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5.0 out of 5 stars "...The Mini Dresses Really Shaking...Hey Man...I'm Down At The Shack...", 16 April 2009
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Platinum Collection (Audio CD)
Arthur Conley is one of the great unsung-heroes of Atlantic's extraordinary soul roster - unfairly overlooked as a poor man's Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett clone. It's true that vocally and stylistically, he was the same (Redding discovered and mentored him) - but what's also true is that his albums and singles contained some blistering Sixties soul - and this cheap and cheerful compilation is a great way of accessing a fair dollop of them.

He made 4 albums for Atlantic/Atco and issued over a dozen UK and US 7" singles. Unfortunately this compilation sticks with the albums only - a shame that as he had many non-album B-sides (some A's too) which are unavailable anywhere (a Rhino Handmade box set please?). The four albums were...

"Sweet Soul Music" (CD Tracks 1, 8, 10, 16 and 20)
1967 USA Stereo LP on Atco SD 33-215 and UK LP on Atlantic 587 069
"Shake, Rattle & Roll" (CD Track 4)
1967 USA Stereo LP on Atco SD 33-220 and UK LP on Atlantic 587 084
"Soul Directions" (CD Tracks 2, 6, 7, 21 and 22)
1968 USA Stereo LP on Atco SD 33-243 and UK LP on Atlantic 588 128
"More Sweet Soul" (CD Tracks 3, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 19)
1969 USA Stereo LP on Atco SD 33-276 and UK LP on Atco 228 019

The inlay is a useless gatefold slip of paper, but the sound is lovely - very clean and clear - typically excellent Rhino remasters. Here's the breakdown (56:47 minutes):

1. Sweet Soul Music
2. Funky Street
3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
4. Shake, Rattle & Roll
5. Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack
6. Hear Say
7. People Sure Act Funny
8. Who's Foolin' Who
9. I Got A Feeling
10. I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
11. Something You Got
12. Stuff You Gotta Watch
13. That Can't Be My Baby
14. Run On
15. Shing-A-Ling
16. I'm A Lonely Stranger
17. Is That You Love
18. Speak Her Name
19. Take A Step
20. Take Me (Just As I Am)
21. This Love Of Mine
22. Otis Sleeps On

There are times when it all goes horribly wrong like the awful soul cover of The Beatles "Ob-La-Di..." and the heavy-handed out-of-place rock guitar in "Speak Her Name", but these are countered by fantastic brass-chopping workouts like "Funky Street" and "Hear Say". In the UK "Aunt Dora's Love Soul Shack" b/w "Is That Your Love" was issued as a 7" single on Atco 584 224 in November 1968 and criminally sank without a trace. I mention it because it's a truly superb Sixties Soul 45 - great funky A, slow soulful B (they reversed its order in the USA on Atco 6622). There's great discoveries like that on here...

For less that four of our battered and bruised sterling pounds this 2007 Rhino remaster is a tremendous introduction to the man. For those wanting more, his 4 albums and some of his non-album single tracks are out there on other CDs (but often at a cost).

In the meantime "Platinum Collection" is highly recommended.

PS: the other Atlantic artists in "The Platinum Collection" series are: LaVern Baker (see REVIEW), Archie Bell & The Drells (see REVIEW), Brook Benton (see REVIEW), Booker T & The M.G.'s, Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, Clarence Carter (see REVIEW), The Clovers (see REVIEW), Don Covay, The Detroit Spinners, Eddie Floyd, King Curtis, Barbara Lewis (see REVIEW), The Mar-Keys, The Persuasions, Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge (see REVIEW), Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, (Big) Joe Turner (see REVIEW) and Betty Wright
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Soul!, 22 Feb. 2010
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Mr. A. Craddock "T.C." (Middleton Manchester u.k.) - See all my reviews
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Sweet Soul Music & Funky Street by Arthur Conley were two mainstays in the Soul scene during my teenage years. They have both stood the test of time because as I DJ at various Parties I am often asked for these songs even by younger people who have discovered this genre. It does encourage me that this style may once again take over from Rap. Both these two & a lot of other great songs are included here and it is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Como siempre todo perfecto con zoverstocks.ADEMÁS SON LOS MÁS RÁPIDOS., 8 Feb. 2013
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Tambien conocía a Arthur Conley desde joven y siempre he sido un fan de su música. Ahora con este recopilatorio todavía más.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Platinium Collectiom, 24 April 2013
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THe music by Arthur Conley i find so very very enjoyable in every way i travel around to varios places and find great soul type music very relaxing easy on the hearin and has so much feeling when its performe enjoy as you listern to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine soul singer, 13 Nov. 2012
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Mehaudy S. Roberto (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - See all my reviews
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He is quite a good soul singer. The disc brings you a number of rhythmical songs that are really exciting as exciting is his voice. Happy to have it!
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