The first volume is fantastic (5 stars) but somehow this second volume manages to surpass it. Any cd that starts with Tami Lynn's 'I'm gonna run away from you' has got to be special and this one never lets up. High profile names like Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Wilson Pickett, Otis redding, the Drifters and the ever great Garnet Mimms all shine. It's the quality in depth on this cd which makes it special and it's with the more rare songs like 'I went out with my baby tonight' by Moses K & the Prophets that make it unbeatable. Other rare tracks that shine are 'You'll never leave her' by Pat Embers, 'You maybe holding my baby' - the Pussycats and my personal favourite 'In front of her house' by Larry Hale with it's heartbreaking lyrics. Nearly all the songs are 9 or 10 out of 10, its full of majestic producations, well crafted songs, heartbreaking lyrics that are all sung to perfection. Buy it now. 10/10.
on 6 April 2010
In the liner notes to this, second, volume of the late great Bert Berns' work, Ace Records say that their overall aim is to make his name more familiar. Quite rightly they claim that his comparative unfamiliarity to many is an injustice. I could'nt agree more!
In my own short review of volume one in this series, I attempted to place Bert Berns' work in its overall context. There is no need to repeat that here. Put simply, if you liked the first volume, you will find this equally magnificent. And if, like me, you have been hunting down this material for many years, you will feel like all your birthdays have come at once. Some of these recordings have been virtually unobtainable for a very long time - Tammy Montgomery (later Tammi Terrell), the 'long' version of Hang on Sloopy complete with the long lost 'red dress' extra verse, Kenny Hamber, Freddie Scott and Bobby Harris, to name just a few. Favourite tracks? Almost too many to mention, but if pressed, an extra star for the fabulous Lorraine Ellison whose 'Heart Be Still' is an awsome example of Deep Soul & Gospel at its spellbinding best. And, as a proud Irishman, a special word of commendation for Moses K and the Prophets (from Belfast) whom I remember with great fondness from their earlier incarnation as the Mad Lads.
Otherwise I commend Mrs Papworth's excellent review (above) to you. She really has said everything else that one needs to say about this top class production. I concur entirely with every word she has written and can only echo her final point...
Buy it now!
on 23 November 2010
AN ABSOLUTE CORKER OF A CD, WELL DONE ACE, THE BEST REISSUE LABEL AROUND.
LOADS OF GREAT TRACKS, MANY UNFAMILIAR AND WITH MARVELLOUS NOTES FOR US AMERICAN GOLDEN AGE
FANATICS. VOL 2 IS ALSO BRILLIANT!
on 5 December 2012
second best album i have ever bought ( best one was twist and shout, volume 1 of this series ) need i say more, every track a gem, a lot new, some more familiar, any fan of QUALITY sixties soul and pop will love this album, and series.
buy it and love it forever