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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002OM4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. When You Took Your Love From Me (Single Version) 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Everybody Knows (The River Song) (Album Version) 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Born All Over (Album Version) 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ace Of Spades (Single Version) 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Eight Men, Four Women (Single Version) 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Nickel And A Nail (Single Version) 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen15. He's My Son (Just The Same) (Album Version) 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I've Been Searching (Album Version) 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Motherless Child (Album Version) 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I'm Going Home (To Live With God) (Album Version) 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cies on 23 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
Between 1964 and 1972 O.V. Wright recorded 4 albums and a handfull of singles for Duke/Peacock's subsidary Back Beat. In this period Wright made his best records (do not forget to listen to his Goldwax single "That's how strong my love is" also from 1964 available on the "The Goldwax Story Vol 1). Wright's voice is sowewhere between Percy Sledge and Otis Redding, and as soulful as both if not even more. Is that possible; having a more soulful voice than Percy 'when a man loves a woman' Sledge and Otis 'try a little tenderness' Redding. I never considered this possible, but Wright's voice cuts even deeper in your heart/soul (or wherever it hurts when you hear great music) than anyone else's on tracks as " A nickel and a dime" and "He's my son". Wright's voice is on this album the perfect mix of powerful delivery and sheer vulnerability which make O.V. Wright one of the great voices in the history of (Southern/Deep) Soul. So anyone who likes the great and well known voices in soul music should listen to O.V. Wright.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Devon Dave on 4 Sep 2011
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If the only track on this album was Everybody Knows (The River Song) it would still be worth twice the price. This is soul at its very best. You may not have heard of O.V Wright, but you have heard of Otis Redding and Wilson Picket and believe me this guy is every bit as good. Buy it, and as another reviewer said, spread the word.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Miller on 6 May 2008
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O V Wright would not normally be one of the first names mentioned in any debate on the greatest of all soul singers but he is surely up there with them all. Originally signed to the legendary Memphis label Goldwax, Wright was found to have a prior contract with Duke Robey's Peacock and was 'persuaded' by Robey to cut his ties with Goldwax. This did him no harm however as he proceded to record some of soul music's finest sides. Backed by a classic organ dominated rhythm the gospel trained Wright laid down some of the most impassioned vocals in the entire soul canon. Cuts such as A Nickel And A Nail and Id Rather Be Blind Crippled And Crazy testify to this most gifted of singers. By all accounts O V was a difficult and troubled man and died prematurely in 1980. If you have even a passing interest in Deep Soul, I implore you to buy this. Then, please write your own review and help spread the word.
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Just what I wanted, good quality and good value. Thanks.
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The Greatest? Or Merely The Best... 29 May 2000
By David W. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ask someone to name the greatest soul singer, the one who could really testify on any subject, and you'll hear Sam Cooke's name, and those of Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, or Marvin Gaye. Less frequently, the names of James Carr and O.V. Wright pop up. The reason O.V. Wright belongs in this select circle lies in the effect he had on his audience; the feeling he brought across. O.V. hurt like no one ever hurt! He really could make you feel what it's like to be a deeply religious man too often tempted by worldly desires. Do you want to know pain? Just listen to "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" or "Eight Men, Four Women." Want to feel what it's like for a man to be deperate and just heartbeats from going over the edge? Check out "A Nickel And A Nail." And O.V. could move your feet, too, as on "Blind, Crippled and Crazy" and "I Don't Want To Sit Down." A couple of real gems here are the supremely hurtful, "He's My Son, Just The Same" and the eerily prohetic, "I'm Going Home To Live With God." (James Carr's "You've Got My Mind Messed Up" is about the only more ironic cut you'll find!) These songs were recorded by Wright for Back Beat records. O.V.'s post-Back Beat career, while uneven, has been well-documented in re-issues by Hi Records. The only other essential cut you won't find here is his classic, "That's How Strong My Love Is," which was issued by Goldwax, before the owner of Back Beat Records filed a lawsuit. This track can be found on the Ripete Records release, "Soul Patrol." O.V. Wright was truly, as he loved to boast on record, the "Ace Of Spades." If you are unfamiliar with O.V. Wright, but love soul music, you owe it to yourself to check this out. But be forewarned: the emotion here is deep, and the tension is real and almost unbearable. That's really, after all, what soul music is supposed to be all about.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
O.V. Wright is the definition of Soul 27 Dec 2004
By Scott D. Gribble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know why I've never herd of O.V. until recently. I honestly first picked up on him after looking through the credits of a rap album. The sample listed was O.V.'s "Motherless Child" and based on that song and the reviews here I got the album. I really didn't think `The Soul of...' would be as good as it ended up being. A lot of the music sounds similar to an Al Green song ("I've Been Searching", "I'm Going Home" etc.), but his voice has a much deeper Sam Cooke sound to it. I'll admit that I skip over a couple of the songs on the album, but the good songs are so strong it practically blows you away. I got four other soul albums at the same time as O.V. and this one surprisingly was the best of them.

If you love soul music and you've never even herd of O.V. Wright, I would highly recommend adding this album to your collection. Do Not Hesitate!

Favorite tracks: "When You Took Your Love From Me", "Born All Over", "Ace of Spades", "A Nickel and a Nail", "Drowning on Dry Land", "I've Been Searching", "Motherless Child", "I'm Going Home".
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Epitome Of Southern Soul 6 July 2004
By L. E STOTTLEMEYER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
O.V.Wright is one of the best "Southern Soul" singers to ever live and he also recorded two songs that represent "Southern Soul" more than any others-1965's Top 10 "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" and 1967's Top 10 "Eight Men And Four Women". These two songs were O.V.'s only Top 10's on the R&B charts although 1970's "Ace Of Spade" was just shy peaking at #11 in the late part of 1970. I can't rate him better than Sam Cooke or Jackie Wilson or Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett or Sam Moore or Joe Tex, but what I can do is rate him equal to those singers- and that's a darn good class to be in.This is the deep "Southern Soul" sound at it's best.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Sweet Memories 14 May 2007
By Narvelan E. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been an O.V. Wright fan since my high school days back in the '60's.

He performed at my Senior Prom After Party, singing his hit (at the time), "You're Gonna Make Me Cry," and he brought the house down!

All of us girls were pressed up against that stage simply mesmerized by

his moving performance, while all of our prom dates stood around in the back with attitudes!

He made each girl feel as if she were the only one in the room, singing just to her!

Oh, and what a performance! Down on his knees, holding each one of our hands and giving us sugar while not missing a note or a beat!

Needless to say, we were just speechless (except for all the screaming we did)!

If you want a combination of blues, gospel and straight from the heart

singing, all delivered by an unforgettable classic soulful and gifted voice, GET THIS ONE; you won't be disappointed.

My absolute favorite track is "Motherless Child."

This track was recently used in the urban hit movie "ATL", during one of it's most important scenes. Great choice for inclusion on the soundtrack, and an inventive way to introduce young audiences to talented artists, such as O.V. Wright, from another era, whose songs are relevant to our society today.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great under-heralded soul singer 17 April 2006
By Webley Webster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OV Wright was a great, great soul singer who should have been as popular as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Al Green, but sadly never was. His material is occasionally weird and incoherent ("Eight men, four women, Lord that's the jury of love"--why?), but that's part of what makes it great. Only the smaller measure, though; the greater part is his wonderful singing and the great Willie Mitchell arrangements backing him up.
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