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Soul Voices - 60s Big Ballads - Kent Records

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Soul Voices - 60s Big Ballads

Details follow of a great new Kent Records release titled Soul Voices, 60s Big Ballads is the tag line and it most certainly lives up to that tag.

Out right now on Cd, and also available via a mp3 sampler format, via both download and streaming services. A powerful and dramatic collection that demands to be played loud.

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Majestic male vocalists singing over subtly orchestrated arrangements of superb songs were the pinnacle of 1960s black music sophistication.

Male soul balladeers from the 60s have always been particularly admired. Roy Hamilton, Walter Jackson, Lou Johnson and Ben E King – some of the A-listers featured here – epitomise the genre and have devoted followers. This grand sound evolved from the first soul records which emanated in the early 60s mainly in New York, where three quarters of the tracks here were recorded.

Four are previously unissued. Kenny Carter’s ‘Big Bad Rain’ is a superb Larry Banks and Herman Kelley song, stunningly arranged by New York studio maestro Garry Sherman. Clarence Pinckney is lesser-known but delivers the Billy Terrell song ‘Just Outside Of Lonely’ with aplomb. Prolific recording artists Junior Lewis and Billy Watkins both add a new song to their already impressive CVs. Lewis’ recording is a demo of the tender Buddy Lucas song ‘I Love You So Much’ which was never covered for a release. Its sparse backing seems appropriate to the song, especially next to Jimmy Radcliffe’s ‘Through A Long And Sleepless Night’, which has a minimal arrangement but made it to 45. Billy Watkins sang in most soul styles in a 20-year Los Angeles recording career. His reading of the jazz standard ‘I Want To Be Loved’ was clearly Sam Cooke-inspired and reeks of sophistication.

Also available as Soul Voices - 60s Big Ballads (Sampler) (MP3), MP3 (£4.74)

Full release notes and more via https://acerecords.co.uk/soul-voices-60s-big-ballads

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 1. Forget The Girl - Walter Jackson

  2. They Say I'm Afraid - Freddy Butler

  3. Heartache (Hurry On By) - Roy Hamilton

  4. Big Bad Rain - Kenny Carter

  5. (There's) No Place To Hide - Ben E King

  6. Lonely People Can't Afford To Cry - Clyde McPhatter

  7. Gloomy Day - Herb Johnson

  8. Just Outside Of Lonely - Clarence Pinckney

  9. Seeing Is Believing - Tony Mason

  10. Don't Make Me Over - Tommy Hunt

  11. Reach Out For Me - Lou Johnson

  12. Now You Are Gone - Brooks O'Dell

  13. You Got Too Much Going For You - Jimmy Beaumont

  14. A Day Or Two - Garrett Saunders

  15. Where Does Love Go - Freddie Scott

  16. I Can't Stand To See You Cry - Chuck Jackson

  17. Anytime You Want Me - Garnet Mimms

  18. Can't Stand No Fooling Around - Gene Burks

  19. I Want To Be Loved - Billy Watkins

  20. Lover's Competition - James Carr

  21. You're A Lucky So And So - Sammy Sevens

  22. Good For A Lifetime - Al Hibbler

  23. Through A Long And Sleepless Night - Jimmy Radcliffe

  24. I Love You So Much - Junior Lewis


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It will be self evident to most people at the forum, but this compilation is sublime.

It is on heavy rotation and will be enjoyed so long as I am able to listen.

I am grateful for those putting out excellent Soul music, old and new. During these times, music is a big help.

Ace/Kent is commended for their continual work in releases that we all enjoy.

Please just carry on the good work. Thank you.

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Looks a cracking compilation. Have ordered my copy....

Another top notch offering from Kent, who have done a fantastic job in putting out so much classic soul music over the last 20 odd years.

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Another fantastic compilation form the guys at ACE/KENT. The quality of the material is top drawer and of course the artists featured are terrific. The accompanying booklet is stuffed with bios, publicity shots, info on each track and label scans. No one comes close to these guys when compiling a disc. The sound quality is excellent too. Love it!

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As good as I hoped and expected.

Walter Jackson sets a ridiculously high bar with the stunning opener, and then we have the brilliant and oh so under appreciated Jimmy Radcliffe and Junior Lewis (CL Blast) to round things off.

Can we have a companion CD featuring the great female voices of the era now please?



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