Please Release Me - The Soulful Side Of Country

Various Artists

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Country, Soul/R&B
Jasmine Records
November 25, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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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.

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Key Value
Catalogue number JASCD942
Barcode 0604988094220
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 120g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 10mm x 120mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
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 -