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ARTHUR CONLEY

I'M LIVING GOOD - THE SOUL OF ARTHUR CONLEY 1964-1974.

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Kent (CDKEND358)

Let's Go Steady, Take Me, Where You Lead Me, There's A Place For Us, Gonna Forget About You, Love Comes And Goes, I'm A Stranger, I'll Let Nothing Separate, Put Our Love Together, Keep On Talking, This Love Of Mine, Take A Step, Otis Sleep On, Is That You Love, That's How It Feels, God Bless, All Day Singing, Nobody's Fault But Mine, If He Walked Today, I'm Living Good, Walking On Eggs, It's So Nice, I Want Your Love, Stop Knocking.

This is a treat. A full album by the man who brought us Sweet Soul Music and other hits during the golden sixties. It's not just another all-time-hits CD; it's bulging with 24 slices of deep soul brilliance sourced from album tracks, rare forty-fives and B-sides that you may have passed over. There are a couple of hard to find sides made during his days as vocalist with the Harold Holt Band, the 1966 track There's A Place For Us which was recorded for his mentor Otis Redding's Jotis label, a clutch of quality tracks made for Fame and a load of material made at Atco and Atlantic including the wonderful That's How It Feels with the Soul Clan conglomerate featuring the vocals of Arthur, Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Ben E King and Joe Tex.

Judging by the quality of the material here, Conley certainly had a great choice of songs so, apart from his own masterpieces, you'll find compositions by Dan Penn-Spooner Oldham, Swamp Dogg and Otis Redding.

‘I'm Living Good' details Conley's career perfectly, covering the high-times of the sixties, the move from Atlantic to Capricorn in the seventies and his relocation to Amsterdam in the mid-seventies when, sadly, he disassociated himself from his greatest hit Sweet Soul Music and everything that had gone before. (Great sleeve-notes from Tony Rounce give you the whole story...)

This is a superb CD - essential to every deep soul fan.

 

Review Date: January 2012

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