The Girls Got Soul
Ranging from firm UK favourites such as Betty Lavette and Doris Troy, through stalwarts such as Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker-.-onto soul superstars such as Aretha Franklin, Mary Wells and Barbara Lynn, the 25 tracks in The Girls Got Soul feature 15 different acts. So there’s room as well for the relatively obscure and a touch of unreleased material too. In the former category there are both sides of the sought-after Rozetta Johnson Atlantic single as well as Ann Mason’s answer record to Wilson Pickett’s In The Midnight Hour. In the latter there’s a Barbara Lynn track from the vaults Unloved, Unwanted Me and the little-heard Doris Troy track But I Love Him.
Atlantic Records used a rich selection of arrangers and producers during this period and we get to hear a number of their efforts. Bert Berns was responsible for Little Esther’s Hello Walls and LaVern Baker’s Here He Comes – Carl Davis along with Sonny Sanders for Mary Wells’ fantastic Dear Lover and Me And My Baby, whilst Tom Dowd and Tommy Cogbill are behind the Sweet Inspirations tracks.
I-T-T Production stands, of course, for Ike & Tina Turner and they were behind the Ikettes’ I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song), indeed that’s Tina singing with them. Representing her successful four year stint on Atlantic, Barbara Lynn’s sides include the soulful (Until Then) I’ll Suffer, the up-tempo classic Take Your Love And Run, and there’s a remake of her Jamie hit You’ll Lose A Good Thing. As on Jamie, her material was produced by Huey Meaux.