Friday, November 14, 2008

Lost Soul: Pauline Shivers

The story of American soul music could easily be: “50,000 heartbreaks, 50,000 good reasons to cheer”. Pauline Shivers’ heartbreak – and she is truly torn, desolate and crushed – on Won’t You Come Back Home is a beautiful slice of Chicago soul.

Vintage fans will admire the authentic crackles on my copy; for the audiophiles among you, Shivers’ nephew has posted a much cleaner copy to his site for listening purposes. Won’t You Come Back Home hasn’t taken off with the collectors, so you can still pick up a copy for under a tenner if you search around.

3 comments:

Jon Clay said...

Nice mid-tempo tune!

Atall said...

There's so many soul artists and most of them are so great. It's really kind of heartbreaking that most of them came and went without any proper recognition. I wonder if this got any airplay?

FireEscape said...

If it did get any airplay, it would, like most indepedent releases, have only got local radio attention. There are thousands of overlooked greats out there (it'd be a lifetime's work finding them all). I hope that all of them how much their contributions are valued by fans...I bet most don't, though...