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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant, 17 Nov 2004
This review is from: Atlantic Gold (Audio CD)
I just got this, dropped on my mat this morning and I haven't stopped listening to it all day and I thought I'd add a quick review that wasn't(quite obviously) written by the distributors. This compilation is absolutely amazing, just about every soul artist worth mentioning was on Atlantic Records, and this proves it. I honestly don't think anyone could not like this cd, there are just too many classics, songs you stumble across and can't quite believe you forgot, songs you didn't know you knew. Seriously, if you've ever liked any soul song ever at any point in your life then buy this cd, it's so good I can't even begin to tell you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Goldmine of greats!, 7 Nov 2006
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Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) (Thread rehab facility 37) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Atlantic Gold (Audio CD)
I got this on the fly one day in a shop, a spur of the moment decision. One I have not regretted. As a novice to this style of music, beyond the Blues Brothers covers and the odd big hit, I was not sure what to expect. To put it bluntly it is a treasure trove of some of the best written and played popular music ever. King Curtis Memphis' Soul Stew is a do it yourself guide which is a must have to any musician who wants to just hear how it is done.

The remastered sound is beyond critism. It just floats out of my system like the band were in the room, wonderful stuff indeed.

Overall one of the best compilations I have yet heard, buy it!!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of R+B oldies, 3 Nov 2004
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Atlantic Gold (Audio CD)
Atlantic was one of the main R+B labels of the twentieth century and this collection gathers together a selection of the label's finest music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. As a UK compilation, it is very ambitious because many of the early tracks are not famous in Britain. Nevertheless, serious music fans will appreciate this treasure trove while the casual Christmas buyers at whom this is primarily targeted will find enough familiar songs to be tempted.
The first CD features Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker and others that few Brits have ever heard so the compilers wisely included Ruth's original version of Lucky lips, a major UK hit for Cliff Richard. However, Brits will recognize Ray Charles, the Drifters and Ben E King although some of the songs may be unfamiliar.
The second and third CD's feature a high proportion of material that Brits are familiar with tracks by the Drifters, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MG's, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and the Detroit Spinners. Note - the Detroit Spinners are known simply as the Spinners in America, but there used to be a British traditional folk group called the Spinners, hence the name change for the UK only. Even on these two CD's there are plenty of less famous (to Brits) tracks for serious R+B fans to get excited about.
Thus, this compilation provides plenty of famous R+B tracks for the casual buyer while also providing less famous but equally brilliant tracks for committed fans. All types of buyer are likely to find something here that inspires them to explore R+B oldies further.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars far from comprehensive, but still great, 11 April 2006
This review is from: Atlantic Gold (Audio CD)
This set is far from comprehensive, but then again you' probably need a 10 cd set to even remotely cover the output from this label. Later artists such as Led Zep aren't included; this is very much in the same mold as the Motown Gold cd compilation. There are some glaring omissions; Otis Redding's Hard to handle being strangely absent and there isn't too much early Ray Charles material here ) though it does have the original I've got a Woman, which was recently covered by Kanye West). The three cd's (like the motown gold cd) starts o the first by focusing on 1952-1964 in largely chronological order; and its great to see the development of the basic blues records into the more uptempo beat-based sound. It s a crime to talk about highlights as there aren't any real bad songs. Stand by me and Up on the Roof are obvious numbers, and so is Yakety Yak and also included is Ray Davies (of Kinks fame) favourite song of this period What Id Say. Doris Troy's Just one Look was covered by the Hollies, but the original is arguably the better, while Esther Phillips covers the Beatles' And I love. The second cd 1964-1968 has many songs that feature on the Commitments and Blues Brothers soundtracks; any one who has seen the latter will be instantly familiar with Everybody needs someone to love. Wilson Pickett also is featured here; Mustang Sally, In the Midnight Hour and Land of 1000 dances are all classics. The most popular drifters songs are all here as well and this cd also features two aretha franklin numbers (chain of fools and respect). Bar-kays' Soul Finger was covered by the Blues Brothers and is so obviously the influence of the Ghostbusters theme tune that im surprised Atlantic didn't sue. Most people will prefer this second cd as every song will be one that you've heard somewhere before; anyone who has ever been to a 60's room at an indie club will know Arthur Conley's Sweet Soul Music. The third cd carries on until around 1974, representing more funkier music and much more ballads. Soul man, Think and Tramp are the most uptempo songs here and again I can't think of how I knew these songs, but I did. Mind you the version of Think that Aretha did with the Blues Brothers is a better one in my opinion but this one is commendable for not being nearly as overblown. Tighten up and Funky Nassua are both funk classics, and Aretha has a go at the genre in the hip-shaking Rock Steady. The other most recognisable song is Could it be im falling in love by the spinners which really seems out of place here but does signify how the label adapted to the changing music scene of the 1970's. Overall this is great, to be honest I do skip a lot of tracks when listening to this, not because there are any particularly bad songs its just that the stand-out songs set such a high standard that the rest of the tracks naturally take a back seat. I would recommend this to anyone who likes soul music, blues, or 60's music in general. I would particularly recommend this to any body who likes britpop as this music influenced the original pioneers of that genre. Listen to the Small Faces' Watcha Gonna Do about it for example then hear how it was basically a version of Everybody needs someone to love. Another Small faces song, Come on Children is very similar to land of a 1000 dances. Even if you have most of these records its still great to have them together, showing the natural progression of this music and how it developed.
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