Various Artists

Soul Jewels, Vol. 2: I Wake up Crying

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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

Volume two in the Soul Jewels series may not be as flat-out awesome as the first, but that's no reason not to scope it out. Here are numerous gems and obscurities, tracks that have been left off single-artist compilations for no good reason. The music here is a bit more obscure than the hits, coming form the 1970s as it does, but easily just as satisfying. A case in point is Clarence Carter's mighty "What Was I Supposed to Do?," with its killer pained vocal and thudding rhythm section. Another would be Lonnie and Floyd's searing soul ballad, "I Pledge." But it gets better, as evidenced by the opener "I Stayed Away Too Long," by the Wallace Brothers, that drips with emotion and is underscored by a killer Southern soul bassline. These are a small sampling, of course, given there are 26 tracks here. This is the real stuff, in the cut, grooving, and sadder than the night is long when you're alone. Just get it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Wallace Brothers 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
2
George Perkins 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
4
02:31 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:22 SpotifyAmazon
6
Tommy Ridgley 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
7 Clarence Carter 05:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 Ted Taylor 02:57 SpotifyAmazon
9
George Perkins 03:30 SpotifyAmazon
10
02:24 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:35 SpotifyAmazon
12
Patterson Twins 02:28 SpotifyAmazon
13 Tommy Ridgley 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
14 George Perkins 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
15
Jackie Day 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
16
Tommy Ridgley 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
17
George Perkins 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
18
02:33 SpotifyAmazon
19
Bad Habits 03:06 SpotifyAmazon
20 Ted Taylor 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
21
Banny Price 01:54 SpotifyAmazon
22 Roscoe Robinson 03:49 SpotifyAmazon
23
Dee Brown 04:28 SpotifyAmazon
24 The Wallace Brothers 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
25
Ted Taylor 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
26
03:22 SpotifyAmazon
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