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Album: Back to the River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978 [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) - Solomon Burke
2)    Nearer to You - Bettye LaVette
3)    Private Number [Extended Version] - Judy Clay/William Bell
4)    Free Me [Take 1] - Otis Redding (previously unreleased)
5)    Touch of the Blues, A - Bobby "Blue" Bland
6)    This Love Won't Run Out - Dee Dee Sharp
7)    I Got Everything I Need - Eddie Floyd (previously unreleased)
8)    Please Don't Desert Me Baby - Gloria Walker/The Chevelles
9)    Sugarman [Extended Version] - Sam Baker
10)    Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep - Joe Perkins
11)    Sure as Sin - Jeanie Greene
12)    What's That You Got - Rudolph Taylor
13)    I Found What I Wanted - Mary Wells (remix)
14)    I've Got Memories [Demo] - Melvin Carter (previously unreleased)
15)    Message from Maria - Joe Simon
16)    Problems - Mable John
17)    I've Been Searching - O.V. Wright
18)    She Ain't Gonna Do Right - Clarence Carter (previously unreleased)
19)    Give Me Back the Man I Love - Barbara West
20)    You're Gonna Want Me - Bill Coday
21)    I'm Just Living a Lie - Bettye Swann
22)    Home for the Summer - Jimmy Braswell
23)    Too Weak to Fight [Extended Version] - Ella Washington
24)    Everytime It Rains (aka Teardrops from My Eyes) - Na Allen
25)    Yesterday - The Soul Children (previously unreleased)
1)    Only Girl, The (I've Ever Loved) - Joe Tex
2)    Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
3)    Loves Come in Time - John Fred
4)    Somebody Done Took My Baby and Gone - Joey Gilmore
5)    I Found All These Things - C.P. Love
6)    Woman Will Do Wrong, A - Helene Smith
7)    Depend on Me - Steve Dixon
8)    I'm in Love - Esther Phillips
9)    Easier to Say Than Do - Sam Dees
10)    Without Love What Would Life Be - Terrie & Joy La Roy/Bill Parker Band
11)    I've Got to Tell You - LRL & the Dukes/Count Willie
12)    You Need Me - Joe Wilson
13)    Nearer to You - Joe Medwick
14)    Your Love Is All I Need - Della Humphrey
15)    Nothing Takes the Place of You - Toussaint McCall
16)    How Sweet It Would Be - George Perkins
17)    Daydreaming - Warren Storm
18)    No More Ghettos in America - Stanley Winston
19)    Do Right Man - Little Beaver
20)    (Sometimes) A Man Will Shed a Few Tears Too - Johnny Adams
21)    Asking for the Truth - Reuben Bell
22)    I Can't Stand to See You Go - Joe Valentine
23)    You Got Everything I Need - Don Hollinger
24)    Sad Sad Song, A - Charles Crawford
25)    Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
1)    Going Back Home - Groundhog
2)    Cry to Me - Freddie Scott
3)    Lookin' for a Home - Little Buster
4)    Girls from Texas [Extended Version], The - Jimmy Lewis (previously unreleased)
5)    Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin
6)    I Found a Man in My Bed - Roy Hammond
7)    Take Your Time - Clay Hammond
8)    Just a Touch of Your Hand - Al Gardner
9)    You're Good for Me - Don Covay
10)    I Found the One - Billy Sha-Rae
11)    Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes - Z.Z. Hill
12)    What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody? - Soul Brothers Six
13)    That's How It Is (When You're in Love) - Otis Clay
14)    Go on Fool [Extended Version] - Marion Black
15)    I Want Everyone to Know - Fontella Bass
16)    You Wants to Play - Oscar Weathers
17)    (I Want Her) By My Side - Fuller Brothers
18)    Shackin' Up - Barbara Mason
19)    Don't Blame Me - Willie Hightower
20)    Stop - Lester Young
21)    Someone to Take Your Place - Bill Locke
22)    If Loving You Is a Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty) - Lee Moses
23)    Easy as Saying 1-2-3 - Timmy Willis
24)    I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me, Pts. 1 & 2 - Little Richard
25)    Mary Jane - Bobby Rush
 

Album: Back to the River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978 [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free) - Solomon Burke
2)    Nearer to You - Bettye LaVette
3)    Private Number [Extended Version] - Judy Clay/William Bell
4)    Free Me [Take 1] - Otis Redding (previously unreleased)
5)    Touch of the Blues, A - Bobby "Blue" Bland
6)    This Love Won't Run Out - Dee Dee Sharp
7)    I Got Everything I Need - Eddie Floyd (previously unreleased)
8)    Please Don't Desert Me Baby - Gloria Walker/The Chevelles
9)    Sugarman [Extended Version] - Sam Baker
10)    Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep - Joe Perkins
11)    Sure as Sin - Jeanie Greene
12)    What's That You Got - Rudolph Taylor
13)    I Found What I Wanted - Mary Wells (remix)
14)    I've Got Memories [Demo] - Melvin Carter (previously unreleased)
15)    Message from Maria - Joe Simon
16)    Problems - Mable John
17)    I've Been Searching - O.V. Wright
18)    She Ain't Gonna Do Right - Clarence Carter (previously unreleased)
19)    Give Me Back the Man I Love - Barbara West
20)    You're Gonna Want Me - Bill Coday
21)    I'm Just Living a Lie - Bettye Swann
22)    Home for the Summer - Jimmy Braswell
23)    Too Weak to Fight [Extended Version] - Ella Washington
24)    Everytime It Rains (aka Teardrops from My Eyes) - Na Allen
25)    Yesterday - The Soul Children (previously unreleased)
1)    Only Girl, The (I've Ever Loved) - Joe Tex
2)    Rainy Night in Georgia - Brook Benton
3)    Loves Come in Time - John Fred
4)    Somebody Done Took My Baby and Gone - Joey Gilmore
5)    I Found All These Things - C.P. Love
6)    Woman Will Do Wrong, A - Helene Smith
7)    Depend on Me - Steve Dixon
8)    I'm in Love - Esther Phillips
9)    Easier to Say Than Do - Sam Dees
10)    Without Love What Would Life Be - Terrie & Joy La Roy/Bill Parker Band
11)    I've Got to Tell You - LRL & the Dukes/Count Willie
12)    You Need Me - Joe Wilson
13)    Nearer to You - Joe Medwick
14)    Your Love Is All I Need - Della Humphrey
15)    Nothing Takes the Place of You - Toussaint McCall
16)    How Sweet It Would Be - George Perkins
17)    Daydreaming - Warren Storm
18)    No More Ghettos in America - Stanley Winston
19)    Do Right Man - Little Beaver
20)    (Sometimes) A Man Will Shed a Few Tears Too - Johnny Adams
21)    Asking for the Truth - Reuben Bell
22)    I Can't Stand to See You Go - Joe Valentine
23)    You Got Everything I Need - Don Hollinger
24)    Sad Sad Song, A - Charles Crawford
25)    Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
1)    Going Back Home - Groundhog
2)    Cry to Me - Freddie Scott
3)    Lookin' for a Home - Little Buster
4)    Girls from Texas [Extended Version], The - Jimmy Lewis (previously unreleased)
5)    Ain't No Way - Aretha Franklin
6)    I Found a Man in My Bed - Roy Hammond
7)    Take Your Time - Clay Hammond
8)    Just a Touch of Your Hand - Al Gardner
9)    You're Good for Me - Don Covay
10)    I Found the One - Billy Sha-Rae
11)    Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes - Z.Z. Hill
12)    What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody? - Soul Brothers Six
13)    That's How It Is (When You're in Love) - Otis Clay
14)    Go on Fool [Extended Version] - Marion Black
15)    I Want Everyone to Know - Fontella Bass
16)    You Wants to Play - Oscar Weathers
17)    (I Want Her) By My Side - Fuller Brothers
18)    Shackin' Up - Barbara Mason
19)    Don't Blame Me - Willie Hightower
20)    Stop - Lester Young
21)    Someone to Take Your Place - Bill Locke
22)    If Loving You Is a Crime (I'll Always Be Guilty) - Lee Moses
23)    Easy as Saying 1-2-3 - Timmy Willis
24)    I Don't Know What You've Got, But It's Got Me, Pts. 1 & 2 - Little Richard
25)    Mary Jane - Bobby Rush
 
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Authors: Dean Rudland; Tony Rounce.
  • Recording information: A & R Studios, New York (1968); All Platinum Studios, Englewood, New Jersey (1968); American Studios, Memphis (1968); Birmingham Studios, Birmingham, Alabama (1968); Cincinnati, Ohio (1968); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (1968); Fame Studios, Memphis (1968); Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals Alabama (1968); Jazz City Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana (1968); Malaco Studios, Jackson, Mississippi (1968); Master-Trak Studios, Crowley, Louisiana (1968); Mobile, Alabama (1968); Pasadena Sounds Studio, Pasadena, Texas (1968); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1968); Playground Studios, Calparaiso, FL (1968); Quinvy Studios, Sheffield (1968); Quinvy Studios, Sheffield, Alabama (1968); Royal Studios, Memphis (1968); Shreveport, Louisiana (1968); Sound City Studios, Shreveport (1968); Sound of Memphis Studios (1968); Sound of Memphis Studios, Memphis (1968); Stax Studios, Memphis (1968); T. K. Studios, Miami (1968); United Sound Studios, Detroit (1968); United Sound Studios, Detroit, Michigan (1968).
  • Back in 2011, Ace Records released Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story, a triple-disc anthology capturing the deepest tributaries of Southern Soul. Take Me to the River concentrated on music recorded in the deep south, so the 2015 sequel, Back to the River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978, functions as an answer of sorts, presenting three distinct tributaries flowing from the river of soul through the deep south. First, there's a disc's worth of northern artists recording in Memphis and Muscle Shoals, followed by a collection of soul made in Texas, New Orleans, and Florida, each territory deliberately left out of Take Me to the River. Finally, the third disc takes stock of how the Southern sound's influence manifested in the north, whether it's Southerners crossing the Mason-Dixon line to play with established stars, or Northerners attempting to approximate that deep, soulful feel. Listen casually, and the similarities seem striking: all 75 songs feel of a piece, united by smoldering performances -- a description that applies to the instrumentals as much as the singers -- and expertly constructed songs. Despite the presence of a few luminous stars and even fewer hits -- the biggest crossover single here is Brook Benton's "Rainy -- the focus is not on individual cuts but rather the big picture. Back to the River paints Southern soul as a massive, undeniable cultural force, one that defined its era and remains a powerful, moving reservoir of music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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