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Whilst this project was well under way, Judy Clay unfortunately died, so this isnt a quick cash in, but more a fitting tribute to her artistry. The first 115 tracks feature Judy Clay and include her first recordings for the LaVette label, and then goes on on through her Scepter recordings finishing off with two tracks from the UK Kent labels albums which were previously unreleased, then its back to an unreleased LaVette track to finish off her contribution to the CD. Marie Knight contibutes six Musicor sides and then three previously unissued songs. Excellent liner notes again make this a near essential purchase.
Jackson Good To See You Westside WESM 618.
Westside have embarked on a pretty full reissue programme from the Chi-Sound label, and thats where these two albums are from. I must admit I wasnt even aware that Walter Jackson had recorded six albums for the label, but he has, and these are the third from 1978, and the fifth from 1981(Which was actually released on the main Columbia label). Mr smooth Soul on both releases, it doesnt matter what backing you put behind Walter Jackson, the Soul just oozes through. Need I say more.
Honey & The Bees Come Get It (The Complete Josie Recordings 1970 71) Westside WESM 614
to start with I didnt know that Honey & The
Bees recorded Its Gonna Be A Big Thing
under their previous name of the Yum Yums, Did you ?
Moving on, they then recorded some fabulous stuff as
Honey and the Bees on Jimmy Bishops Arctic label,
and then signed with new York label Josie. It was not a
really good move though because the label was on
its last legs, and eventually closed its
doors in 1971. That doesnt detract from the quality
of the tracks on show here. The singles tend to always
turn up in Soul Packs, but the tracks on the CD show that
the girls could really sing, and should have been major
players. Perhaps they would if Josie hadnt gone
under. Who knows? But here are the tracks in perfect