Joe Simon Monument of Soul
- Released: April 10, 2001
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Rpm Records UK
Q - 8/01, p.1583 stars out of 5 - "...Blessed by his gilded baritone, these 26 tracks offer some prime country-soul moments..."
- 1.Misty Blue
- 2.Long Hot Summer
- 3.Teenager's Prayer
- 4.Too Many Teardrops
- 5.My Special Prayer
- 6.Travellin' Man
- 7.Just a Dream
- 8.Put Your Trust in Me
- 9.Nine Pound Steel
- 10.The Girl's Alright with Me
- 11.No Sad Songs
- 12.Come on and Get It
- 13.You Keep Me Hangin' On
- 14.Message from Maria
- 15.I Worry About You
- 16.Looking Back
- 17.Standing in the Safety Zone
- 18.The Chokin' Kind
- 19.Don't Let Me Lose the Feeling
- 20.Baby Don't Be Looking in My Mind
- 21.San Francisco Is a Lonely Town
- 22.It's Hard to Get Along
- 23.Moon Walk, Pts. 1 & 2
- 24.Farther on Down the Road
- 25.Yours Love
- 26.That's the Way I Want Our Love
Recorded between 1966 and 1972.
Liner Note Author: Clive Richardson .
Photographer: Clive Richardson .
Monument of Soul is a comprehensive collection of Joe Simon's 1966-1972 releases on the Sound Stage 7 label, including nearly everything that he put out on singles through the company during that period. Among them are all of his R&B and pop chart hits on Sound Stage 7, which in Simon's case were quite numerous -- 16 in all, even if just a couple of them ("The Chokin' Kind" and "You Keep Me Hanging On") got into the Top 40. Simon's Sound Stage 7 period is underrepresented by the singer's best career retrospective, Rhino's Music in My Bones: The Best of Joe Simon, so this is a welcome in-depth view of the earlier era. And, for listeners who prefer his Nashville soul stint to his slicker Philly soul and disco productions of the '70s, this will probably be the Simon CD they'll want most. Simon was not quite on the Hall of Fame level of soul singers, but he was on the next level down, and he pretty consistently delivered the goods, even on B-sides, of which there are quite a few on this disc. He was better on the countrified ballads than he was on the mid-tempo chuggers, both because these suited his style better, and because such material stood in bolder relief when juxtaposed with much late-'60s soul. "I Worry About You" and "San Francisco Is a Lonely Town" are two of the overlooked slow-burners on this anthology, though some relatively unknown up-tempo belters are worthy of attention too, like "Travellin' Man." ~ Richie Unterberger
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