Sam & Dave - Soul Men - LP Vinyl

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Soul Men
Sam & Dave
12" Vinyl


Perhaps no act epitomized soul music as the secularization of gospel more than Sam & Dave. Sam Moore and Dave Prater's hits are among the most soulful ever to crack the Hot 100. Because R&B was such a singles-driven market in the 1960s, many albums released by Stax and Motown were big on filler. But that generally wasn't the case with Sam & Dave's albums, which boasted many gems that weren't released as singles and enjoyed little, if any, radio airplay. Listeners may be surprised to learn that as popular as this twosome was in 1967, Soul Men contains only one major single: the anthemic title song and its B-side, the charming "May I Baby." Among the first-class album tracks never released as singles were "Rich Kind of Poverty," the punchy "Hold It Baby," and the gospel-drenched ballads "Just Keep Holding On" and "I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do." As was customary, the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter wrote the hits, and Hayes' production was so utterly sympathetic in capturing the tough, swaggering singing styles of both Sam Moore and David Prater that he surrounded them with punchy, driving arrangements by the Memphis Horns, Booker T. & the MG's, and the studio aces at Stax. Hayes pushed the level into the red on a number of these tunes, making for dynamite performances from the duo. This is one of these records that feels live because of its crackling energy. For those with more than a casual interest in Memphis soul, Soul Men is highly recommended.
A1Soul Man2:36
A2May I Baby2:38
A3Broke Down Piece Of Man2:46
A4Let It Be Me2:45
A5Hold It Baby2:35
A6I'm With You2:50
B1Don't Knock It2:28
B2Just Keep Holding On2:52
B3The Good Runs The Bad Way2:15
B4Rich Kind Of Poverty2:13
B5I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do2:58

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