Arthur Conley - I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley 1964-1974 CD
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I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley 1964-1974 CD

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Title: I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley 1964-1974 CD
Artist: Arthur Conley
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND358
Format: CD
Genre: 60s Soul, 70s Soul, Southern & Deep Soul
Release Year: 2011
Condition: New & Sealed
01 LET'S GO STEADY
02 TAKE ME (JUST AS I AM)
03 WHERE YOU LEAD ME
04 THERE'S A PLACE FOR US
05 I'M GONNA FORGET ABOUT YOU
06 LOVE COMES AND GOES
07 I'M A STRANGER AKA I'M A LONELY STRANGER
08 I'LL LET NOTHING SEPARATE US
09 PUT OUR LOVE TOGETHER
10 KEEP ON TALKING
11 THIS LOVE OF MINE
12 TAKE A STEP
13 OTIS SLEEP ON
14 IS THAT YOU LOVE
15 THAT'S HOW IT FEELS
16 GOD BLESS
17 ALL DAY SINGING
18 NOBODY'S FAULT BUT MINE
19 IF HE WALKED TODAY
20 I'M LIVING GOOD
21 WALKING ON EGGS
22 IT'S SO NICE (WHEN IT'S SOMEBODY ELSE'S WIFE)
23 I WANT YOUR LOVE
24 STOP KNOCKING
Like several of his 60s peers, Arthur Conley’s career was damned by the success of one record – in his case, ‘Sweet Soul Music’. For many on the periphery of soul music, that song was the beginning and the end of Arthur’s career and overexposure may have coloured their judgement of quality of the other records he made before and after it. Happily, the soul hardcore has always been able to see beyond a hit and Arthur has long been a hero to collectors for the kind of music that makes up this great new Kent compilation

“I’m Living Good” showcases a side of Arthur’s catalogue those familiar with his funky dancefloor favourites don’t always know – that of a Premier League deep soul man. Not every track is down-tempo, but each one is a representation of Southern Soul at its most forthright and creative. If you only know, say, ‘Sweet Soul Music’ or ‘Funky Street’, it will be a revelatory experience.

We have left no stone unturned in our attempts to bring you 100% top quality Conley. Almost every phase of the man’s solo career is represented, over a span of almost 10 years across the Ru-Jac, Jotis, Fame, Atco and Capricorn labels. These tracks were produced by Otis Redding, Booker T Jones and Stax boss Jim Stewart, Rick Hall, Tom Dowd, Johnny Sandlin, Clarence Carter and Swamp Dogg – which itself is all the qualification anyone should need as to their superiority. Many are being reissued here for the first time. 

Highlights abound, from both sides of the ultra-rare Ru-Jac 45 (of which there are less than five documented copies) to the intense ‘If He Walked Today’, previously only available on a South African LP and 45. Those who turn their 45s over will not need to be sold on the virtues of ‘Let’s Go Steady’, ‘Love Comes And Goes’, ‘Put Our Love Together’ or ‘Is That You Love’, which were all first released as flips to massive club hits. My favourites include ‘Otis Sleep On’, an emotional salute to Arthur’s then-recently demised mentor and chief career booster Mr Redding, and the wonderful ‘Walking On Eggs’, one of the best examples of a Swamp Dogg song (and title!) ever to find its way out of the ever-active brain of Jerry Williams Jr. Really, though, this is a CD you can pluck anything from and come up with a winner. 

As always, we’ve gone to town on the booklet, which contains label shots and picture sleeves from all over the world and previously unpublished photos taken inside FAME studios in the 60s and London in the early 70s. Even those who already have some of these tracks on the CD issues of Arthur’s albums will find plenty to get excited about here. The overdue public reappraisal of this important soul brother begins here. Do you like good music? Yeah, yeah! By Tony Rounce - Ace Records

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