Top shelf southern soul from a great singer – a deep collection of singles by Charles Smith – who had a regional hit with "My Great Loss (Ashes To Ashes)" back in the day, and it's really everyone's great loss that he's not more widely regarded decades later! Smith recorded that great single and a handful of others for the Seventy Seven label in the early 70s, and without national distribution, it was tough to break Smith out bigger, but boy did he ever deliver well enough to deserve more! He really shines on the ballads, imbuing those with such a genuine
depth of emotion, and his naturally expressive voice really brings out the best elements of some great songs. It's tried and true southern soul, very much in the spirit of other Muscle Shoals recordings of the time, along with Memphis and other cities. Smith was produced by Dewey Vandiver and many of the recordings were done at Quad City Sound, along with Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound. This excellent Soulscape CD collects the tracks from those singles, other recordings that weren't released at the time, plus a few alternate versions. Other tracks include, "Glad To Home", "I'm Useless", "Pull Me Out Of The Water", "Full Time Fool" (plus alternate version), "Two Pillows", "Walk Slow", "Reach That Mountain", "I Want To Love You", "It's Getting Harder To Get By" (plus alternate version), "Why Can't I Cry" (plus an alternate version), "The Only Time You Say You Love Me" and more. 19 tracks in all.