Masterpieces of Modern Soul, Vol. 4

Masterpieces of Modern Soul, Vol. 4


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Ace's fourth volume of selections from the Kent label is, by definition, heavy on rarities. "Modern Soul" refers not to a label but rather an offshoot of Northern Soul, one that focuses on smooth soul and flirts with both the birth and aftermath of disco. Hence, the music on this 23-track collection is not well-known, not by a long shot. There are a few names familiar to soul collectors -- Toussaint McCall and the Pretenders might ring bells for some listeners -- but this is all rare, with eight of the cuts seeing their first-ever release on this 2015 set. Sumptuous sounds and deep, mellow grooves are the attraction here, but that doesn't mean there aren't songs that stick, or powerful performers, either. The writing and performing are the work of solid journeymen (and women), the kind who could show up and meet the requirements of the job. Ultimately, this means there are no knockouts here, but there are plenty of satisfying slices of smooth, deep soul that exist on the edges of Philly Soul and Quiet Storm -- good mood music for lazy, romantic evenings.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243728
catalogNumber: 2938718
Rank: 43256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teo Macero   Conductor

Technical Credits

Dave Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Viola Wills   Composer
Toussaint McCall   Composer
Joe Evans   Composer
King Floyd   Composer
Ray Dahrouge   Composer,Producer
Dan Penn   Composer
Bill Adkins   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Bill Cunningham   Composer
James Gadson   Producer
Rick Hall   Composer,Producer
Len Ron Hanks   Composer
Pat Jaques   Engineer
Teo Macero   Arranger
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Joe Renzetti   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Winford Terry   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Nathan Williams   Cover Photo
Tony Rounce   Illustrations
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Dean Rudland   Illustrations
John Greek   Arranger
Zane Grey   Composer
Lew Bedell   Producer
Raeford Gerald   Producer
Morris Williams   Composer
Lester Carr   Composer
Herman Davis   Arranger,Composer
Ronald Hills   Composer
Patrick Robinson   Composer
Phillipe Rault   Producer
Ray Jackson   Arranger,Composer
Gregory Perry   Composer,Producer
Marshall Jones   Composer
Obrey Wilson   Composer
Gail Anderson   Composer
Roger Sayre   Composer
Bobby Swayne   Composer
Wilbert James   Composer
John Stephens   Arranger,Producer
Jessie Antione   Arranger,Producer
Seam Hampsey   Illustrations
Mal Collins   Illustrations
Bernie Dunlap   Arranger
P. E. Smith   Composer
McCoy Loveless   Producer

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