VARIOUS – PLEASE RELEASE ME – THE SOULFUL SIDE OF COUNTRY

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Description

  • The unexpected success of Ray Charles’ million selling Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP, in the Spring of 1962, led to a flood of soul and R&B artists recording C&W songs.
  • Including Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter, William Bell, Arthur Alexander and most notably “Little Esther” Phillips, whose million-selling revival of the old Ray Price hit Release Me provides our title track (in closing, the remarkable Ted Taylor weighs in with his classic Answer Disc, I’ll Release You).
  • Yet ironically, artists like Solomon Burke, LaVern Baker, Little Willie John, Brook Benton, Bobby Bland, Adam Wade, Varetta Dillard, Big Maybelle and Fontella Bass had long been singing Country, often enjoying great commercial successes.
  • Louisiana was another hotbed of R&B/C&W crossover, as evidenced by Elton Anderson, Cookie & His Cupcakes, Phil Phillips and particularly Fats Domino, who’d been singing Hank Williams’ songs since the 40s.
  • This is a unique and irresistible collection of big hits and collectors’ obscurities.

Track List

  1. “LITTLE ESTHER” PHILLIPS • RELEASE ME
  2. ARTHUR ALEXANDER • I WONDER WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT
  3. COOKIE & HIS CUPCAKES • GOT YOU ON MY MIND
  4. BIG MAYBELLE • COLD, COLD HEART
  5. ADAM WADE • THE WRITING ON THE WALL
  6. SOLOMON BURKE • JUST OUT OF REACH (Of My Two Open Arms)
  7. RAY CHARLES • TAKE THESE CHAINS FROM MY HEART
  8. BROOK BENTON • HOTEL HAPPINESS
  9. LAVERN BAKER • SHAKE A HAND
  10. BOBBY BLAND • WHO WILL THE NEXT FOOL BE
  11. CLYDE McPHATTER • I’M MOVIN’ ON
  12. BEN E. KING • MY HEART CRIES FOR YOU
  13. “LITTLE ESTHER” PHILLIPS • WHY SHOULD WE TRY ANYMORE
  14. LITTLE WILLIE JOHN • SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
  15. ELTON ANDERSON • THE SECRET OF LOVE
  16. ARTHUR ALEXANDER • I HANG MY HEAD AND CRY
  17. FATS DOMINO • YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART
  18. FONTELLA BASS • I DON’T HURT ANYMORE
  19. LAVERN BAKER • HEY MEMPHIS
  20. WILLIAM BELL • PLEASE HELP ME I’M FALLING
  21. PHIL PHILLIPS & THE TWILIGHTS • SEA OF LOVE
  22. VARETTA DILLARD • A LITTLE BITTY TEAR
  23. LITTLE WILLIE JOHN • BIG BLUE DIAMONDS
  24. “LITTLE ESTHER” PHILLIPS • AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET
  25. RAY CHARLES • MAKING BELIEVE
  26. ADAM WADE • AS IF I DIDN’T KNOW
  27. BROOK BENTON • TAKE GOOD CARE OF HER
  28. SOLOMON BURKE • I REALLY DON’T WANT TO KNOW
  29. TED TAYLOR • I’LL RELEASE YOU