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The Platinum Collection (International Release) ~ Percy Sledge
5.0 out of 5 stars This is very good, 12 Jan 2014
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. "The Dark End of the Street" is a soul classic and nobody has, I believe, done it better than Mr Sledge in 1967. The same goes for "Take Time To Know Her" (1966). It is certainly not "an overnight thing". The soul ballad was obviously Mr Redding's territory but Percy matched him, with a different, lighter and smoother voice. When he took on "Try A Little Tenderness" (with a speedier tempo than that employed by the legendary Tramp from the Georgia woods) he closed in on triumph… Read more
The Essential Collection ~ Marvelettes
The Essential Collection ~ Marvelettes
This one of many "Essential" Collections and old style Motown fans will enjoy this one. The Marvellettes were less feted that the Supremes and others but they were just as good. "Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead", "Sugar's Never Been As Sweet As You", "I Need Someone" and "Reaching For Something I Can't Have" are instantly recognisable as the sort of Motown tracks that filled the dance floors from 1965 until 1967. It is always good to hear the words "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch".
The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller ~ Various Artists
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The outstanding track is "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton (eat your heart out Elvis fans) and it was good to hear The Coasters; The Clovers, The Drifters and Ben E King in their usual good form. Damita Jo will "Be There" and she will be welcomed even though her contribution is little more than a re-work of "Stand By Me". "Kansas City" is obviously familiar and Little Willie Littlefield's version is surprisingly good. Screaming Jay Hawkins rendition (i.e. tearing apart) of "Alligator Wine" is an experience you may wish to avoid. "Cafe Expresso" by the Leiber Stoller Orchestra would not be out of place in a lift and is a worthless filler… Read more