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Various Artists - Dirty Laundry - The Soul of Black Country and More Dirty Laundry - The Soul of Black Country

More Dirty Laundry -
The Soul of Black Country

Various Artists

Trikont US - 0367

Available from Amazon.com.

Dirty Laundry -
The Soul of Black Country

Various Artists

Trikont US -0333

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

These two discs distributed in the US by Light in The Attic Records compile a very comprehensive review of Country Music as presented by a wide variety of Black Artists, from the well known such as Sammy Davis Jr., Ike and Tina Turner (yes they did country) and Clyde McPhatter to those who didn't achieve the fame they deserved such as O.B. McClinton, and Stoney Edwards. Each of these discs is jam packed with music, they both have 24 songs apiece and it is a matter of personal preference as to which is the better disc. Each contains a wide variety of music, and most of it quite surprising and good for a variety of reasons. Who knew James Brown or Etta James did country music so well. The variety of artists is so diverse on each disc as to boggle the mind, and the performances are for the most part quite spectacular, and most all cuts show the Soul side of Country.

It is often forgotten that Country music evolved as a fusion of Folk, Celtic, Appalachian and Gospel music, and it is generally evolved in Southern United States, and a large portion of the population was/is Black. Many of the artists here come to Country music as almost a secondary form, some genuinely embraced it but the large part of them came from Blues; Ike and Tina, Solomon Burke and James Brown, and others from the Gospel church; which has phrasing more similar to white Country Music, and for some this was the music that was their first genuine love such as O.B. McClinton. There is wonderful music by Bobby Womack, Junior Parker, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Ruth Brown and Etta James to name just a few of those who made their name get put up in lights in other genres however that doesn't mean the artists that will be new to you are any the less worthy because these discs will certainly enlarge your musical knowledge. Take a long listen to the great cuts by Johnny Adams or Marge Joseph and then exhale. It doesn't matter which disc you pick up both will satisfy and the two will double your pleasure as they are filled with obscure gems that are guaranteed to please.

Track List:

Dirty Laundry: The Soul of Black CountryMore Dirty Laundry: The Soul of Black Country
  • Washington, Ella: He Called Me Baby
  • Simon, Joe: Chokin'Kind
  • Powell, Bobby: Your Cheating Heart
  • Alexander, Arthur: Love's Where Life Begins
  • Staton, Candy: Stand By Your Man
  • Lavette, Betty: What Condition My Condition Is In
  • Shelton, Roscoe: There's A Heartbreak Somewhere
  • Edwards, Stoney: She's My Rock
  • Brown, Clarence Gatemouth: Mama Mambo
  • Gaines, Earl: You Are My Sunshine
  • James, Etta: Almost Persuaded
  • Womack, Bobby: Bouquet Of Roses
  • Adams, Johnny: In A Moment Of Weakness
  • Swann, Bettye: Just Because You Can't Be Mine
  • North, Freddie: Don't Take Her She's All I Got
  • Williams, Otis: Shutters & Boards
  • Jonz, Bobby: Snap Your Fingers
  • Williams, Andre & Star Tabernacle: Jet Black Daddy Lilly White Mama
  • Pointer Sisters: Fairy Tale
  • Purify, James & Bobby: Sixteen Tons
  • Brown, James: Your Cheating Heart
  • Hobbs, Willie: Till I Get It Right
  • Mayfield, Curtis: Dirty Laundry
  • Burke, Solomon: I Can't Stop Loving You
  • Hell Yes I Cheated - Adams, Johnny
  • If Loving You Is Wrong - McClinton, O.B
  • Gift For You - Mercury, Eric
  • She Thinks I Still Care - Johnson, Lou
  • Touch Your Woman - Joseph, Margie
  • Talk To My Children's Mama - McClinton, O.B
  • Trying To Win Your Love - Tex, Joe
  • Everyday I Have To Cry - Alexander, Arthur
  • You Must Think My Heart Has Swinging Doors - Vann, Vicky
  • Don't Believe Nothing - Turner, Ike & Tina
  • I Told My Pillow - Henry, Clarence 'Frogman'
  • King Of The Road - Tex, Joe
  • Smoke Smoke Smoke - Davis, Sammy Jr.
  • Honky Tonk Heaven - Edwards, Stoney
  • I'm Movin' On - McPhatter, Clyde
  • Tennessee Waltz - Brown, Ruth
  • He'll Have To Go - Burke, Solomon
  • Point Of No Return - Womack, Bobby
  • Son Of Hickory Holler Tramp - Smith, O.C.
  • Three Hearts In A Tangle - Brown, James (1)
  • Walking The Floor - Parker, Junior
  • Someone To Give My Love To - Simon, Joe
  • Amos Moses - Brown, Clarence 'Gatemouth'
  • Pardon Me (I've Got Someone To Kill) - Williams, Andre

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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