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Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story, 1961-1977 [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Kent Soul/Ace
  • ASIN: B001E7ONZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER - WILLIAM BELL
2. GO HOME GIRL - ARTHUR ALEXANDER
3. THESE ARMS OF MINE - OTIS REDDING
4. STEAL AWAY - JIMMY HUGHES
5. MY ADORABLE ONE - JOE SIMON
6. YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME CRY - O V WRIGHT
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. YOU LEFT THE WATER RUNNING - MAURICE & MAC
2. I'LL GO CRAZY - DON BRYANT
3. RAINBOW ROAD - BILL BRANDON
4. THE ONE YOU CAN'T HAVE (ALL BY YOURSELF) - SHIRLEY WALTON
5. TELL HIM TONIGHT - WILLIAM BOLLINGER
6. A SMILE CAN'T HIDE (A BROKEN HEART) - OLLIE & THE NIGHTINGALES
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. MUMBLE IN MY EAR - MARCELL STRONG
2. BREAKING UP SOMEBODY'S HOME - DENISE LaSALLE
3. TIRED OF BEING ALONE - AL GREEN
4. I CAN'T BE SATISFIED - SPENCER WIGGINS
5. GROOVE ME - KING FLOYD
6. SHE'S ALL I GOT - FREDDIE NORTH
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

From Kent Records, commonly acknowledged as the greatest soul reissue label in the world, comes TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, a selection of 75 songs that tell the story of the golden era of Southern Soul 1961-77 over 3CDs, with full notes and lavish illustrations in a 72 page full-colour book, in a deluxe slipcase containing a jewel case-sized hard cover book. Includes every artist such a compilation should include - OTIS REDDING, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PERCY SLEDGE, AL GREEN, ANN PEEBLES, CLARENCE CARTER, DORIS DUKE, CANDI STATON, JAMES CARR, WILSON PICKETT, SAM & DAVE, EDDIE HINTON, WILLIAM BELL, JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY and numerous others. Although no compilation could ever claim to be definitive, this one comes damn close, and will maker a perfect gift for longtime fans and anyone whose interest in this classic sound has been piqued by new artists like ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED and Duffy.

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3CD -A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977-

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Compilation Ever Released ? 16 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First thing i have to say is that this release is truly perfect , a work of art,in fact,that is worth every penny .And i'm not even talking about the music yet !
From the evocative photo which adorns the front cover (taken at a Stax session in the 60's) , to the colours , typography and design of the track listing on the back and the extensive hard-back booklet with tons of info and facts on all the artists and songs it is so obvious that lots of care, attention and hard work has gone into this release by everyone concerned , it's a real labour of love . Thank you.
And , of course , there's the actual music itself .......
OK , i'm biased . Soul is my true love when it comes to music and , specifically , soul of the Southern variety .I was pretty much certain to love most of the tracks on here but even i wasn't prepared for just how magnificent it all is .Even tracks i've become (overly) familiar with over the years seem to have taken on a new lease of life , old worn out classics have raised their game and got even better when placed alongside new (to me at any rate) slabs of mellow passionate genius . And that's what you get here , believe me , some of the greatest music ever recorded .
So . Packaging superb. Music even better .
Now the quibbles ! You knew they were coming didn't you , even the most perfect diamond has a flaw or two .In this case though they are minor and not really worth bothering about , i just thought i'd mention them anyway .Also they're personal so if you're thinking of buying this : DO IT ! Don't let my gripes put you off .
The first concerns my all time "greatest ever " song , by anyone , ever , in any genre . Namely "That's How Strong My Love Is" by the legendary O.V. Wright .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful, beautiful and worthwhile compilation 7 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
I love the way this has been released. The joy of a physical album is in discovering and engaging with the music beyond what goes into your ears, and this does that in fine style. A lovely slipcased book with the three CD's in the back, with nostalgic 45rpm artwork and photo's throughout and a little bit about each song, all written with love and enthusiasm.
Sound quality is lovely, and very even across all the recordings.
The compilation must have taken much care and attention to compile, and it shows. It's only downside is the emphasis on the slower tempo recordings, making tracks like Johnnie Taylor's 'Jody's got your girl and gone' stand out. Uptempo tracks are often the most obvious choices for a compilation, and 'Take me to the River' is a brave and wonderful deviation from the obvious, however a slightly greater variety of tempo would have made this perhaps my favourite Soul compilation, along with Stax's 50th anniversary box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes 17 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A beautiful album of absolute classic tracks. Everything you used to listen to and want to hear again is there. Sure brings back some good memories.............
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Delight 30 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to Mark Lamarr playing a few tracks on one of his programmes in december,I put it it on my Christmas list.Thanks Mark and of course daughter Michelle who bought it for me.
It is without doubt the best soul collection ever put together.It isn't just the music that's brilliant,the whole packaging and booklet is really top class.
Not a duff track throughout the 3 cd's.Otis,Aretha,Al Green,Spencer Wiggins,The Soul Children - all knockout.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars soul soaking 3 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Totally agree with previous review. Im not a complete soul disciple, dont trust all music that slips down like cola, much soul often feels that way for me. BUT... the tunes on this may be smooth but the depths I havent even got close exploring and it hasnt left my stereo since I bought it. Pay the price just to encourage the Kings at Ace to make the sequel please!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely wonderful 30 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
l was bought this as a christmas present and it is awesome.a great majority of the tracks were unknown to me,but that makes it all the more exciting;discovering this wonderful music for the first time.Packaging and info is brilliant as well
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On! 24 Nov 2011
By A. ADAM
Format:Audio CD
A bit pricey for 3CD's but a marvellously thoughtful collection, nonetheless - one of the best I've heard. Very well-sequenced - better than the (rightly revered) Dave Godin comps. A fine mixture of the familiar and the less so. Too many standouts to mention but particular favourites include the magnificent 'I'm Through...' by Bobby Womack and Jarvis Jackson's 'Something I Never Had' (with the backing track even more compelling than the vocal). Nice to hear Quiet Elegance's version of 'You've Got My Mind Messed Up' rather than the more familiar James Carr version. All-in-all, this really is a first-rate effort. Get it before it disappears.
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