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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers & Soul Sisters'
Artist - Various

Soul Brothers was also compiled by David Nathan - therefore, no surprise that this is a collection of hard to find, rare, or previously unreleased tracks. This side of the Unearthed series has some of the most popular and loved soulsters: Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Donny Hathaway, Percy Sledge, and Bobby Womack (who recorded only one single for Atlantic, the comp gives you the B-side). Nathan also covers the should-have-been-more-famous crowd with James Carr, Percy Wiggins, Walter Jackson, and Carl Hall. Previously unissued tracks on Soul Brothers come from Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge, and Donny Hathaway. Those four tracks alone make this compilation worth purchasing. Tack on to that a remastered Soul Clan side, work from Sam & Dave, a dynamic Procul Harum cover by R.B. Greaves, and you have an album that is essential for your collection. Words cannot express how great it is to hear a Donny Hathaway track that hasn't seen the light of day, or to hear Redding protege Arthur Conley belt out a Sam Cooke tune.

Soul Sisters highlights both the known talents and the underappreciated heroines of soul music. Aretha Franklin, Mary Wells, and Patti LaBelle are placed aside Irma Thomas, Doris Troy, and Margie Joseph - the latter talents known well by soul enthusiasts, but forgotten or unknown to casual fans. Many of the tracks on the female part of this series have not been available in the States (or ever) before. Franklin's take on "My Way" had only appeared on an Italian compilation, and tracks like Margie Joseph's rendition of "It's Growing," Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days," Dee Dee Warwick's take on "Rescue Me," the Sweet Inspirations "Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me," and Bettye Swann's "I Ain't That Easy To Lose" are being released for the first time. The other tracks on the album are also rarities, meaning that anyone who can't dig, doesn't want to dig, or wants to have a complete collection, needs to pick up this collection.