Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gimme a Bowl of Atlantic R&B

I can't remember which volume of the Atlantic R&B series I got first back in the late 80s, but I doubt it took me more than a year to collect all seven. They're all great (though I think I'm just a tiny bit partial to Volume 4) and even though there's more than 25 years between Volume 1 and Volume 7, there's a seamless quality when you listen to all of them on shuffle. So here are 21 of favorite songs from the Atlantic R&B series (3 from each volume).

You Don't Miss Your Water William Bell
Just One Look Doris Troy
Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown
Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
Love, Love, Love The Clovers
Mess Around Ray Charles
Compared to What Les McCann & Eddie Harris
Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
A Beggar For Your Kisses The Diamonds
Fools Fall In Love The Drifters
See-Saw Don Covay
Midnight Special Tiny Grimes
Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton
Where is the Love? Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
I'm in Love Wilson Pickett
Tee Nah Nah Harry Van Walls
Soul On Fire Lavern Baker
Cool Jerk The Capitols
A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter
Gee Whiz Carla Thomas
Love Won't Let Me Wait Major Harris

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