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Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul Vol 2 [Original recording remastered]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B00C9E9KUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. But You Know I Love You - The Sweet Inspirations
2. Please Help Me, I'm Falling - William Bell
3. Bad News - Clarence Carter
4. Sunday Morning Comin' Down - Hank Ballard
5. Sometimes - The Facts Of Life
6. Only Mama That'll Walk The Line - Pat Lundy
7. Tennessee Waltz - Otis Redding
8. A Satisfied Mind - Bobby Hebb
9. Don't Let Me Cross Over - Ralph Lamar
10. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Mono Single Mix) - Joe Simon
11. I'll Release You - Ted Taylor
12. Sweet Music Man - Millie Jackson
13. Tell Me My Lying Eyes Are Wrong - James Carr
14. Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me - Bettye Swann
15. Sixteen Tons - Johnnie Taylor
16. I Hate You - Bobby Bland
17. Statue Of A Fool - David Ruffin
18. Sweet Dreams - Esther Phillips
19. All I Have To Offer You (Is Me) - Eddie James
20. When I Stop Dreaming - Etta James
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Following up one of Kent's best-received compilations of 2012 was never going to be the hardest of tasks. A great many people wanted to be Where Country Meets Soul and it was always going to be a matter of when they released a second volume rather than if. Sweet Dreams sticks closely to the format established by its predecessor Behind Closed Doors by taking 23 great songs that started life in the world of country music before being successfully reinterpreted for the soul market. This time the repertoire spans a wider period: starting in the 1940s and coming forward to the 70s. The majority of our featured artists are household names in the world of soul yet a significant majority of the featured tracks have never been issued on an Ace or Kent CD before. Full details of who did the original are given in the extensive track-by-track annotation, along with the usual selection of label shots and related ephemera that is a trademark of every Ace / Kent release.

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VOL 2 of Ace's Where Country Meets Soul series feat Sweet Inspirations, Hank Ballard, Joe Simon, Dorothy Moore, Bettye Swann, Bobby Hebb & more

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweetest of Dreams 15 July 2013
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The old chestnut "It does exactly what it says on the tin" has been overdone to death, but I find it hard to use any other words to describe this rather wonderful CD from Kent/Ace. Just like its predecessor Behind Closed Doors, which I have reviewed elsewhere, you will find that every one of the 23 tracks here is a winner. Not a dud in sight. Never once, while playing either CD, have I been tempted to press the 'skip' key, or programme anything out.

Particular favourites? Very hard to choose. But if pressed I'd go for Esther Phillips (Sweet Dreams), Dorothy Moore (Funny How Time Slips Away) and the incomparable Otis Redding (Tennessee Waltz). However if you think these are relatively safe choices, given the country/soul credentials of these singers, rest assured there are plenty of 'left-field' offerings here too - from Isaac Hayes' version of I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) to Hank "Twist" Ballard's quite staggering interpretation of Sunday Morning Coming Down. Oh, and a fabulous version of Statue of a Fool by the late David Ruffin in his post-Temptations days. A big well-done to Van McCoy for the marvellous production on this track by the way.

Whether your preference is for country or soul, there is much for you to enjoy here. And rest assured, you will consider your money well spent. If you are like me, and love both genres equally, this CD will seem like a sort of musical paradise. One that you will be in no hurry to leave.

And how good is that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection again 1 May 2014
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No other rating possible. I'd give 6 stars just for the facts of life track.
Order it now and soak up pure soul country heaven
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4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as vol 1 in my opinion 29 Jan 2014
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Vol 1 blew me away with the diversity and quality of the recordings and I immediately ordered vol 2. After half a dozen plays, it still does not hit the spot until half way through the playlist. I get the feeling someone tried to do a quick rehash of vol 1 and forgot to play it a few times.
Maybe it is my expectations that were too high .

Vol 1 get played every day, with Ann Peebles and Al Green my faves. Aaron Neville's rendition of 'The Grand Tour' is priceless, worth the cost of the CD on it's own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace/Kent's second in this series is a dream - as sweet as it gets! 10 July 2013
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This is 79:42 of country-soul heaven (just 18 seconds shy of filling the entire disc)!

Just as I declared the first volume, "Behind Closed Doors - Where Country Meets Soul," to be the oldies compilation of the year 2012, ditto for Volume 2 and 2013. It's another outstanding package with the clearest, crispest and warmest sound remastering, along with a brilliant, twenty-page illustrated color booklet containing incisive, insightful and informative notes on each song and artist. (I thought I knew who most of the original country recording artists were until I read these notes. Impressive research!) But ultimately it's about the music and everything here is really, really good ranging to superlative. It's astounding how many of these country songs are taken to even greater heights by the sensational soul artists here (most of whom, unsurprisingly, are originally from the South).

By the way, I have just committed the act of self-plagiarism as I repeated virtually everything I wrote in my review last August about Volume One. There has been no drop-off in quality in any way. If I had to pick one over the other, I would have to go with this present Volume 2 for a sentimental reason: it includes Bobby Hebb's "A Satisfied Mind" from 1966 [#39 pop/#40 soul] (the follow-up to his immortal #2 pop/#3 soul smash "Sunny"), which was the first of this hybrid genre that I ever purchased (as a teenager).

The other charting hits here (on Billboard): "Sometimes" by Facts of Life (1977) [#3 soul/#31 pop]; "Funny How Time Slips Away" by Dorothy Moore (1976)[#7 soul/#58 pop]; "Help Me Make It Through the Night" by Joe Simon (1971)[#13 soul/#69 pop]; "Sweet Music Man" by Millie Jackson (1978)[#33 soul].

B-sides of charting hits: "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" by Isaac Hayes (1971); "Statue of a Fool" by David Ruffin (1976).

Every one of these cited sides is superb, but these two B-sides by Isaac Hayes and David Ruffin reach the stratosphere. Hayes does the seemingly impossible with his radical reworking of Hank Williams's 1951 masterpiece of heartbroken pain, retaining the cutting emotion but in a lushly orchestrated, ultra-mellow and soulful framework. While obviously less stark than the original, it adds a deep layer of reflection. As for David Ruffin's "Statue of a Fool" (a remake of Jack Greene's 1969 #1 country hit), if only the fools who were programming music for the radio in 1976 had flipped this disc over they would have discovered not only Van McCoy's most compellingly gorgeous production while with Motown but also a David Ruffin at his most anguished and vulnerable. Now that I think of it, this was way too heartrending, harrowing and poignant for the commercial market in 1976, the year of "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty," "Disco Lady," "Boogie Fever" and the like.

Of the non-charting A-sides, Bettye Swann makes it two strong years in a row in this series with her Deep Southern soul take from 1969 on Hank Cochran's "Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)," originally a 1966 #11 country hit for Ray Price. Her beautifully soulful quaver could well have made Robin and and Barry Gibb envious. And who knew with all the contemporaneous country versions of Kris Kristofferson's 1969 big breakthrough song "Sunday Morning Coming Down," an instant country standard, that veteran R&B stalwart Hank Ballard (the creator of "The Twist" in 1959) did a terrific five-minute soul version of the song in 1970 on the Silver Fox label (produced by Lelan Rogers, Kenny's older brother)? Ted Taylor's soaring high tenor simply stuns on his very well-made answer record to Esther Phillips's recent R&B and pop hit version of the country standard "Release Me." Speaking of Esther Phillips, her 1969 rendition of the title song here, Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams" (immortalized by Patsy Cline), deserved to be a huge crossover hit in the manner of Ray Charles's "I Can't Stop Loving You" (also a Don Gibson song) seven years earlier. The late, great Etta james gets into the act with her scintillating 1970 take on the Louvin Brothers' "When I Stop Dreaming." But who, pray tell, is Eddie James (no relation to Etta presumably) and how did he appear out of nowhere in 1972 (before quickly vanishing) to come up with such an intensely soulful reading of Charley Pride's 1969 #1 country smash "All I Have to Offer You"?

Of the LP tracks, we're looking at the stellar talents of the Sweet Inspirations, Otis Redding, the recently departed Bobby Bland, Johnnie Taylor (forget "Disco Lady" from nine years later on a different label), James Carr and Clarence Carter, so it would be hard to go wrong. I will only single out the most obvious moment of sheer delight on the whole CD: partway into Johnnie Taylor's 1967 version of Merle Travis's "Sixteen Tons" - a 1946 song about oppressed coal miners no less - the funky Stax groove laid down behind him by Booker T & the MGs with the Memphis Horns gets so deep that Johnnie T can't restrain himself from letting out a "do the boogaloo one time" ad lib before starting the second verse.

Please, Ace/Kent, don't stop now! Give us Volume 3 - and make sure it includes Bettye Swann's 1973 soul cover of Tammy Wynette's "Till I Get It Right" as promised in the booklet notes for Volume One.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 11 July 2014
By andy - Published on Amazon.com
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all was good and I enjoyed listening to every c d because I love music .
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