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The Sue Records Story: The Sound of Soul

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9/6/1994

Review

This four-CD, 100-song set is the best representative body of work ever assembled (or ever likely to be assembled) of the R&B and soul releases from Henry "Juggy Murray" Jones' Sue Records. The range of sounds runs the gamut from ex-Drifter Bobby Hendricks' first hit for the company ("Itchy Twitchy Feeling") in 1959, through the string of hits by Ike & Tina Turner, to the company's last hits some seven years later. Not only is every chart single that the label ever had represented, but so are club hits from the mid-'60s and solo sides by uniquely New York-associated figures. The contents of the box are almost ideal, along with their arrangement -- in contrast some other box sets, this one follows strict release order, which is a great way to follow the history of the label (though not ideal for anyone, apart from owners of multi-disc players, who simply wants to hear the label's best-known tracks in one sitting). Producer Alan Warner admits that some of the tracks included are not the original single takes, but, rather, outtakes that were found in the tape vaults, and which were used in place of missing masters on various singles. Optimum sound was as much a consideration as providing the authentic rendition, and the audio quality here is excellent -- given the rarity of a lot of original singles, the compromise (forced by the presence of missing material) is a wise one. The one drawback will be for jazz fans, who will find Jimmy McGriff and Bill Doggett represented in a limited manner, but not any of the other jazz artists who cut music for Sue. Other than this caveat, the collection is not only an essential look at the history of one of the most vital New York-based R&B and soul labels of the 1960s, but also a close-up look at part of the history and development of New York soul, an area frequently overlooked. Of course, all of that's really just intellectual jackassing around; the real reason to buy this box is that there's not an uncool track among the 100 songs here. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Vengeance (Will Be Mine) The Matadors 2:59
  3. 2 Itchy Twitchy Feeling Bobby Hendricks 2:27
  4. 3 Written in the Stars The Four Jokers 2:5
  5. 4 Believe It or Not Don Covay 2:31
  6. 5 A Thousand Dreams Bobby Hendricks 2:47
  7. 6 I Feel Like a Million Mamie Bradley 2:19
  8. 7 Betty Jean Don Covay 2:19
  9. 8 The Chicken Scratch The Commandos 2:19
  10. 9 Hand in Hand Johnny Darrow 2:29
  11. 10 Psycho Bobby Hendricks 2:26
  12. 11 Don't Leave Bobby Adams 2:45
  13. 12 Don't Start Me Talking Johnny Darrow 2:21
  14. 13 A Fool in Love Ike & Tina Turner 2:50
  15. 14 Night Ridin' The Night Riders 2:23
  16. 15 I Idolize You Ike & Tina Turner 2:49
  17. 16 That's All I Need Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm 2:23
  18. 17 Trouble Up the Road Jackie Brenston 2:9
  19. 18 I'm Jealous Ike & Tina Turner 2:11
  20. 19 I Wanna Marry You Jimmy & Jean 1:57
  21. 20 You Ain't the One Jackie Brenston 2:9
  22. 21 My Man Rockhead Eloise Carter 2:37
  23. 22 I Can't Believe Jimmy & Jean 2:9
  24. 23 My Love Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm 2:15
  25. 24 Keep Your Business to Yourself Pearl Woods 2:26
  26. 25 Stick Shift The Duals 2:29
  27. 1 It's Gonna Work Out Fine Ike & Tina Turner 3:0
  28. 2 She Put the Hurt on Me Prince La La 2:19
  29. 3 I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) Barbara George 2:21
  30. 4 May I Have This Dance? The Senors 2:21
  31. 5 You Talk About Love Barbara George 2:37
  32. 6 Gettin' Married Soon Prince La La 2:29
  33. 7 Graveyard The Blenders 2:27
  34. 8 Poor Fool Ike & Tina Turner 2:32
  35. 9 I've Got a Woman, Pt. 1 Jimmy McGriff 2:32
  36. 10 A Handful of Memories Baby Washington 2:19
  37. 11 Come on Let Me Try Linda & The Del Rios 2:38
  38. 12 Tra la la la La Ike & Tina Turner 2:37
  39. 13 Prancing Ike & Tina Turner's Kings of Rhythm 3:44
  40. 14 You Should'a Treated Me Right Ike & Tina Turner 3:37
  41. 15 Send for Me (If You Need Some Lovin') Barbara George 2:9
  42. 16 It Seemed Like Heaven to Me Elmore Morris 2:21
  43. 17 Let's Shimmy King Coleman 2:31
  44. 18 Hitch Hike, Pt. 1 Russell Byrd 2:22
  45. 19 Come Back to Me Prince La La 2:43
  46. 20 Worried and Hurtin' Inside Ike & Tina Turner 2:14
  47. 21 Any Other Way Jackie Shane 2:32
  48. 22 That's How Heartaches Are Made Baby Washington 2:40
  49. 23 Hold on Baby Hockadays 2:29
  50. 24 Summer's Love Ritchie Barrett 2:56
  51. 25 All About My Girl Jimmy McGriff 2:52
  52. 1 Mockingbird Inez & Charlie Foxx 2:35
  53. 2 She's Got Everything [Previously Unreleased] Barbara George 2:26
  54. 3 Daddy Rollin' Stone Derek Martin 2:24
  55. 4 I Can't Stand It The Soul Sisters 2:40
  56. 5 In My Tenement Jackie Shane 2:41
  57. 6 Leave Me Alone Baby Washington 2:17
  58. 7 So Far Away Hank Jacobs 2:20
  59. 8 Everybody But Me Ocie Smith 2:23
  60. 9 Ask Me Inez Foxx 2:35
  61. 10 You're Mine, You Jimmy Helms 2:6
  62. 11 Good Time Tonight The Soul Sisters 2:54
  63. 12 I See You My Love Inez Foxx 2:52
  64. 13 Don't Put Me Down Like This Derek Martin 2:2
  65. 14 I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby Justine Washington 2:32
  66. 15 Hurt by Love Inez Foxx 3:5
  67. 16 I Can't Tell You Sylvia Robbins 2:44
  68. 17 The Last Minute, Pt. 1 Jimmy McGriff 2:48
  69. 18 Dreams Lovelace Watkins 2:14
  70. 19 Loop de Loop The Soul Sisters 3:29
  71. 20 Limbo Lucy The Everglades 2:33
  72. 21 La De da I Love You Inez & Charlie Foxx 2:23
  73. 22 Yesterday Tyree Glenn Jr.& the Fabulous Imperials 2:17
  74. 23 Ain't That Bad 2:3
  75. 24 You Succeeded Sandra Phillips 2:19
  76. 25 Monkey Hips and Rice Hank Jacobs 2:15
  77. 1 Time Waits for No One Eddie & Ernie 2:18
  78. 2 Think About the Good Times The Soul Sisters 2:24
  79. 3 Outcast Eddie & Ernie 3:1
  80. 4 Only Those in Love Baby Washington 2:46
  81. 5 Fat Back Bill Doggett 2:46
  82. 6 The Real Thing Tina Britt 2:20
  83. 7 Annie Don't Love Me No More The Hollwood Flames 2:0
  84. 8 One More Hurt Marjorie Black 2:48
  85. 9 Love in My Heart Entertainers 2:31
  86. 10 I'm Going for Myself Eddie & Ernie 3:35
  87. 11 What Can I Do? Billy Prophet 2:0
  88. 12 Two Is a Couple Ike & Tina Turner 2:22
  89. 13 The New Breed, Pt. 1 Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm 2:12
  90. 14 Stagger Lee & Billy Ike & Tina Turner 2:47
  91. 15 I Can't Do It Eddie & Ernie 2:6
  92. 16 She Blew a Good Thing The Poets 2:44
  93. 17 Count to Ten Derek Martin 2:39
  94. 18 World Without Sunshine Sandra Phillips 2:30
  95. 19 If You Go Derek Martin 2:38
  96. 20 I'm Gonna Stand by You Hollywood Flames 2:22
  97. 21 I Was Born a Loser Bobby Lee 2:49
  98. 22 So Young (And So Innocent) The Poets 2:0
  99. 23 If You've Ever Loved Someone Jean Wells 2:51
  100. 24 She's Called a Woman The Magnificent 7 2:10
  101. 25 Soul at Sunrise Juggy 2:48

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