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Percy SledgeAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I7F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take time to know him... June 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A man... at the end of his emotional rope stands at the crossroads, where the sacred meets the profane. Gospel trained, he searches in his soul for unanswerable solutions.And he emerges triumphant. Unbroken. A man. When a man loves a woman, out of left field, take the time to know her. Every holy roller church organ played, every sanctified soul shout, every weary working man's blues is distilled right here for your listening pleasure. This CD is the one to get,because there are a lot of weak ones out there, ya'll. The "Big Chill" generation re-embraced Percy and gave him some long overdue recognition, so now it's you youngster's turn to get hip to the deep,deep,deep soul of Mr. Percy Sledge. Here's your map.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Southern Soul Ballads From A Master March 2, 2000
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It is hard to consider Percy Sledge underrated when he had his biggest hit go to #1 on the pop and R&B charts; had that hit featured in one of the 80s top films ("Platoon"); have its chart position (but not quality) matched in a Michael Bolton remake; and finally, be honored by its publisher (and, in a backwards way, by the IRS, to whom Sledge owed back taxes) as one of the most played songs of all time.
But "The Best of Percy Sledge" is more than the legendary "When A Man Loves A Woman." Using the Impressions' first hit, "For Your Precious Love," as a basis, Percy and his Muscle Shoals cohorts used simple ingredients (churchy organ, light drumming, bluesy guitar) to create heartfelt, dignified soul classics. Highlights include the mournful "Take Time To Know Her" (featuring Percy's spoken narrative), the Otis Redding-ish "Baby Help Me," two excellent versions of soul chestnuts "Dark End of The Street" and "Just Out of Reach," and the gospelish ballad "My Special Prayer." When Percy's voice comes in just behind the first organ notes to sing, "Let me wrap you in my warm and tender love," how could anyone not be moved? Highly recommended, but also check out "The Ultimate Collection" or "It Tears Me Up" for the original Atlantic hits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful and moving collection December 12, 2002
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This is an essential collection of deep soul songs by Percy Sledge. It's a shame that most people only know Mr. Sledge's most popular song "When A Man Loves A Woman" (and radio only plays that one selection from him) when there are numerous songs by him that are just as powerful. Side 1 is especially great: check out "Warm and Tender Love", "Out Of Left Field" and "Just Out of Reach".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEEP SOUL, COUNTRY SOUL April 30, 2003
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This collection includes at least three of Percy Sledge's ageless classics, songs that reached the top 5 way back in the 1960s but have often been revived and used in movie soundtracks or advertisements. These are the eternal When A Man Loves A Woman, the mournful Take Time To Know Her and the gospely My Special Prayer. Sledge's sound is a unique marriage of deep soul and country, made even more distinctive by his pleading voice with its spiritual undertones. Other great tracks here include Warm And Tender Love, Dark End Of The Street, It Tears Me Up and You're All Around Me, all melodic and moving numbers demonstrating the prowess of the Muscle Shoals musicians. This Best Of album is a good introduction to Sledge, but people who are really into deep soul are advised to investigate further as Sledge was a prolific artist and there are many more, lesser known, but equally excellent tracks available on other albums. Together with a couple of legendary artists on the Stax/Volt label, Sledge was the best exponent of this gripping type of country-soul, and his voice gave him the edge!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A. Pack
Format:Audio CD
...and this album more than proves it...just listen to the deep country soul of My Special Prayer, or the hurtful cry of a love lost in Sudden Stop, or the hip rocking soul of Baby, Help Me (written by Bobby Womack by the way). After listening to these and some of the other track on this album, you begin to forget about When A Man Loves a Woman...

Most audiences are so hung up on this number one tune, I think they're missing out on the most versatile sounds of a true country-soul legend...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of Southern Soul March 4, 2008
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Percy Sledge's career began in 1966: he himself says it came out of the clear blue sky. The man just stood sorrowfully on stage and stumbled through "When a Man Loves a Woman."(He'd just been laid off his job in construction and his girlfriend at the time left him for a modeling career.) As he was later backed by Atlantic's gritty studio musicians, headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, he produced a yearning, deep southern, churchy sound on this soon-to-be famous song: and Atlantic's first No. 1 hit. The song has never died, is frequently revived and covered, and has been used on movie soundtracks and in advertising. It was followed by other hits, all with that gospel, soulful sound: "Take Time to Know Her," "Warm and Tender Love," and "It Tears Me Up," all of which are on this disk.

The Alabama-born Sledge has always had a way of locating the emotional heart of a song; noted rock critic Dave Marsh once said his soul ballads were "emotional classics for romantics of all ages." The current album opens with "When a Man," and continues with his other earliest hits. It's also notable for a particularly country-oriented "My Special Prayer," that to me seems to have a bit of a Tex/Mex sound. Sledge then gives us rather subdued covers of Aaron Neville's "Tell It like It Is," and two tunes from the Otis Redding songbook, "Try a Little Tenderness"and"I've Been Loving You Too Long."

I saw him a few years ago, in an open air concert at New York's Lincoln Center, and, I must say, it was rather a sad evening: the man appeared to have lost his top notes. His voice cracked and slid, again and again, on "Me and Mrs. Jones," and "At the Dark End of the Street." The audience kept calling for "When a Man," and he closed with it; but it was not a rendition you'd want to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You have to love the era to really enjoy Percy Sledge. Great CD!
Published 1 month ago by Pretty face
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite song in the world
When a Man Loves a Woman has been my favorite song forever since I heard it in 1972. I am glad I was able to download this onto my kindle as I have two cassetts but not the record... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary Sue Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
One of my favorite CDs. This one will really take you back in time. Every single song is a good one.
Published 13 months ago by C. Staples
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find.
I had this CD years ago and it mysteriously disappeared. I was so happy to find it online. I immediately downloaded it to my computer and cellphone. I listen to it all the time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Peggy G. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling young again
Percy Sledge has such a great voice, made me feel young and in love all over again.He makes you want to get up and dance like the old days.
Published on September 25, 2011 by mydan
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I usually get my music from Time Life have been for the past 15 years but their cds have a tendency to start skipping too soon, Ive looked all over for Percys cd and finally found... Read more
Published on August 18, 2008 by Fran Roam
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnicle of Sweet Southern Soul
I finally bought a CD reissue of my vinyl copy after all these years. It is still a most amazing recording. Cut after cut of soul stirring perfection.
Published on September 7, 2007 by Rusty Wilddog
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