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Lay This Burden Down ~ The Very Best Of Mary Love Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Kent
  • ASIN: B00HS95ILM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Baby, I'll Come
  2. Born To Live With Heartache
  3. Come Out Of The Sandbox Mary Love Comer
  4. Dance, Children, Dance
  5. Hey, Stoney Face
  6. The Hurt Is Just Beginning
  7. If You Change Your Mind
  8. I'm In Your Hands
  9. I've Gotta Get You Back
  10. Lay This Burden Down
  11. Let Me Know
  12. Move A Little Closer
  13. Satisfied Feeling
  14. Talkin' About My Man
  15. There's Someone For Me
  16. Think It Over Baby
  17. You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet
  18. The Price
  19. Let's Get Together Arthur & Mary
  20. Is That You Arthur & Mary
  21. Caught Up
  22. I Can't Wait
  23. When We Start Making Love
  24. Power Of Your Love

Product Description

Mary Love's music was the foundation of the Kent label, opening the first two vinyl LPs, the first 45 and the first Various Artists CD. All her crucial Modern sides are gathered here along with the highlights of her later career. Both sides of the wonderful Elco 45, her two tracks from the Dolemite film soundtrack and both sides from the Hill/Josie single augment that first mid 60s burst of creativity. The cream of the 80s Co-Love spiritual tracks are also included. That was another prolific period for her: tracks like Sandbox and The Price are indispensible for lovers of inspired black music. There is a detailed sleevenote covering Mary's life and some previously unseen photos of great quality and style. A new compilation by Ady Croasdell that replaces Kent's older, long deleted CDKEND 109.

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this reissue sounds good as it was when it came out
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Great album of Mary Loves. The packaging is well put together as always with Kent releases and the sound quality is superb. Buy this if you like soul .
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x976c8a8c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x962b5e10) out of 5 stars undervalued '60s-'70s soul singer (but I could have done without the later stuff) 8 Mar. 2015
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mary Love has to be one of the most obscure artists in a popular music genre (i.e., soul) to have ever received the full-disc anthology treatment. She only managed to dent the Billboard R&B/soul Top 50 twice (in 1966 and in 1968) and placed no higher than #46. This is no reflection, however, on the quality of her work during this period, since that #46 record, "The Hurt Is Just Beginning," written by Mary Love herself, is an absolute beauty of a compelling, mature, smooth and exquisitely melodic soul ballad, which based on merit should have received major airplay on all the soul and Top 40 radio stations. It was one of the great records of a great year (1968) for soul music -- and to think I only heard it here for the first time 46+ years later! (It was easily better than 80% of the Top 25 Hot 100 songs of the moment, which included "Little Arrows" by Leapy Lee; "Bang-Shang-a-Lang" by the Archies; "Chewy Chewy" by Ohio Express; "Cinnamon" by Derek; "Quick Joey Small" by the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestra; and I'll toss in Bobby Vinton's "I Love How You Love Me." I'm making myself sick!) I will go so far as to say that there was no better singer-songwriter record in the entire Hot 100 during the weeks of November 30 and December 7, 1968 (the two-week period when it was riding the bottom of the soul chart).

There are a solid half-dozen other soul gems here, including consecutive 1966 releases on the Modern label that feature her bluesier side, "Move a Little Closer" (her other national R&B chart placer) and "Think It Over Baby"; the hard-charging title song of this CD ("Lay Your Burden Down"), which showcases her astonishing soul-wailing ability during the latter part of the record; the funky but emotive "Born to Live with Heartache"; the yearning ballad "There Is Someone for Me" (the latter two shared the same 1971 45); and "Loving You" (from a 1977 blaxploitation film soundtrack, no less), a deeply-felt, dramatic ballad with a Millie Jackson-like country-soul vibe. These last three songs were penned by the singer.

So far so good, but I cannot endorse the final fifteen minutes comprising her later religious recordings. Besides being utterly inorganic, low-rent productions, they are full of simple-minded, repetitious, proselytizing propaganda I never want to hear again.

This being a Kent Soul/Ace Records release, the 1960s/1970s music sounds as fine as anyone could reasonably expect. (Six tracks are mono, nineteen are stereo, and the 1965-67 Modern label material was meticulously re-mastered.) The 20-page accompanying booklet is among the most colorful, photo-and-realia-packed of its kind you'll ever see (near the top end, even for Ace), with detailed liner notes that recount the artist's life story (not an easy one; Mary Love passed away in 2013 at the age of 66) by the disc's compiler Ady Croasdell.
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HASH(0x962b5e70) out of 5 stars Soul-Turned-Gospel Singer Mary Love/Mary Love-Comer 12 Aug. 2015
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Born Mary Ann Varney (or, as some sources claim, Mary Ann Allen - take your pick) in Sacramento, California on June 27, 1942, as Soul singer Mary Love, and following her “discovery” by J.W. Alexander (who once managed Soul legend Sam Cooke), she had 9 singles released in the U.S. from 1965 to 1971, 6 for Modern Records, 2 for Josie and 1 for Elco. Two of her singles made it into the mid-regions of the R&B charts. She never experienced a Billboard Pop cross-over.

The first of her 2 hits was the Aug-Sept 1966 # 48 Move A Littler Closer which emerged as Modern 1020 b/w Let Me Know, while the second came in Nov-Dec 1968 when The Hurt Is Just Beginning finished at # 46 as Josie 999 b/w If You Change Your Mind.

To the delight of completist hits collectors, this great 25-track volume from the Ace of London associate Kent Records provides all 4 sides with excellent sound reproduction and interesting liner notes by CD compiler Ady Croasdell - something we’ve come to expect from the U.K. outlets. But this will also appeal to more than just completists, as Mary is one among many Soul artists from that era who deserved so much more commercial success than came her way, as you will hear for yourself in this perfect album. Connection with a larger label would almost certainly have brought more hits her way.

And for those who remember her more following her marriage to preacher Brad Comer and her change of direction to Gospel-tinged Soul delivering a Christian message in the 1980s as Mary Love-Comer, Kent also gives you a hint of that stage of her career. The reverse of the jewel case provides full label details for each selection. Her marriage to Comer ended in the early 2000s and on June 21, 2013 she passed away at age 69. Thanks to Ace-Kent we have this volume honoring her contributions to American Soul.

One correction you might wish to take note of - the above track listing is completely out of whack. First of all, this has 25 sides, not 24, and they appear as follows: 1. You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet; 2. I'm In Your Hands; 3. Hey, Stoney Face; 4. I've Gotta Get You Back; 5. Let Me Know; 6. Move A Little Closer; 7. Think It Over Baby; 8. Lay This Burden Down; 9. Satisfied Feeling; 10. Baby, I'll Come; 11. Talkin' About My Man; 12. Dance, Children, Dance; 13. Is That You (Arthur & Mary); 14. The Hurt Is Just Beginning; 15. If You Change Your Mind; 16. Born To Live With Heartache; 17. There's Someone For Me; 18. When We Start Making Love; 19. Power Of Your Love; 20. Joy; 21. Loving You; 22. I Can't Wait; 23. Because Of You; 24. Come Out Of The Sandbox; 25. The Price.

Something else worth noting is that the side Is That You? was apparently intended to pair Arthur Adams with Mary, but he firmly contends that the “Mary” is actually Modern session vocalist Edna Wright. Kent apparently thinks differently. All sides are stereo except tracks 1 to 3, 6, 16 and 17.
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HASH(0x952b4b4c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 May 2015
By Gloria Warren .Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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Just wanted to let you know that I am enjoying it
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