Thursday, May 23, 2013
Pick Of The Week
One of the items on my list for RSD was something called the "Cotillion Soul 45s-1968-1970" boxed set. This set was limited to 2,500 worldwide and was to include ten 7" singles, some of which hadn't seen the light of day since their initial release, featuring such artists as Otis Clay, Baby Washington, Walter Jackson and some lesser known but no less wonderful people like C & The Shells and The Blendells.
I searched high and low and came up empty, so empty that I couldn't even locate the set on eBay for a premium. Then a friend mentioned to me that it may have been either delayed or cancelled altogether, info gleaned from a chatroom on one of the RSD blogs.
My relentless and occasionally obsessive searches finally found the damn thing. It did indeed come out and I managed to snag one of the three remaining copies on Amazon. (The other two have since been sold, as well.)
I mention this now because sets like this, or more to the point, obscure soul compilations, are often hit or miss. Like "unreleased tracks," or "b-sides" added to a deluxe edition of a CD, you soon realize why most of the tracks were unreleased in the first place. But not here. Of the 20 tracks, only the Moses Smith single failed to thrill me, leaving 18 tracks that absolutely killed me.
There are songs written by Dan Penn, Bobby Womack, and Eddie Hinton. The cover of Chip Taylor's "Anyway That You Want Me" by Walter Jackson is a personal fave. This is one of the most solid sets of soul music to come along in some time.
Here's the tracklist. (You may need to enlarge it a bit.)
For you vinyl collectors and fans of soul music, I cannot stress just how wonderful this box is. Beautifully packaged and great...GREAT sound on the singles, it even comes with a code to download the whole set.
There are still some sets available on eBay, though not many and not cheaply. But seeing as how this is becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain, I'm thinking of doing something I've never done on a Friday....so stay tuned and pay attention. There will be little to no fanfare for tomorrow's WM.