- 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)
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Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story, 1961-1977 Box set
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 .Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a hugely over-rated collection. As other reviewers have commented the tempo is far too lugubrious. Regretfully I think it reflects a taste for the torpid in the compiler.Published 8 months ago by Matthew
Amazing compilation, if you have any fame studio stuff/knowledge you'll luv this!Published 20 months ago by Robert Chambers
The item arrived exactly as described, and before I expected it. Buy with confidence.Published on 17 Sept. 2014 by Jacques coetzee
A beautiful album of absolute classic tracks. Everything you used to listen to and want to hear again is there. Sure brings back some good memories.............Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Moonbeam
A supreme box set. Come to the history of Southern Soul, in an extremely well thought through collection of artists and tracks.Published on 6 Feb. 2012 by ZaneyBerns
Expensive, but worth every penny. An unmissable, incomparable compilation for soul experts or the curious. This is the best I have seen.Published on 16 Dec. 2011 by A. S. N. Fraser
A bit pricey for 3CD's but a marvellously thoughtful collection, nonetheless - one of the best I've heard. Very well-sequenced - better than the (rightly revered) Dave Godin comps. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2011 by A. ADAM
Sweet southern soul, a journey through some of the best soul and R&B music ever made.
This really is a gem and one of the best releases I've purchased in years. Read more