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VARIOUS ARTISTS Ace CDCHD 1183 The Jerry Rag o voy Story: Time Is On My Side ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 72 mins, essential
Like the tag line says, this CD is "a celebration of the musical genius of this superb R&B/Soul all-rounder", Jerry Ragovoy. If the average person remembers him at all, it's as the writer of the Stones' hit "Time is On My Side" (the original version of which, an instrumental by Danish jazz trombonist Kai Winding, is included), but Ragovoy was so much more than that. As songwriter, arranger, producer (or a combination thereof), Ragovoy was responsible for many memorable sides. Crafting classics for Lorraine Ellison (Stay With Me), Garnet Mimms (Cry Baby), The Olympics (Good Lovin'), The Majors (A Wonderful Dream) and The Castelles (My Girl Awaits Me), Ragovoy demonstrated a firm grasp of R&B essence that rivaled Leiber and Stoller. He could also create great pop records, such as Claudine Clark's Disappointed, Pat Thomas' I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face, and Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata. These tracks from the 50's and 60's are just the tip of the iceberg, and I hope a volume 2 is in the works. In the meantime, this CD should be in every R&B and Pop lovers library. (GMC)
ESTELLE BROWN: You Got Just What You Asked For/ THE CASTELLES: My Girl Awaits Me/ CLAUDINE CLARK: Disappointed/ LOU COURTNEY: What Do You Want Me To Do?/ LORRAINE ELLISON: Stay With Me/ THE ENCHANTERS: I Wanna Thank You/ THE FABULOUS FOUR: I'm Comin' Home/ CARL HALL: What About You/ You Don't Know Nothing About Love/ MAJOR HARRIS: Pretty Red Lips (kiss My Blues Away)/ THE MAJORS: A Wonderful Dream/ MIRIAM MAKEBA: Pata Pata/ GARNET MIMMS: As Long As I Have You/ Thinkin'/ Cry Baby/ THE OLYMPICS: Good Lovin'/ DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: What's It Gonna Be/ HOWARD TATE: Ain't Got Nobody To Give It To/ Get It While You Can/ You're Looking Good/ IRMA THOMAS: The Hurt's All Gone/ PAT THOMAS: I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face/ DIONNE WARWICK: Move Me No Mountain/ KAI WINDING: Time Is On My Side

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat ACMCD 4249 The Herald Doowop Story ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, highly recommended
First in a series of CDs to document the vocal group output of Al Silver's Herald and Ember labels based out of New York. Between 1953 and 1964 his labels issued hundreds of vocal group sides - many of which have become all time classics and included here like A Story Untold by The Nutmegs, When You Dance by The Turbans, Tonite Tonite by The Mello Kings (an alternate take is used here), Stay by Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs. There are also lots of fine lesser known titles from The Embers, The Rocketeers (their amazing Gonna Feed My Baby Poison), The Five Willows, Sunbeams, Cashmeres, Little Butchie & His Buddies, The Four J's, The Loungers, etc. New York doo-wop at its finest. Excellent sound and 12 page booklet has notes on all the groups. (FS)
THE CASHMERES: Do I Upset You/ THE CONCORDS: Marlene/ THE DESIRES: Cold Lonely Heart/ THE DYNAMICS: Betty My Own/ THE EMBERS: Paradise Hill/ THE FIVE WILLOWS: Lay Your Head On My Shoulder/ So Help Me I Love You/ THE FOUR J'S: Dreams Are A Dime A Dozen/ THE HERALDS: Eternal Love/ LITTLE BUTCHIE & HIS BUDDIES: Lindy Lou/ THE LOUNGERS: Dizzy Spell/ THE MELLO KINGS: Tonite Tonite (alternate)/ THE MELLOKINGS: Chip Chip (alternate)/ THE MINT JULEPS: Vip A Dip/ THE NUTMEGS: A Story Untold/ Ship Of Love/ THE PREMIERS: Diary Of Our Love/ THE ROCKETEERS: Gonna Feed My Baby Poison/ THE SONNETS: Why Should We Break Up/ THE SUNBEAMS: Come Back Baby/ THE THRILLERS: Please Talk To Me/ THE TURBANS: When You Dance/ THE VOCALAIRES: Dance Dance/ MAURICE WILLIAMS AND THE ZODIACS: Stay

VARIOUS ARTISTS Acrobat 7006 The Greatest R&B Hits Of 1956 ● CD $27.98
Four CD set with 112 tracks. Unlike similarly themed compilations all tracks here reached the top 20 in the Billboard R&b charts. Among the artists are Little Willie John, Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, The Sensations, LaVern Baker, Little Walter, The Drifters, The Flamingos, Larry Birdsong, The Magnificents, Bill Doggett, Clarence "Frogman" H enry and more.
SIL AUSTIN: Slow Walk/ LAVERN BAKER: I Can't Love You Enough/ Still/ Get Up Get Up (You Sleepy Head)/ Jim Dandy/ My Happiness Forever/ CHUCK BERRY: Brown Eyed Handsome Man/ No Money Down/ Roll Over Beethoven/ Too Much Monkey Business/ BIG MAYBELLE: Candy/ LARRY BIRDSONG: Pleadin' For Love/ JAMES BROWN: Please Please Please/ BUCHANAN & GOODMAN: The Flying Saucer/ RAY CHARLES: Drown In My Own Tears/ Hallelujah I Love Her So/ Lonely Avenue/ THE CLEFTONES: This Little Girl Of Mine/ THE CLOVERS: Devil Or Angel/ Hey Doll Baby/ THE COASTERS: Down In Mexico/ One Kiss Led To Another/ ANN COLE: Are You Satisfied/ THE COOKIES: In Paradise/ THE DELLS: Oh What A Nite/ THE DIABLOS: The Way You Dog Me Around/ BO DIDDLEY: Pretty Thing/ BILL DOGGETT: Honky Tonk (Part 1)/ Honky Tonk (Part 2)/ Slow Walk/ FATS DOMINO: Blue Monday/ Blueberry Hill/ Bo Weevil/ Don't Blame It On Me/ Honey Chile/ I'm In Love Again/ My Blue Heaven/ So Long/ When My Dreamboat Comes Home/ THE DRIFTERS: I Gotta Get Myself A Woman/ Ruby Baby/ THE ELDORADOS: At My Front Door/ I'll Be Forever Loving You/ THE FIVE KEYS: Out Of Sight Out Of Mind/ THE FIVE SATINS: In The Still Of The Night/ THE FLAMINGOS: A Kiss From Your Lips/ I'll Be Home/ THE G CLEFS: Ka Ding Dong/ THE HEARTBEATS: A Thousand Miles Away/ CLARENCE 'FROGMAN' HENRY: 'Ain't Got No Home/ HOWLIN' WOLF: I Asked For Water/ Smokestack Lightning/ IVORY JOE HUNTER: Since I Met You Baby/ A Tear Fell/ LITTLE WILLIE JOHN: Do Something For Me/ Fever/ Home At Last/ Letter From My Darling/ Need Your Love So Bad/ SONNY KNIGHT: Confidential/ SMILEY LEWIS: One Night/ Please Listen To Me/ LITTLE RICHARD: Heebie Jeebies/ Long Tall Sally/ Ready Teddy/ Rip It Up/ Slippin' & Slidin'(peepin' & Hidin')/ The Girl Can't Help It/ LITTLE WALTER & HIS JUKES: Who/ FRANKIE LYMON & THE TEENAGERS: I Promise To Remember/ I Want You To Be My Girl/ The Abcs Of Love/ Who Can Explain/ Why Do Fools Fall In Love/ THE MAGNIFICENTS: Up On The Mountain/ CLYDE MCPHATTER: Seven Days/ Treasure Of Love/ MICKEY & SYLVIA: Love Is Strange/ BOBBY MITCHELL: Try Rock And Roll/ THE MOONGLOWS: See Saw/ We Go Together/ When I'm With You/ THE PLATTERS: (You've Got) The Magic Touch/ Heaven On Earth/ It Isn't Right/ My Prayer/ On My Word Of Honour/ The Great Pretender/ You'll Never Never Know/ JIMMY REED: Ain't That Loving You Baby/ Can't Stand To See You Go/ I Love You Baby/ You've Got Me Dizzy/ LITTLE RICHARD: She's Got It/ OTIS RUSH: I Can't Quit You Baby/ THE SENSATIONS: Please Mr Disc Jockey/ Yes Sir That's My Baby/ SHIRLEY & LEE: I Feel Good/ Let The Good Times Roll/ BIG JOE TURNER: Corrinne Corrina/ Lipstick, Powder & Paint/ Rock Awhile/ Morning, Noon & Night/ The Chicken And The Hawk (Up Up & Away)/ MUDDY WATERS: Don't Go No Further/ Forty Days & Forty Nights/ OTIS WILLIAMS & HIS CHARMS: Ivory Tower/ SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: Keep It To Yourself/ CHUCK WILLIS: It's Too Late/ Juanita/ Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You/ THE WILLOWS: Church Bells May Ring

VARIOUS ARTISTS BGP CDBGPD 192 Memphis 70 - The City's Funk & Soul After Otis ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 61 mins, highly recommended
And the Memphis Soul compilations just keep on comin'! This one from BGP is good, as it covers "the city's funk and soul in the decade after Otis Redding's death: 1968 to 1978". Ranging from the creepy moodiness of Smithstonian's Mississippi Mud (1970) to Stacy Lane's Otis-impersonation on No Ending (1968) to Gene "Bowlegs" Miller & Friends' It's Bump Time (1972), there's no lack of obscure singles to keep things interesting. And for the collectors in the audience, there's plenty of previously unreleased tracks from David Porter, The Ovations, The Minits, Willie Walker and others. Actually, this comp is worth it if for nothing else than Blackrock's scorching instrumental Blackrock Yeah Yeah and a hit-worthy LP track from 1974 by Mel & Tim, Keep the Faith. Beautifully annotated, this CD is more proof that Memphis Soul didn't die with Otis. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blues Town 1052 Badass Rockers ● CD $17.98
28 Tracks, 64 mins, recommended
The back cover of this CD says it all: twenty-eight black rock n roll scorchers by the likes of Bobby Freeman (lascivious on Big Fat Woman), Jimmy McCracklin, the Isley Brothers (showing everyone how it's done on Everybody's Gonna Rock & Roll), Art Neville (giving out that New Orleans swing on Zing Zing), and James Brown. Who knew that rockabilly figured in R&B (outside of Chuck Berry); well, check out Rudy Green (Teeny Weeny Baby) and Dewey Guy (Rock a While) for proof that someone else was paying attention to what was happening in the South. But many of the tracks are firmly planted in the jump blues style, of which Phil Flowers' Big Legged Woman is a great example. While I really like the music here, full disclosure is necessary: there aren't any liner notes, so the time frame of these tracks is open to debate; and the sound quality varies from song to song. However, if you can get past these minor (or not so minor, depending on your point of view) annoyances, "Badass Rockers" will liven up any party, straight up. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 42442 The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-57, Volume 1 ● CD $16.98
First of three volumes presenting a great selection of blues and R&B recorded for the Columbia subsidiary OKeh between 1949 and 1957. This reissues a three CD set originally issued by Epic in 1993 and long out of print. The selections are highly diversified with few artists getting more than two or three cuts. In spite of the high quality of the music OKeh produced, the label only had a handful of hits and many of the artists here are fairly obscure. The series is presented in chronological order and this volume covers 1949 through 1951 with sides by Chris Powell & His Five Blue Flames, Mr. Google Eyes,Chuck Willis, Irlton French,  Pear l Traylor and others. Superb sound and booklet has new notes by Neil Slaven.
LITTLE BROTHER BROWN: Brother's Blues/ LARRY DARNELL: Work Baby Work/ BILL DAVIS TRIO: Catch 'Em Young, Treat 'Em Rough, Tell 'Em Nothin'/ THE FIVE SCAMPS: Chicken Shack Boogie/ Red Hot/ Stuttering Blues/ IRLTON FRENCH: My Run Around Baby/ PINOCCHIO JAMES: Camp Meeting/ LEROY JOHNSON: She Did Me Wrong/ MAURICE KING AND HIS WOLVERINES: I Feel So Good/ I Want a Lavender Cadillac/ MR. GOOGLE EYES: No Wine, No Women/ Rough and Rocky Road/ CHRIS POWELL: Rock the Joint/ That's Right/ THE RAVENS: Gotta Find My Baby/ Honey I Don't Want You/ PEARL TRAYLOR: Come on Daddy (Let's Go Play Tonight)/ Three Ball Sam (The Pawn Shop Man)/ EARL WILLIAMS: If You Ever Had the Blues/ JUMPIN' JOE WILLIAMS: Chi (Chicago)/ Lyin' Girl Blues/ Weekday Blues/ CHUCK WILLIS: Let's Jump Tonight

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 42482 The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-57, Volume 2 ● CD $16.98
The second volume in this superb series features 26 tracks recorded for OKeh between 1951 and 1953. Includes sides by Jumpin' Joe Williams,  Larry Darnell,The Royals, Big Maybelles, Annie Laurie, Paul Gayten, The Treniers, Titus Turner, Bill Davis Trio, etc.
BIG MAYBELLE: Gabbin' Blues (Don't Run My Business)/ Jinny Mule/ HADDA BROOKS: Brook's Boggie/ Jump Back Honey/ LITTLE BROTHER BROWN: Goof Boogie/ SAMMY COTTON: You the Kind of Women/ LARRY DARNELL: I'll Be Sittin', I'll Be Rockin'/ BILL DAVIS: Bring the Money In/ PAUL GAYTEN: Cow Cow Blues/ It Ain't Nothing Happening/ PINOCCHIO JAMES: Pinnochio's Blues/ ANNIE LAURIE: I'm in the Mood for You/ It's Been a Long Time/ Stop Talkin' and Start Walkin'/ RED RODNEY SEXTET: Dig This Menu Please!/ THE ROYALS: Gas Happy Mama/ THE TRENIERS: Moon Dog/ Poontang/ TITUS TURNER: Got So Much Trouble/ Livin' in Misery/ JUMPIN' JOE WILLIAMS: Hey! Bartender, Give That Man a Drink/ Voodoo Blues/ CHUCK WILLIS: I Rule My House/ Make up Your Mind/ My Story/ You Broke My Heart

VARIOUS ARTISTS Blue Label 42532 The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-57, Volume 3 ● CD $16.98
The third volume in this great series features 26 tracks recorded between 1953 and 1957 and includes a couple of big hits including Screamin' Jay Hawkins' masterpiece I Put A Spell On You and Andre Williams' Bacon Fat licensed from Fortune. Other artists featured include Cliff "King Solomon,Big John & The Buzzards, Big Maybelle, The Treniers,  The Marquees (Marvin Gaye's first recording with Bo Diddley on guitar), Billy Stewart (with vocal backup from the Marquees and guitar by Diddley) and others.
BIG JOHN & THE BUZZARDS: Oop Shoop/ Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash/ BIG MAYBELLE: I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright/ Ocean of Tears/ One Monkey Don't Stop No Show/ SAMMY COTTON: Give Me One More Drink/ LARRY DARNELL: Give Me Your Love/ LLOYD FATMAN: Miss Mushmouth/ Where You Been/ PAUL GAYTEN: Creole Alley/ SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS: I Put a Spell on You/ Little Demon/ Yellow Coat/ HURRICANE HARRY: Last Meal/ ANNIE LAURIE: Leave It to Me/ LITTLE JOE & THE THRILLERS: Let's Do the Slop/ THE MARQUEES (FEATURING MARVIN GAYE): Wyatt Earp/ THE SHUFFLERS: Bad, Bad Women/ Jump Ted!/ CLIFFORD "KING" SOLOMON WITH ERNESTINE ANDERSON: Square Dance Boogie/ BILLY STEWART: Billy's Heartache/ THE TRENIERS: Uh Oh (Get Out of My Car)/ TITUS TURNER: My Lonely Room/ ANDRE WILLIAMS: Bacon Fat/ CHUCK WILLIS: Ring Ding Doo

VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 0317 The Encyclopedia Of Doo Wop, Vol. 2 ● CD $37.98
Another four CD set with 100 great doo-wop songs from the 50s and early 60s. Although the first volume had most of the best known hits there are lots of classic sides here from groups like The Larks, Five Discs, Channels, Tokens, Bop Chords, Kodaks, Clickettes, Pyramids, Ladders, Parktowns, Collegians, Shells, Willows and many more. No notes but excellent sound from original master tapes wherever possible.
THE AMBASSADORS: Darling I'm Sorry/ LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS: Just Suppose/ Lonely Room/ THE ARCADES: Fine Little Girl/ THE AVALONS: You Can Count On Me/ THE BALTINEERS: Tears In My Eyes/ THE BOP-CHORDS: So Why/ THE CAMEOS: Wait Up/ THE CAPRIS (GOTHAM): He Still Loves Me/ THE CELLOS: Rang Tang Ding Dong/ THE CHANDELIERS: Blueberry Sweet/ THE CHANNELS: My Love Will Never Die/ Now You Know/ Stars In The Sky/ The Gleam In Your Eye/ THE CHARMERS: The Beating Of My Heart/ THE CHARTS: Dance Girl/ You're The Reason/ Zoop/ THE CHESTERS: The Fires Burn No More/ THE CHIMES: Summer Night/ THE CLASSICS COL: So In Love/ THE CLICKETTES: Because Of My Best Friend/ To Be A Part Of You/ THE COLLEGIANS: Heavenly Night/ THE CONTINENTALS: Fine Fine Frame/ Picture Of Love/ THE CORDIALS: Dawn Is Almost Here/ THE CORDOVANS: Come On Baby/ THE CORVAIRES: True True Love/ THE CRESCENTS: Everybody Knew But Me/ THE CRYSTALS: Come To Me Darling/ THE DEBONAIRES: Darling/ THE DEL KNIGHTS: Lonesome/ Madly/ THE DELL VIKINGS: When I Come Home/ THE DELROYS: Bermuda Shorts/ THE FABULONS: Smoke From Your Cigarette/ THE FI-TONES: I Belong To You/ THE FIVE DISCS: Adios/ My Baby Loves Me/ THE FIVE SATINS: Oh Happy Day/ Our Anniversary/ Shadows/ THE HARMONAIRES: Come Back/ THE ILLUSIONS: Hey Boy/ JACKIE & THE STARLITES: I Found Out Too Late/ THE JESTERS: I Laughed/ I Love No One But You/ So Strange/ The Plea/ THE JIVE FIVE: Never Never/ These Golden Rings/ THE KEYNOTES: A Star/ I Don't Know/ Really Wish You Were Here/ THE KODAKS: Little Boy And Girl/ THE LADDERS: Hey Pretty Baby/ My Love Has Gone/ THE LARKS: My Reverie/ THE LEGENDS: Eyes Of An Angel/ I'll Never Fall In Love Again/ THE LYDELLS: There Goes The Boy/ LEWIS LYMON & THE TEENCHORDS: I'm Not Too Young To Fall In Love/ Lydia/ Please Tell The Angels/ THE MATADORS: Vengeance/ THE MISTAKES: Chapel Bells/ THE MOONGLOWS: My Imagination/ THE NUTMEGS: A Love So True/ Key To The Kingdom/ Whispering Sorrows/ THE PARAGONS: So You Will Know/ The Vows Of Love/ Twilight/ Two Hearts Are Better Than One/ THE PARKTOWNS: That Day Will Never Come/ THE PERFECTIONS: Hey Girl/ THE PERFORMERS: I'll Make You Understand/ THE PERSONALITIES: Woe Woe Baby/ THE PYRAMIDS: Hot Dog Dooly Wah/ THE ROCKETONES: Dee I/ THE SENIORS: Evening Shadows Falling/ THE SEQUINS: Why Can't You Treat Me Right/ THE SHELLS: Baby Oh Baby/ Deep In My Heart/ THE SHEPPARDS: Feel Like Loving/ THE STARLITES: Missing You/ THE TELLERS: I Wanna Run To You/ THE TIMETONES: In My Heart/ THE TOKENS: Come Dance With Me/ THE TURBANS: It Was A Night Like This/ THE UNIQUE TEENS: At The Ball/ Jeannie/ THE VELOURS: Can I Come Over Tonight/ THE VELVETS: I Cried/ THE VIDEOS: Moonglow You Know/ THE VISIONS: Teenager's Life/ THE VOCALTONES: Darling/ THE WILLOWS: Little Darling

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 038 Super Rare Doo-Wops, Vol. 3 ● CD $17.98
30 more fine and rare vocal group titles - about 2/3rd new to CD
DONALD AMAKER: Pleases, You-Pleases Me/ JIMMY ANCRUM & THE CAVALIERS: So Young, So Warm, So Wonderful/ BILLY JOE & CONFIDENTIALS: Feeling Blue/ THE BLUE DOTS: Mary Had a Rock and Roll Lamb/ ARTHUR BROOKS: Rosalita/ Tell Me Who/ MIKE CAVELL & CLASSMATES: I Didn't Lie/ THE CHANTS: A Thousand Miles In My Pack/ THE COINS: Loretta/ THE DINOS: Our Love's About Over/ THE FABULOUS FANATICS: Giving Up On Love/ Sweeter Than Wine/ FERREL & THE FLAMES: Dreams and Memories/ THE FLAMING HEARTS: Baby/ THE FUTURETONES: Roll On/ GENE & JEANNE: Baby Baby Baby/ CANDY GIBSON & THE TIFFANYS: A Lovely Summer Night/ CLARENCE GIBSON & THE FOUR AIRS: Do You Really Care/ THE GLENS: Cherish My Love/ THE INVISIBLES: Dinah/ BILLY KENT & THE ANDANTES: Take All of Me/ LITTLE FAY: I Don't Care What People Say/ LITTLE JOHN & SHERWOODS: Marcelle/ JOHNNY MOORE'S BLAZERS: Miss Mosey's/ THE PERSIANS: Steady Kind/ THE PUPPETS: Gee Whiz/ THE SAUCERS: Hello Darling/ THE SONNETTES: Teardrops/ BEN E. WILLIAMS & THE DEL RAYS: Mamie Wong/ VERNA WILLIAMS & THE SHARP CATS: Mine All Mine

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 039 Super Rare Doo-Wops, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
30 more rarities
THE BACHELORS: Crying Over You/ THE CARIANS: Only a Dream/ THE COINS: Please/ THE COUSINS: Mademoiselle/ THE DESIRES: Need Someone/ THE DINOS: Darling Oh Darling/ FERREL & THE FLAMES: You'll Be Sorry/ THE FIVE SHADOWS: Blue Moon/ THE FLAMING HEARTS: I Don't Mind/ RAY FORTUNIA: You Done Me Wrong/ THE FUTURETONES: I Know/ THE GOLDEN NUGGETS: I Was a Fool/ THE HI TONES: Didn't We Have a Nice Time/ Open Up Your Heart/ DEE IMPULSE: Till I Come Home To You/ THE INITIALS: Bells of Joy/ JIMMY JEENS & THE RHYTHM FIVE: Baby Please Don't Go/ JACKIE KELLAN: Summer Romances/ THE LIONS: No One (But You)/ THE MELVETTES: Take One Step/ THE PROFILES: Right By Her Side/ THE SALVADORS: Daddy Said/ THE SPORT TONES: So Sincere/ THE TAMANEERS: Be Anything But Be Mine/ TONI & THE SHOWMEN: Beware/ THE VALA QUONS: Madelaine/ Taardrops/ THE VISCAYNES: I Guess I'll Be/ Stop What You're Doing/ THE VOICE MASTERS: Two Lovers

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 040 Super Rare Doo-Wops, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
30 more fine rarities from the 50s and early 60s - The Limelights (their bizarre Sister Sookey's Coming Home), The Saucers, The Del Rons, Pop & The Fidelitones, Jeri Mar & The Beltones and more.
THE BISHOPS: You'll Reap What You Sow/ CLIFF BUTLER & THE LOVERS: I Can't Believe/ THE CARAVELLES: Teardrops/ THE CREATIONS: Wake Up In the Morning/ THE DEL RONS: Over the Rainbow/ THE DOWN BEATS: Dedicated To the One I Love/ THE DREAMS: I Love You/ THE EPISODES: Christmas Tree/ THE EXCLUSIVES: My Girlfriend/ THE FACES: Christmas/ THE FLINTS: Why Did You Go/ THE FOUR UNIQUES: Good Luck Charm/ Island of Love/ FRAN & FLO: You Walked Out the Door/ WILLIAM HINES: Bring Back Your Heart/ THE LA CHORDS: To Be/ THE LIMELIGHTERS: Sister Sookey's Coming Home/ This Lonely Boy/ JERI MAR & THE BELLTONES: Moonrise/ POP & THE FIDELTONES: Whispering World of Love/ THE RAMBLERS: Come On Back/ RICHIE & THE ROYALS: We're Strolling/ THE RUNAROUNDS: The Nearest Thing to Heaven/ THE SAUCERS: Giggle Goo/ JULES SAVOY: Would You/ THE SLIDERS: There's A Great Big Moon Out Tonight/ THE SPORT TONES: In My Dreams/ THE SYMPHONICS: She's My Girl/ THE TAMANEERS: Searching/ THE VOICE MASTERS: In Love In Vain

VARIOUS ARTISTS Doo-Wop 041 Super Rare Doo-Wops, Vol. 6 ● CD $17.98
30 more
THE ANGELINOS: As Long As I Love You/ Don't Cry Baby/ THE BELHOPS: Thinking Of You/ THE BELVEDEERS: Walking In the Garden/ THE CARDINALS: Why Don't You Write Me/ THE CLASSICS: Wheel of Love/ THE CORDUROYS: Forever Yours/ THE CREATIONS: Strolling Through the Park/ LITTLE SUNNY DAY & THE CLOUDS: Baby Doll/ THE DEL RONS: This Love Of Ours/ THE EPISODES: Where Is My Love/ THE FIVE SUPERIORS: There's A Fool Born Everyday/ THE FOUR SHARPS & A FLAT: Wait For Me/ LEROY FULLYLOVE: Day After Day/ GEORGEOUS GEORGE: Cross Every Mountain/ THE GOTHICS: Each Night at Nine/ HAROLD & THE CASUALS: Darling Do You Love Me/ JACKIE LLOYD: Warm Love/ CLEVE MCDONALD: Tell Me That You Love Me/ THE MISFITS: Give Me Your Heart/ THE ORIGINALES: Bandstand Sound/ POP & THE FIDELTONES: For Your Love/ RICHIE & THE ROYALS: Be My Girl/ RICK & THE MASTERS: Flame of Love/ DOCTOR ROCK: That's What You Do To Me/ THE ROMAN: You Are My Only Love/ THE ROYAL DEMONS: Trembling Hand/ THE SUPERIORS: Eternal Dreams/ RONNIE VALE & THE INSPIRATIONS: Don't Ask Me/ THE VIP'S: Fall Guy

VARIOUS ARTISTS Dynamite 110B Rare Boston Soul, Volume 1 ● CD $17.98
20 tracks, 63 min., highly recommended
Rare is the easy part; it's good that matters more. Some of these songs would bring in the high three digits on 45 rpm and some are too obscure to have any basis for evaluation. But the compilers wisely selected great songs all the way through, a rarity in itself. The cover sports a promotional black and white photo of the Energetics donning 70s era tuxedos that, perhaps, would look even more garish were they in color. Their only cut, Me And My Girl is suitably up-tempo and not listed in most reference books. The Endeavors rate 4 tracks here (Shattered Dreams and I Know You Don't Want Me, originally issued on the Stop label (#372); and I Can't Help Crying and Beware Of Your Friends, originally issued as both sides of Empire State 18798, a wildly rare bit of vinyl. Billy Thompson's Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is another truly tough to find 45 rpm (both on Columbus 1043 and on Wand 1108), and one hell of a song to boot. Perhaps the finest cut belongs to Frank Reeves, whose Young Girl appears here in stereo for the first time, but it sounds good in mono too. His Mississippi Girl is the disc's only previously unissued track. Other gems include the Hypnotics' ultra-smooth ballad Music To Make Love To, the dance floor burner When The Fuel Runs Out by the Ambitions (originally issued as Firefly 19), and the Turnpikes (a.k.a. Chubby and the Turnpikes) Nothing But Promises, originally the A-side of Capitol 1 2234. One hope the even rarer Turnpikes 45 of I Didn't Try b/w I Know The Inside Story will find its way to volume 2. Other artists include Exotics, Sinclayrs,, Lords, Indigos, and Pearl Reaves & The Tracynettes. A winner, with decent sound but no notes. (JC)
THE AMBITIONS: When the Fuel Runs Out/ Whisper A Love Chant/ THE ENDEAVORS: Beware Of Your Friends/ I Can't Help Crying/ I Know You Don't Want Me/ Shattered Dreams/ THE ENERGETICS: Me & My Girl/ THE EXOTICS: Fortune Hunter/ My Life's Desire Part 1/ My Life's Desire Part 2/ THE HYPNOTICS: Music To Make Love To/ THE INDIGOS: Magic/ Taboo/ THE LORDS: Since I Fell For You/ FRANK LYNCH: Mississippi Girl/ Young Girl/ PEARL REAVES & THE TRACYNETTES: Change Me/ THE SINCLAYRS: You Came Along/ BILLY THOMPSON: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye/ THE TURNPIKES: Nothing But Promises

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fishy 1004 Rarest Of The Rare Soul Harmony, Vol. 4 ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 79 mins, recommended
This collection of "rare" R&B is stylistically all over the map: from vocal group (The Turks You Turn Me On ) to doo wop (The Nephews This is the Night ) to gospel (The Positive Gospel Singers When Will it End ) to girl group (Bette Renee Darling Bless You ). Since there's no liner notes of any kind, it's hard to tell when these tracks were recorded; they seem to run the gamut from late '50's to early 70's, judging by the music styles. Pretty good sound quality considering the age and source material (analog and vinyl) used for the transfers. If you like the obscure stuff, then this is for you. (GMC)
21ST CREATION: Girls, Let's Keep Dancing Close/ 4TH KINGDOM: Gotta Get To You/ THE ADDITIONS: Under the Moon/ BLUE MAGIC: Can I Say I Love You/ DELORIS CLARK: Praying Time/ THE CONTACTS: Why Little Girl Can't You Love Me/ THE FANTASTICS: Goodbye To Love/ SOUL FAY: Young Girl/ THELMA HARPER: At Last/ INTO NEW DIRECTIONS: I'm Not Ready/ BERNIE JAY & THE ROCKIN' RAVENS: Say That You Love Me/ THE JONESETTES: Once I Had a Love/ ROSIE LOPEZ: I'll Never Grow Tired/ MANSION: Stop! Let Your Heart Be Your Guide/ MVP: Don't Wanna Stop Loving You/ VONCIEL MYERS: It Won't Be Easy/ THE NEPHEWS: This Is the Night/ THE PASSIONS: The Spell is Gone/ THE POSITIVE GOSPEL SINGERS: When Will It End/ BETTE RENEE: Darling Bless You/ THE SAN FRANCISCO TKOS: Ohh Baby Baby/ SOUL SOUND UNLIMITED: Lost In a Dream/ THE THRILLERS: Leading Two Lives With Four Women (Alt.)/ TOMORROW'S MEN: It's Real/ THE TURKS: You Turn Me On

VARIOUS ARTISTS Fishy 1005 Rarest Of The Rare Soul Harmony, Vol. 5 ● CD $17.98
26 tracks, 78 mins, recommended
The newest volume in Fishy's Rarest of the Rare series spotlights more obscure R&B harmony groups (and solo performers) from the 50's, 60's and 70's. If there was ever a case where the "music speaks for itself", this is it. There's some lovely tracks here from people I've never heard of including: Premieres' I Won't Stand in Your Way, New Creations' California, Chants' Lovers Story, and Little Jimmy Gandy's I'm Not Like the Others. There's the usual slight popping from vinyl transfers, but nothing that should distract from enjoying these lost nuggets. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kapp 5001 Tip Your Kapp To Doo Wop ● CD $17.98
30 tracks, 72 mins, recommended
The companion to "Tip Your Kapp to Northern Soul," this collection of Doo Wop from the Kapp Records vaults covers releases from the 50's and early 60's. With songs by the Squires, the Emotions, the Vidals, the 4J's, the Gleams, and Johnny Cymbal, this is a fine addition to any Doo Wop library. (GMC)
THE 4 J'S: Dreamin'/ Love My Love/ THE BOYFRIENDS (AKA 5 DISCS): Let's Fall In Love/ Oh Lana/ JOHNNY CYMBAL: Little Miss Lonely/ Marshmallow/ SONNY DEE: Here I Stand/ THE ELGINS: Here In Your Arms/ THE EMOTIONS: A Million Reasons/ Come Dance Baby/ Echo/ L-o-v-e/ THE GLEAMS: Mr Magic Moon/ GARY HAINES & THE FIVE SEQUINS: Another Girl Like You/ GREGORY HOWARD & THE CADILLACS: Sweet Pea/ When In Love/ THE LATIN SOULS: The Way You Look Tonight/ When I Fall In Love/ MIKE REGAL & THE QUOTATIONS: Is It True What They Say About Barbara/ Too Young/ AL RENO: Cheryl/ Congratulations/ THE SQUIRES: Can't Believe That You've Grown Up/ Joyce/ THE TIP TOPS: Rama Lama/ THE VEL-TONES: Playboy/ THE VIDELS: A Letter From Ann/ I'll Keep On Waiting/ Streets Of Love/ This Years Mr New

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kapp 5004 Tip Your Kapp To Northern Soul ● CD $17.98
28 tracks, 67 mins, recommended
Kapp was primarily a 60's pop label (their big artists were Jack Jones and Roger Williams), but like everyone else, they attempted to dip into the R&B vein that was being successfully mined by Motown. This CD is a sampling of the artists with which Kapp had hoped to compete with the Supremes and the Four Tops: Lenny Welch, Cissy Houston, Jerry Jackson, Freddie Butler, and James Ray among others. As the Northern Soul tag in the title would imply, these tracks should all resemble the up tempo Motown style favored by British Northern Soul fans, but in truth, some come off more like white pop. And yet, nothing here is not worth closer examination. Although Kapp mostly failed in the R&B game (exception: Ruby and the Romantics' Our Day Will Come), there are some exemplary tracks included here from unknowns Jaibi (What Good Am I), Rubin (You've Been Away), and Clay Hunt (In the City Square). But the crown jewel is Tony Middleton's version (the liner notes claim it was recorded in 1963, which would make it the original) of Bacharach/David's My Little Red Book, later made famous by both Manfred Mann (on the What's New Pussycat soundtrack) and Love (in a classic garage rock re-working). Great stuff. (GMC)
THE 7TH AVENUE AVIATORS: You Should Hold On/ RICHIE ADAMS: I Can't Escape From You/ BURT BACHARACH WITH TONY MIDDLETON: My Little Red Book/ FREDDIE BUTLER: Give Me Lots of Loving/ That's When I Need You/ THE COMPLIMENTS: Time of Her Life/ MIGHTY JOE DRAKE: Try, Try, Try/ THE EXITS: Another Sundown in Watt's/ THE HESITATIONS: I'm Not Built That Way/ That's What Love Is/ You Can't Bypass Love/ CISSY HOUSTON: Bring Him Back/ Don't Come Running Back to Me/ CLAY HUNT: In the City Square/ Since I've Lost You/ JERRY JACKSON: She Lied/ Wide Awake in a Dream/ JAIBI: What Good Am I/ SEPTEMBER JONES: I'm Coming Home/ GEORGE E. LEE: Dance What You Wanna/ J. B. LOVE: Then Only Then/ JAMES RAY: One By One/ THE REVELS: Downtown/ RUBIN: You've Been Away/ THE SOUND JUDGEMENT: Happy Without You/ ST. GEORGE & TANA: Without Your Heart/ HELEN TROY: I Think I Love You/ LENNY WELCH: Run to My Loving Arms

VARIOUS ARTISTS Kent CDKEND 291 New Breed R&B With Added Popcorn ● CD $18.98
24 tracks, 58 mins, highly recommended
The third volume in Kent's "New Breed R&B" series, this one focuses on the Belgian Popcorn scene of the early 70's. Although similar to the U.K. Northern Soul scene, the type of records that Popcorn fans preferred were the more mid-tempo groove oriented sides from the early 60's, as opposed to the Motown 4/4 that predominated Northern Soul. As with all Kent compilations, this one contains track-by-track annotation, informative liner notes, and previously unreleased recordings. Of the unreleased stuff, the standouts are from Luther Ingram, Gladys Bruce, Harold Atkins, and Barbara Perry, but the early tracks from "name" artists Joe Simon and Marry (Merry) Clayton are quite good too. The compilers even manage to sneak in a taste of uptown Blues courtesy of B.B. King, Beautician Blues, because, as they say, "we thought you might need a break from the Popcorn". All killer, no filler and Kent Records does it again. (GMC)
HAROLD ATKINS: Big Ben/ BARBARA & THE BROWNS: I'm Gonna Start A War/ BILLY BLAND: Doing The Mule/ NAPPY BROWN: Coal Miner/ GLADYS BRUCE: I've Got A Feeling For You Baby/ GENE BURKS: Shirley Jean/ LENA CALHOUN & THE EMOTIONS: First Love Baby/ THE CHARMAINES: I Idolize You/ EUGENE CHURCH: Jack Of All Trades/ MERRY CLAYTON: I've Got My Eyes On You/ PAUL CLIFTON: She Wobbles When She Walks/ BOYCE CUNNINGHAM: Too Young/ VERNON GREEN & THE MEDALLIONS: Lover's Prayer/ LUTHER INGRAM: Oh Baby Don't You Weep/ CHET 'POISON' IVEY: Mata Hari/ B.B. KING: Beautician Blues/ KING JAMES: What'cha Gonna Do/ MR. DYNAMITE: Sh'mon/ BARBARA PERRY: Man Is A Mean Mean Thing/ BANNY PRICE: You Love Me Pretty Baby/ JOE SIMON: Just Like Yesterday/ TERRY & JERRY: Mama Julie/ TOM TUMBLEWEED: Tumbling Down/ ALBERT WASHINGTON: I'm The Man

VARIOUS ARTISTS Motown (UK) 980 090-1 Power To The Motown People ● CD $41.98
2 CDs, 30 tracks, 131 mins, essential
This is such an outstanding and historically significant collection it deserves an Essential rating. You get two fantastic disks of great Soul music from a time of great social upheaval and change. This also represents a time of significant changes at Motown itself, with the long time hit-making songwriting team of Holland/ Dozier/ Holland splitting to go out on their own. Although a huge blow at the time, their departure led to the prominence of songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, who would take things in all kinds of fresh directions. At the time the writer/ producers had a pretty controversial method of having multiple artists all do versions of the same song. At the time they were accused of milking the public, but this practice ended up making a lot of fantastic music, much of which makes up this collection. On several tracks you get the songs you know, but versions that are great--ones you might not have heard before--like The Temptations doing War, Edwin Starr doing Cloud Nine, and The Undisputed Truth doing Ball Of Confusion, all of which totally cool and radically different from the hit versions. The main focus of this collection is the political soul anthems from the whole crew at Motown. David Ruffin doing Flower Child, Eddie Kendricks doing My People Hold On, Stevie Wonder Do Yourself a Favor, etc. and also somewhat surprising cuts from largely non-political artists like Smokey Robinson doing Just My Soul Responding and Diana Ross & The Supremes with I'm Living In Shame, The Young Folks, and Shadows Of Society, and The Miracles with Ain't Nobody Straight In L.A. It's not all big names here either; you also get outstanding tracks from Syretta, Reuben Howell, and Tommy Chong's original claim to fame--Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers--with their ode to interracial romance: Does Your Mama Know About Me? You get all of this, plus deep notes and lots of cool reproductions of paraphernalia from the time in a fantastic booklet, for the icing on the cake. (JM)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Motown (UK) 982 929-7 A Cellarful Of Motown, Volume 2 ● CD $34.98
Not a new release but not listed before. Two CD set with 42 previously unissued gems from the vaults of Motown - all recorded in the 60s and including familiar and obscure artists - Earl Van Dyke, The Dalton Boys, Kim Weston, Hattie Littles, Debbie Dean, Chris Clark, The Originals, Rita Wright, Tammi Terrell and many more. Includes 12 page booklet with notes on all the performances. Unfortunately, volume 1 in this series is not currently available.
J.J. BARNES: Every Time I See You I Go Wild/ Everybody Needs Somebody (I Need You)/ BLINKY: Rescue Me/ CHRIS CLARK: Sweet Loving/ THE CONTOURS: Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy/ CAROLYN CRAWFORD: Keep Stepping (Never Look Back)/ THE CREATIONS: In The Dark/ THE DALTON BOYS: Take My Hand/ DEBBIE DEAN: Baby Baby I'm In Love Again/ THE ELGINS: My Two Arms (You = Tears)/ THE FOUR TOPS: It's A Lonely World Without Your Love/ TOMMY GOOD: I've Gotta Get Away/ CONNIE HAINES: Midnight Johnny/ EDDIE HOLLAND: Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)/ BRENDA HOLLOWAY: Crying Time/ PATRICE HOLLOWAY: Those DJ Shows/ THE ISLEY BROTHERS: I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love/ MARV JOHNSON: Let's Talk It Over/ TERRY JOHNSON: My Spring Time/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Every Day I'll Love You More Than Yesterday/ THE LEWIS SISTERS: Breakaway/ LITTLE LISA: Choo Choo Train/ HATTIE LITTLES: Love Trouble Heartache And Misery/ SHORTY LONG: Woman Just Won't Do Right/ MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Lone Lonely Town/ Start With Joy In The Morning/ THE MARVELETTES: Boy From Crosstown/ I Hope You Have Better Luck Than I Did/ THE MIRACLES: Hoping The Pause Is Helping The Cause/ THE MONITORS: I Can't Get Along Without You/ Words/ THE ORIGINALS: Nothing In This World Like My Baby/ DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Honey Bee (Keep On Stinging Me) (out on the floor mix)/ THE SPINNERS: What Am I Gonna Do Without You/ THE SUPREMES: You've Got To Pay The Price/ THE TEMPTATIONS: Positively Absolutely Right/ TAMMI TERRELL: My Heart/ EARL VAN DYKE: All Day All Night/ THE VOWS: Show Girl/ KIM WESTON: After The Rain/ STEVIE WONDER: I Gave Up Quality For Quantity/ RITA WRIGHT: Where Is The Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Music Club Deluxe 021 Soul Galore - 60s, 70s & Northern Soul Classics ● CD $18.98
2 CDs, 40 tracks, 152 mins, highly recommended
Can you stand just one more Northern Soul compilation? If so, then check out "Soul Galore" - this 2CD, 40 song collection highlights some juicy nuggets from both Detroit (Motown artists like a Diana Ross-less Supremes, Edwin Starr, and Gladys Knight & the Pips performing album cuts and obscure singles) and Chicago (Aretha's sister Erma Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis, and Jerry Butler's brother Billy), while leaving room for the odd track from elsewhere (Memphis is represented by Willie Mitchell and Al Green; likewise, Miami by Betty Wright and Gwen McCrae). Although there are some rather strange (Johnny Jones' note-for-note cover of Hendrix's Purple Haze, for one) and familiar (Young Holt Unlimited's masterful instrumental Soulful Strut) things here, there's more than enough cool rarities to keep R&B fans coming back for more. Most tracks date from the late 60's/early 70's, prime time for this kind of music and the guys in charge did an excellent job of compiling this CD. And don't let the rash of well-known artists put you off; no one ever said that Northern Soul consists solely of obscure performers. On the contrary, the presence of big and medium names performing lesser-known songs is tantalizing rather than off-putting. Especially when one is introduced to Erma Franklin belting out Whispers (Getting Louder) and Betty LaVette's brassy rendition of What Condition My Condition is In (hit covered by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), or re-introduced to a great lost tracks like the Four Tops' Something About You and Wilson's white-hot Soul Galore. The packaging is good, and the sound quality is ok; in fact, the only thing that prevents me from giving this an "essential" rating is that some of the mixes/mastering are a bit weird (the horns on Soulful Strut are mixed too low, for example). If you're a purist, then quibbles like this might make all the difference; if not, then have a ball, toots! (GMC)
BARBARA ACKLIN: Am I the Same Girl/ THE ARTISTICS: Nothing But Heartaches (Keep Haunting Me)/ BILL BUSH: I'm Waiting/ BILLY BUTLER: Burning Touch of Love/ GENE CHANDLER: Mr Big Shot/ THE COOPERETTES: Shing-A-Ling/ THE CROW: Your Autumn of Tomorrow/ TYRONE DAVIS: One Way Ticket/ Turn Back the Hands of Time/ GLORIA EDWARDS: My Love Keeps Getting Stronger/ THE FOUR TOPS: Something About You/ ERMA FRANKLIN: Gotta Find Me a Lover/ Whispers (Getting Louder)/ THE GLORIES: I Worship You, Baby/ AL GREEN: Keep on Pushing Love/ FREDDIE HUGHES: Baby Boy/ WALTER JACKSON: Let Me Come Back/ SYL JOHNSON: Back for a Taste of Your Love/ JOHNNY JONES & THE KING CASUALS: Purple Haze/ GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Stranger/ BETTYE LAVETTE: What Condition My Condition Is In/ OTIS LEAVILL: Love Uprising/ TOBI LEGEND: Time Will Pass You By/ THE LOST GENERATION: Give Me Just a Little More Time/ BARBARA LYNN: This Is the Thanks I Get/ GWEN MCCRAE: Lead Me On/ WILLIE MITCHELL: That Driving Beat/ THE MONTCLAIRS: Just Can't Get Away/ THE PERSUADERS: I'm So Glad I Got You/ MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: Love Guess Who/ DAVID RUFFIN: Rode by the Place (Where We Used to Stay)/ BOBBY SHEEN: Something New to Do/ MARVIN "SMITTY" SMITH: Have More Time/ EDWIN STARR: Running Back & Forth/ STRUTT: Say You Didn't Love Him/ THE SUPREMES: Where Do I Go from Here/ JACKIE WILSON: Because of You/ Soul Galore/ BETTY WRIGHT: If You Love Me Like You Say You Love Me/ YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED: Soulful Strut

VARIOUS ARTISTS Numero 17 Eccentric Soul - The Outskirts Of Deep City ● CD $18.98
20 tracks, 56 mins, highly recommended
The latest edition of Numero's Eccentric Soul series is a related follow-up to "Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label, concentrating on the smaller independents that were satellites or rivals of the original Deep City imprint. The story leads us to into unsung labels Reid, Sun Cut, Lloyd, Concho, Blue Star, and Green Gold, as well as giving us further insight into the Deep City saga. The famous Florida grooves are present as ever on songs from Helene Smith, James Knight & the Butlers, Clarence Reid, and a young Betty Wright. Lush balladry is to had from Lynn Williams, Smith, The Rising Sun, and The Rollers, and all offer excellent counterpoint to the Saturday-nite party feel of the up tempo tracks. Dating from 1963 to 1971, these songs form the backbone of the Miami soul scene that became more famous later on thanks to KC & the Sunshine Band and George McCrae. As we've come to expect from the Numero series, the package is expertly annotated and put together. Bottom line: if you like the other Numero CD's, you'll need this one too. (GMC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul World 107 Guys Of Golden World ● CD $17.98
25 tracks, 64 mins, recommended
The first CD of tasty treats from the Golden World label vaults--featuring the ladies--naturally cried out for a follow-up, this time spotlighting the men. The vocal group sounds of Chicago and Detroit dominate the proceedings musically, but here's a chance to hear cool early tracks by the likes of The Parliaments, Carl Carlton, The Dramatics, and The Manhattans. Noteworthy curiosities come from Larry Knight & the Upsetters (Everything's Gone Wrong), The Sunliners (who later morphed into Rare Earth), Sonny Stitt (Concerto For Jazz Lovers, which is really just a Jazz version of the Toys' A Lovers' Concerto), and Tony Michaels (who sang with The Reflections, of Just Like Romeo and Juliet fame). More early to mid 60's soul (blue-eyed and otherwise) that you shouldn't live without. (GMC)
ELLIOTT BARON: Man To Man/ The Spare Rib/ SAM BOWIE & THE BLUE FEELINGS: (Think Of) The Times We Had Together/ Swoop Swoop/ CARL CARLTON: Nothin' No Sweeter Than Love/ THE DRAMATICS: Bingo!/ Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo/ Somewhere/ WILLIE KENDRICK: Fine As Wine/ AL KENT: Country Boy/ LARRY KNIGHT & THE UPSETTERS: Everything's Gone Wrong/ Hurt Me/ THE MANHATTANS: Just A Little Loving/ TONY MICHAELS: I Love The Live (And I Live The Life I Love)/ Picture Me And You/ GINO PARKS: My Sophisticated Lady/ THE PARLIAMENTS: Heart Trouble/ That Was My Girl/ THE ROYAL JOKERS: From A To Z (Love Game) (Instrumental)/ Love Game (From A To Z)/ RONNIE SAVOY: Loving You/ SONNY STITT: Concerto For Jazz Lovers/ The Double-O-Soul Of Sonny Stitt/ THE SUNLINERS: All Alone/ The Swingin' Kind

VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul World 108 Northern Soul Of Revue ● CD $17.98
27 tracks, 68 mins, recommended
Hot on the heels of "Guys of Golden World", Soul World has plunged into the Northern Soul compilation game and issued this worthy but questionable (some of these tracks don't really qualify as "Northern Soul") collection of 60's R&B tracks. Revue was a black music-focused subsidiary of MCA that started in 1967, and was based on mostly leased-in (or licensed) product from other sources in cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Many of Revue's releases were singles--with very few of its artists recording entire albums, the most coveted of which is an album by Garland Green who is represented here by three tracks. Another Revue album artist was Stu Gardner, a prot‚g‚ of Bill Cosby's, who acted as well as sang and proves his mettle on Never Gonna Hurt Again. The Mirettes--aka former Ikettes Robbie Montgomery, Vanetta Fields and Jessie Smith--also cut singles for Revue and both their near-hits are included: the oft-covered Take Me For a Little While (by everyone from Evie Sands to Vanilla Fudge) and In the Midnight Hour. As usual, Soul World has done a fine job of bringing back rare 60's from the twilight zone of obscurity for everybody to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? (GMC)
ABRAHAM & HIS SONS: Your Mother Understood/ PARTY BROTHERS: Do The Groundhog/ LEE CHARLES: If That Ain't Loving You/ Wrong Number/ THE CHI-LITES: Love Me/ GODOY COLBERT: Baby I Like It/ DARROW FLETCHER: I Like The Way I Feel/ STU GARDNER: Never Gonna Hurt Again/ JUNE GATLIN: Baby Cakes/ JIMMY GRAHAM: Love Can't Be Modernized/ GARLAND GREEN: Ain't That Good Enough/ Girl I Love You/ Rained 40 Days And Nights/ JOYCE HOPSON: I Surrender To You/ This Time/ THE MIRETTES: In The Midnight Hour/ Take Me For A Little While/ JACK MONTGOMERY: Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me/ Baby Baby Take A Chance On Me/ TWO PEOPLE: Love Dust/ THE SAINTS: Come On Let's Dance/ MARVIN L. SIMS: Get Off My Back/ TWO PEOPLE: Stop Leave My Heart Alone/ FRANKIE VANCE: Do You Hear Me Baby/ Somewhere In Your Life/ You Are My Solution/ LEN WOODS: I'm In Love

VARIOUS ARTISTS Soul Jazz 185 New Orleans Funk, Volume 2 ● CD $21.98
25 tracks, 67 mins, highly recommended
The second volume in Soul Jazz's New Orleans Funk series picks up where the first one left off by presenting more tantalizing tidbits from the Crescent City's funk merchants, hawking wares from the late 60's and early 70's. The usual suspects are represented: solo tracks from Art and Cyril Neville, the Meters, Lee Dorsey, and Allen Toussaint all figure prominently on the CD. But there's plenty of little known local talent to be had as well: Ray J's spin on Dr. John's Right Place, Wrong Time, sizzling vocalist Betty Harris (Show it/ 12 Red Roses), and Bonnie and Sheila's infectious You Keep Me Hanging On (not the Supremes song) to name but a few. With nice packaging and liner notes, this is yet another winner from Soul Jazz Records. (GMC)
EDDIE BO: Hey Bo/ If It's Good To You/ Rubber Band/ BONNIE & SHEILA: You Keep Me Hnaging On/ HANK CARBO: Hot Pants/ JOE CHOPPER: Soul Pusher/ G. DAVIS & R. TYLER: Hold On Help Is On It's Way/ LEE DORSEY: Four Corners/ THE GATURS: Yeah You're Right You Know You're Right/ BETTY HARRIS: 12 Red Roses/ Show It/ JIMMY HICKS: Mr Big Stuff/ RAY J: Right Place Wrong Time/ PORGY JONES: Dapp/ EARL KING: Street Parade/ WARREN LEE: Funky Belly/ Mama Said We Can't Get Married/ THE METERS: Chicken Strut/ JOHNNY MOORE: Haven't I Been Good To You/ ART NEVILLE: Bo Diddley/ CYRIL NEVILLE: Gossip/ THE PRIME MATES: Hot Tomales/ BENNY SPELLMAN: Fortune Teller/ ALLEN TOUSSAINT: Tequila/ DANNY WHITE: Twitch/ INELL YOUNG: What Do You See In Her

VARIOUS ARTISTS Spectrum (UK) 067 016-2 Tamla Motown Connoisseurs, Vol. 2 ● CD $11.98
21 tracks, 60 min., highly recommended
Not all Motown rarities collections are created equal. The better ones make listeners wonder why the songs never found a wider audience, contain mythically rare recordings that vinyl hunters have searched for in vain. And, while not perfect, this U.K. compilation is among the best of such releases. It features a healthy selection of sides on the Motown subsidiary V.I.P., including Tell Me by The Vows, a first class up-tempo gem released in 1965 as the B-side of their Buttered Popcorn 45 rpm, now a tough piece of wax to find. The Velvelettes' Let Love Live (A Little Bit Longer), which was unreleased by the V.I.P. label when it was recorded in 1965, and eventually showed up the the group's Very Best Of CD--well worth finding--is included too. Other V.I.P. selections come from Bobby Taylor (Blackmail (an edgy powerhouse of a song), Hearts Of Stone (If I Could Give You The World), who actually have an impossible-to-find LP on the label, and The Lollipops' Look What You've Done Boy. Also of interest are the cuts from former Ric Tic artists (that Berry Gordy bought up and then failed to promote), including Freddie Gorman's Take Me Back, the Fantastic Four's previously unreleased Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy, and even Edwin Starr's Way Over There, and a typically sharp performance at that. If that isn't enough to tempt the Hitsville fans, the legendary but unavailable Tear It On Down as performed by The Originals is included. Most of the other tracks were unissued sides that made their world debut on some 1990s box set of other, or else they come from obscure LPs that never saw reissue. So among the seemingly endless Motown rarity reissues, this one deserves a little special attention. (JC)

VARIOUS ARTISTS Titanic 1003 Eyes For The Ladies ● CD $17.98
29 tracks, 71 mins, recommended
Another in Titanic's series of female R&B compilations, "Eye For The Ladies" delves further into the world of third- and fourth-tier Girl Groups from the early 60's, that was begun on Titanic's "Fillies of Soul" collection. Holdovers from the first comp include Dorothy Berry, and the Sweet Things (with Clydie King, star of her own CD collection, Stateside 509581), but otherwise this is a fresh crop of talented one-shots and hopefuls that didn't quite go the distance: Marie & the Deccors, The Donays, Jan Bradley, Little Cheryl Williams, Jo-An Baker, and Pearline Caesar. This is Girl Group innocence in its purest form, and if you like that style of music then this is the comp for you. (GMC)
JO-AN BAKER: Think About The Possibilities/ You're Someone/ DOROTHY BERRY: You Better Watch Out/ JAN BRADLEY: Back In Circulation/ Tricks Of The Trade/ PEARLINE CAESAR: (be Mine) Tonight/ Go/ THE CHEVELLS: It's Goodbye/ CLYDIE & THE SWEET THINGS: Promises/ THE CRAMPTON SISTERS: I Cried When I Found You Gone/ My Guy Is Boss/ THE DONAYS: Bad Boy/ Devil In His Heart/ THE ELITES: Sir Galahad/ THE FASHIONS: I Just Got A Letter/ Try My Love/ THE FOUR BARS: Waitin' On The Right Guy/ THE GIRLS FROM SYRACUSE: Love Is Happening To Me Now/ THE IRRESISTABLES: As Sweet As You Can Be/ Yearning For Love/ MARIE & THE DECCORS: Queen Of Fools/ THE MCKINLEYS: Somebody Cares For Me/ BEVERLY NOBLE: Better Off Without You/ JENNIE RAE: To Love/ THE ROSETTES: You Broke My Heart/ THE THRILLS: No One/ What Can Go Wrong/ THE UTMOSTS: I Need You/ LITTLE CHERYL WILLIAMS: Pocketful Of Money


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