• Debut album from the late, great Edwin Starr, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and several bonus tracks.
• Essential listening for all R&B, Soul and Funk fans.
• Classic ‘60s Motown sounds with mid to up-tempo songs either swinging, shuffling or stomping their way to a rapid and satisfying conclusion (only one track is over three minutes).
• Featuring Starr’s rough-hewn vocal chops interpreting lyrics by Motown greats Smokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield among others, adding real weight to the recordings.
Edwin Starr is best remembered for his rasping Vietnam protest song ‘War’ from 1970. His early recordings for Detroit’s Ric-Tic Records immediately gained chart success before Berry Gordy bought out Starr’s contract in 1967 and took him and his music to Motown.
‘Soul Master’ was Starr’s debut album and was released on Motown’s Gordy imprint in 1968. With soul music in the ‘60s, and especially with Motown, the emphasis was on singles, so the album did not chart but does boast a number of R&B hits. These include the aforementioned ‘Agent Double-O-Soul’ and Starr’s other top ten Ric-Tic release, 1966’s ‘Stop Her On Sight (SOS)’ (R&B #9/Pop #48/UK #35), as well as ‘Headline News’ (Pop #84).
1 AGENT DOUBLE-O-SOUL
2 I AM THE MAN FOR YOU BABY
3 STOP HER ON SIGHT (S.O.S)
4 OH HOW HAPPY
5 WAY OVER THERE
6 MY WEAKNESS IS YOU
7 HEADLINE NEWS
8 SOUL MASTER
9 I WANT MY BABY BACK
10 LOVE IS MY DESTINATION
11 I AM YOUR MAN
12 TIME IS PASSIN’ BY
13 AGENT DOUBLE-O-SOUL (Stereo Mix)
14 BACK STREET (Single Version)
15 STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) (Single Version)
16 I HAVE FAITH IN YOU (Single Version)
17 HEADLINE NEWS (Single Version)
18 HARLEM (Single Version)
19 IT’S MY TURN NOW
20 GIRL’S ARE GETTING PRETTIER (Single Version)
21 YOU’RE MY MELLOW (Single Version)
22 MY KIND OF WOMAN (Single Version)
23 I WANT MY BABY BACK (Single Version)
24 GONNA KEEP TRYIN’ ‘TIL I WIN YOUR LOVE (Single Version)
25 I AM THE MAN FOR YOU BABY (Single Version)
26 MY WEAKNESS IS YOU (Single Version)
27 WAY OVER THERE (Single Version)
28 BACK STREET (Instrumental Version)
29 AGENT DOUBLE-O-SOUL (Instrumental Version)