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Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story, 1961-1977 Box set

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Product details

  • Audio CD (16 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Kent Soul/Ace
  • ASIN: B001E7ONZQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER - WILLIAM BELL
  2. GO HOME GIRL - ARTHUR ALEXANDER
  3. THESE ARMS OF MINE - OTIS REDDING
  4. STEAL AWAY - JIMMY HUGHES
  5. MY ADORABLE ONE - JOE SIMON
  6. YOU'RE GONNA MAKE ME CRY - O V WRIGHT
  7. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN - PERCY SLEDGE
  8. LOSIN' BOY - EDDY GILES
  9. TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS (Take 1) - OTIS REDDING
  10. SOMETHING I NEVER HAD - JARVIS JACKSON
  11. NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) - WILSON PICKETT
  12. GOT TO MAKE A COMEBACK - EDDIE FLOYD
  13. WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY - CHARLIE RICH
  14. THE DARK END OF THE STREET - JAMES CARR
  15. LET'S DO IT OVER - TOUSSAINT McCALL
  16. DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN - ARETHA FRANKLIN
  17. I CAN'T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN - SAM & DAVE
  18. YOU AIN'T WOMAN ENOUGH (TO TAKE MY MAN) - JUNE EDWARDS
  19. LET'S FACE FACTS - THE MASQUERADERS
  20. SHE AIN'T GONNA DO RIGHT - JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY
  21. BLESS YOUR LITTLE SWEET SOUL - AL JOHNSON
  22. DIRTY MAN - LAURA LEE
  23. COVER ME - EDDIE HINTON
  24. YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME - REUBEN BELL With The Beltones
  25. I'D RATHER GO BLIND - ETTA JAMES
  26. WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) - OSCAR TONEY Jr

Disc: 2

  1. YOU LEFT THE WATER RUNNING - MAURICE & MAC
  2. I'LL GO CRAZY - DON BRYANT
  3. RAINBOW ROAD - BILL BRANDON
  4. THE ONE YOU CAN'T HAVE (ALL BY YOURSELF) - SHIRLEY WALTON
  5. TELL HIM TONIGHT - WILLIAM BOLLINGER
  6. A SMILE CAN'T HIDE (A BROKEN HEART) - OLLIE & THE NIGHTINGALES
  7. UPTIGHT GOOD WOMAN - SPENCER WIGGINS
  8. I FORGOT TO BE YOUR LOVER - WILLIAM BELL
  9. I'LL MAKE IT UP TO YOU - CLAY HAMMOND
  10. SLIP AWAY - CLARENCE CARTER
  11. THAT'S THE WAY LOVE TURNED OUT FOR ME - JAMES CARR
  12. POLLY WALLY - TONY BORDERS
  13. ANOTHER MAN'S WOMAN, ANOTHER WOMAN'S MAN - CANDI STATON
  14. BUYING A BOOK - JOE TEX
  15. TO THE OTHER WOMAN (I'M THE OTHER WOMAN) - DORIS DUKE
  16. STEALING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD - PAUL KELLY
  17. FAITHFUL AND TRUE - Z Z HILL
  18. LOVE'S GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN (Part 1) - CHUCK BROOKS
  19. I WENT OFF AND CRIED - KIP ANDERSON
  20. IF I CAN'T RUN TO YOU I'LL CRAWL - BARBARA & THE BROWNS
  21. WHAT I DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT ME - PAUL THOMPSON
  22. JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE - JOHNNIE TAYLOR
  23. WISH I WAS BACK - THOMAS BAILEY
  24. I CAN'T GIVE YOU MY HEART - JIMMY BRASWELL
  25. LEAD ME ON - GWEN McRAE

Disc: 3

  1. MUMBLE IN MY EAR - MARCELL STRONG
  2. BREAKING UP SOMEBODY'S HOME - DENISE LaSALLE
  3. TIRED OF BEING ALONE - AL GREEN
  4. I CAN'T BE SATISFIED - SPENCER WIGGINS
  5. GROOVE ME - KING FLOYD
  6. SHE'S ALL I GOT - FREDDIE NORTH
  7. JODY, COME BACK AND GET YOUR SHOES - BOBBY NEWSOME
  8. STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN - MEL & TIM
  9. WE ALWAYS COME BACK STRONG - SAM DEES
  10. I'VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG - FREDERICK KNIGHT
  11. (IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT - LUTHER INGRAM
  12. I'M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN - ANN PEEBLES
  13. I'M THROUGH TRYING TO PROVE MY LOVE TO YOU - BOBBY WOMACK
  14. IT HURTS SO GOOD - MILLIE JACKSON
  15. YOU'VE GOT MY MIND MESSED UP - QUIET ELEGANCE
  16. I GET MY GROOVE FROM YOU - BOBBY PATTERSON
  17. TAKE TIME TO KNOW HIM - TOMMIE YOUNG
  18. HOW CAN I GET NEXT TO YOU? - GEORGE JACKSON
  19. I'LL BE THE OTHER WOMAN - THE SOUL CHILDREN
  20. HEARTBREAK WOMAN - CLARENCE CARTER
  21. TAKE ONE STEP (I'LL TAKE TWO) - CHET DAVENPORT
  22. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - AL GREEN
  23. IF YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY - TOMMY TATE
  24. I'LL PLAY THE BLUES FOR YOU - GEATER DAVIS

Product Description

Product Description

From Kent Records, commonly acknowledged as the greatest soul reissue label in the world, comes TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, a selection of 75 songs that tell the story of the golden era of Southern Soul 1961-77 over 3CDs, with full notes and lavish illustrations in a 72 page full-colour book, in a deluxe slipcase containing a jewel case-sized hard cover book. Includes every artist such a compilation should include - OTIS REDDING, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PERCY SLEDGE, AL GREEN, ANN PEEBLES, CLARENCE CARTER, DORIS DUKE, CANDI STATON, JAMES CARR, WILSON PICKETT, SAM & DAVE, EDDIE HINTON, WILLIAM BELL, JAMES & BOBBY PURIFY and numerous others. Although no compilation could ever claim to be definitive, this one comes damn close, and will maker a perfect gift for longtime fans and anyone whose interest in this classic sound has been piqued by new artists like ELI 'PAPERBOY' REED and Duffy.

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First thing i have to say is that this release is truly perfect , a work of art,in fact,that is worth every penny .And i'm not even talking about the music yet !
From the evocative photo which adorns the front cover (taken at a Stax session in the 60's) , to the colours , typography and design of the track listing on the back and the extensive hard-back booklet with tons of info and facts on all the artists and songs it is so obvious that lots of care, attention and hard work has gone into this release by everyone concerned , it's a real labour of love . Thank you.
And , of course , there's the actual music itself .......
OK , i'm biased . Soul is my true love when it comes to music and , specifically , soul of the Southern variety .I was pretty much certain to love most of the tracks on here but even i wasn't prepared for just how magnificent it all is .Even tracks i've become (overly) familiar with over the years seem to have taken on a new lease of life , old worn out classics have raised their game and got even better when placed alongside new (to me at any rate) slabs of mellow passionate genius . And that's what you get here , believe me , some of the greatest music ever recorded .
So . Packaging superb. Music even better .
Now the quibbles ! You knew they were coming didn't you , even the most perfect diamond has a flaw or two .In this case though they are minor and not really worth bothering about , i just thought i'd mention them anyway .Also they're personal so if you're thinking of buying this : DO IT ! Don't let my gripes put you off .
The first concerns my all time "greatest ever " song , by anyone , ever , in any genre . Namely "That's How Strong My Love Is" by the legendary O.V. Wright .
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Even now in 2014 (6 years after the event) - this fabulous compilation casts a shadow and exerts a pull. I'm always dragging it off the shelf and playing it - and as a lifelong Soul and Funk fan - an indepth review of this iconic reissue jewel is long overdue.

"Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977" by VARIOUS ARTISTS is a 3CD Mini Box Set released in the UK October 2008 on Ace Records/Kent Soul KENTBOX 10 (Barcode 029667000901). Except where noted most of the 95-tracks are Mono and Stereo US 7" single mixes with a Previously Unissued Otis Redding nugget and many other vinyl rarities (see full track list below for a breakdown of what's what).

Housed in a glossy outer card wrap is a gorgeous hardback book of 72-pages featuring knowledgeable and informative liner notes by Soul Experts and Compilers DEAN RUDLAND and TONY ROUNCE (they've done huge numbers of inlays for Ace and Edsel over the years). The text is peppered with beautiful colour photos - American 45's on Stax, Dial, Fame, Dot, Volt, Goldwax, Cadet etc - British 7" Demos on London, Pye, Chess and Stateside - record company publicity photos - American trade magazine adverts - recording studio shots... It's properly gorgeous stuff and surely some kind of award-winner (hats off to Neil Dell at 9th Planet). It should however be noted that the card wrap is extremely tight and needs to be removed carefully lest you tear it - and although the book is a truly wondrous thing to behold - it can be awkward to read without snapping the spine (so be careful).

Each disc is theme-titled (see below) and as you can imagine the sound quality varies enormously from era to era.
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Totally agree with previous review. Im not a complete soul disciple, dont trust all music that slips down like cola, much soul often feels that way for me. BUT... the tunes on this may be smooth but the depths I havent even got close exploring and it hasnt left my stereo since I bought it. Pay the price just to encourage the Kings at Ace to make the sequel please!
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I love the way this has been released. The joy of a physical album is in discovering and engaging with the music beyond what goes into your ears, and this does that in fine style. A lovely slipcased book with the three CD's in the back, with nostalgic 45rpm artwork and photo's throughout and a little bit about each song, all written with love and enthusiasm.
Sound quality is lovely, and very even across all the recordings.
The compilation must have taken much care and attention to compile, and it shows. It's only downside is the emphasis on the slower tempo recordings, making tracks like Johnnie Taylor's 'Jody's got your girl and gone' stand out. Uptempo tracks are often the most obvious choices for a compilation, and 'Take me to the River' is a brave and wonderful deviation from the obvious, however a slightly greater variety of tempo would have made this perhaps my favourite Soul compilation, along with Stax's 50th anniversary box set.
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Thanks to Mark Lamarr playing a few tracks on one of his programmes in december,I put it it on my Christmas list.Thanks Mark and of course daughter Michelle who bought it for me.
It is without doubt the best soul collection ever put together.It isn't just the music that's brilliant,the whole packaging and booklet is really top class.
Not a duff track throughout the 3 cd's.Otis,Aretha,Al Green,Spencer Wiggins,The Soul Children - all knockout.
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