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Mid 50s Detroit was a hotbed of teen talent, all aspiring to sign a recording contract, get famous and buy a big car. Scores of young black vocal groups practiced their harmonies in stairwells or under street lamps, dreaming that one day their time would come. The Falcons were one of these but because of their gospel background and thanks to the guiding influence of manager and mentor, Robert West, they went on to become the first soul group. Who knows: if Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice, Wilson Pickett/Joe Stubbs, Willie Schofield and Lance Finnie had stuck together, they may well have rivalled other Detroit super groups such as the Temptations and Four Tops for success. This 4CD set brings together all known recordings by the original Falcons, along with alternate takes, guest appearances, cover versions and songs musically supervised or written by members of the group. Solo recordings by group members are also included from 1956 to 1963, the time they were recording together. The set is also, in a sense, a history of soul itself, showing how the genre develops from its early stirrings in doo-wop, taking in R&B and gospel along the way and culminating in two of the very first records that can definitively be described as soul: the Wilson Pickett-led tracks Take This Love I've Got and I Found A Love, the first two tracks on this compilation. Sleeve notes by Keith Rylatt (author of Groovesville USA: The Detroit Soul & R&B Index).

Track List

Disc 1

Take This Love I've Got
I Found a Love
I Don't Want No Part Time Love
Just for Your Love
I'll Never Find Another Girl Like You
You're So Fine
That's What I Aim to Do
You Must Know I Love You
Country Shack
I + Love + You
Workin' Man's Song
Pow! You're in Love
Billy the Kid
You're On My Mind
Let's Kiss and Make Up
She's My Heart's Desire
Feel's Good
Set My Soul On Fire
Let Me Be Your Boy
My Heart Belongs to You
Keep On Loving Me
What's My Destiny
The Whip
Will I Be the One
Baby I'm Coming Home

Disc 2

(I Don't Want No) Part Time Love
My Baby
You Killed the Love (Extended Mix)
Tell It to My Face
She's My Heart's Desire (Mono Mix)
I Ain't No Cryin' Man
I Got a Feeling
You're On My Mind
I'll Be Home
I'm Depending On You
You'll Never Change
The Whip (Mix)
Feels Good (Mix)
A Deed to Your Heart
Billy the Kid
What's My Destiny (Extended Mix)
She's My Heart's Desire (Stereo Mix)
You've Got a Friend
I Tried
I Got the Blues
Hey Hey
What to Do
The Swim
Anytime Anyplace Anywhere
Since You've Been Gone
I Am So Tired
Lonely Nights

Disc 3

Fine Fine Girl
Oh Baby
Has It Happened to You Yet
Lonely Nights
Love the Way You Walk
Never Find Another Girl Like You
She's My Heart's Desire
Whose Little Girl Are You
That's What I Aim to Do
You Killed the Love
So Pretty Baby
What to Do (Stereo Mix)
We Met in a Dream
Since You've Been Gone
Stick By You
You're So Fine
He's So Fine
I Found a Love
I Found a Love
Short and Nappy
Lonely Nights
Round and Round
I Am Her Yo Yo Man
People Gonna Talk About You
What to Do (Mono Mix)
Skinny Girl
I Found a Love

Disc 4

Baby That's It
This Day
Sent Up
Can This Be Christmas?
I Wonder
Something Hit Me
Love at First Sight
This Heart of Mine
Searching for You Baby
Baby Won't You Change Your Mind
Please Don't Leave Me Dear
No Time for Fun
(When) You're in Love
Juke Hop
Girl of My Dreams
Let It Be Me
This Heart of Mine
Hurry, Arthur Murray
Chicky Chop Chop
Goddess of Angels
You Must Know I Love You (Added Brass Mix)
You're Mine
Wonderful Love
Waiting for You
The Teacher
When You're in Love (Big Piano Mix)
You Must Know I Love You (Big Bass Mix, No Tambourine)
That's What I Aim to Do (Twist Beat)