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Various Artists: Come Back Strong: Hotlanta Soul, Vol. 4

Track List

>Big Boat Ride - Dorothy Norwood (previously unreleased)
>We Always Come Back Strong - John Edwards
>Face to Face - Judy Green (mono)
>Up Is Down - Joe Hinton (mono)
>I Can't Leave You Alone - Jimmy Lewis (mono)
>Party Life, The - King Hannibal (mono)
>When a Woman Loves a Man - Jean Battle (mono)
>Love Like Yours, A - Lorraine Johnson (previously unreleased)
>You Get to Me - Lee Brackett (previously unreleased, mono)
>Claim Jumpin' - Bill Brandon (previously unreleased, mono)
>If I Had My Way - Delia Gartrell (mono)
>Hundred Years from Today, A - Dee Irvin (previously unreleased, mono)
>What Good Is a Love - Sam Dees
>I Want 'Cha to Let Me Come Home - Floyd Smith (mono)
>I Still Love You So - Judy Green (mono)
>I've Come Too Far with You (To Turn Back Now) - Rozetta Johnson (previously unreleased)
>Hollywood Faces - Dee Irvin/Joe Hinton (mono)
>It Takes More Than a Moment - Phase Four (mono)
>Come and Get It - The Steppers
>Go Away (Get Out of My Life) - Carl James and Jackie Irvin
>Complain to the Clouds (But You Can't Change the Weather) - Deep Velvet (previously unreleased)
>So Can I - Loleatta Holloway
>Best of My Years, The - Lorraine Johnson (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ady Croasdell.

The fourth volume of Ace/Kent's ongoing exploration of the vaults of Atlanta's General Recording Corporation -- the studio and related labels spearheaded by pornographer and all-around gangster Michael Thevis -- concentrates on funky, spangly soul recorded in the mid-'70s. Almost half of these tracks were not released at the time and, to be frank, those that did appear on the Aware, Act One, and Clintone imprints weren't widely distributed and aren't well known. Such scarcity is a selling point, of course, of Come Back Strong: Hotlanta Soul, Vol. 4, as there is a significant audience who cherish rare grooves. There are a lot of them here, ranging from funky workouts to slow-burning seduction, smooth soul, nimble proto-disco, and pop-R&B so glittery it could've scored a television show. Most of the singers are steeped in Southern soul tradition, so they're testifying even when they're in satiny surroundings, an aesthetic that gives these slick sounds some grit. When combined with the surprising variety of mid-'70s soul sounds, this hint of rawness gives Come Back Strong: Hotlanta Soul, Vol. 4 palpable pleasure that transcends the workmanlike craft of the compositions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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