Dorsey collection, but to my ears it covers all the bases.
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