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Various Artists Soul Satisfaction, The Motown Collection Motown 013 215-2
Wallace of These Old Shoes Soul Club has put
this compilation together for Motown Records, and a very
good job she has done as well. Shes not gone for
the obvious tracks that are repeated on loads of CDs but
has put some thought into how she wanted the CD to sound,
and the type of tracks she wanted on there. So well done
girl. Go out and buy this one.
Various Artists Mod Fave
Raves Vol 1 Spectrum 5445452.
I think we sometimes get lost on the
Northern scene, and just concentrate on the rarity and
obscurity of a record. Which meant that these two CDs
were like a breath of fresh air for me. I cant
remember the last time I had a concentrated Motown
session that took me back to being a kid just discovering
this music for the first time. So I can do nothing other
than recommend these two CDs to anyone over 40 for the
memories they will invoke, and recommend them to anyone
under 40 because it will show you what you missed out on
the first time around. Well done to Spectrum for putting
these two compilations out.
Based on her Irresistible
album, this is an excellent CD. The album has long been
in demand for the Tears At The End Of A Love Affair
track, but this CD is made even more attractive by the
addition of several extra tracks, not lest of which is
Lone Lonely Town. An essential buy I would
Another excellent release from the guys at Philly Archives. Not only does this CD include most of Ronnie Walkers actual vinyl releases, but there are also ten previously unreleased cuts. In addition to that there is a wonderful (Well up to the Kent standard) twelve page booklet with the CD. I was vaguely aware of Ronnie Walker before this CD, I know a whole lot more now, and Im pleased about that. An import CD, this is well worth tracking down.
Various Artists - The Northern Soul Years Vol 2 - Heartbroken Memories - Joe Boy JBA 006.
Joe Boy continue with another excellent release. Drawn from the Philadelphia Swan label, and the Detroit Sidra / Drew catalogue, plus several other one offs, the real gems are the unreleased Sidra /Drew items. Timmy Willis, The Precisions, and Barbara Mercer provide these tracks, and they are so good I can't understand why they were never released in the first place. You really need to buy this CD for these tracks alone. I'll also add that the liner notes are very informative and superbly written by a bloke called Dave Rimmer, and I'll leave it there on that note.
Various Artists Northern Soul Connoisseurs Spectrum 556 827-2
Hmm another Northern Soul compilation that would have been more at home in 1978 than 2001. If it wasnt for the fact that the brilliant Jimmy Ruffin track He Who Picks A Rose was the opening track I dont think I would have bothered buying this, and I wonder how many others would. Theres nothing essentially wrong with the tracks on show here (and there are at least three that have never had a CD release before, its just that the majority are played out Oldies, and I find that disappointing.