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New Kent Cd - Can I Be A Witness - Stax Southern Groove - Out Today


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Can I Be A Witness - Stax Southern Groove - Various Artists (Stax) Kent CD 507

Out today from Kent

A brand-new collection gathered from the Stax catalogue of southern-flavoured dancers, from soul to funk and in between.

Can I Be A Witness offers 20 tracks in total, 11 being previously unreleased.

The release notes from Kent tell the story better.

“Can I Be A Witness: Stax Southern Groove” features 11 previously unreleased tracks from such illustrious names as the Soul Children, Little Milton, the Emotions, the Sweet Inspirations, the Nightingales and Frederick Knight, amongst others.
 
The other nine tracks from artists such as Eddie Floyd, R.B. Hudmon, the Rance Allen Group and Eric Mercury delve deep into the archive, bringing you B-sides, obscure album cuts, dancefloor favourites and originally unissued tracks.

Full info including images and purchase options can be had via https://acerecords.co.uk/can-i-be-a-witness-stax-southern-groove


Booklet Preview

The booklet is well illustrated and comes with an in-depth essay from compiler Dean Rudland.

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Tracks

01   Bad Water - Little Milton
02   Can We Talk This Over - Eddie Floyd
03   How Can I Be A Witness - R.B. Hudmon
04   Love Is Taking Over - Eric Mercury
05   Burning On Both Ends - The Nightingales
06   Forever And A Day - Mel & Tim
07   I Wanna Make Up (Before We Break Up) - Major Lance
08   You Ain't Playing With No Toy - The Soul Children
09   I Got To Be Myself - The Rance Allen Group
10   Passing Thru/World Keeps Turning - Frederick Knight
11   Ain't Enough Hours - The Emotions
12   Changes - Jeanne & The Darlings
13   Slow Down - The Nightingales
14   Soul Groove - Art Jerry Miller
15   Don't Fight The Feeling - The Sweet Inspirations
16   Three's A Crowd - The Temprees
17   Helping Man - Jean Knight
18   True Love Don't Grow On Trees (Demo) - Veda Brown
19   The Natural You - Ollie & The Nightingales
20   Leaning On Your Undying Love - Shack

 

Availability 

Available now at all your usual soul stockist including your own Source Store here...

https://www.soul-source.co.uk/store/product/419-can-i-be-a-witness-stax-southern-groove-va-kent-records-cd/

 



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Tracks 1-9 very good. Standard sags a bit in the middle but good ending with tracks 17-19. Pick has to the Soul Children track. A worthwhile release and shows that Stax were putting out very fine music right up to it's closure.

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Is that the first CD appearance for the Mel & Tim track?

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It’s on their third album called just ‘Mel & Tim’ ( as you may well know) and that came out on CD in 2010 on the  bgp label. This is still available (like this CD) through Ace Records. 

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Over at the Soul Media thread I have this CD as a prize on the Bright Lights Big City podcast thanks to Ace Records who provide a new release as a prize each month. 

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