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Taste of Soul, Vol. 1

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11//1993

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Founded in Gary, Indiana in 1953 by James C. Bracken and wife Vivian Carter, Vee-Jay quickly emerged as the most successful black-owned label in the U.S. -- home to classic singles including the Spaniels' "Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite," Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" and Dee Clark's "Raindrops" -- by the following decade the company rivaled any major label for creative consistency and commercial success, culminating in 1964 with a licensing deal that yielded the sale of 2.6 million Beatles records. By 1966, however, Vee-Jay was bankrupt, due largely to an ill-conceived contract with superstars the Four Seasons and subsequent legal snafus. While most Vee-Jay retrospectives (most notably 1993's definitive 75-track overview The Vee-Jay Story: Celebrating 40 Years of Classic Hits) have focused exclusively on the label's myriad chart hits, its commercial misfires and forgotten B-sides have consistently eluded exhumation; the first volume in the Taste of Soul series corrects this oversight, going far beyond the familiar classics to delve into the dustiest corners of the Vee-Jay vaults. It's a pleasure to discover such elegant, regal music from the golden era of R&B -- highlights include the "5" Royales' "They Don't Know," Joe Simon's "My Adorable One," Jerry Butler's "Good Times" and Ivory Joe Hunter's "Someone Is Stealing My Love." ~ Jason Ankeny
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You Can Make It If You Try Gene Allison 2:6
  3. 2 My Heart Remembers Gene Allison 2:17
  4. 3 Have Faith Gene Allison 2:41
  5. 4 Nobody But You Dee Clark 2:24
  6. 5 Here I Stand Wade Flemons 2:22
  7. 6 Raindrops Dee Clark 2:43
  8. 7 They Don't Know The "5" Royales 2:18
  9. 8 Help Me Somebody The "5" Royales 2:54
  10. 9 You Only Want Me When You Need Me Ivory Joe Hunter 2:14
  11. 10 Someone Is Stealing My Love Ivory Joe Hunter 2:46
  12. 11 Rainbow Gene Chandler 2:20
  13. 12 A Spanish Boy The Rubies 2:19
  14. 13 Giving Up Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:3
  15. 14 Gonna Take a Journey Barrett Strong 2:2
  16. 15 Lovers Always Forgive Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:36
  17. 16 My Adorable One Joe Simon 2:22
  18. 17 Either Way I Lose Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:37
  19. 18 Good Times Jerry Butler 2:7
  20. 19 Stop and Get a Hold of Myself Gladys Knight & the Pips 2:57
  21. 20 Who Knows Gladys Knight & The Pips 2:41
  22. 21 I Cant Get Away From Your Love Wade Flemons 2:36
  23. 22 Stay in My Corner The Dells 2:50
  24. 23 Oo Wee Baby, I Love You Fred Hughes 2:21
  25. 24 I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me Little Richard 4:43
  26. 25 I Can't See Your Love The Ballad's 2:19

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