Various Artists | A Crate Digger's Collection of Rare Soul | Limited Edition 180g Vinyl 3LP

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Triple album set "A Crate Diggers' Collection of Rare Soul" features 35  Deep Soul cuts from the vaults of Atlantic, Atco, LOMA and Warner Brothers Records!

  • Limited Edition (only 1000 pressed) 3LP, 180-gram vinyl
  • Packaged in customized, 60s-style gatefold jacket with unique artist-image LP labels.
  • Includes obscure singles and lesser known songs by Soul giants such as Otis Redding, Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett along-side deep tracks by Bettye LaVette, Baby Washington, Roscoe Robinson, Darrell Banks and James Carr.
  • Deep Soul compilations on full length vinyl are not easy to find and this unique triple album of rarities could easily find a place in the collection of the most discerning crate digging aficionado!


Our collection of 35 choice 1960s –Deep Soul" tracks from the vaults of Atlantic, Atco, Warner Bros. and LOMA Records is unique in that it focuses on quality performances without much consideration of chart success. Not to say that this 3LP set doesn't include heavy hitters such as Redding, Pickett, Sledge and Burke. But their contributions here tend to focus on some of the forgotten or overlooked tracks they recorded for these labels. Many of the artists included here cut only a handful of sides at a point in Atlantic's history when the label conglomerate was having a lot of financial success with hits by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Solomon Burke to name just a few. This afforded Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler the opportunity to sign and record a wider plethora of Southern Soul artists as they cut deals with Volt, Stax and Fame Studios. Names such as Dee Dee Sharp, Alvin Robinson, Carl Hall, Paul Kelly, Bobby Sheen and J.J. Jackson may be familiar only to hardened Deep Soul collectors, but their contributions here are just as stirring, virile, gritty and explosive as the tracks by the recognizable Soul heroes on this collection.

Many of these original 45 singles are very obscure, costly and hard to obtain. Without the advantage of a hit at radio, many of the tracks were pressed in limited quantities and forgotten over time. After the decline of disco and funk in the early 80s, Soul music became less raw and more slickly produced. Gone were the punchy horns, pumping organ licks, stinging guitar riffs and rubbery bass lines. The genre sounded less and less like the original rhythm and blues style that Atlantic Records helped pioneer in the late 50s that would eventually help to spawn pure Soul in the 60s. While we don't want to rob anybody of the joys of crate digging for these artifacts, we thought we would save time and possibly some scratch by assembling a stellar collection of the deepest Southern Soul tracks from the Atlantic, Atco, WB & LOMA vaults _ gems that epitomized the golden era of the genre in the 1960s.

LP Track Listings:

Side A
1. Hard to Handle - Otis Redding
2. Bye Bye Baby - Dee Dee Sharp
3. The Love of My Woman - Darrell Banks
4. Don't Come A-Knockin' - Mary Lee Whitney
5. Leave You in the Arms of Your Other Man - Roscoe Robinson
6. You Put Something On Me - Don Covay and the Goodtimers

Side B
1. Meet Me in the Church - Solomon Burke
2. I Don't Know - Baby Washington
3. Your Search is Over - Walter Foster
4. You Hit Me (Right Where it Hurts Me) - Alice Clark
5. Scratch My Back (And Mumble in My Ear) - Clarence Carter
6. Can't Find No Happiness - Barbara Brown

Side C
1. I'm Sorry About That - Wilson Pickett
2. Wonderful, Marvelous - Jackie Moore
3. Save the Love at Any Cost - Sam Dees
4. Your Time to Cry  Bettye Lavette
5. Sho' Nuff (Got a Good Thing Going) - J.J. Jackson

Side D
1. Hard to Believe - Percy Sledge
2. Kiss My Love Goodbye - Bettye Swann
3. Mean it Baby - Carl Hall
4. We Got A Good Thing Goin' On - Ben E. King & Dee Dee Sharp
5. I've Got No Time to Lose - Carla Thomas
6. Feed the Flame - Ted Taylor
7. Shake, Rattle & Roll - Arthur Conley

Side E
1. Sister Pitiful - Judy Clay
2. Stay With Me - Lorraine Ellison
3. I May Not Be What You Want - Bobby Sheen
4. Can I Be Your Main Thing - Margie Alexander
5. Baby Don't You Do It - Alvin Robinson
6. I'll Put it To You - James Carr

Side F
1. Me and My Baby - Mary Wells
2. I've Got Enough Heartaches - Mighty Sam
3. It Takes a Whole Lot of Women - Jerry Combs & The Mannix
4. Don't Take My Sunshine - J.P. Robinson
5. Love Me Now - Paul Kelly