Soul/Compositions

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Purpose

The purpose of this page is to maintain a list of soul compositions that have been recorded many times - with at least 10 entries to the MusicBrainz database - that present either numerous spelling variants, or some specific spelling and/or capitalization difficulty.

Track titles should be harmonized according to the composition title variants that have been chosen.

By "chosen", we mean the following:

  • a proposed composition title first enters this page in the "To be discussed" or "Compositions: Proposed" lists
  • after it is discussed, eventually changed and approved by soul oriented moderators and native english speakers concerned by style and spelling, it enters the main list

Note that this page is not an official styleguide, it's nothing more than an "ongoing tidying effort memo".

This page & project was inspired by Jazz/Compositions, you might want to check if you can contribute anything there too.

Guidelines

  • Identify the title, composers & first release
  • Find it at ASCAP/BMI (favour the main entry over variants)
  • Check AllMusicGuide, serious discography resources, cover scans...
  • Decide and propose a title
  • Wait one week or two for discussion, proposed changes, approval
  • Harmonize all the occurences of your title
  • Report your harmonization, including date (and possibly number of occurences)

Compositions list: Completed

Listed in alphabetical order.

See the end of the page for details.

Compositions list: Proposed

Use the following format to propose a composition:

  • Proposed variant
    • Composer: Composer(s) name
    • ASCAP/BMI
    • Other sources (AMG/discogs/etc)
    • Variants: list of known variants, mispelling, improper capitalization
    • Performers: add some known performers
    • Approved by: Creap (<- your nickname), (others will add their name here if they agree)
    • Discussion: if needed, your own additional comments, and of course the following discussion
    • Proposed/Clean-up status: Date

Compositions list: Completed (detailed)

Listed by date.

  • (I Know) I'm Losing You
    • Composer: Cornelius Grant, Eddie Holland, Norman Whitfield
    • BMI - I KNOW I M LOSING YOU
    • AMG - (I Know) I'm Losing You
    • Variants: I Know I'm Losing You, I'm Losing You
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: BMI never lists paranthesis, punctuation, etc
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-13 /Creap
  • Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
    • Composer: Frank Wilson
    • BMI/ASCAP: n/a
    • discogs has credible information and a scan of the 7"
    • Variants: Do I Love You, Do I Love You? (Indeed I Do)
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-14 /Creap
  • (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave
    • Composer: Holland-Dozier-Holland
    • BMI - LOVE IS LIKE A HEAT WAVE
    • Variants: Heat Wave, Heatwave, Love Is Like a Heat Wave, Love Is Like a (Heat Wave), etc
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: Note: There is an album called Heat Wave, do not confuse these. Also see discussion in this edit note.
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-20 /Creap
  • How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)
    • Composer: Holland-Dozier-Holland
    • BMI - HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY
    • AMG - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - 165 occurences
    • AMG - How Sweet It Is - 59 occurences
    • Variants: How Sweet It Is
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-22 /Creap
  • Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
    • Composer: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield
    • BMI - BALL OF CONFUSION THAT S WHAT
    • AMG - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
    • Variants: Ball of Confusion, Ball of Confusion (That's the Way the World Is Today)
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: BMI never lists paranthesis, punctuation, etc, and I can't find it at ASCAP. Also see [[[Image:tempball.jpg]] this cover] /Creap
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-22 /Creap
  • The "In" Crowd
    • Composer: Holland-Dozier-Holland
    • BMI - IN CROWD THE
    • Variants: The In Crowd, The 'In' Crowd, In Crowd, "In" Crowd
    • Performers: Dobie Gray, The Mamas & The Papas, The Ramsey Lewis Trio
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: What I'm not sure about is wether to use single or double quotes. The first recording artist was Dobie Gray, with the variant [[[Image:f55535ig97o.jpg]] The In Crowd].
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-25 /Creap
  • Reach Out I'll Be There
    • Composer: Holland-Dozier-Holland
    • BMI - REACH OUT I LL BE THERE
    • AMG - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
    • Variants: Reach Out, I'll Be There, Reach Out (I'll Be There), Reach Out
    • Performers: Four Tops, Gloria Gaynor, etc
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: I can find no instances with paranthesis on an actual cover through a google image search. Some 7"'s has a comma, but no actual covers that I can find. AMG is using paranthesis. BMI doesn't really matter on this, since they never list punctuation marks.
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2006-12-27 /Creap
  • La-La Means I Love You
    • Composer: Thomas Randolph Bell, William Hart
    • First release: Philly Groove #150, 1968: The Delfonics - La-La-Means I Love You [[[Image:PhillyGroove150A.jpg]] (photo)]
    • BMI - LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU
    • Variants: La La Means I Love You, La-La-La I Love You, La La (Means I Love You), ...
    • Performers: The Delfonics, Jackson 5, ...
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: Most covers use La-La Means ... or La La Means ..., none I can find use paranthesis. My suggestion is: La-La Means I Love You /Creap
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2007-01-01 /Creap
  • River Deep - Mountain High
    • Composer: Phil Spector (and Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich)
    • BMI - RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
    • First release [[[Image:Riverdeep-mountainhigh.jpg]] cover], [[[Image:6903291008.jpg]] 3], [[[Image:supremes372568.jpg]] Supremes & Four Tops], [[[Image:river-ger.jpg]] Deep Purple], Wikipedia
    • Variants: River Deep Mountain High, River Deep-Mountain High, River Deep, Mountain High
    • Performers: Ike & Tina Turner, Four Tops, The Supremes, The Animals, ...
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: I suggest harmonizing titles for Tina Turner and all soul related artists, as well as for artists known to have credited their version of the song with the suggested title. I dare not enter the world of The Animals.
    • Clean-up status: Consistent for Tina Turner, Four Tops & Supremes 2007-01-10 /Creap
  • 1. Ain't No Soul (in These Old Shoes), 2. Ain't No Soul (Left in These Old Shoes)
    • Composer: Joey Levine, Arthur Resnick
    • BMI - AIN T NO SOUL IN THESE OLD SHO
    • [[[Image:Okehscansmall.jpg]] Major Lance cover], AMG1, AMG2
    • Variants: Ain't No Soul (Left in These Old Shoes), Ain't No Soul (In These Old Shoes), Ain't No Soul in These Shoes, Ain't No Soul
    • Performers: Major Lance, The Fantastic Four, Kenny Bernard...
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: Proposing variant 1 for Major Lance tracks, variant 2 for others.
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2007-11-22 /Creap
  • Gonna Get Along Without You/Ya Now
    • Composer: Milton Kellem
    • ASCAP - GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YA NOW
    • [[[Image:willsviola-gonnaetalong.jpg]] Wills cover 1], [[[Image:willsviola-gonnaget-us12.jpg]] 2], [[[Image:viola_wills-gonna_get_along_without_you_now_s_1.jpg]] 3].
    • Variants: Get Along Without You Now, Gonna Get Along Without You, Gonna Get Along (Without Ya Now) ...
    • Performers: Teresa Brewer, Viola Wills, The Vibrations
    • Approved by: Creap
    • Discussion: Seems like it was first released by Brewer as Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now, although I can't find any cover scans for that release. The Viola Wills release clearly uses "You" though, and most Vibrations discographies use this version too. So I propose using Ya for Brewer releases and You for Wills & Vibrations.
    • Clean-up status: Consistent 2007-12-18 /Creap

Compositions list: ToDo / To be discussed

  • I Need Your Love / I Need Your Lovin'