march 2011


Soul Rarities Are Focus of New Capitol Digital Collection

Includes tracks by Billy Preston, Sly Stone, Patti Drew, Patrice Holloway, Mack Rice and others; label also issues digital versions of albums by soul legends

In honor of Black Music Month in June, Capitol/EMI released a new digital-only compilation of overlooked soul music gems from some of the genre’s finest artists, some who achieved varying degrees of success (such as Billy Preston and Willie Tee), some who were one-hit wonders (Skylark), and others who made consistently strong records but failed to break through on a national level (most notably Patrice Holloway, sister of Motown’s Brenda Holloway, who is represented on this collection with her gritty smackdown of an unfaithful lover, “Evidence,” and who cut several other powerful singles during her late ‘60s-early ‘70s tenure at the label). Titled The Soul Of Capitol Records: Rare & Well-Done (Vol. 1), the collection, available for download purchase from iTunes, features 20 songs that are noteworthy not only for their quality, but also for their rarity. It’s a paperless, plastic-less essential item.

The collection also includes “Can’t She Tell,” a Billy Preston song co-written by and featuring Sly Stone; “Turn Away From Me,” an understated collectible by Patti Drew; “Lover And A Friend” by the renowned Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham, and a dynamic reading of Bacharach-David’s ”Reach Out for Me” by Willie (“Teasin’ You”) Tee.

At iTunes The Soul Of Capitol Records: Rare & Well-Done (Vol. 1) is available at the very soulful price of 11.99 for the entire 20-song album or $1.29 per track.

Willie Tee’s dynamic rendering of Bacharach-David’s ‘Reach Out For Me,’ from the digital-only Rare and Well Done album released by Capitol Records

In addition to the new Rare & Well-Done compilation, several classic albums and collections by legendary soul artists have recently been made available for download purchase for the first time by Capitol/EMI. Timeless albums from Etta James, Ike & Tina Turner, The Ohio Players, Irma Thomas, and Johnny Guitar Watson are just a few of the soul staples that are now digitally available.

The Soul Of Capitol Records: Rare and Well Done (Vol. 1)

1. “A Lil’ Lovin’ Sometimes,” Alexander Patton

2. “Crazy Baby,” Ruben Wright

3. “Kissin’ Her And Cryin’ For You,” The Checkmates, Ltd.

4. “Baby Mine,” Thelma Houston

5. “Can’t She Tell (Feat. Sly Stone),” Billy Preston

6. “Queen Of The Go Go,” Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers

7. “Turn Away From Me,” Patti Drew

8. “Searchin’ For My Soul,” H.B. Barnum

9. “Groovin’ At The Go-Go,” The Four Larks

10. “Reach Out For Me,” Willie Tee

11. “Lover And A Friend,” Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham

12. “So Is The Sun,” The World Column

13. “Comin’ Home,” Mosaic Tweed

14. “Someone For Everyone,” Betty And Charles

15. “Uh Huh Yeah,” The Salty Peppers

16. “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” General Crook

17. “Three People In Love,” Mack Rice

18. “Evidence,” Patrice Holloway

19. “The Writing’s On The Wall,” Skylark

20. “I Believe In Miracles,” Mark Capanni


Patti Drew, ‘Turn Away From Me,’ a lost soul classic from the digital-only Rare and Well Done album released by Capitol Records

New Digital Soul Album Releases From EMI (Now Available)

Billy Larkin and the Delegates, Organ Grooves And Soul Brothers: The Best Of Billy Larkin and the Delegates

Baby Washington, I’ve Got A Feeling…The Best Of Baby Washington

Clydie King, The Imperial & Minit Years

Elmore James, The Best Of The Modern Years

Etta James, The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings (2 CD)

Homer Banks, Hooked By Love--The Best Of Homer Banks

Ike & Tina Turrner, Her Man….His Woman

Inez & Charlie Foxx. The Best Of The Sue Years

Irma Thomas, Wish Someone Would Care

Irma Thomas, Take A Look

Jimmy McGriff, The Best of the Sue Years 1962-1965

Jimmy McCracklin, I Had To Get With It: The Best Of The Imperial & Minit Years

Johnny Guitar Watson, The Best Of The Modern Years

Lost R&B Hits Of The 80’s (Various Artists)

McFadden & Whitehead, Movin’ On

Paul Pena, Paul Pena

Perry & Sanlin, We’re The Winners

Tavares, Sky High!

The Aladdin Records Story (Various Artists)

The Fame Gang, Pure Gold From Muscle Shoals (Expanded Edition with Bonus Tracks)

The Five Keys, Best of the Capitol Years

The Five Keys, Best of the Aladdin Years

The Minit Records Story (2 CD) (Various Artists)

The Ohio Players, Observations In Time

The Soul Of Minit Records (Various Artists)

The Sue Records Story: New York City (The Sound of Soul) (4 CD set) (Various Artists)

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