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Super Soul Sisters

11 AUG 10 DAVID NATHAN

Judy Clay's "Private Number" was a major pop hit in the UK and has since gone on to be one of the Stax catalog's most sampled tunes. A collection of 10 of Judy's Stax recordings is included on Private Numbers. The remaining eight tracks are from Stax vocalist Veda Brown, who achieved some success with the 1973 single "Short Stopping."

Judy's first release on Stax Records, 1967's "You Can't Run Away From Your Heart," is a superb slice of deep soul written and produced by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter. She struggled for recognition from a mainstream perspective save for a pair of important duets -- her groundbreaking first interracial duet with Billy Vera on "Storybook Children" in 1967 and then a year later, a match with Stax labelmate William Bell.

Unbelievably, even in these days of widespread online information, virtually no bio info exists on Veda. Nonetheless, her soulful credentials are in full effect on "I Know It's Not Right (To Be In Love With A Married Man)," her answer song to Luther Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" and a funky version of Wilson Pickett's "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You." Fortunately, this release is available in the Digital Only section, so Judy Clay and Veda Brown are private no more.