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  • Audio CD (28 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shout
  • ASIN: B000BP2VP6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Town I Live In
  2. No Love (Like My Love)
  3. I've Been Wrong
  4. It's Spring
  5. All Of A Sudden
  6. I Found An Angel
  7. Tell It, Like It Is
  8. Reckless Lover
  9. I Wonder Do You
  10. Handful Of Sorrows
  11. A Bit Of Soul
  12. Darling That's What You Said
  13. There He Goes
  14. I'm So Glad
  15. You're Not Gonna Break My Heart
  16. I Think You're The Girl
  17. Stop Crying Over You
  18. Don't You Know That's Love
  19. Uncle Willie
  20. You Know I've Tried
  21. Watch Over Me
  22. I'm Ready
  23. Reckless Lover (Alt. Take)
  24. Handful Of Sorrows (Alt. Take)

Product Description

Product Description

McKinley 'Soul' Mitchell was the credit on the distinctive soul-blues anthem 'The Town I Live In', a big R&B hit in 1962 on the Leaner Brothers' cleverly-named One-Derful Records from Chicago.

Born in Mississippi, Mitchell had migrated north along with numerous blues and soul singers in search of the bright lights and big city, and found steady work for some years in the clubs and bars of the Windy City's south side. Mitchell recorded for One-Derful for two years, releasing a clutch of 45s and an album of rare sophistication for its era, which sold steadily at the time and was even issued in the UK by President.

Four decades later, the album and singles from those Chicago sessions are sought-after collectors' items, and this significant re-issue on Shout Records presents the opportunity for McKinley's beseeching soul-drenched voice to reach both the vintage music fans and the nu-soul audience influenced by the passion and lyricism of soul from the classic years.

Mitchell also recorded for Chess and local Chicago labels before returning south to Mississippi in the 1970s to score a further hit single, and later recorded LPs for Malaco and Rhetta's before his untimely death in 1986

This gorgeous CD contains the album and singles from Mitchell’s One-Derful period; highly sought after Chicago recordings for all Classic Soul fans.

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I've been keeping my eye on this for ages and finally got myself a copy. I love this cd; you can tell this on the One-derful label, and there are some really edgy tracks on here (think some of Otis Clay's early records) as well as some slower blues songs. If you like Bobby Bland or Little Milton then I think this would be worth a try. A lot earthier, and the recordings sound straight from vinyl, but still some real gems here. The tracks are from 1962-1964, and these songs would fit most mod themed nights and a fair few would also fit the popcorn scene. The only drawback is that it doesn't contain his Chess singles, and Shout did seem to have access to chess on other releases. I would love to have had copies of those songs on here, as well as the St Lawrence releases. Their inclusion would have been better than the two alternative tracks, but that may have been too costly (as any situation where there are multiple labels involved.) But what is here is really excellent, and it is fortunate that any release of this work has been made available. Any fans of 60s Chicago soul (the grittier side), mod, popcorn, Bobby Bland, Little Milton should give this a try.
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Not enough quality songs to keep you listening without skipping. I only bought it for 1 track but probably like about 5
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HASH(0x9b6667c8) out of 5 stars Wonderful, One-derful! 5 Feb. 2006
By rollo - Published on Amazon.com
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There is soul and there is REAL soul. This is REAL soul at its best. Long out of print 60's recordings by the late McKinley Mitchell have finally been made available by RPM records of Europe. These recordings were originally recorded by One-derful Records in Chicago, produced and arranged and conducted Monk Higgins, Milt Bland and Willie Henderson. McKinley Mitchell was a real shouter who had an uncanny yet profound delivery of a song. When he sings 'The Town I Live In', he is virtually testifying. His vocal dynamics were exceptional. He was a wonderful performer too, as I can give testimony to having seen and worked with him in person. "Uncle Willie", "Never Gonna Let You Break My Heart", "Tell It Like It Is", and about 20 more songs are all in this package. The remastering is very good, though monaural and not stereo and fun to dance to or to groove out on. This is solid soul music Chicago style and this little collection is essential to any REAL soul music collector.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b965edc) out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Soul Singers Ever To Live 9 May 2007
By Carl A. Purefoy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those artists I thought would never be released on cd- there are several others that I thought would never see the light of day and they did- Larry Darnell,Gene Allison, and now the early recordings of McKinley Mitchell. I'm still waiting for a cd collection of L.C.Cooke's recordings and a Annie Laurie greatest hits cd. McKinley Mitchell recorded one of the greatest Soul songs of the entire 60's in 1962. The original 'The Town I Live In" is far superior to the later Malaco remake and any other remakes. This classic piece of Soul made it to #8 on the R&B charts and stayed on the charts for 9 weeks in 1962. There's even a follow up to the Town I live In on this cd called "I'm So Glad" where you hear his baby has finally come home. "I Found An Angel","I Wonder Do You", and "Darling That's What You Said" should have all been bigger hits in the early 60's. McKinley was simply one of the finest Soul singers of the 60's and deserved to have been a bigger star. Get this Soulful cd in your collection pronto and McKinley I hope you greet me when I walk through the pearly gates one day along with Sam,Otis,Wilson,Jesse,Jackie,Betty,Dinah,Lou,Brook,and Little Willie John all standing by your side.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b965de0) out of 5 stars The Town I Live In 13 Aug. 2008
By Frances De La Paz - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for this CD for a long time.. I finally found it..This CD is very hard to get, I have the song "The Town I Live In" on a 45 vinyl record.. still plays good, I am a collector of vinyl records, and have many oldies but goodies on 45 and albums. Mckinley was a great singer, thank you so much for having this CD! I will enjoy hearing it in my car for a long time!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba37840) out of 5 stars My favorite blues artist 3 Mar. 2012
By silver - Published on Amazon.com
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McKinley has a beautiful blues voice, with a gritty moan that makes you feel the pain of lost love, life, and old times. God, I love his voice, his music makes you want to close you eyes and sway as you dance and remember. I can listen to anything he sings and enjoy it, not just the hits. Takes me back to another time and place. Beautiful.
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