Various Artists
Shaolin Soul

  2 x LP   standard     

2014 repressed in 2LP =Compilations like Shaolin Soul should be more common. Like a number of bootleg releases before it, this legit release from Koch features songs sampled by a particular group or producer -- in this case, RZA -- and provides an in...

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Release date:13-03-2014(originally released in 2001)

2014 repressed in 2LP =Compilations like Shaolin Soul should be more common. Like a number of bootleg releases before it, this legit release from Koch features songs sampled by a particular group or producer -- in this case, RZA -- and provides an indispensable accessory to the group or producer's discography proper, in addition to providing unique insight for fans, whether it involves hearing the origin of a break, a piano lick, or merely a spoken bit. From project to project, RZA has always gone back to late-'60s and early-'70s soul, favoring raw over slick and grit over gloss, which this disc emphasizes (especially the producer's affinity for the Hi label). Few of the songs presented here were sampled on RZA productions after the mid-'90s, so this should all be familiar to fans of the first two Wu-Tang albums and the initial round of the group members' solo releases, and even soul fans with no appreciation of hip-hop will find at least a few things to enjoy. Not many chart-toppers are here, but RZA has had a fantastic ear for picking up on useful, less-recognized tracks with lasting value. Highlights include Willie Mitchell's instrumental version of the Rascals' "Groovin" (the snip of jutting guitar can be heard looped throughout GZA's "Liquid Swords"), the New Birth's "Honeybee" (the opening swarm of bees and spare bassline made to sound all the more ominous in Wu-Tang's "Clan in da Front"), and the live version of Donny Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy" (used to ghostly effect in Wu-Tang Forever's "Little Ghetto Boys"). The detailed liners from Wax Poetics magazine's Andrew "Monk" Mason are a plus.

Tracks:
LP1
A1 –Ann Peebles Troubles, Heartaches & Sadness
A2 –O.V. Wright Let's Straighten It Out
A3 –The Charmels As Long As I Got You
A4 –David Porter I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

B1 –Willie Mitchell Groovin'
B2 –Al Green You Ought To Be With Me
B3 –Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell You're All I Need To Get By
B4 –The Emotions If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)
B5 –Bob James Nautilus

LP2
C1 –Al Green Gotta Find A New World
C2 –Syl Johnson Don't Do It
C3 –Donny Hathaway Little Ghetto Boy (Live)
C4 –Syl Johnson Could I Be Falling In Love
C5 –Wendy Rene After Laughter (Comes Tears)
C6 –Lyn Collins Ain't No Sunshine

D1 –Syl Johnson Is It Because I'm Black
D2 –The Dramatics In The Rain
D3 –Gladys Knight & The Pips* The Way We Were
D4 –O.V. Wright Motherless Child
D5 –Booker T & The MG's Vocal By Judy Clay Children Don't Get Weary
D6 –Barry White Mellow Mood (Part 1)

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): standard
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Label: parlophone
Originally released: 2001
This release: 2014
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