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Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures: Taken From Our Vaults, Vol. 4 Import

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In 1997, Dave Godin launched his first Deep Soul Treasures CD. Of the genre he had so masterfully identified, Godin noted, ''It is certainly the music of the outsider,'' before adding that this glorious music he had so skillfully hewn from the rich musical landscape of black America, was ''a form of therapy by which we are brought face to face with the worst thing we think could happen to us but by experiencing it through the artistic metaphor, we learn the lesson...''

Within the slap of a bass and the cry of a vocalist, the CDs became some of Ace's biggest-ever sellers and are now rightfully viewed as major releases.

Invariably, you will come to cherish your own choices, but right now I keep returning to the opening track, Temptation 'Bout To Get Me, by the Knight Brothers. The song's opening: muted trumpets and drum roll create the perfect setting for the boys impassioned plea for help against the demon that dogs us all.

The impeccable grace of Eddie and Ernie's I Believe She Will, follows, an emotional state of affairs sustained by the setting of the great Chuck Edwards' voice to a haunting organ and bassline on his song, I Need You. There's the exuberant musical colors of Just Loving You by Ruby Andrews, as well as the casual accusatory tone the Black Velvet adopt for Is It Me You Really Want, a song which gives way to the majestic classicism of Paul Kelly's The Day After Forever.

The inventive musical touches that mark Jackie Lee's I Love You are not only ear catching, but make a claim for this Deep Soul collection to be the most varied yet, a point later strengthened by the inclusion of singer Tony Owens' uptempo stormer, This Heart Can't Take No More.

Yet, for me the heart of this collection resides in an incredible six-song sequence which begins with Doris Duke's I Don't Care Anymore, her resigned voice capturing the song's radical sentiment with amazing skill. We then move on to the previously unissued You Make Me Feel Good, by Lawrence and Jaibi, a footloose funky workout which nicely sets the stage for the solemn overtones of Barbara Brown's Can't Find No Happiness. The tragedy contained within her statement that, ''these empty arms just bring me great pain'', is then dispelled by the weighty vocal insistence of singer Garnett Mimms on My Baby, brilliantly accompanied by dragging horn lines, swinging drums and a fiery piano. Then there's just about enough time to catch your breath and suddenly the Webs are upon you, a lovely guitar lick mixed with great harmonies but the instrumentation played with an almost slapdash feel, as if both band and singers are on the point of breaking down. Which, when the song is called It's So Hard To Break A Habit, is probably the point.

As with other projects, Godin is not scared to include the more familiar. Thus the Miracles' exquisite Tracks Of My Tears and Irma Thomas' rousing Time Is On My Side are also included, as is the lesser-known but equally as powerful Gladys Knight track Giving Up.

And then comes Jaibi's previously unreleased It Was Like A Nightmare. This is a major new discovery - a great vocal performance that has lain dormant on unearthed tapes, a song that just keeps rolling and rolling and rolling, just like all the best nightmares do.

There's just time to pick out Roy Hamilton's grandiose vocal on the immortal Dark End Of The Street before we hit I Made It Over by Jimmy Robbins, a vocal performance rich with suggestion that the story is not as clear cut as his words claim. Bob and Earl's Don't Ever Leave Me ends the trip, worth it just for the vocal performances alone, complex in their arrangement, so direct in their efficiency.

Want the word on Dave Godin's new Deep Soul CD? Superb.

Paolo Hewitt, Ace Records

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. TEMPTATION 'BOUT TO GET ME - The Knight Brothers
  2. I BELIEVE SHE WILL - Eddie & Ernie
  3. WRONG TOO LONG - Matilda Jones
  4. I PITY THE FOOL - Bobby Bland
  5. I NEED YOU - Chuck Edwards
  6. JUST LOVING YOU - Ruby Andrews
  7. SLIP AWAY - Clarence Carter
  8. IS IT ME YOU REALLY LOVE - Black Velvet
  9. THE DAY AFTER FOREVER - Paul Kelly
  10. GIVING UP - Gladys Knight & the Pips
  11. I'M A LONELY STRANGER - Arthur Conley
  12. I LOVE YOU - Jackie Lee
  13. THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS - The Miracles
  14. YOU GOT ME DIGGIN' YOU - Roosevelt Matthews with Billy Ball & The Upsetters
  15. I DON'T CARE ANYMORE - Doris Duke
  16. YOU MAKE ME FEEL GOOD - Lawrence & Jaibi
  17. CAN'T FIND NO HAPPINESS - Barbara Brown
  18. MY BABY - Garnet Mimms
  19. IT'S SO HARD TO BREAK A HABIT - The Webs
  20. TIME IS ON MY SIDE - Irma Thomas
  21. THIS HEART CAN'T TAKE NO MORE - Tony Owens
  22. IT WAS LIKE A NIGHTMARE - Jaibi aka Joan Bates
  23. THE DARK END OF THE STREET - Roy Hamilton
  24. I MADE IT OVER - Jimmy Robins
  25. DON'T EVER LEAVE ME - Bob & Earl


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Kent Records UK
  • ASIN: B0002QPSWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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David Godin should be Knighted for his contribution to the history of the genre Soul music as his life long devotion to the African American music that sadly never got its due during the time it was made. Having been bowled over by the 1st 2nd and 3rd volume of this essential set . Soul music may have been side lined in the amazingly prolific era of music, the sixties and the seventies, as the genre called soul ,was not driven by the same values as the popular music of that era. If the radio programers of that era were looking for music with a longer shelf life than pop they would have failed in their duty as this music is classic in that it does not rely on fashionable effects to convey ageless feelings. Any serious listener would not be let down by the musical and lyrical content of these songs delivered with the intensity usually found only in the best jazz/blues or dare I say- Opera. Do use an age old phrase ' the stuff that dreams are made of.
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Maybe half-great. I find that most Kent reissue comps start to lose the plot after volume 2. Still, if you're a hard core soul sobber collector, you could do worse.
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Like the three previous volumes, this CD takes you through a littany of lesser known and more popular soul hits. The known songs, like Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" and The Miracles "The Tracks Of my Tears" benefit from being mixed in with obscure tracks like "Temptation'Bout To Get Me" by The Knight Brothers and "My Baby" by Garnett Mimms. Sadly, Dave Godin, who compiled these four volumes of magic, passed away last year, so this will probably be the last Deep Soul compilation we will see. Dave Godin (who was British) was probably the best friend American Soul music ever had, and a lot of these artists would not have gotten this second chance at being heard if it were not for him. Thank you, Sir ,for bringing Americans their own music and helping us to see the overlooked magic of our own musical culture.This man truly loved Deep Soul and his taste was impeccable, and so we benefit from his knowledge of some of the best Soul music of all time.
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