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Best of the three,
This review is from: The Birth of Soul Vol.3 (Audio CD)
This third and final CD in the series Birth of Soul is my personal favorite. Quality is as good as the other two volumes, but this CD just has some of the best tracks out of the early days of the Soul era. This goes from Garnet Mimms, Sam Cooke influenced, "Quiet place" to the more uptempo Ike & Tina song "It's gonna work out fine" made in 1961. And how fine it all worked out between those two in the years that had to come artistically. But the ultimate song on this CD that captures all of the birth of Soul is Chuck Jackson's "I will never turn my back on you" made in 1963. The singing goes somewhere between the traditional gospel and traditional big-band/crooner but is still searching for a balance between those two ways. A balance found a couple of years later found by Otis Redding and others. The backing vocals sometimes in a question and answering mode on other times the backing vocals arenot backing at all, but are up front. In the Motown output of the you will hear the ultimate balance in soul backing vocals by artists like the Four Tops and Temptations. The violin arrangement in this song sounds more like an arrangement for Jazz big band with violins as heard on Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks then the soul violin arrangements of the late sixties/early seventies.
It is this searching for a new style that makes Chuck Jackson's "I will never turn my back on you" the ultimate Birth of Soul song.