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There are no less than 28 soul rarities from the Modern and Kent labels on this compilation, all dating from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, mostly from the last half of the 1960s. Such an anthology is by definition something that's going to appeal to virtually no one but lovers of the genre. But within that guideline, it's satisfactory enough, though short on moments of stunning beauty, as such discs usually are. Z.Z. Hill, Johnny Copeland, Ike & Tina Turner, Lowell Fulson, the Marvellos, and the Ikettes are the well-known or reasonably known names, though none are represented by any of their most famous cuts. Otherwise the names will flash by like the small print in a price guide or auction list. For the most part it's middleweight soul, getting the job done without leaving an indelible mark for a lifetime or even a few days. It's mostly in the more or less mainstream soul mold, though some of these artists (like most of the ones mentioned above) have kept a foot in the blues scene as well. Some above-average efforts, in the context of this compilation at any rate, are Bobby White's "Just Another Week Behind," with echoes of the Impressions (with weaker vocals); Johnny Copeland's "Soul Power," a fine blues-soul shouter from a performer far more talented than most of the surrounding artists; Ike & Tina Turner's "I Need a Man," if only because Tina Turner's vocals create so much more heat than the average track here; the Other Brothers' "I Got Love," which has a Major Lance-like arrangement; and Johnny Williams' "You've Got It," a good mix of bluesy swing with Motown-ish female backup singers.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667219624
catalogNumber: 196
Rank: 62146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lowell Fulson   Track Performer
Z.Z. Hill   Track Performer
Saints   Track Performer
Ike & Tina Turner   Track Performer
Gene Taylor   Track Performer
Clay Hammond   Track Performer
Vernon Garrett   Track Performer
Universals   Track Performer
Johnny Adams   Track Performer
Billy Harner   Track Performer
Ike Turner   Track Performer
Foxfire   Track Performer
Mary Love   Track Performer
Ikettes   Track Performer
Tami Young   Track Performer
Jackie Day   Track Performer
Danny Monday   Track Performer
Sweethearts   Track Performer
Johnny Williams   Track Performer
Sims Twins   Track Performer
Cliff Chambers   Track Performer
Marvellos   Track Performer
Styles P   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lincoln Mayorga   Arranger
Arthur Freeman   Arranger
Mike Akopoff   Producer
Richard Cason   Arranger
Billy Ray Charles   Arranger
Ed Cobb   Producer
Rene Hall   Arranger,Producer
Leon Kittrell   Arranger
Horace Ott   Arranger
John Sharkey   Arranger
Arthur Wright   Producer
Freddy DeMann   Producer
Miles Grayson   Arranger
Lars Vegas   Arranger
Harboro Horace   Liner Notes
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Billy McCloud   Producer
Garrie Thompson   Producer
Marc Gordon   Producer

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