Monday, October 28, 1991

Genesis We Can’t Dance released

We Can’t Dance

Genesis


Released: October 28, 1991


Peak: 4 US, 12 UK, 5 CN, 8 AU


Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 1.5 UK, 17.3 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: mainstream rock


Tracks:

Song Title [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. No Son of Mine [6:41] (10/21/91, 12 US, 6 CB, 6 RR, 8 AC, 3 AR, 6 UK, 1 CN, 29 AU)
  2. Jesus He Knows Me [4:23] (12/21/91, 23 US, 16 CB, 9 RR, 27 AC, 24 AR, 20 UK, 11 CN, 56 AU)
  3. Driving the Last Spike [10:10] (6/13/92, 25 AR)
  4. I Can’t Dance [4:04] (12/7/91, 7 US, 3 CB, 5 RR, 26 AC, 2 AR, 7 UK, 3 CN, 7 AU)
  5. Never a Time [3:52] (10/31/92, 21 US, 19 CB, 9 RR, 4 AC, 9 CN)
  6. Dreaming While You Sleep [7:21]
  7. Tell Me Why [5:00] (2/8/93, 40 UK)
  8. Living Forever [5:42]
  9. Hold on My Heart [4:40] (4/4/92, 12 US, 11 CB, 4 RR, 1 AC, 16 UK, 1 CN, 63 AU)
  10. Way of the World [5:50]
  11. Since I Lost You [4:10]
  12. Fading Lights [10:16]

All songs written by Banks, Collins, and Rutherford.


Total Running Time: 71:30


The Players:

  • Tony Banks (keyboards)
  • Phil Collins (vocals, drums, percussion)
  • Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass)

Rating:

3.279 out of 5.00 (average of 25 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Depending on the reviewer, We Can’t Dance is either “another set of crisply proficient, bummed-out pop songs” BL much like Genesis’ ‘80s fare, or “a return to earlier aesthetics for Genesis.” AMG

All Music Guide reviewer Geoff Orens also says that We Can’t Dance is “edgier with more prominent guitars and live drums than on Invisible TouchAMG and “the band’s strongest musical statement in over a decade. With Driving the Last Spike,” AMG which is a “10-minute suite about English railway workers,” BL “and the dark Dreaming While You Sleep the group revisited one of their forgotten strengths, telling extended stories.” AMG

“That’s not to say the album is a return to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway or Trick of the Tail. Indeed, while there are several extended pieces on the record, there is none of the eccentricities, odd meters, or extended virtuoso solos of the band’s progressive heyday. The album’s closer, Fading Lights, comes the closest, featuring an outstanding instrumental mid-section.” AMG

Orens and Blender reviewer Jon Pareles agree on the quality of the ‘Spike’ song, but Pareeles calls it “a rare sign of initiative on an album that clearly boils down to singles-plus-filler” BL in which “the songs are neatly made, but even the better ones come across like reruns.” BL

Orens would conceed that the record “contains some gutless ballads and peons for world understanding that sound miles away from any immediacy.” AMG A couple of those, Hold on My Heart and Never a Time, were hits that sounded like they came right off one of Phil Collins’ adult-contemporary-oriented solo albums.

However, Orens says “the surprisingly gritty singles No Son of Mine, Jesus He Knows Me, and I Can’t Dance help make up for the album’s weaker moments.” AMG

Resources and Related Links:

  • DMDB encyclopedia entry for Genesis
  • AMG All Music Guide review by Geoff Orens
  • BL Blender magazine. (10/07) review by Jon Pareles. Pages 118-9.
  • WK Wikipedia


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First posted 3/18/2008; last updated 9/22/2021.

Fish released Internal Exile

Internal Exile

Fish


Released: October 28, 1991


Peak: -- US, 21 UK


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo-progressive rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Shadowplay (Dick, Mickey Simmonds) [6:23]
  2. Credo (Dick, Simmonds, Robin Boult, Frank Usher) [6:40] (12/2/91, 38 UK)
  3. Just Good Friends (Close) (Dick, Usher, Boult, Simmonds) [6:00] (8/15/95, 63)
  4. Favourite Stranger (Dick, Usher) [6:58]
  5. Lucky (Dick, Boult, Simmonds) [4:50]
  6. Dear Friend (Dick, Boult, Simmonds) [4:08]
  7. Tongues (Dick, Simmonds, Usher, Boult) [6:22]
  8. Internal Exile (Dick, Boult, Simmonds) [4:45] (9/9/91, 37 UK)
  9. Something in the Air (Speedy Keen) [5:08] (6/22/92, 51)


The Players:

  • Derek W. Dick, aka “Fish” (vocals)
  • Mickey Simmonds (keyboards)
  • Robin Boult, Frank Usher (guitars)
  • David Paton (bass)
  • Ethan Johns, Ted McKenna (drums, percussion)
  • David Paton, Mr. Crimson, Robin Boult, Maryen Cairns (backing vocals)
  • Charlie McKerron (fiddle on “Internal Exile”)
  • Marc Duff (whistles)
  • Donald Shaw (box accordion)

Rating:

3.511 out of 5.00 (average of 20 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“It’s a comparison that has dogged Fish throughout his professional career, but it’s hard to listen to his music – either his work with Marillion or his solo albums – and not be reminded of prime-period Genesis, when Peter Gabriel was fronting the band. It’s not only because his voice uncannily recalls Gabriel’s and that the musical approach is heavily influenced by Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, but it's also because Gabriel has stopped recording the kind of fruity, pompous prog-rock that dominates Fish’s second full-fledged solo album, Internal Exile. That might sound like a harsh criticism, but it’s meant as a compliment, simply because in 1991 – or for that matter, the ‘90s – nobody does classic British prog as well as Fish. True, Internal Exile relies a bit too much on contemporary studio techniques, resulting in a clean, almost sterile sound, but it’s appropriate for such precise, mannered music. At times, it’s a little too mannered, but much of the album delivers exactly what Fish and Marillion fans need – and what old-school Genesis fans have been waiting to hear.” STE

Internal Exile “was inspired by the singer's past, his own personal problems and his troubled experiences with his previous record label EMI.” WK “The album’s music reflects Fish’s indulgence in the vast regions of music that he wanted to explore as a solo artist; most notably Celtic music and folk styles. This ultimately led to the music not having a strong direction that was so apparent on his previous album, Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors. Despite this, the album remains strong with the cracking opener Shadow Play followed by the rocking track Credo,” WK which deals with “with social problems and globalisation, echoing ‘State of Mind,’ his first solo single.” WK “The song Internal Exile speaks of his strong national pride and his desire for independence for Scotland.” WK

“The album was produced by Chris Kimsey, and dedicated to Fish's daughter Tara.” WK


Notes: A 1998 remastered edition added bonus tracks “Poet’s Moon” and “Carnival Man” plus another version of “Something in the Air.”

Resources and Related Links:

Last updated 6/12/2021.

Tuesday, October 15, 1991

Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 box set released

First posted 11/11/2020; updated 11/16/2020.

Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974

Various Artists


Released: October 15, 1991


Recorded: 1947 to 1974


Peak: -- US, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B


Tracks:

Song Title by Act [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. Lowe Groovin' by Joe Morris
  2. That Old Black Magic by Tiny Grimes
  3. Annie Laurie by Tiny Grimes (11/20/1948, B-side of “Midnight Special”)
  4. Midnight Special by Tiny Grimes (11/20/1948, 12 RB)
  5. The Applejack by Joe Morris
  6. Cole Slaw by Frank Culley (5/14/1949, 11 RB)
  7. Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee by Stick McGhee (4/2/1949, 26 US, 2 RB)
  8. So Long by Ruth Brown (9/17/1949, 4 RB)
  9. I'll Get Along Somehow (Parts 1 & 2) by Ruth Brown
  10. Hey Little Girl by Professor Longhair
  11. Mardi Gras in New Orleans by Professor Longhair
  12. Tee Nah Nah by Harry Van Walls
  13. Danny Boy by Al Hibbler (8/12/1950, 9 RB) *
  14. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere by Joe Morris (10/7/1950, 1 RB)
  15. Teardrops from My Eyes by Ruth Brown (10/28/1950, 1 RB)
  16. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show by Stick McGhee
  17. Don't You Know I Love You by The Clovers (6/9/1951, 1 RB)
  18. Shouldn't I Know by The Cardinals (10/6/1951, 7 RB)
  19. Chill Is On by Big Joe Turner (12/15/1951, 3 RB)
  20. Chains of Love by Joe Turner (6/30/1951, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  21. Fool, Fool, Fool by The Clovers (9/29/1951, 1 RB)
  22. One Mint Julep by The Clovers (4/19/1952, 2 RB)
  23. Wheel of Fortune by The Cardinals (3/15/1952, 6 RB)
  24. Sweet Sixteen by Big Joe Turner (4/12/1952, 3 RB)
  25. 5-10-15 Hours by Ruth Brown (4/12/1952, 1 RB)
  26. Gator's Groove by Willis Jackson

Tracks, Disc 2:
  1. Ting-a-ling—The Clovers by The Clovers (7/26/1952, 1 RB)
  2. Daddy Daddy by Ruth Brown (9/6/1952, 3 RB)
  3. The Midnight Hour by Ray Charles (9/11/1952)
  4. A Beggar for Your Kisses by Diamonds
  5. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean by Ruth Brown (3/14/1953, 23 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  6. Good Lovin' by The Clovers (7/25/1953, 2 RB)
  7. Wild Wild Young Men by Ruth Brown (6/20/1953, 3 RB)
  8. Mess Around by Ray Charles (6/19/1953, 3 RB)
  9. Honey Hush by Joe Turner (9/19/1953, 53 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  10. Soul on Fire by LaVern Baker
  11. Money Honey by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (10/31/1953, 1 RB)
  12. Lovey Dovey by The Clovers (3/20/1954, 2 RB)
  13. Such a Night by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (3/13/1954, 2 RB)
  14. Tipitina by Professor Longhair
  15. White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (12/18/1954, 6 US, 2 RB)
  16. Honey Love by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (9/11/1954, 21 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  17. Whatcha Gonna Do by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters (3/26/1954, 2 RB)
  18. Shake, Rattle and Roll by Joe Turner (5/8/1954, 22 US, 1 RB)
  19. Sh-Boom by The Chords (7/3/1954, 5 US, 2 RB)
  20. Oh What a Dream by Ruth Brown (8/7/1954, 1 RB) *
  21. Jam Up by Tommy Ridgley
  22. After the Lights Go Down Low by Al Hibbler *
  23. Tomorrow Night by LaVern Baker (1/15/1955)
  24. Tweedle Dee by LaVern Baker (1/15/1955, 14 US, 4 RB, sales: 1 million)
  25. I Got a Woman by Ray Charles (1/22/1955, 79 US, 1 RB)
  26. Greenbacks by Ray Charles (10/29/1955, 5 RB)

Tracks, Disc 3:
  1. Door Is Still Open by The Cardinals (4/2/1955, 4 RB)
  2. Flip, Flop and Fly by Joe Turner (3/19/1955, 2 RB)
  3. A Fool for You by Ray Charles (7/2/1955, 1 RB)
  4. This Little Girl of Mine by Ray Charles (7/9/1955, 9 RB)
  5. Play It Fair by LaVern Baker (10/22/1955, 2 RB)
  6. Adorable by The Drifters (11/5/1955, 1 RB)
  7. Smokey Joe's Cafe by The Robins (12/3/1955, 79 US, 10 RB)
  8. Ruby Baby by The Drifters (5/12/1956, 10 RB)
  9. In Paradise by The Cookies (3/31/1956, 9 RB)
  10. Chicken and the Hawk by Joe Turner (1/14/1956, 7 RB)
  11. Devil or Angel by The Clovers (12/31/1955, 6 US, 3 RB, airplay: 1 million)
  12. Drown in My Own Tears by Ray Charles (2/25/1956, 1 RB)
  13. Hallelujah, I Love Her So by Ray Charles (5/31/1956, 5 RB, airplay: 1 million)
  14. Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker (12/15/1956, 17 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  15. Down in Mexico by The Coasters (3/17/1956, 8 US, 8 RB)
  16. Corrine Corina by Joe Turner (4/21/1956, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  17. Treasure of Love by Clyde McPhatter (5/26/1956, 16 US, 1 RB, 27 UK)
  18. Love, Love, Love by The Clovers (6/23/1956, 30 US, 4 RB)
  19. It's Too Late by Chuck Willis (7/7/1956, 3 RB)
  20. Lonely Avenue by Ray Charles (10/20/1956, 6 RB)
  21. Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter (11/17/1956, 12 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  22. Lucky Lips by Ruth Brow (2/9/1957, 25 US, 6 RB, sales: 1 million)
  23. Without Love (There Is Nothing) by Clyde McPhatter (1/12/1957, 4 RB)
  24. Fools Fall in Love by The Drifters (3/9/1957, 69 US, 10 RB)
  25. Midnight Special Train by Joe Turner
  26. Empty Arms by Ivory Joe Hunter (4/6/1957, 2 RB)
  27. C.C. Rider by Chuck Willis (4/20/1957, 1 RB)
  28. Searchin' by The Coasters (5/6/1957, 3 US, 1 RB, 30 UK, sales: 1 million)

Tracks, Disc 4:
  1. Young Blood by The Coasters (5/6/1957, 8 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  2. Mr. Lee by The Bobbettes (8/3/1957, 6 US, 1 RB, 1 CN)
  3. Long Lonely Nights by Clyde McPhatter (8/5/1957, 49 US, 1 RB) *
  4. Betty and Dupree by Chuck Willis (2/3/1958, 15 RB)
  5. What Am I Livin' For by Chuck Willis (5/5/1958, 25 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  6. Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes by Chuck Willis (5/5/1958, 9 RB)
  7. Yakety Yak by The Coasters (5/31/1958, 1 US, 1 RB, 12 UK, sales: 1 million)
  8. Lover's Question by Clyde McPhatter (10/4/1958, 6 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  9. I Cried a Tear by LaVern Baker (12/8/1958, 6 US, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  10. Night Time Is the Right Time by Ray Charles (1/5/1959, 95 US, 5 RB)
  11. Charlie Brown by The Coasters (2/2/1959, 2 US, 2 RB, 12 UK, 1 CN, sales: 1 million)
  12. What'd I Say (Parts 1 & 2) by Ray Charles (7/6/1959, 6 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  13. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters (6/1/1959, 2 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  14. Along Came Jones by The Coasters (5/18/1959, 9 US, 14 RB)
  15. Let the Good Times Roll by Ray Charles (1/11/1960, 78 US)
  16. Poison Ivy by The Coasters (8/24/1959, 7 US, 1 RB, 15 UK, sales: 1 million)
  17. Dance with Me by The Drifters (10/12/1959, 15 US, 2 RB, 17 UK, sales: 1 million)
  18. Just for a Thrill by Ray Charles (5/23/1960, 16 RB)
  19. This Magic Moment by The Drifters (2/13/1960, 16 US, 4 RB, airplay: 3 million)
  20. Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters (9/5/1960, 1 US, 1 RB, 2 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 6 million)
  21. Shopping for Clothes by The Coasters (10/3/1960, 83 US)
  22. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King (12/31/1960, 10 US, 15 RB, airplay: 3 million)
  23. Young Boy Blues by Ben E. King (10/14/1961, 66 US)
  24. Stand by Me by Ben E. King (5/8/1961, 4 US, 1 RB, 1 UK, 1 CN, airplay: 7 million)
  25. Gee Whiz Look at His Eyes by Carla Thomas (1/28/1961, 10 US, 5 RB)
  26. Saved by LaVern Baker (4/10/1961, 37 US, 17 RB)
  27. Just Out of Reach of My Two Empty Arms by Solomon Burke (9/4/1961, 24 US, 7 RB)

Tracks, Disc 5:
  1. Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) by The Coasters (4/24/1961, 23 US, 16 RB)
  2. Amor by Ben E. King (7/29/1961, 18 US, 10 RB, 38 UK)
  3. Last Night by The Mar-Keys (7/1/1961, 3 US, 2 RB)
  4. I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) by The Ikettes (1/13/1962, 19 US, 3 RB)
  5. You Don't Miss Your Water by William Bell (4/28/1962, 95 US)
  6. I Found a Love by The Falcons (3/31/1962, 75 US, 6 RB)
  7. Cry to Me by Solomon Burke (1/22/1962, 44 US, 5 RB)
  8. Don't Play That Song (You Lied) by Ben E. King (4/21/1962, 11 US, 2 RB)
  9. Green Onions by Booker T. & the MG's (8/11/1962, 3 US, 1 RB, 7 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  10. Up on the Roof by The Drifters (11/3/1962, 5 US, 4 RB, airplay: 5 million)
  11. See See Rider by LaVern Baker (12/1/1961, 34 US, 9 RB)
  12. I (Who Have Nothing) by Ben E. King (6/29/1963, 29 US, 16 RB)
  13. If You Need Me by Solomon Burke (4/20/1963, 37 US, 2 RB)
  14. These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding (3/23/1963, 83 US, 20 RB)
  15. Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis (5/4/1963, 3 US, 1 RB)
  16. On Broadway by The Drifters (3/16/1963, 9 US, 7 RB, airplay: 6 million)
  17. Just One Look by Doris Troy (6/8/1963, 10 US, 3 RB, 1 CN)
  18. Do the Mashed Potatoes (Parts 1 & 2) by Nat Kendricks & The Swans (2/13/1960, 84 US, 8 RB)
  19. Land of 1000 Dances by Chris Kenner (6/29/1963, 77 US)
  20. Walkin' the Dog by Rufus Thomas (10/5/1963, 10 US, 4 RB, sales: 1 million)
  21. Release Me by Esther Phillips (10/27/1962, 8 US, 1 RB, airplay: 5 million)
  22. Mercy, Mercy by Don Covay (9/5/1964, 35 US, 1 RB)
  23. Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters (6/27/1964, 4 US, 4 RB, 45 UK, airplay: 3 million)
  24. And I Love Him by Esther Phillips (4/17/1965, 54 US, 11 RB)
  25. Hold What You've Got by Joe Tex (12/19/1964, 5 US, 1 RB)
  26. Mr. Pitiful by Otis Redding (2/6/1965, 41 US, 10 RB)
  27. Baby I'm Yours by Barbara Lewis (6/19/1965, 11 US, 5 RB, airplay: 2 million)

Tracks, Disc 6:
  1. Teasin' You by Willie Tee (2/27/1965, 97 US, 12 RB)
  2. Got to Get You Off My Mind by Solomon Burke (3/6/1965, 22 US, 1 RB) *
  3. I Want to Do Everything for You by Joe Tex (8/28/1965, 23 US, 1 RB) *
  4. I've Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding (5/15/1965, 21 US, 2 RB)
  5. A Sweet Woman Like You by Joe Tex (12/4/1965, 29 US, 1 RB) *
  6. In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett (6/26/1965, 21 US, 1 RB, 12 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  7. See-Saw by Don Covay (10/30/1965, 44 US, 5 RB)
  8. Respect by Otis Redding (9/4/1965, 35 US, 4 RB, airplay: 2 million)
  9. You Don't Know Like I Know by Sam & Dave (1/1/1966, 90 US, 7 RB)
  10. When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge (4/9/1966, 1 US, 1 RB, 2 UK, 1 CN, sales: 1 million, airplay: 7 million)
  11. 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) by Wilson Pickett (2/12/1966, 13 US, 1 RB, 36 UK) *
  12. Hold on, I'm Comin’ by Sam & Dave (4/9/1966, 21 US, 1 RB, sales: 2 million, airplay: 1 million)
  13. Cool Jerk by The Capitols (4/9/1966, 7 US, 2 RB)
  14. Neighbor, Neighbor by Jimmy Hughes (5/28/1966, 65 US, 4 RB)
  15. Land of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett (7/30/1966, 6 US, 1 RB, 22 UK)
  16. Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd (8/27/1966, 28 US, 1 RB, 19 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  17. Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding (12/3/1966, 25 US, 4 RB, 46 UK)
  18. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett (11/19/1966, 23 US, 6 RB, 28 UK, airplay: 1 million)
  19. When Something Is Wrong with My Baby by Sam & Dave (2/11/1967, 42 US, 2 RB)
  20. Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley (3/11/1967, 2 US, 2 RB, 7 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  21. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin (3/4/1967, 9 US, 1 RB, 5 CN, sales: 1 million)
  22. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin (6/3/1967, 37 RB, sales: 1 million)
  23. Show Me by Joe Tex (3/4/1967, 35 US, 24 RB)
  24. Tramp by Otis & Carla (5/6/1967, 26 US, 2 RB, 18 UK)
  25. Funky Broadway by Wilson Pickett (8/5/1967, 8 US, 1 RB, 43 UK)
  26. Hip Hug-Her by Booker T (3/25/1967, 37 US, 6 RB)
  27. Soul Man by Same & Dave (9/9/1967, 2 US, 1 RB, 24 UK, sales: 2 million)

Tracks, Disc 7:
  1. Respect by Aretha Franklin (4/10/1967, 1 US, 1 RB, 10 UK, 3 CN, 14 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  2. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin (9/30/1967, 8 US, 2 RB, 11 CN, 36 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  3. Soul Finger by The Bar-Kays (5/20/1967, 17 US, 3 RB, 33 UK, sales: 1 million)
  4. Baby I Love You by Aretha Franklin (7/1/1967, 4 US, 1 RB, 39 UK, 3 CN, 51 AU, sales: 1 million)
  5. Skinny Legs and All by Joe Tex (10/28/1967, 10 US, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  6. Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin (11/30/1967, 2 US, 1 RB, 43 UK, 4 CN, 51 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  7. I'm in Love by Wilson Pickett (12/2/1967, 45 US, 4 RB)
  8. Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis (9/16/1967, 6 RB)
  9. Sweet Sweet Baby, Since You've Been Gone by Aretha Franklin (3/2/1968, 5 US, 1 RB, 47 UK, 6 CN, 76 AU) *
  10. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding (1/8/1968, 1 US, 1 RB, 3 UK, 7 CN, sales: 4 million, airplay: 7 million)
  11. Tighten Up by Archie Bell & the Drells (3/30/1968, 1 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  12. Slip Away by Clarence Carter (7/6/1968, 6 US, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  13. Think by Aretha Franklin (5/2/1968, 7 US, 1 RB, 26 UK, 6 CN, 49 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)
  14. Too Weak to Fight by Clarence Carter (11/2/1968, 13 US, 3 RB, sales: 1 million) *
  15. Can I Change My Mind by Tyrone Davis (12/21/1968, 5 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million) *
  16. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack (3/4/1972, 1 US, 4 RB, 14 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1 million, airplay: 3 million)
  17. Take a Letter, Maria by R.B. Greaves (10/18/1969, 2 US, 10 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  18. Rainy Night in Georgia by Brook Benton (1/3/1970, 4 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  19. The Ghetto by Donny Hathaway (1/10/1970, 87 US, 23 RB)
  20. Turn Back the Hands of Time by Tyrone Davis (3/7/1970, 3 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  21. Compared to What by Eddie Harris & Les McCann (1/10/1970, 85 US, 35 RB)
  22. Call Me by Aretha Franklin (1/21/1970, 13 US, 1 RB, 11 CN) *

Tracks, Disc 8:
  1. Don't Play That Song (You Lied) by Aretha Franklin (8/8/1970, 11 US, 1 RB, 13 UK, 13 CN, sales: 1 million)
  2. Precious Precious by Jackie Moore (12/5/1970, 30 US, 12 RB) *
  3. Groove Me by King Floyd III (10/10/1970, 6 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  4. Patches by Clarence Carter (7/18/1970, 4 US, 2 RB, 2 UK, sales: 1 million)
  5. Don't Knock My Love, Pt. 1 by Wilson Pickett (4/24/1971, 13 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million) *
  6. Funky Nassau (Parts 1 & 2) by The Beginning of the End (5/1/1971, 15 US, 7 RB, 31 UK)
  7. Thin Line Between Love and Hate by The Persuaders (8/14/1971, 15 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million)
  8. Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin (10/23/1971, 9 US, 2 RB, 12 CN, sales: 1 million)
  9. Day Dreaming by Aretha Franklin (3/11/1972, 5 US, 1 RB, 13 CN, sales: 1 million) *
  10. You've Got a Friend by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (6/12/1971, 29 US, 8 RB)
  11. Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright (11/20/1971, 6 US, 2 RB, sales: 1 million)
  12. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love? by The Spinners (12/30/1972, 4 US, 1 RB, 11 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  13. Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack (1/20/1973, 1 US, 2 RB, 6 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, sales: 1 million, sales: 5 million)
  14. Where Is the Love? by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (6/3/1972, 5 US, 1 RB, 1 UK, sales: 1 million)
  15. I'll Be Around by The Spinners (8/19/1972, 3 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million)
  16. Feel Like Makin' Love by Roberta Flack (6/15/1974, 1 US, 1 RB, 34 UK, 1 CN, sales: 1 million, airplay: 3 million)
  17. One of a Kind (Love Affair) by The Spinners (4/28/1973, 11 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million) *
  18. Sideshow by Blue Magic (4/20/1974, 8 US, 1 RB, sales: 1 million) *
  19. Mighty Love by The Spinners (1/19/1974, 20 US, 1 RB)
  20. Love Won't Let Me Wait by Major Harris (3/15/1975, 5 US, 1 RB, 37 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million)

* Songs added to the reissue.


Total Running Time: 10:20:44

Rating:

4.766 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings)


Quotable: “Should be a part of any collection that presumes to take American music -- not just rock & roll or rhythm & blues – seriously” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


Awards:

About the Album:

“This eight-CD set should be a part of any collection that presumes to take American music -- not just rock & roll or rhythm & blues -- seriously. Atlantic Records was one of dozens of independent labels started up after the war by neophyte executives and producers, but it was different from most of the others in that the guys who ran it were honest and genuinely loved music. Coupled with a lot of luck and some good judgment, the results trace a good chunk of the history of American music and popular culture.” AMG

Disc one opens with cuts which slot in somewhere midway between jazz, bop, and ‘race’ music (as the term was used then). Disc two is pure, distilled R&B, the stuff filling the airwaves of black radio and the jukeboxes in the "wrong" parts of town in 1952-54. Surprisingly, the material on Disc three, covering 1955-57, isn’t very different in content or character from Disc two, despite the fact that it covers the period when white teenagers were starting to listen to and buy these records in large numbers.” AMG Disc 2 captured some of the songs celebrated as quintessential to the birth of rock and roll, such as the Chords’ “Sh-Boom” and Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll”

“It’s only with Disc four that one sees the consequences of the late ‘50s – Ray Charles in his final days with the label, juxtaposed with the Drifters in their post-1958 incarnation and the start of the company's relationship with Stax/Volt Records.” AMG Highlights include Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” and Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” The latter was one of those rare songs to hit the charts in two separate runs – first hitting the top 10 pop charts in 1961 and again in 1986 as the title song from the movie of the same name.

“Disc six (1965-67) is practically a mini-tribute to Stax/Volt, filled with the best-known sides of Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.” AMG The standout track is the iconic “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge. Redding’s original version of “Respect” is also featured, but it’s on the next disc that we get Aretha Franklin’s cover of the song, which she turned into a classic anthem for female empowerment.

“Discs seven and eight run from the late '60s and the heyday of Aretha Franklin to some great early-‘70s soul, including Roberta Flack and the Spinners.” AMG Among the highlights from the two discs are Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.”

The booklet, with a full sessionography and biographical notes on each artist, would be worth 20 bucks on its own.” AMG


Notes: The original box set was released in 1985. When it was rereleased in 1991, it was expanded to eight discs from seven. Songs in the track listing marked with an asterisk (*) are the ones which were added to the reissue.

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Thursday, October 3, 1991

The Williams Brothers charted with “Can’t Cry Hard Enough”

Can’t Cry Hard Enough

The Williams Brothers

Writer(s): David Williams, Marvin Etzioni (see lyrics here)


First Charted: October 3, 1991


Peak: 42 US, 29 CB, 24 RR, 11 AC, 43 CN (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): --


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 0.68 video, 5.29 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

In the early ‘90s, I had a go-to, independently-run CD store which I hit on a weekly basis. They not only knew me by name, but had my tastes down. I’d walk in the store and they’d load up a recommended CD. They made a lot of money off me. Of the many purchases I made, however, the one that stood out was the The Williams Brothers. I knew nothing of these twin brothers who were nephews of singer Andy Williams. I found out they recorded a pair of albums as teen idols in the early ‘70s as Andy and David Williams and appeared on The Partridge Family. They re-emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s recording more adult-alternative, folk-oriented fare.

This was one of those rare albums where every cut grew on me. Even so, one song towered above the rest – “Can’t Cry Hard Enough.” While the song is about “missing someone who has passed away and the helplessness that comes from never being able to see that person again,” SF I connected with it differently. I’ll always think of it in the context of driving home one night from my former college town. I’d visited the great unrequited love of my life and left with the dejected realization that it was never going to happen.

David Williams wrote the song with Marvin Etzioni of Lone Justice. He told Songfacts.com that “writing the song was like a magical moment.” SF He’d been writing with David and Andrew. David had an idea and played some piano chords and Marvin added lyrics inspired by the recent loss of his grandmother. As Marvin said, “it just kind of fell into the room.” SF

David and Andrew recorded the song for their self-titled 1991 release and Marvin recorded it in 1992 for his album The Mandolin Man. However, the first recording was by David and Andrew’s sister Victoria for her 1990 album Swing the Statue! It was also recorded later by Susan Ashton, Beelfire, Tom Freund, Rachelle Ann Go, Jed Madela, Sam Milby, Julie Miller, the Robertson Brothers, and Smokie. It has been featured in the TV shows One Tree Hill and Beverly Hills, 90210. WK


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First posted 7/13/2021.