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The Valentinos: Lookin' for a Love: The Complete SAR Recordings

Track List

>Somebody's Wrong
>Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
>Lookin' for a Love
>Darling, Come Back Home
>I'll Make It Alright
>I've Got a Girl
>Tired of Livin' in the Country [Single Version]
>Don't Go Away - (previously unreleased)
>She's So Good to Me
>Baby, Lots of Luck
>It's All Over Now
>I've Got Love for You
>Rock in the Cradle of Love
>Somewhere There's a Girl
>Sugar Dumpling - (previously unreleased)
>Bitter Dreams
>Everybody Wants to Fall in Love
>Put Me Down Easy - (previously unreleased)
>To Show My Love - (previously unreleased)
>Shakin' This Way and That (Lassie) - (previously unreleased)
>Tired of Livin' in the Country - (previously unreleased)
>Yield Not to Temptation
>Somewhere There's a God
>[Untitled]

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.

Recording information: Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (02/28/1962); RCA Studios, Hollywood (02/28/1962); United Recording, Hollywood (02/28/1962); Universal Recording, Chicago (02/28/1962); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (03/24/1964); RCA Studios, Hollywood (03/24/1964); United Recording, Hollywood (03/24/1964); Universal Recording, Chicago (03/24/1964); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/28/1961); RCA Studios, Hollywood (06/28/1961); United Recording, Hollywood (06/28/1961); Universal Recording, Chicago (06/28/1961); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (07/19/1963); RCA Studios, Hollywood (07/19/1963); United Recording, Hollywood (07/19/1963); Universal Recording, Chicago (07/19/1963); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (09/19/1964); RCA Studios, Hollywood (09/19/1964); United Recording, Hollywood (09/19/1964); Universal Recording, Chicago (09/19/1964); Bell Sound Studios, New York, NY (12/20/1962); RCA Studios, Hollywood (12/20/1962); United Recording, Hollywood (12/20/1962); Universal Recording, Chicago (12/20/1962).

During his days in the gospel harmony group the Soul Stirrers, Sam Cooke found himself sharing a bill with a group from Ohio called the Womack Brothers, with a dynamic lead singer named Bobby Womack. Cooke was convinced Womack and his group had the potential to become stars, and when he launched his own record label, SAR Records, he signed them to a contract. However, the act soon made some major changes -- they left behind gospel music to sing secular R&B, and they changed their name to the Valentinos. The Valentinos scored an R&B hit with their first release, an upbeat number called "Lookin' for a Love," and another single, "It's All Over Now," was climbing the charts when the Rolling Stones covered the tune, leaving the Valentinos' version in the dust. When Sam Cooke was murdered in 1964, SAR went out of business and the Valentinos subsequently broke up, while Womack went on to a long and multifaceted solo career. Lookin' for a Love: The Complete SAR Recordings is a collection that brings together the complete catalog of the Valentinos' years with SAR, as well as four songs from their gospel days as the Womack Brothers and seven unreleased tracks. For Bobby Womack fans, this is a fascinating glimpse into the early days of his career, and the consistent strength of the songs and performances make this a must for anyone with a taste for R&B vocal acts of the '60s. ~ Mark Deming



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