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Beg, Scream & Shout!: The Big Ol' Box Of 60's Soul
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Country, Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soundtracks
Extravagance in packaging is no vice, especially when the media--six CDs wrapped in mockup 45 sleeves inside one of those carrying cases that were the in thing for late-'60s singles buyers--so perfectly enhance the sounds ... more »
Extravagance in packaging is no vice, especially when the media--six CDs wrapped in mockup 45 sleeves inside one of those carrying cases that were the in thing for late-'60s singles buyers--so perfectly enhance the sounds contained within. Of course, it's what's in the digital bitstream that counts, and Beg, Scream & Shout!'s selections are masterfully chosen. Unlike Rhino's excellent but somewhat predictable R&B Box, this one strikes a better balance between well-known hits and artists and great sides by second-tier acts. This approach allows many more surprises to break through over the course of the 144 tracks, almost all presented in single-mix mono. Half-remembered, too-little-heard, never-heard--a big part of the experience of the soul decade is here, with even the most familiar tunes thrown into relief by the jumble of chronology and styles. Whether the most indelible legends (James, Aretha, Otis), unjustly forgotten stars (Joe Simon, Tyrone Davis), or great one- and two-shot voices, the set just keeps moving with smart selections. Grand discoveries abound--Otis Clay's "That's How It Is (When You're in Love)," which begins with the singer imploring, "Please, somebody take your hand and slap some sense in me"; C & the Shells' Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams-penned "You Are the Circus (I Am the Clown)"--plus original versions of "Tainted Love" (by Gloria Jones), "Mustang Sally" (by its author, Sir Mack Rice), "Piece of My Heart" (by Erma Franklin, Aretha's sister), "He Was Really Sayin' Something" (by the Velvelettes), and "Leaving Here" (by Eddie Holland). Consistently revelatory and fun, fun, fun, this is pretty much everything a genre box should be. --Rickey Wright
email@example.com | 12/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually bought this box from Amazon two years ago, but couldn't resist coming here to give it the thumbs up. The nice thing about this box is not that it's comprehensive, which even 6 packed discs cannot be, but that it digs so far beneath the surface of the well-known soul tunes that any self-respecting 60s soul fan has. This collection unearths many gems that I'd never heard. The sound can be somewhat harsh at times but has a very credible consistancy. Also, even though the packaging is hard to store and even a bit of a hassle to access, one has to admire the care and imagination that went into this package. The price should not scare any collector of 60s soul - the price to try to find some of these wonderful singles among other collections (or, shudder, the actaul 45s)would run much, much higher. In fact, this is a very cost efficient way to acquire this music. In other words, if you love 60s soul and are looking for a really dynomite collection, why are you hesitating. Buy this! Believe me, you will be richly rewarded, as I have been for two years."
Essential For Any Serious Collector Of 1960's R&B
Ibochild | Los Angeles, CA USA | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino has done it again! The beauty of this collection is that it limits each artist to only one song (not counting collaborative efforts). This means that many lesser known artists share the spotlight with the more established stars. In other words, by purchasing this collection, you get the chance to hear the orginal recordings of "Mustang Sally" (Sir Mack Rice, who also wrote the song), "Piece of My Heart" (Erma Franklin, Aretha's older sister), and Betty Everett's pre-Linda Ronstadt version of "You're No Good." Other rarities of note include Clifford Curry's "She Shot a Hole in My Soul," Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You," and "Back Up Train" by Al Greene & The Soul Mates. The latter was Al's first hit a few years before he dropped the "e" and embarked on a successful solo career. Of course, the CD collection is also loaded with more familiar cuts like "Soul Finger" (Bar-Kays), "I Was Made to Love Her" (Stevie Wonder), "Dry Your Eyes" (Brenda & the Tabulations), "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King), and "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Brenda Holloway). Avoided are many of the otherwise good, but overplayed tracks on "Oldies" radio like the most popular versions of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Marvin Gaye/Gladys Knight & the Pips), and Aretha Franklin's version of "Respect." For fans of those artists don't fret, they are represented in this collection with "Can I Get a Witness" (Marvin Gaye), "Friendship Train" (Gladys Knight & the Pips), and "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" (Aretha Franklin). Of course, by virtue of the fact that you are checking out this collection, you probably already have "Grapevine" (both versions) and "Respect." For fans of the latter track, I suggest you check out Minnie Riperton's psychedelic version with Rotary Connection on her Chess CD. Why doesn't radio play that track (not to mention Otis Redding's original version)? By the way, Otis is represented in the Rhino collection with "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." Enough said. If you're a serious fan of 1960's R&B, this is the box set for you!"
SNAP AND FINGER POP DOWN MEMORY LANE
firstname.lastname@example.org | 09/20/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I FOUND THIS BOX SET TO BE ONE OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTIONS I HAVE EVER SEEN. I GREW UP IN THE SIXTIES LISTENING TO ALL THE SONGS CONTAINED IN THE SET. SOMETIMES WE ONLY HAD A TRANSISTOR RADIO FOR LISTENING. AND THIS WAS BEFORE FM BECOME THE STANDARD. THIS SET HAS CAPTURED A VERY IMPORTANT TIME IN A LOT OF OUR LIVES. WHILE LISENING TO IT WITH FRIENDS YOU COULD HARDLY HEAR THE SONGS BECAUSE EVERYONE HAD A STORY TO TELL AS IT RELATED TO EACH SONG. BLUE LIGHT IN THE BASEMENT PARTIES. SLOW DANCING TO THE DELLS STAY IN MY CORNER. DOING THE LATEST DANCES LIKE THE JERK, MONKEY AND TWINE TIME. THE MASH POTATOES SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED.BEFORE NOW I COULD ONLY HEAR THESE SONGS WGCI LATE ON SATURDAYS. I WOULD HAVE GAVE THE SET FIVE STARS, BUT THE PRICE WAS TOO HIGH. ALTHOUGH THE PACKING IS CUTE, IT IS NOT VERY PRACTICAL IN TODAY'S MOBILE LISTENING TRENDS. IT IS GREAT FOR COLLECTORS, BUT A NO FRILLS VERSION WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT."