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Sweet Soul Music: 30 Scorching Classics From 1963 Import


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  • Audio CD (August 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bear Family
  • ASIN: B0019DM83O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That's the Way Love Is
2. Two Lovers
3. Our Day Will Come
4. These Arms of Mine
5. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
6. Mama Didn't Lie
7. Tell Him I'm Not Home
8. Got You on My Mind
9. The Love of My Man
10. He's so Fine
11. Baby Workout
12. How Can I Forget
13. That's How Heartaches Are Made
14. Watermelon Man
15. On Broadway
16. Hello Stranger
17. Pride and Joy
18. If You Need Me
19. Pushover
20. Shake a Tail Feather
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Editorial Reviews

2008 release, an installment in this exciting R&B series from the Bear Family label, a sequel of sorts to their highly acclaimed, award-winning series Blowin' The Fuse. Each installment contains all the greatest and most influential hits as R&B became Soul in the 1960s! It was a turbulent era. Over the course of ten years, R&B became Soul, and Soul became the soundtrack to a social revolution known throughout the world as Civil Rights. Some record companies have compiled anthologies from their own vaults but Bear Family has gone to every record company in search of the greatest music and the finest sound quality. 30 Scorching Classics From 1963 features cuts from Rufus Thomas, Bobby Bland, Mary Wells, The Miracles, Otis Redding and many more. Bear Family.

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Sound quality is simply sensational throughout.
Scott D. Reeves
What can I say, these classics from the 60's always a hit in remembering and jamming' from the good old days.
Mira Bourne
There are cheaper ways to obtain these songs , I doubt there are better ways.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 3, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Compilations like this live or die based on a few key ingredients - great track choices, properly remastered sound and all of it wrapped up in knowledgeable and (if you're lucky) sumptuous presentation. Well "Sweet Soul Music" wins on all counts - it really does. The entire series is gorgeous to look at and especially to listen to.

Released July 2008 in Germany, "Sweet Soul Music - 30 Scorching Classics From 1963" is on Bear Family BCD 16869 AS and is part of a 10-volume series stretching from 1961 to 1970 (I've reviewed 1964 through to 1970 in depth). Each US-based yearly compilation comes in a 3-way foldout card digipak sleeve. The left flap pictures a 7" single in its label bag relevant to the year (1963 has "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons), the centre flap holds a 60 to 90 page oversized booklet that slips out so you can read it separately and the right flap a colour-themed CD that matches the outer packaging. As with the 16 titles in Bear Family's award-winning "Blowing The Fuse" CDs from 1945 to 1960, each spine in the "Sweet Soul Music" series also makes up a whole photo when placed alongside each other (a live shot of Jackie Wilson leaning into an audience to make a handshake - it's in this compilation). This 1963 issue has 80-pages in its booklet (yes 80!) with Jackie Wilson on the front sleeve and Marvin Gaye being interviewed by a New York DJ on the inner flap - and it runs to a generous 80:41 minutes.

TRACK CHOICES:
I raved about Dave "Daddy Cool" Booth's sequencing on the other editions - it's the same here. Proceedings open with the crystal clear brass and bass of Bobby Bland's "That's The Way Love Is" which is followed nicely by Motown's Mary Wells giving it some aching on "Two Lovers".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Reeves on June 4, 2010
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I am slowly but surely acquiring all the discs in this series - they are marvelous. I chose to review this one because it is my current favorite. For those of you unfamiliar with Bear Family, they are a German company committed to reissuing classic American (among others) music. They are known for their high production values, great sound quality, extensive liner notes and, yes, higher than average (import) prices. The decision when acquiring a Bear Family product is usually do the first three points above justify the fourth.

Sweet Soul Music - 30 Scorching Classics from 1963- is the third in a series of 10 discs - each covering a year in what is generally accepted to be Soul Music's greatest decade. The series follows Bear Family's Blowin the Fuse which was a year by year chronicle of 50's R&B. The 1963 disc, like all the discs in the series, is a nice mix of soul classics with a few rarer cuts. On this disc, we find such old standbys as "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding, "On Broadway" by the Drifters and Rufus Thomas'"Walkin' the Dog" sitting beside lesser known cuts like the Five Du Tones amazing "Shake a Tail Feather." The beauty of this approach is that the well-known stuff sounds new again - has there ever been a more sublime vocal performance than "Hello Stranger"? - and the less familiar stuff comes like a bolt of lightning from the sky. The bolt here strikes about 10 bars into Bobby "Blue" Bland's "That's the Way Love Is." Sound quality is simply sensational throughout. This single disc comes in a foldout package with a thick booklet (easily removable) detailing each song beautifully. Photographs are everywhere.

A couple caveats before anybody pushes the "Buy Now" button.
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By Click on October 10, 2013
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Compilations of Soul music are not rare. What is rare is the quality of effort that comes with this series. Bear Family Records is a leader in re-issuing music. They have given us the best possible sound , booklets with details of the artists represented and selected tracks that can define a genre. Sweet Soul Music shows how good it can be when the various labels (Atlantic/Stax/Chess etc) license their music to people who truly care about the music.

There are cheaper ways to obtain these songs , I doubt there are better ways. If you try one disc , you will want them all.

(Also of note is Bear Family's R&B series Blowin' The Fuse covering 1945-1960 and the Blues series Plug It In Turn It Up covering 1939-2005)
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great music from the era of my childhood. Brings back precious memories of loved ones gone away, but not forgotten.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mira Bourne on December 25, 2012
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What can I say, these classics from the 60's always a hit in remembering and jamming' from the good old days.
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