Jul 192013
Louisville’s “Prince” Phillip Mitchell was a fixture on the Louisville music scene from the Seventies well into the Nineties, with a reputation that including writing great tunes and singing fabulously. He built himself a fine career writing songs for other artists, from Mel & Tim’s “Starting All Over Again,” a 1972 Top 20 Pop/Top 5 R&B hit, to John Edwards’ “Cold Hearted Woman” Aware Records to First Lady of Motown Mary Wells’ “If You Can’t Give Her Love (Give Her Up),” at Reprise.
Now he and his songs might receive a bit of well-deserved attention, particularly in Louisville, as his songs are the subject of a new 20-song release on Ace/Kent, Something New to Do: The Phillip Mitchell Songbook (CDKEND 394), which joins a number of his earlier tunes with later ones on versions from Mitchell’s to the original tracks for others. There’s a longer article on the release at The Second Disc, which has this summary “Tony Rounce has produced and annotated Something New to Do, which contains a 20-page booklet with track-by-track notes. Nick Robbins has done his customary fine work remastering each track. The Phillip Mitchell Songbook is an expertly-compiled trawl through the vaults, and a must-have for deep soul connoisseurs and newbies alike.” The record is available at Amazon.com. Here’s the title list: “Cold Hearted Woman” – John Edwards (Kent CD CDKEND 127, 1996)
“Free for All (Winner Takes All)” – Mel & Tim (Stax LP STS 3007, 1972)
“(You Gotta) Come Through Me” – Garland Green (Kent LP KEND 097/6T16, 1990)
“Carry Me” – Ernie Shelby (Polydor 14124, 1972)
“I Don’t Do This (To Every Girl I Meet)” – Sidney Joe Qualls (Chi-Sound/20th Century LP T 587, 1979)
“It Be’s That Way Sometime” – Joe Simon (Posse 5021, 1982)
“Archie’s in Love” – Archie Bell and the Drells (Atlantic 2829, 1971)
“Something for My Head” – Bobby Womack (Columbia LP PC 34384, 1976)
“You Made Me What I Am” – Erma Coffee (Hi 2253, 1973)
“Gonna Have a Murder on Your Hands” – J.J. Williams (Capitol 3436, 1972)
“Little Things” – Phillip Mitchell (Hi 2221, 1972)
“It Hurts So Good” – Katie Love & The Four Shades of Black (Muscle Shoals Sound 100, 1971)
“If You Can’t Give Her Love (Give Her Up)” – Mary Wells (Reprise 1308, 1974)
“Starting All Over Again” – Johnnie Taylor (Stax LP STS 3014, 1973)
“Trippin’ on Your Love” – The Staple Singers (Stax LP MPS 8511, 1981)
“Hitch Hiking to Heartbreak Road” – Bobo Mr. Soul (Ovide 258, 1972)
“Here I Am Again” – Candi Staton (Warner Bros. 8078, 1975)
“Something New to Do” – Bobby Sheen (Warner Bros. 7662, 1973)
“The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me (Is When We’re Making Love)” – Dorothy Moore (Malaco LP MAL 6351, 1976)
“A Star in the Ghetto” – Average White Band and Ben E. King (Atlantic 3427, 1977)
“That’s the Way I Wanna Live My Life” – Tommie Lee (Capitol 3594, 1973)
“Leftovers” – Millie Jackson (Spring 161, 1975)
“How Can I Go On Without You” – Corey Blake (Capitol 4057, 1975)

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