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Soul - Released January 24, 2020 | Modern Harmonic


Soul - Released October 5, 1972 | Paula Records


R&B - Released July 18, 2014 | Omnivore Recordings

Bobby Patterson is a journeyman soul veteran who has worked as a producer, songwriter, and radio disc jockey as well as cutting a fistful of fine R&B tunes for Abnak, Jetstar, and Paula Records in the '60s and '70s. If Patterson never quite broke through to stardom, he clearly learned a lot during his heyday and hasn't forgotten a bit of it; I Got More Soul! is that rare example of a soul veteran cutting a new album that sounds every bit of fresh as the sides that made him a cult hero back in the day. At its best, I Got More Soul! sounds like the best Stax Records release you've never heard, complete with the sustained organ undertow, the sweet and sour horn arrangements, and the just-behind-the-beat rhythm section, and even though he was close to 70 years old when this was recorded, Patterson's voice is in great shape, with plenty of streetwise bluster and close to the same range and just as much control as he had in his youth. Patterson co-wrote eight of the ten songs on I Got More Soul! with members of his band, and he hasn't lost the knack; "Let Me Heal It," "It's Hard to Get Back In," and "I Feel the Same Way" are cut from the same cloth as classic '60s soul without sounding like obvious retreads, and "Everybody's Got a Little Devil in Their Soul" nods to vintage gospel while putting Patterson's own streetwise spin in the lyrics. And whoever thought it would be a good idea to turn the Dirtbombs' "Your Love Belongs Under a Rock" into a proper soul workout was absolutely right. While co-producer and bandleader Zach Ernst certainly deserves plenty of credit for getting the sound right, Patterson is clearly a man who still has the goods, and while plenty of retro-soul acts work hard to give their albums a vintage feel, I Got More Soul! sounds naturally funky and full-flavored, and judging from this material, Patterson really does have more soul than just about anyone, and the means to show it off to the world. ~ Mark Deming

Soul - Released February 25, 2003 | Sundazed Music, Inc.

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You would have thought that Ace's 29-track 1990s CD compilation Taking Care of Business was the last word on Bobby Patterson's 1965-1970 work for the Jetstar and Abnak labels. But no, here comes this two-CD, 40-song comp that goes the extra mile, adding nine previously unreleased tracks (including a few alternate versions of songs that came out on singles) and both sides of the instrumental single by Patterson's band, the Mustangs. The liner notes are far more thorough as well, with plenty of quotes from Patterson. The music remains, however, pleasant and good-natured journeyman soul, heavily echoing several soul trends from Motown to Stax without staking a strong claim for Patterson as a notable individual voice in his own right. The echoes of specific performers like Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Percy Sledge are there to hear too. Indeed, a few of these were "answer" songs of sorts -- "I'm Leroy, I'll Take Her" for Joe Tex's "Skinny Legs and All," "Soul Is Our Music" for Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music," "Broadway Ain't Funky No More" for Wilson Pickett's "Funky Broadway," and the previously unissued "Mama's Got a New Bag Too" for James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." The previously unreleased stuff (including a four-song October 1965 demo) is of a similar fair-and-not-great level as the singles, the best cut being the original "Then You'll Know," which is Southern soul with a bit of a pop sting. His best moment was "If I Didn't Have You," which is more Southern pop-soul though in a moodier vein, while "Long Ago" was a notable obscure early Dan Penn composition (co-written with Buddy Killen). ~ Richie Unterberger

R&B - Released August 18, 2006 | Fuel 2000

Bobby Patterson's Soul of a Man is a gritty 20-track collection of the Texas soul singer's '70s recordings, 19 of them recorded between 1971-1973 for Paula, and one ("Right Place, Wrong Time") for All Platinum in 1977. He never had any hits, but Patterson's low-down delivery and the backing band's tough-as-nails sound deliver an enjoyable punch. He wrote most of the tunes here, focusing mainly on extracurricular affairs and their fallout. "Right on Jody" is an answer song to Johnnie Taylor's "Jody Got Your Girl and Gone," "One Ounce of Prevention" is a funky warning, and "Right Place, Wrong Time" is a surprisingly classic sounding track. Patterson's style is a kind of cross between the folksy style of Joe Tex and the smooth Southern sound of Luther Ingram. That is a mighty fine cross to bear. Sundazed and Ace have focused on the man's earlier recordings. If you dug those, you will find this set to be essential. Otherwise, if you are a fan of early-'70s non-Philly soul, this is top-notch stuff. [This same material was released in a different package by Charly in 1999 and WestSide in 2002.] ~ Tim Sendra