Various Artists

Heart of Southern Soul: From Nashville to Memphis and Muscle Shoals

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Nashville's Excello label recorded pure Southern soul -- the good stuff, authentic, rootsy, passionately executed dramas and proclamations that touch the heart and soul. This is drinking and moaning music, the perfect company for love's pains or joys. Kip Anderson's "I Went Off and Cried," Tiny Watkins' "A Soldier's Sad Story," and Johnny Truitt's "Your Love Is Worth the Pain," are the real deals. Even on the happy tunes the underlying strain of maintaining a relationship is evident. The 24-tracks include selections by the Wallace Brothers, Marva Whitney, the Kelly Brothers, the Interpreters, and Dee & Don.

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