If you want to know about the quality of a label’s output, look at the backroom staff as well as the artists. This CD features work from the following
Arrangers and producers –
NYC – Garry Sherman, Richard Tee, Van McCoy, Robert Banks, George Kerr, Jerry Ragovoy, Don Costa, Sammy Lowe & Jesse Herring.
L A – Gene Page, James Carmichael, Jerry Long, Len Jewell Smith, Marc Gordon, Hooven & Winn and Billy Revis.
Willie Hutchison, Lorraine Ellison & Sam Bell, Mort Shuman & Jerry Ragovoy, Randy Newman, Van McCoy and Sammy Turner.
The compilation is a mix of the loved and cherished sides as played on the Northern Soul scene from the early 70s onwards, to brand new master tape finds that will give this ageing cultural movement a timely shot in the arm for the ‘20s and beyond.
The Marvellos open with ‘It’s Your Love That I Need’ a 1966 Willie Hutch song that has only just been unearthed and is setting dancefloors alight with its mid-60s soul perfection. Their classic ‘Something’s Burning’ is here along with a recent gem ‘I Need You’ that is digitally presented for the first time too.
The equally accomplished and respected Invincibles have a solid three dance tracks – none of which were issued at the time. ‘Heartstrings’ is the catchy dancer destined to go big, while ‘Please Be True’ is for connoisseurs of the Impressions’ vocalising style. ‘Got A Thing Goin’’ however is a manic stomper for super-fit dancers and acrobats only – reminiscent of Little Joe Cook’s ‘I’m Falling In Love With You Baby’.
Philly’s Ben Aiken made his Northern name with the irrepressible ‘Satisfied’ when we were teenagers. Two unreleased nuggets ‘That’s All I Gotta Do’ and ‘If You Should See Her’ will keep him known and revered through our later years.
Carl Hall’s evergreen ‘Mean It Baby’ is augmented by his ‘Like I Told You’ – a real grower.
The girls join in with the legendary Linda Jones’ ‘My Heart Needs A Break’ opus, Delilah Kennebreuw’s Spectoresque collector’s favourite ‘Bright Lights’ and the girly stomper that is ‘See The Silvery Moon’ by the Apollas – poptastic.
Early-scene mod sounds are provided by the mysterious Clyde & The Blue Jays who tell us how to do ‘The Big Jerk’, the Olympics revert to the R&B of their earlier career with ‘I Finally Got A Break’ before their Mirwood soul makeover. Billy Storm tears it up with ‘Baby Don’t Look Down’ an early song from the man who would give us the soundtrack to Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman. The Enchanters ‘Just A Little Longer’ is a mid-60s Drifters’ soundalike, fresh from the tape reel.
The Soul Shakers ‘I’m Getting Weaker’, Kell Osborne ‘You Can’t Outsmart A Woman’ and Larry Lester ‘Go For Yourself’ are accepted as the building blocks of the Northern Soul scene and still sound wonderful. Sleepers include Bobby Freeman’s magnificent ‘Lies’, Tony Amarro & The Chariots ‘Runnin’ Around’ and the dynamic production of Charles Thomas ‘The Man With The Golden Touch’.
With such high-quality sides to choose from, we have treated ourselves to two “enders” – Bobby Reed’s beautiful ‘I’ll Find A Way’ one of Van McCoys’ very best and Tommy Starr’s melancholic ‘Better Think Of What You’re Losing’.
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|01.||It's Your Love That I Need - The Marvellos||Listen|
|02.||Go For Yourself - Larry Laster||Listen|
|03.||Heartstrings - The Invincibles||Listen|
|04.||You Can't Outsmart A Woman - Kell Osborne|
|05.||Lies - Bobby Freeman||Listen|
|06.||That's All You Gotta Do - Ben Aiken||Listen|
|07.||I Need You - The Marvellos|
|08.||Mean It Baby - Carl Hall||Listen|
|09.||I'm Getting Weaker - The Soul Shakers|
|10.||Just A Little Longer - The Enchanters||Listen|
|11.||Please Be True - The Invincibles|
|12.||If You Should See Her - Ben Aiken||Listen|
|13.||My Heart Needs A Break - Linda Jones|
|14.||See The Silver Moon - The Apollas||Listen|
|15.||Bright Lights - Delilah Kennebruew|
|16.||Something's Burnin' - The Marvellos|
|17.||Satisfied - Ben Aiken||Listen|
|18.||Runnin Around - Tony Amaro & The Chariots|
|19.||Got A Thing Goin' - The Invincibles||Listen|
|20.||The Man With The Golden Touch - Charles Thomas|
|21.||Baby Don't Look Down - Billy Storm|
|22.||I Finally Got A Break - The Olympics|
|23.||The Big Jerk, Part 1 - Clyde & The Blue Jays|
|24.||I'll Find A Way - Bobby Reed||Listen|
|25.||Better Think Of What You're Losing - Tommy Starr|