Percy Sledge: 10 Essential Tracks

The soul legend was best known for "When a Man Loves a Woman," but his career was filled with undiminished treasures

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"Take Time to Know Her" (1968)

Sledge's second biggest hit, "Take Time to Know Her" is a nearly gothic tale of betrayal. The singer takes his future bride home to his mother and, with one glance, mama calls her son to her side and cautions him, "Take time to know her." But Sledge doesn't listen to his mama nor does he listen to his preacher – he rushes into the marriage and finds his heart swiftly broken. The story is a shade overheated but not the singer's performance: There are no dramatic runs, no testifying, just slow, mournful regret.

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