In these days of overblown 'power ballads' masquerading as country it is perhaps worth remembering that the genre was originally the music of the poor whites. Not unsurprisingly, black singers in the southern states found common ground and tapped into the huge reservoir of songs. Trikont have put together this compendium of mostly sixties and seventies efforts. The result is a fine collection eschewing straight covers and concentrating on those individuals who imbued the songs with raw emotion. Highlights include the wonderful Ella Washington (He Called Me Baby), Etta James and Joe Simon. Indeed the only duff note is sounded by the Godfather Of Soul himself on an overwrought and unsatisfying rendition of Your Cheatin' Heart.