The Very Best of Sam & Dave
1. Hold On, I'm Coming
2. Soul Man
3. Everybody Got To Believe In Somebody
4. Can't You Find Another Way (of Doing It)
5. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me
6. Wrap It Up
7. I Thank You
8. Soothe Me
9. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
10. You Don't Know Like I Know
11. Small Portion of Your Love
12. When Something is Wrong With My Baby
13. You Got Me Hummin'
14. Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody
15. I Take What I Want
16. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar
Performer: Sam & Dave
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Notes: Sam & Dave: Sam Moore, David Prater (vocals). Producers include: Dave Porter. Rhino almost never lets music fans down, and the label's collection of Stax/Volt recording stars Sam & Dave's finest sides is no exception. Smartly compiled, sequenced, and remastered, THE VERY BEST OF SAM & DAVE is just that--16 tracks that represent the best material the legendary R&B duo ever put to tape. Gritty Memphis soul of the first order, THE VERY BEST OF features fat horn lines, instrumental backing by Booker T. & the MG's, and songwriting by Dave Porter and Isaac Hayes. Most importantly, of course, it presents impassioned vocal performances by Sam Moore and Dave Prater, whose smooth crooning, gospel-fied inflections, gravel-voiced shouts, and call-and-response interplay is never less than scintillating. The compilation offers up driving groovers ("Hold On! I'm a Comin'" and "Wrap It Up"), a live version of the Sam Cooke-penned "Soothe Me," the wrenching ballad "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" (covered in a significantly up-tempo version by Elvis Costello on his album GET HAPPY), and Sam & Dave's immortal smash, "Soul Man." For the casual fan, THE VERY BEST OF offers an excellent compact overview of, not only the group, but of some of the best soul music to emerge from the 1960s. This is a necessary addition to any soul collection.
The definitive '60s soul duo, Sam & Dave had both top-flight songs and one of the world's funkiest and most supple backing bands. The high-energy soulfulness of their performances has been copied by just about every bar band in the country, but never equaled. Their signature tunes "Hold On I'm Comin'," and "Soul Man" are part of R&B history.
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