Cover image for The Goldwax story. Volume 2
Title:
The Goldwax story. Volume 2
Publication Information:
London : Kent Soul : Distributed by Ace Records, [2004]

â„—2004
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital, monophonic, stereophonic ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released 1964-2004 principally as Goldwax singles.

Program notes by John Ridley (23 p.) inserted in container.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
I never loved a woman (the way I love you) / Spencer Wiggins -- Crying baby baby baby / Percy Milem -- I don't want to take a chance / Wee Willie Walker -- Welcome home baby / Barbara Perry -- Peace of mind / The Ovations -- When You look in the mirror / Eddie Jefferson -- It's my life / Timmy Thomas -- I ain't gonna cheat on you no more / Wee Willie Walker -- Say you need it / Barbara Penny -- Toddlin' / Gene "Bowlegs" Miller -- Good times / George & Greer -- Country style / Dorothy Williams -- Love me / Phillip & The Faithfuls -- She's better than you / Oboe with the Keys -- I don't know what you've got (but it's got me) / Percy Milem -- Happiness / The Ovations -- Merry go round of love / Barbara Perry -- A woman is a man's best friend / James Carr -- There goes my used to be / O. V. Wright with the Keys -- The side wind / The Lyrics with the Topnotes -- Darling / The Vel Tones -- I'm crying over you / Percy Milem -- If you're not with the one you love / Unknown -- A man need a woman / O. B. McClinton.
Subject Term:
UPC:
029667222525
Format :
Music CD

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The follow-up to 2001's The Goldwax Story follows the same format as its predecessor: a couple dozen tracks of Memphis '60s soul from the vaults of the Goldwax label, most known for recording James Carr. Carr himself is only represented here by one track, an alternate version of "A Woman Is a Man's Best Friend" that appeared on a 1977 Japanese reissue (Kent has issued several Carr compilations if you need to hear more of the singer). The rest of these singers are known mostly to soul collectors, except for O.V. Wright (heard on his sole single for Goldwax, 1964's "There Goes My Used to Be") and Timmy Thomas (with his radically rearranged 1967 cover of the Animals' hit "It's My Life," done five years before his huge hit "Why Can't We Live Together"). As for the rest, it's well-done but somewhat by-numbers Southern soul, heavy on the country influences in the songwriting, the gospel feel of the vocals, and some too-blatant approximations of Sam Cooke's singing by some of the artists. Some of the more distinguished items are Spencer Wiggins' "I Never Loved a Woman (The Way I Love You)," a gender-changed rearrangement of the Aretha Franklin hit, with Duane Allman on slide guitar; Gene "Bowlegs" Miller's instrumental "Toddlin'," co-written by a young Isaac Hayes; Dorothy Williams' "Country Style," an obscure Willie Dixon composition; and Percy Milem's above average interpretation of the Don Covay song "I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me)" (more famous as done by Little Richard). A few of the anthology's tracks didn't surface until 1977 in Japan, and six (one of which is credited to "Unknown") make their first-ever appearance here. The liner notes are comprehensive even by Kent's standards, including not just a track-by-track rundown, but excerpts from interviews with several of the performers and Goldwax co-owner Quinton Claunch. ~ Richie Unterberger