Sweet Soul Sounds

20 Great Soul Classics



Do you like good music? Yeah! Yeah! Get on board the soul train for Eric Records' first-ever collection of foot stompin' sweet and soulful classics. Sweet Soul Sounds 1963-1971 surveys the years when soul music came together, combining the rural and urbane, the sacred and profane into a truly modern groove that spoke of struggle, freedom, love, loss, and lust.

Sweet Soul Sounds includes such classics as Clarence Carter's cheating epic, "Slip Away," and Archie Bell's dance ultimatum, "There's Gonna Be A Showdown." But the great joys of this anthology are the hard-to-find gems previously unavailable to most collectors - songs like "(I Wanna) Testify," featuring a pre-P-Funk George Clinton, or Johnny Adams' "Reconsider Me," a swooping supplication cut by the "Tan Canary" for tiny SSS International Records in 1969.

Of special note are two soul classics making their CD debut. Denise LaSalle's "Trapped By A Thing Called Love" is one of the last great soul songs, recorded in 1971 as soul music was morphing into funk and disco; it appears on a U.S. CD for the first time ever. And, Little Sister, a female trio featuring Sly Stone's younger sibling, is represented by two cuts, one of which - "You're the One (Parts 1 & 2 )" - has never been available on any CD anywhere! Here's the COMPLETE version - in stereo, no less!

Sweet Soul Sounds includes 20 pop hits (16 of them Top Thirty), and all tracks have been digitally mastered to the exacting standards of Eric Records - in true stereo wherever possible. CD includes an 12-page booklet with detailed liner notes on each song written by renowned soul authority, Randy Poe.


Track Title Artist Pop
Date Stereo
1. Sweet Soul Music
Arthur Conley #2 #2 Mar. 1967 Mono
2. Funky Street Arthur Conley #14 #5 Mar. 1968 Stereo
3. There's Gonna Be a Showdown Archie Bell & The Drells #21 #6 Nov. 1968 Stereo
4. Just One Look Doris Troy #10 #3 Jun. 1963 Mono
5. Cry to Me Betty Harris #23 #10 Sep. 1963 Mono
6. The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven Chris Bartley #32 #10 Jul. 1967 Stereo
7. Open the Door to Your Heart Darrell Banks #27 #2 Jul. 1966 Mono
8. She's Looking Good Rodger Collins #101 #44 Feb. 1967 Stereo
9. I'm the Lover Man Little Jerry Williams #102 -- Nov. 1964 Mono
10. Dry Your Eyes Brenda & The Tabulations #20 #8 Feb. 1967 Stereo
11. Part Time Love
Little Johnny Taylor #19 #1 Aug. 1963 Stereo
12. Slip Away Clarence Carter #6 #2 Jul. 1968 Stereo
13. Stand By Your Man
Candi Staton #24 #4 Aug. 1970 Stereo
14. Reconsider Me Johnny Adams #28 #8 Jun. 1969 Stereo
15. Expressway to Your Heart Soul Survivors #4 #3 Sep. 1967 Stereo
16. (I Wanna) Testify The Parliaments #20 #3 Jul. 1967 Mono
17. You're the One (Parts 1 & 2) Little Sister #22 #4 Feb. 1970 Stereo
18. Trapped by a Thing Called Love Denise LaSalle #13 #1 Aug. 1971 Stereo
19. Somebody's Watching You Little Sister #32 #8 Nov. 1970 Stereo
20. Love Land Charles Wright & the Watts103rd Street Rhythm Band #16 #23 Mar. 1970 Stereo

Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburn's Record Research series of Billboard chart books.


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