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The Platinum Collection (International Release) [CD]

Percy Sledge Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MV91XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. When A Man Loves A Woman (LP Version) 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Warm And Tender Love 3:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It Tears Me Up 2:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Try A Little Tenderness (LP Version) 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Dark End Of The Street (LP Version) 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Take Time To Know Her (Single/LP Version) 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (Edit)(LP Version) 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stop The World Tonight (LP Version) 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's All Wrong But It's Alright (LP Version) 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Out Of Left Field (Single/LP Version) 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cover Me (Single Version) 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Put A Little Lovin' On Me (LP Version) 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Love Me Like You Mean It (LP Version) 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You (LP Version) 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bless Your Sweet Little Soul (LP Version) 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sudden Stop (LP Version) 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Drown In My Own Tears (LP Version) 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Kind Woman (LP Version) 4:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Push Mr. Pride Aside (LP Version) 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It Can't Be Stopped (LP Version) 3:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Love Me Tender 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Rainbow Road (LP Version) 2:550.79  Buy MP3 

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern soul, country soul 11 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
He may not have been the most prominent soul singer of the 1960s and 70s but Percy Sledge had a distinctive country soul or southern soul style and a pleading voice with spiritual undertones. He made a lovely, flowing type of R&B with his stirring vocals and exceptionally melodious songs like the timeless When A Man Loves A Woman, Dark End Of The Street, Take Time To Know Her and Out Of Left Field.

This is authentic music from the heart, full of yearning and romanticism expressed in gripping imagery. The backing is similar to the sound of the great Stax artists, and his voice is often framed by lovely female vocals. These songs are all tuneful and moving compositions demonstrating the prowess of the Muscle Shoals musicians.

Highlights on this compilation include the aforementioned masterpieces plus Put A Little Lovin' On Me, Warm And Tender Love, True Love Travels On A Gravel Road, Push Mr Pride Aside and Cover Me. Worst of the omissions are My Special Prayer and Keep Your Arms Around Me.

This Platinum Collection is a good introduction to Sledge, but people who are really into deep soul are advised to investigate further as he was a prolific artist and there are many more, lesser known, but equally excellent tracks available elsewhere. Together with a couple of legendary artists on the Stax/Volt label, Sledge was the best exponent of this gripping type of country-soul, and his voice gave him the edge!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"The Platinum Collection" is essentially Rhino's 1992 compilation "It Tears Me Up: The Best Of..." minus one song ("That's The Way I Want To Live My Life"). The track running order has been rearranged, there's new cheaper artwork and it's now at a budget price.

This remastered reissue (from the original tapes) is part of a slew of releases to celebrate Atlantic's 60th Anniversary (see full list below) and for a paltry four pounds in stores (even less online), you get 22 slices of gutsy, classic 60's soul.

Sledge released 4 albums on Atlantic and many non-album 7" singles sides too - both A's & B's - seven of which appear on this set (they're listed below). But the trade off for the budget price is that the well-annotated 18-page booklet of the original is now an informationless slip of paper - so here's a detailed breakdown of what's on what...

"When A Man Loves A Woman", June 1966 US Stereo LP, Atlantic SD-8125
(CD Tracks 1, 12 and 13)
"Warm And Tender Soul", November 1966 US Stereo LP, Atlantic SD-8132
(CD Tracks 2, 3, 4, 14 and 21)
"The Percy Sledge Way", August 1967 US Stereo LP, Atlantic SD-8146
(CD Tracks 5 and 17)
"Take Time To Know Her", May 1968 US Stereo LP, Atlantic SD-8180
(CD Tracks 6, 9, 10, 11 and 16)

Non-Album Single Sides...
Track 7 is "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road", 1969 USA 7" single on Atlantic 2679 [B-side of "Faithful & True"]
Track 8 is "Stop The World Tonight", 1970 USA 7" single on Atlantic 2826 [A]
Track 15 is "Bless Your Sweet Little Soul", 1968 USA 7" single on Atlantic 2594 [B-side of "My Special Prayer"]
Track 18 is "Kind Woman", 1969 USA 7" single on Atlantic 2646 [B-side of "Woman Of The Night"]
Track 19 is "Push Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and tender 2 Nov 2011
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Percy Sledge, 71 later this month, was born in Alabama, and could only have come from the South when you hear his unique mixture of sweetly keening soul, often just a little behind the beat, saving himself perhaps, or merely prolonging the pained pleasure. Many of Percy`s songs are love ballads, less sexy than Al Green or Marvin Gaye, but no less gorgeous.
There`s a trademark crack, or hiccup, in the Sledge vocal, as if dragging out the melody breaks up the momentum too. I love to hear him sing a song like the intense It Tears Me Up or the exquisite, half-spoken warning Take Time To Know Her (two of the tastiest treats on this generous 22-track bargain) because that`s when his Deep South sensiblities come into play, and we hear the sound of southern soul at its sweetest and sweatiest.
Other highlights are the wonderful Out Of Left Field, his version of the great Ray Charles slower-than-slow weepie Drown In My Own Tears, which he sings with sombre dignity, the funkier, steamier I`m Hanging Up My Heart For You - a terrific performance of a fairly standard soul belter - and the brooding It`s All Wrong But It`s Alright, given a sensitive reading by PS.
Naturally, his two biggest hits (it`s a shame, though no surprise, that radio programmers in the UK seem only to know these two examples of Sledge`s output) are present and correct, though why do they need to be so predictably placed first and second in the running order? Never underestimate the over-cautious, populist urges of the average compiler.
Percy`s reading of Dan Penn & Chips Moman`s classic Dark End Of The Street can stand
beside the best - the best being James Carr, whose original will never be bettered,
though the version here comes pretty close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A soul king. Soul classics. 7 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the very best soul singers of all time. Not a great quality recording, but some brilliant soul sounds you are ever likely to hear. Cd of good quality, all services absolutely brilliant. Many THANKS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is very good
Platinum Collections are available from several of the sixties sweet soul singers (Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Don Covay to name but three). This one is arguably the best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judge John
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Naustalgia
This album has a lot of his romantic tunes on them and brought to me a lot of nice memories. I will definitely recommend it to any one who has lots of emotions and wants to cry
Published 8 months ago by Amelia Ofori
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL.....
What can i say about Percy Sledge, one of the best soul singers of my Generation and this collection of his music is one of the all time greats, He sings not only with his soul but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by IT
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver Rather Than Platinum
Unlike other great country soul artists like Arthur Alexander and James Carr who remain virtually unknown to the general public Percy Sledge will be remembered by all for his huge... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Geffers
5.0 out of 5 stars A great composer and singer
He might be one of the best male singers ever known, in particular concerning love songs. Some of them are just amazing. The item is a fine product that should call your attention. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mehaudy S. Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars what a find
have been a fan,collector, of Percy since 1968(vinyl)through to cd.I thought I had everything he had done,9 of the 22 songs are original 1966 new songs(with great original brass... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Killiefc1
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