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The Platinum Collection

Percy Sledge

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The Percy Sledge volume of Warner U.K.'s Platinum Collection series is nearly identical to Rhino's It Tears Me Up: The Best of Percy Sledge, albeit with a different track order. All of the hits are here ("Take Time to Know Her," "Warm and Tender Love," "Sudden Stop," and, of course, "When a Man Loves a Woman"), as well as numerous album cuts and less popular singles, making it the perfect entry point for new listeners and a great anthology for longtime fans.

Biography

Born: 25 November 1941 in Leighton, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Percy Sledge will forever be associated with "When a Man Loves a Woman," a pleading, soulful ballad he sang with wrenching, convincing anguish and passion. Sledge sang all of his songs that way, delivering them in a powerful rush where he quickly changed from soulful belting to quavering, tearful pleas. It was a voice that made him one of the key figures of deep Southern soul during the late '60s. Sledge recorded at Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, where he frequently sang songs written by Spooner...
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