South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976
Release date: August 13, 2013
Hard to find southern Soul, 40 A- & B-Sides from 20 Minaret Records R&B singles!
For decades, Memphis and Muscle Shoals have been praised to the skies as premier Southern soul recording capitals, and rightly so. But any comprehensive list of important R&B studio destinations should also include Valparaiso, located on Florida’s Panhandle, not far from the Alabama state line. That’s where Finley Duncan established Playground Recording Studio in 1969, producing a series of stunning singles for his Minaret Records label that inexplicably avoided the charts but stand treetop-tall with a legion of R&B aficionados.—Bill Dahl
(Excerpt from The South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-19776 liner notes.)
Having explored the West Coast with the 3-volume Music City Sessions, Omnivore Recordings has set its sights on Southern R&B with The South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976. This 2 CD, 40-track collection gathers all of the A-s and B-s of Minaret’s soulful sides for the very first time. Many of these tracks have been out of print for decades, commanding top dollar on the collector’s market.
While the music is enticing enough, the package features a full-color booklet with extensive liner notes by Bill Dahl detailing not only the history of the label and studio, but of the the stories of the artists whose work is showcased on these 20 singles as well. Featuring photographs and commentary from Playground staff past and present, The South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976 adds to Omnivore’s reputation as “the Smithsonian of record labels, finding, preserving and championing some of the greatest (and most endangered) music of the past 50 years.” (Cait Brennan, Popshifter)
If you’re wondering which side of the street has the best music, it’s The South Side Of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976.
The Train– Big John Hamilton Big Bad John– Big John Hamilton I Have No One– Big John Hamilton I Just Want To Thank You– Big John Hamilton Fine Time– Genie Brooks Juanita– Genie Brooks Blue Diamonds– The Double Soul I Can’t Use You– The Double Soul Big Fanny– Big John Hamilton How Much Can A Man Take– Big John Hamilton Pretty Girls– Big John Hamilton Before The Next Teardrop Falls– Big John Hamilton The Night The Angels Cried– Johnny Dynamite Everybody’s Clown– Johnny Dynamite Helping Hand– Genie Brooks South Side Of Soul Street– Genie Brooks Breaking Up Is Hard To Do– Big John Hamilton Love Comes And It Goes– Big John Hamilton Suwannee Strut– Leroy Lloyd and The Dukes A Taste Of The Blues– Leroy Lloyd and The Dukes I’ll Love Only You– Willie Cobbs Don’t Worry About Me– Willie Cobbs If You’re Looking For A Fool– Big John Hamilton Take This Hurt Off Me Fool– Big John Hamilton A Shell Of A Woman– Doris Allen Kiss Yourself For Me– Doris Allen I’m Your Man– Gable Reed Who’s Been Warming My Oven– Gable Reed A Place In My Heart– Big John Hamilton & Doris Allen Let A Little Love In– Big John Hamilton & Doris Allen Row, Row, Row– Willie Gable Eternally– Willie Gable Them Cahnges– Big John Hamilton & Doris Allen Bright Star– Big John Hamilton & Doris Allen Lift Me Up– Big John Hamilton Just Seeing You Again– Big John Hamilton I’ve Got To Tell You– Count Willie with LRL and The Dukes Double Funk– LRL and The Dukes I Got To Get Myself Somebody– Big John Hamilton Free Me– Big John Hamilton