Various Artists

Soul Men of Detroit

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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton

Another flawed but interesting collection of former Motown singers brought back to the studio under the watchful eye of Ian Levine and hi sMotorcity Records crew. The 36 tracks include one by Herman Griffin (Mary Wells' first husband), Billy Eckstine, Ivy Jo Hunter, Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, and a voice you've never heard before (and with good reason), Billy Reeves, Martha's brother. Top marks go to the late blues/soul singer Sammy Ward, whose gritty interpretations of "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Try It Baby" prove he was one of the genre's unheralded voices.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Billy Griffin 04:44 Amazon
2 Johnny Bristol 03:37 Amazon
3 Ronnie McNeir 03:59 Amazon
4 Billy Preston 03:37 Amazon
5 Joe Stubbs 03:59 Amazon
6 J.J. Barnes 04:06 Amazon
7 Freddie Gorman 04:26 Amazon
8 Sammy Ward 03:37 Amazon
9 Ivy Jo Hunter 03:24 Amazon
10 Richard Wylie 03:30 Amazon
11 Hank Dixon 03:31 Amazon
12 C.P. Spencer 04:09 Amazon
13 David Ruffin 04:13 Amazon
14 Jimmy Ruffin 03:39 Amazon
15 Frankie Gaye 03:37 Amazon
16 Edwin Starr 04:14 Amazon
17 Chuck Jackson 04:02 Amazon
18 Billy Eckstine 03:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 G.C. Cameron 03:39 Amazon
2 Mary Johnson 04:20 Amazon
3 Billy Griffin 04:39 Amazon
4 04:37 Amazon
5 J.J. Barnes 03:54 Amazon
6 Herman Griffin 03:32 Amazon
7 Joe Stubbs 03:32 Amazon
8
James Ellis 03:13 Amazon
9 Sammy Ward 03:40 Amazon
10 Richard Wylie 04:11 Amazon
11 03:58 Amazon
12 Ivy Jo Hunter 03:25 Amazon
13 Hank Dixon 03:34 Amazon
14 Chico Leverette 03:03 Amazon
15 Mickey Denton 03:49 Amazon
16 Freddie Gorman 04:11 Amazon
17 Peter Hoorelbeke 04:37 Amazon
18 C.P. Spencer 04:28 Amazon
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