The Soul of Spring, Vol. 2

The Soul of Spring, Vol. 2


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The Spring label didn't have a whole lot of commercial success, though it had some hits in the 1970s with Millie Jackson and Joe Simon. Like many other soul indies that had a taste of fortune, however, it certainly made a lot of records. This disc features 24 sides Spring oversaw from 1967-1983 (most of them from the early and mid-'70s, and some on the affiliated Event and Posse labels), though Jackson, Simon, Garland Green, and Little Eva Harris (the same Little Eva of "The Locomotion" fame) are the only names likely to be recognized by general soul fans. There's not much stylistic unity to this compilation, which bounces from pop-soul to slick sweet soul to gospel. Yet, while there aren't any stunners on board, it's a pretty listenable collection of well-produced soul from those periods, even if it sometimes gives you the feeling you're riding around in a car circa 1973-1975 with a soul station on the dial that's suddenly playing only 45s that never made it onto the official playlist. You'll hear strong echoes of the likes of the Stylistics, the O'Jays, early-'70s Temptations, and the Three Degrees, with the silky production of '70s Philly soul being perhaps the strongest (though by no means only) influence. If these particular tracks don't sound as good as the hit records by those artists, nor do they sound as generic or mediocre as many of the cuts that typically fill up soul rarities compilations, and the productions and arrangements are often first-class. The earliest track here, Richard Barbary's 1967 single "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," is a grim and gritty soul adaptation of the traditional song that isn't typical of most of this CD, but is a standout for its very oddness. Also dig the evanescent organ on Leroy Randolph's early-'70s soul-funk dance tune "Good to the Last Drop"; the earthy Joe Simon-produced gospel of the Internationals' "Dry Bones in the Valley"; Little Eva Harris' tough and moody "Mr. Everything"; and Phillip Mitchell's "I'll See You in Hell First," which bears an obvious influence from blaxploitation soundtracks by Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667226820
catalogNumber: 268
Rank: 43195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Montana   Conductor

Technical Credits

Millie Jackson   Producer
Patrick Adams   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Babbitt   Composer
James Bishop   Composer
Vernon Brown   Composer
Glenn Dorsey   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Vince Montana   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Horace Ott   Arranger
Sylvia Robinson   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Harold Thomas   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jackie Verdell   Composer
Phillip Mitchell   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Scott Schreer   String Arrangements
Lew Del Gatto   Orchestration
Perry Boyd   Composer
Raeford Gerald   Composer,Producer
Leroy Randolph   Composer,Producer
Billy Clements   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Billy Kennedy   Composer
Roscoe Jr. Murphy   Producer
Roger Terry   Composer

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