Saturday, September 19, 2009

Various Artists - Can you Dig it, 70s Soul Experience

The liner notes that accompany this collection note that '70s soul music has never really gotten its due. One could argue that point for days, but hubris aside, there's no denying that Can You Dig It pays serious homage to the golden years of American soul. The new box set contains 6 CDs and 136 cuts, 65 of which hit the No. 1 spot on the R&B and/or pop charts. As you'd expect with a project that mines such a rich era (the CDs are compiled chronologically), it represents a who's who of stars. Among the notables: Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, the Spinners, the O'Jays, the Staple Singers, James Brown, Chairmen of the Board, Laura Lee, Freda Payne, and Jean Knight. Lesser lights also get to shine, i.e., El Chicano, who deliver the salsafied hippie anthem "Tell Her She's Lovely." But let's be honest--the selling point is the hits, and from the uplifting "Ooh Child" to the sassy "Want Ads," if you grew up in the '70s (hands up), then these tracks are beloved. Sure, the hard-core fan will probably wish for more obscurities, and the exclusion of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and George Clinton is troublesome, but anyone wanting an at-home jukebox loaded with classic R&B will certainly dig this.


marram62 said...

Disk 2

1. Don't Knock My Love
2. Love or Let Me Be Lonely
3. Deeper & Deeper
4. Pay to the Piper
5. Mr. Big Stuff
6. Women's Love Rights
7. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
8. Baby Let Me Kiss You
9. Right on the Tip of My Tongue
10. Thin Line Between Love & Hate
11. Have You Seen Her?
12. Theme from Shaft
13. Respect Yourself
14. Family Affair
15. Let's Stay Together
16. Clean Up Woman
17. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
18. Drowning in the Sea of Love
19. Ain't Understanding Mellow
20. I've Been Lonely for So Long
21. Suavecito
22. Hearsay
23. She's Not Just Another Woman

marram62 said...

Disk 3

1. I'll Take You There
2. In the Rain
3. Betcha by Golly, Wow
4. Oh Girl
5. Lean on Me
6. I Gotcha
7. Do Your Thing
8. I'll Be Around
9. Too Late to Turn Back Now
10. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't...
11. Starting All Over Again
12. Back Stabbers
13. You're Still a Young Man
14. Everybody Plays the Fool
15. Freddie's Dead
16. I Can See Clearly Now
17. If You Don't Know Me by Now
18. Love Jones
19. Me and Mrs. Jones
20. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
21. Outa- Space

marram62 said...

Disk 4

1. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
2. Use Me
3. Love Train
4. Why Can't We Live Together
5. Ain't No Woman (Like the One I'v...
6. I'm Doin' Fine Now
7. Pillow Talk
8. So Very Hard to Go
9. Natural High
10. Let's Get It On
11. That Lady
12. Keep on Truckin'
13. Hurts So Good
14. Midnight Train to Georgia
15. I Can't Stand the Rain
16. World Is a Ghetto
17. Tell Her She's Lovely
18. Love I Lost
19. Cheaper to Keep Her
20. Show and Tell
21. Lookin' for a Love
22. Be Thankful for What You Got
23. Just Don't Want to Be Lonely

marram62 said...

Disk 5

1. Payback
2. Hollywood Swinging
3. Sideshow
4. Rock the Boat
5. Finally Got Myself Together (I'm...
6. Rock Your Baby
7. Tell me Something Good
8. Yes We Can Can
9. Hang on in There Baby
10. Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)
11. You Little Trustmaker
12. Lovin' You
13. Woman to Woman
14. Everlasting Love
15. When Will I See You Again
16. Pick Up the Pieces
17. Lady Marmalade
18. Walking in Rhythm
19. Supernatural Thing
20. Reasons
21. Rockin' Chair
22. I Wanna Get Next to You
23. Love Won't Let Me Wait

marram62 said...

Disk 6

1. Shining Star
2. Express
3. Cut the Cake
4. Why Can't We Be Friends?
5. So in Love
6. Love Rollercoaster
7. It Only Takes a Minute
8. Movin'
9. Kiss and Say Goodbye
10. You'll Never Find Another Love L...
11. Dazz
12. Best of My Love
13. Strawberry Letter 23
14. Float on
15. Always and Forever
16. Every Time I Turn Around Back in...
17. You and I
18. What You Won't Do for Love
19. Reunited
20. Cruisin'
21. Golden Touch


Redlum25 said...

Thanks for sharing this great collection!

marram62 said...

you're welcome......enjoy!

Red Dragon said...

Thanks so much for posting this amazing collection!!

It might just be me, but I only got tracks 1-15 from the first disc, and tracks 16-25 seem to be missing??

Chance said...

Love your blogs, lotta great stuff here, thanks for all the effort!

This is by far my favorite soul collection. I did grow up in the seventies, and there's a golden empire of memories and treasures within these discs, thanks a million!

As Red Dragon says, though, Disc One is missing the last ten tracks. Any chance of re-upping that one, please?

Putzi said...

Love all your great stuff! Can You Dig It?!!

yvesdi said...

I Can Dig It!

marram62 said...

Disk 1

1. Grazing in the Grass
2. Color Him Father
3. Hey There Lonely Girl
4. Crumbs Off the Table
5. Rainy Night in Georgia
6. Everybody Is a Star
7. Give Me Just a Little More Time
8. Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time
9. Bells
10. Turn Back the Hands of Time
11. Love on a Two Way Street
12. Band of Gold
13. O-o-h Child
14. Westbound #9
15. Maybe
16. Sly, Slick, And the Wicked
17. War
18. Somebody's Been Sleeping
19. Express Yourself
20. Precious, Precious
21. Funky Nassau
22. Groove Me
23. I Love You for All Seasons
24. Want Ads
25. Cool Aid


Vitu said...

Hey, thanks a lot for this incredible and high quality music vault! I would like to point that in the last disk (#6) the second track on the zip is Charles Whright's "Express Yourself" though it should be B.T. Express' "Express". Is this correct? Is it possible to upload just that song or is it better to re-up disc 6 altogether?

Thanks again for sharing!

DJ Kool JB said...

great share...much appreciated