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Ella Washington - Joe Simon - Bobby Powell - Arthur Alexander - Candy Staton - Betty Lavette - Roscoe Shelton - Stoney Edwards - Clerence Gatemouth - Earl Gaines - Etta James - Bobby Womack - Johnny Adams - Bettye Swann - Freddie North - Otis Williams - Bobby Jonz - Andre Williams - Pointer Sisters - James & Bobby Purify - James Brown - Willie Hobbs - Curtis Mayfield - Solomon Burke
Eine einzigartige Sammlung der unterschiedlichen schwarzen Zugänge zur Countrymusik. Die Anthologie "Dirty Laundry" birgt dabei nicht nur musikhistorisch Verschüttetes, sondern legt die oft übersehenen Country-Wurzeln von Soulstars offen und stellt afroamerikanische Country-Musiker in einen Genre-übergreifenden Kontext.
Nowadays, the notion of country music as 'the white man's blues' is
fairly well-established. But, Ray Charles apart, country's influence on
soul music remains one of black music's guilty secrets, a crossover
even less welcome (on both sides of the racial divine) when Bobby
Womack released 'BW Goes C&W' in the mid-1979s than it had been when
Charles made his more sucessful foray into the genre over a decade
earlier. But as this well-researched Trikont anthology shows, this form
of musical miscegenation was happening all over the South throughout
the 1960s and 1970s. It ranges from country standards with most of the
cheese grated off (Womack's ' Bouguet of Roses', Candi Staton's 'Stand
by your Man', James & Bobby Purify's 'Sixteen Tons', James Brown's
'Your cheating Heart') to brillant renegades such as Arthur Alexander,
Roscoe Shelton and Curtis Mayfield, whose eco-protest anthem 'Dirty
Laundry' contributed to his mid-1980s career revival. Mostly, though,
it featured black singers finding common ground with country writers on
cheatin' songs and love plaints, notably Joe Simon's version of '
Chokin' kind', Soloman Burke's lengthy ' I can't Stop Loving You', and
a terrific version of ' You are my Sunshine' by Earl Gaines.
"If Trikont isn't the record company in the world with the greatest sense of humour, then which one is..... I'm just listening to Dirty Laundry.....terrific. Stand By Your Man indeed.... I love this label....every release is from a field so far to the left of the goal posts you wonder why the rest of the real world still plays the game on the right side of it. Beautiful..... Well done......as usual."
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