|| Cheatin Soul
and the Southern Dream of Freedom
Doppel Vinyl 0337-1
|Preis: 15 € | Vinyl: 17€
Sound & Image
Herausgeber: Jonathan Fischer
CD im Digipak mit ausführlichem Booklet
Janet & The Jays - O.V. Wright - Margie Joseph - Ann Sexton - George Jackson -
Joe Tex - Earl Gaines - Bobby Blue Bland - Jerry Washington - Doris Duke - Ann Peebles - Bobby Blue Bland - Clarence Carter - Ruby Andrews - Sandra Phillips - Jean Stanback - Margie Hendrix - Ann Sexton - Wendy Rene - Little Archie - Mickey Murray
Another gem from the German label, with faves both old (OV Wright's 'A Nickel and a Nail') and new ('My Desires Are Getting The Best of Me' by George Jackson). (The Observer Music Monthly, 19.6.05)
The soul archivist Dave Godin may have passed on, but Trikont's Jonathan Fischer has picked up the baton as regards quality deep-soul anthologies. The excellent latest collection is a sister compilation to his recent Dirty Laundry country-soul set, this time focusing on the classic Southern soul tradition of 'cheating' songs. The full range of ethical spectrum is covered here, from the predatory adulterousness of Ann Peebles's 'Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home' through the other-woman misgivings of Doris Duke's 'If She's Your Wife (Your're Just a Friend)'; and from the bullish protective instinct of Clarence Carter, defending his territory in 'What Was I Supposed to Do?', to the angry desolation of Bobby Blue Bland on the classic ' I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (the Way You Treated Me)'.
The standard is high throughout, with two cuts apiece from headliners like Bland, Joe Tex and OV Wright, and one-off gems from the likes of Sandra Phillips, Janet and The Jays, Ruby Andrews and the former chief Raelet Margie Hendrix, putting her all into 'Don't Destroy Me'.
I'm sure that there's really any need for Fischer's attempt to impose a wider socio-political context. The essence of cheating' soul is its intensely personal hurt.
ANDY GILL - THE INDEPENDENT 27.5.05