1. Shoppin’ For Clothes – The Coasters
2. It Should’ve Been Me – Ray Charles
3. You’d Better Find Yourself Another Fool – Lavern Baker
4. Mambo Baby – Ruth Brown
5. Irresistible You – Bobby Darin
6. One Mint Julep – The Clovers
7. One Way Love – The Drifters
8. Philly Dog – The Mar-Keys
9. Maggie’s Farm – Solomon Burke
10. You’ve Got That Something Wonderful – Percy Sledge
11. I’m Gonna Cry – Wilson Pickett
12. The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher
13. Nursery Rhymes – Deon Jackson
14. What Is Soul? – Ben E King
15. You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me – Sam & Dave
16. (Sweet Sweet Baby), Since You’ve Been Gone – Aretha Franklin
17. Funky Street – Arthur Conley
18. You Better Check Yourself – Soul Brothers Six
19. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – Otis Redding
20. Instant Groove – King Curtis
21. Right Place, Wrong Time – Dr John
22. Take It Off Him (And Put It On Me) – Clarence Carter
23. Time – Jackie Moore
24. (There’s Gonna Be A) Showdown – Archie Bell & The Drells
25. Love Or Leave – The Spinners
Beat Goes On… Atlantic’s Dance Through The 50s 60s & 70s – Various Artists CD (Kent)
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1. Shoppin’ For Clothes – The Coasters
Back in 1988 I compiled an LP of MCA/Universal tracks called Dance Floor Disaster (KENT 076). It was an eclectic mix of great, danceable, mainly black music singles that were all worthy of release but didn’t quite fit into any specific music bag. It was a Latin/African/Nightclub/Blues/Jazz/Soul type thang and the only time Captain Beefheart made it on to Kent.
The Beat Goes On is a similarly catholic creation featuring Mambo, Disco, Folk-Soul and a small piece of voodoo funk. However the whole aggregation has a greater cohesiveness due to it all being releases from the mighty Atlantic stable. In fact the main differences are down to the varying recording dates (1951-1975) rather than being aimed at different markets.
British record collectors are noted for their fanaticism and personally I remember a time when my search for Northern Soul stompers led me to Brian Hyland and The Joker Went Wild before I’d even checked out Percy Sledge’s You’ve Got That Something Wonderful. But we learn, and soul crusader Randy Cozens’ tapes of Mitty Collier, Chuck Jackson, Bobby Bland and Annette Snell reminded me of the other sides to soul. Similarly Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues club taught me all about The Clovers, Ruth Brown and Brother Ray’s early R&B sides.
The selections sorted themselves out roughly evenly across the three decades concerned and it was logical to sequence them approximately along those lines, thereby illustrating the progression of styles in Atlantic and black music’s development.
White blokes with black hearts deservedly sneak in, via Bobby Darin’s rhythmically irresistible Irresistible You, Sonny and Cher’s terminally groovy The Beat Goes On and Dr John’s menacing Right Time, Wrong Place.
The broad remit gave me a chance to use a few of the all-time greats like Aretha Franklin and her occasionally neglected (Sweet Sweet Baby), Since You’ve Been Gone plus stone killers from major players like the Coasters, the Drifters, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett and Otis.
For compiler’s perks I snuck in Soul Brothers Six, You’d Better Check Yourself, Clarence Carter’s Take It Off Him And Put It On Me and Love Or Leave by the Spinners (known as of the Detroit variety to UK punters), just because I love them.
So it’s a meaningful, historical, musical summary, an overview of three decades of black dance music or an excuse to get up and boogie. Take your pick. By Harbaro Horace -Ace Records
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