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Goin' Back To Miami ~ The Soul Sides 1965-1970 Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00IWRI636
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Goin' Back To Miami
  2. Some-A Your Sweet Love
  3. Which One Should I Choose Aka No Name
  4. When My Baby Cries
  5. You Got It From Me
  6. Get Ready
  7. To Make Me A Man
  8. Big City Woman
  9. Think
  10. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover
  11. Harlem Shuffle
  12. The Peak Of Love
  13. No Rest For The Wicked
  14. I'm In Trouble
  15. Little Bitty Pretty One
  16. Get Down With It
  17. I'm Leaving It Up To You
  18. Somebody Please
  19. Hoochie Coochie Man
  20. Up In My Mind
  21. Life's Little Ups And Downs (Part Two)
  22. If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It
  23. Everybody
  24. Let Me Come With You (Part One)
  25. My Machine
  26. Chopper 70

Disc: 2

  1. Dance To The Music
  2. Soul Man
  3. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
  4. 634-5789
  5. Try A Little Tenderness
  6. I Can't Turn You Loose
  7. Hard To Handle
  8. I Wish It Would Rain
  9. Hold On I'm Comin'
  10. Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)
  11. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  12. I've Been Loving You Too Long

Product Description

Product Description

Widely acknowledged as one of the wildest performers of the 1960s, Wayne Cochran's renowned showmanship never translated into hit records, but his various recordings for the Mercury, Chess and King labels are nevertheless compelling glimpses of the wild style which wowed clubs audiences across the United States in the latter half of the 60s. The purple period of this outrageously-bouffanted blue-eyed soul man's career is documented on the first disc of Ace's 2 CD anthology Goin Back To Miami, which collects the choicest sides the singer cut in the R&B style in the last half of the 60s, including the regional hits Harlem Shuffle and Goin Back To Miami, prime cuts from his eponymous 1968 album, partly recorded at Fame in Muscle Shoals, and a dozen tracks completely new to CD, including several unissued titles. In 1968, Cochran took his crack outfit the CC Riders into uncharted territory Las Vegas. Rather than toning down his act, the singer introduced the staid casino showrooms to his version of soul and made enough noise for Elvis Presley to come and take a look. The second disc of this package is an amazing find from the King vaults: a full live-in-the-studio document of Cochran's Vegas routine, complete with the singer's funky downhome patter, and CC Rider takes on numerous Stax and Motown items. Complete with detailed liner notes and plenty of eye-popping illustrations including photos of Cochran getting his famous do worked on Goin Back To Miami is the definitive document of this great entertainer's golden era.

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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2015
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This 2 disc compilation of Wayne Cochran's output on Mercury/Chess/King spans the years 1965 to 1970. Ace records have done a great job collecting all these tracks together - including 4 unissued tracks on disc 1 and the whole of disc two. It comes with a mammoth 28 page colour booklet which is very well written, it has great pics and lots of label shots - excellent. The sound quality as you would expect with 'Ace' is faultless throughout. If you like Wayne's full on singing style in the vein of his idol James Brown you'll love this compilation. None of the tracks are in the style of his great track 'Last Kiss' from a few years earlier - these are the soul sides, funky and full on. The musical quality of the tracks themselves is good but not outstanding in my opinion - although Wayne certainly puts his heart and soul into them. I only found a couple of tracks that offered any light and shade - I love both 'Up in my mind' and 'I'm in trouble'. Overall, not for me, but you may love it - you'll never know unless you buy it.
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No music collection is complete without this. How did I miss this first time round? There should be a revival, including themed nights. Check him out on YouTube, you won't be disappointed. Reference made to him in the classic Blues Brothers film.
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It brought back memories of the time I saw him t the Elmo in Toronto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the hardest-working "blue-eyed" soul brother in the business 16 May 2014
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Only England's Ace Records would even think of devoting a full two-CD set (over 158 minutes of music) to a 1960s American act whose highest national chart placement was #127, reached the week of January 8, 1966. That lone Wayne Cochran chart record was a cover of Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle" from two years earlier that is nothing short of phenomenal, with the big guy (6'2", but more like 6'10" counting that massive, skyscraping white bouffant pompadour he sported) in his best voice and his big soul band, the C.C. Riders (oh that horn section!), killing it big-time. The original Bob & Earl #3 R&B hit was impressive enough, yet somehow these guys managed to spark it up even more. By comparison, the Rolling Stones' 1986 remake (which reached #5 in the U.S. and #13 in the U.K.) was a rather joyless affair, despite its memorable video. [Additional note: Cochran did have one huge chart success -- in fact, a #1 pop record -- as a songwriter: his teen-tragedy ballad "Last Kiss" (before he became a soul man; thus, not included in this collection) was covered in 1964 by J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers out of Texas and became a staple of oldies radio, providing Cochran a steady stream of royalties income.]

Wayne Cochran was a paradox in the '60s: an imitator of soul music icons -- especially James Brown (his idol), Otis Redding (his friend) and Joe Tex, whose downhome love-philosophizing raps he became a master of -- but it was his devotion to emulating the great black music of the day as a white man from the Deep South (Georgia) that made him truly unique. He was also righteous and courageous in his attempt to crash through the wall of racial separation of those times with his music. Not adhering to an expected niche cost him record sales, forcing him to tour constantly, and he would unfailingly put on a dynamic, all-out, energy-draining show that eventually literally shredded his vocal cords and required surgery. Ultimately, he succeeded, becoming an Elvis-endorsed Vegas act and getting to tear it up in his numerous national television appearances.

Ace's presentation is up to its usual great standards: a 28-page photo-filled booklet (the subject was never shy about posing for pictures), extensive liner notes (with the participation of the very-much-alive Cochran) and superb sound mastering.

As terrific as Cochran's "Harlem Shuffle" cover is, the problem here is that the majority of the material consists of covers that fall short of the originals, some by quite a bit. He over-relies on the tricks and clichés of the soul singer's trade: the growls, grunts, moans, screams and ad libs; and they often feel forced and come perilously close to parody. His singing can occasionally become ragged and stray off key, deficiencies which are magnified when he's going up directly against great talents like Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, the Temptations, or Otis Redding -- not to mention Muddy Waters in a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man." One original song, appropriately titled "I'll Be in Trouble," is painfully hard to listen to, as it was recorded right before he desperately needed to have major vocal cord surgery.

Disc One ends with Cochran's abrupt and eccentric turn to motorcycle rock at the dawn of the '70s. Ace made a rare bad choice by including these two tracks in a soul set. (I would rather have his original version of "Last Kiss.")

Disc Two consists of an unissued, projected faux "live" LP that luckily we get to hear without the audience sound effects added. It's dominated by Otis Redding songs, as no doubt part of Cochran's intent here was to do a tribute to his recently deceased comrade. The arrangements are virtually note-for-note identical to the originals (not counting the extended love-and-soul-man raps and ad libs he inserts), making it both a moving experience (since he clearly loved Otis like a brother) and a frustrating one at the same time, due to his obviously lesser vocal ability. However, he displays remarkable restraint on "Dock of the Bay," effectively delivering the song's existential message which became so crushingly sad in Otis's wake. At the end, he mournfully calls out Otis's name and recreates the record's whistling fade-out; but instead of fading out, it flows into a solitary horn playing the concluding notes half in the manner of taps. A hauntingly sorrowful moment heard here for the first time 45 years later.

Thank you, Ace Records.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Knight at his best 13 Aug. 2014
By Keith Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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All the great R&B artists of the '60s sang with deep feeling, but none could match the raw emotion of Wayne Cochran's live performances. Cochran didn't merely sing with soul; he ripped open his chest, tore out his heart, and bared his soul for all the world to see. One didn't watch a Wayne Cochran performance; one experienced it. On stage he held nothing back, and the audience couldn't help but get caught up in the excitement and energy of the music. By the time the show was over, Cochran's emotional tank was on empty, and most of the audience felt drained as well. Alas, there are no dvds out (yet--surely Wayne must have some videos stashed away somewhere) so we can enjoy his powerful performances in all their visceral glory, but this cd comes close to capturing the manic passion of the man. Cochran sang with a purity that today's chart-toppers, with their stress on image over substance, could never hope to emulate, and you can feel his sincerity in every verse. Of all the Wayne Cochran cds released, I believe "Goin' Back to Miami" (particularly cd2) gives the closest approximation of actually seeing the man live. I can't recommend it highly enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you love him. If you've never heard of him you're ... 30 Nov. 2014
By M. MCINTOSH - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say about Wayne Cochran that hasn't already been said? If you know him, his shows, his work, you love him. If you've never heard of him you're missing a great performer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! 27 Aug. 2014
By Mark E. Brehm - Published on Amazon.com
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the second disc of the unreleased studio live set is worth the entire price of this CD Set.
Cochran is the most underrated rock soul or blues siner that ever existed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy. Brings back great memories 24 Aug. 2015
By Peter Holguin Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I met Wayne and The CC Riders in Baton Rouge back in 1974 while I was on the road! They were playing at the lounge in our motel. I have been looking for this CD. I am very happy. Brings back great memories!
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