Sunday, August 19, 2018

VA - The Story Of Brunswick ~ The Classic Sound Of Chicago Soul (2002)


Soul | Mp3 320 kbps | 2 CD | 337 Mb

With two discs, 45 songs, and more than 135 minutes of playing time, does this two-CD anthology do justice to Brunswick Records, a key label for 1960s and 1970s Chicago soul? Pretty much, but some flaws keep it from being as good an overview as it could have been. You do get plenty of the major hits here by Jackie Wilson, Gene Chandler, the Young-Holt Trio, the Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, and Tyrone Davis. More enticingly for the collector, there are numerous little-known sides by veterans more celebrated for earlier work (LaVern Baker, Little Richard, Major Lance) and mid-level acts who never achieved or sustained stardom (the Artistics, Erma Franklin, Fred Hughes, Otis Leavill, Billy Butler).
There are even a couple of odd covers of soul hits by jazz legends, with Count Basie doing "Hang on Sloopy" (!) and Lionel Hampton taking on "Turn Back the Hands of Time." It must be observed, though, that Davis is unaccountably underrepresented, with "Turn Back the Hands of Time" his only track; the absence of "Can I Change My Mind," a classic number five 1969 hit, is inexplicable. So is the absence of Young-Holt Unlimited's "Soulful Strut," one of the biggest classic soul instrumental hits ever, though you can hear it, oddly enough, as a backing track for Acklin's "Am I the Same Girl." For these reasons, a prior though slightly shorter two-CD collection that does have those hits, The Brunswick Years, Vol. 1 (issued in 1995 on Brunswick itself), might be slightly preferable as a general introduction. But don't be mistaken: This has plenty of good Chicago soul music, often on the sweet and poppy side, though some of the non-hits are pleasantly nondescript. Some of the more interesting lesser-known tracks, incidentally, include slightly off-the-wall covers of "To Sir With Love" (Acklin), "Son of a Preacher Man" (Franklin), and "Light My Fire" (Franklin again), as well as the goofy funk of Willie Henderson & the Soul Expressions' "Funky Chicken" and Hamilton Bohannon's "The Pimp Walk."

CD 1
1. Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite (2:45)
2. Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops (2:44)
3. Jackie Wilson - Baby Workout (3:02)
4. Young Holt Trio - Wack Wack (3:01)
5. LaVern Baker - Wrapped, Tied & Tangled (2:03)
6. Gene Chandler - Nothing Can Stop Me (2:58)
7. The Artistics - I'm Gonna Miss You (2:43)
8. Marvin Smith - Hold On (2:53)
9. Gene Chandler - (I'm Just A) Fool For You (2:39)
10. Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher (2:59)
11. The Artistics - Girl I Need You (2:31)
12. Count Basie - Hang On Sloopy (2:37)
13. Billy Butler - Come On Over To My Side (2:11)
14. Jackie Wilson - The Who Who Song (2:51)
15. Little Richard - Baby Don't You Tear My Clothes (2:35)
16. Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling (2:55)
17. Barbara Acklin - Love Makes A Woman (2:56)
18. Billy Butler - I'll Bet You (2:53)
19. Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin - From The Teacher To The Preacher (2:27)
20. Jackie Wilson - You Keep Me Hangin' On (2:49)
21. Barbara Acklin - To Sir With Love (2:25)
22. Gene Chandler - There Was A Time (3:31)
23. Jackie Wilson - You Brought About A Change In Me (2:46)
24. Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin - Anywhere But Nowhere (2:43)

CD 2
1. Erma Franklin - I Get The Sweetest Feeling (3:03)
2. Major Lance - Follow The Leader (2:20)
3. Erma Franklin - Son Of A Preacher Man (2:36)
4. Fred Hughes - Baby Boy (2:52)
5. Otis Leavill - I Love You (2:36)
6. Barbara Acklin - Am I The Same Girl (3:03)
7. Major Lance - Sweeter As The Days Go By (2:59)
8. Erma Franklin - Light My Fire (2:42)
9. The Lost Generation - The Sly, Slick, And The Wicked (2:58)
10. Tyrone Davis - Turn Back The Hands Of Time (2:55)
11. Lionel Hampton - Turn Back The Hands Of Time (2:51)
12. Willie Henderson & The Soul Expressions - Funky Chicken (3:57)
13. Otis Leavill - Love Uprising (2:38)
14. The Chi-Lites - (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People (3:48)
15. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her (5:08)
16. The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl (3:36)
17. The Chi-Lites - Homely Girl (3:27)
18. The Chi-Lites - Too Good To Be Forgotten (3:14)
19. Hamilton Bohannon - The Pimp Walk (4:01)
20. Hamilton Bohannon - Disco Stomp (5:11)
21. The Chi-Lites - You Don't Have To Go (4:42)


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