Soul Romantix Volume One is the first in LocoBop’s series of
southern soul music perfect for romantic moments, performed by
some of the greatest interpreters of the art form called soul.
Jerry Butler (“The Ice Man”) is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer,
whose string of classics began with “For Your Precious Love.”
Luther Ingram’s (“If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to be
Right” has been a world standard for nearly 40 years. Dobie
Gray will always be remembered for “Drift Away.” Shirley
Brown shot to fame with “Woman to Woman.” Ruby Wilson,
dubbed “The Queen of Beale Street,” was a long time draw at B.B.
King’s club in Memphis. The Masqueraders deliver a
sterling version here of the Shirelles’ classic, “Baby It’s
You.” Detroit’s KEENA GREEN and her two sisters made up
Sweet Obsession and scored five singles on Billboard’s R&B
charts, two of which went Top Ten. Though Tommy Tate can
go head to head with Wilson Pickett, on this album he soothes
like the best of crooners. J. Blackfoot scored over 15
Top Tens with the Soul Children before going solo with the smash
“Taxi.” Randy Brown left The Newcomers for a successful
solo path in the 1970s.
Hard as it is to pick highlights from this album, three
particular standouts are AT LAST (Ruby Wilson),