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Take Me To The River - A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 Import, Box set


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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Kent Soul
  • ASIN: B001I3RVKK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,788,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Dal on 16 Oct 2008
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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 By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
Even now in 2014 (6 years after the event) - this fabulous compilation casts a shadow and exerts a pull. I'm always dragging it off the shelf and playing it - and as a lifelong Soul and Funk fan - an indepth review of this iconic reissue jewel is long overdue.

"Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977" by VARIOUS ARTISTS is a 3CD Mini Box Set released in the UK October 2008 on Ace Records/Kent Soul KENTBOX 10 (Barcode 029667000901). Except where noted most of the 95-tracks are Mono and Stereo US 7" single mixes with a Previously Unissued Otis Redding nugget and many other vinyl rarities (see full track list below for a breakdown of what's what).

Housed in a glossy outer card wrap is a gorgeous hardback book of 72-pages featuring knowledgeable and informative liner notes by Soul Experts and Compilers DEAN RUDLAND and TONY ROUNCE (they've done huge numbers of inlays for Ace and Edsel over the years). The text is peppered with beautiful colour photos - American 45's on Stax, Dial, Fame, Dot, Volt, Goldwax, Cadet etc - British 7" Demos on London, Pye, Chess and Stateside - record company publicity photos - American trade magazine adverts - recording studio shots... It's properly gorgeous stuff and surely some kind of award-winner (hats off to Neil Dell at 9th Planet). It should however be noted that the card wrap is extremely tight and needs to be removed carefully lest you tear it - and although the book is a truly wondrous thing to behold - it can be awkward to read without snapping the spine (so be careful).

Each disc is theme-titled (see below) and as you can imagine the sound quality varies enormously from era to era.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Harrison on 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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By Moonbeam on 17 Jan 2013
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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 By I. G. Blaikie on 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Petersen on 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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