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The Very Best Of William Bell Original recording remastered

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This 24-bit remastered CD is a collection of 20 hits, including 'You Don't Miss Your Water', 'Private Number' and many more! It also includes rare photos and notes by Rob Bowman, author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records.

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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000QUCQK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeff Pearlman on August 4, 2007
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This is another sale attributable to a book by Dave Marsh called "The Heart of Rock and Soul." Which has now gone out of print at least twice and is one of the first items I ever reviewed. Anyway, Mr. Bell is one of several R & B veterans with several singles described in that book. This is the first CD to include all of them. "The Best of" doesn't have "You Don't Miss Your Water" and "Everybody Loves a Winner"; "The Soul of a Bell" has those but not "Private Number" (a duet with Judy Clay) and "I Forgot To Be Your Lover." All are now, finally, available on one disc that covers Bell's Stax career through 1974. [Ironically, Bell didn't reach the Pop Top 40 until he'd left Stax for Mercury. The single, "Tryin' To Love Two", got to #10 (#1 R&B) in 1977. I estimate it's the most successful song of the era I've never heard on the radio then or since. It appears on Volume 18 of Rhino's "Soul Hits of the '70's" series which, as I just checked, is (criminally) OUT OF PRINT.]
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The cd arrived scratched badly and poorly packaged. It skips so much that I can only hear small snippets of any song. If the cd had arrived intact instead of full of scratches, it would deserve five stars. The songs on the cd are excellent, but the quality of the cd is so extremely bad, I cannot hear any song until the end because the scratched cd keeps stopping. This is very very very frustrating, and this cd needs to be replaced or I will never again use this vendor, and I will recommend that no one else does either.
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The Very Best of William Bell CD is Great. "Lovin'on Borrowed Time" MAN! Just blows me away everytime I listen to it. This CD has several Great songs on it. If you love "You Don't Miss Your Water, I Forgot to Be Your Lover, My Whole World is falling Down. You'll be blown away too!!! Amazon.com has the best selections on Blues and other music than any other sites that I know. Now, I check in Weekly to see if Amazon.com has anything on Rueben Bell such as "Down On My Knees and I hear you Knocking".
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I have to admit, I bought this CD for the pseudo holiday tune "Every day will be like a holiday". While listening through the CD, I was pleasantly surprised, and carried back to a simpler and more soulful time for the music industry. Having been born, (50's) and raised in southeast Michigan during the Motown Era, I was happy to expand my R & B library, and to learn a little more about the music of the period, (60's). The small pamphlet included with the CD helped give me insight into Bell's history. Now, I'm ready to explore more music, more artists of the time period. GREAT!!!
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Fantastic Music!!!!!!!! Give these older artists a big credit. Not only is the music awesome in its own right, but if you listen you can hear the nuances of the past feeding the future. I really liked this cd. Keep them coming like this one.....I will buy it!!!!
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I sampled a few songs and bought the CD.
A pleasant choice. Good music, excellent voice.
He reminded me of the music on the 60's/70's Stax/Volt labels, and you can't beat that.
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This cd will knock your socks off if you dig
soul music and/or blues! Sings with a heart
felt feeling in his voice!
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I have really enjoyed the CD, and I would definitely recommend this to family and friends. Thank you for the memories
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