Various Artists - Bill Haney's Atlanta Southern Soul Brothers Vol.2 (The Soul Providers) (Music CD)

Release Date: 28 March 2011
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As with volume one, this is taken from holdings of producer, writer, and label owner Bill Haney, who had a hand in a lot of soul tracks recorded in Atlanta in the 1960s and 1970s. Some of the material on this 26-song compilation appeared on labels huge (Capitol) and tiny ones (Haney's own Chant); eight of them were previously unissued. There's exactly one well-known name here, Arthur Alexander, represented by a previously unreleased mid-'60s cut, "You Ain't for Real," that hardly matches up to his better work. On the whole it's journeyman Southern soul, sometimes close to the Stax sound, as on Randolph Walker's "Pride and Soul," which can't fail to recall Otis Redding with its pleading vocals, sharp blues-soul guitar, and punctuatin' horns. Jerry Woodard's "Something I Never Had" gets even deeper into the Otis trench, its slow tempo and spare guitar reminiscent of tracks like "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Gay Meadows, on the other hand, is trying for a Ben E. King thing on "Only One," probably the earliest track (dating from 1962), while Charlie Thomas gets into a candlelit Sam Cooke mood on "Why'd You Have to Make the Little Girl Cry." Overall, the disc is inoffensive and inessential. ~ Richie Unterberger
Release Date: 28 March 2011

1. I'm A Happy Man - Graham, Joe
2. I'm A Lonely Man - Wilburn, Bobby
3. Pride And Soul - Walker, Randolph
4. Achin' All Over - Allen, Gary
5. Woman Can't Do What A Man Do - Dino & Doc
6. I've Been Blessed - Graham, Joe
7. Miss Jackson's Daughter - Walker, Randolph
8. Bring It On Home To Me - Christian, Al
9. Wasting My Life Loving You - Marlin, Milton
10. Something I Never Had - Woodard, Jerry
11. You'll Lose Your Love - Walker, Randolph
12. He'll Have To Go - Christian, Al
13. You Ain't For Real - Alexander, Arthur
14. You Got Love - Jackson, Jarvis
15. Love Is Sure - Dino & Doc
16. Show Me - Jackson, Jarvis
17. Got To Get To Know You - Duff, Brenda
18. 40 Love Street - Walker, Randolph
19. Mighty Cold Winter - Dino & Doc
20. I Love Her More - Walker, Randolph
21. I'll Give Her Time - Collay, Allan
22. My Mary My Life - Graham, Joe
23. My Love Is True - Jackson, Jarvis
24. Stop My Heart From Crying - Pace, Jimmy
25. Only One - Gay Meadows & The Yobyalps
26. Why'd You Have To Make The Little Girl Cry - Thomas, Charlie

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