Northern Soul’s Classiest Rarities Volume 6 – Various Artists


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It’s nearly three years since Kent released the last volume in this respected series; here’s another package full of ultra-rarities, collector’s pieces, unissued gems and classic dancers. The eye-opener will be the previously unissued version of I Only Cry Once A Day Now, a superb Gene Page arrangement known and treasured as being by the Puffs but performed here by the mighty Fidels. Fellow Los Angeles vocal group the Hyperions contribute the intensely catchy and exciting Why Do You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do, while the very rare single Dream Girl by the Lon Genes gives further kudos to that city’s soul reputation. Difosco aka Dee Ervin recorded the ebullient Sunshine Love for another Los Angeles imprint, Earthquake, and its standing among collectors continues to grow. Here we finally put out the correct brass-filled version of Peggy Woods great Modern Records tape not properly heard since its mid-80s discovery. That much-travelled ambassador of soul, Sidney Barnes, has licensed to Kent not only his early super-rare NYC song and production on Little Nicky Soul, I Wanted To Tell You, but also two of his later under the radar creations on Andre Scott and Jean Carter. Sid’s Detroit production partner and later superstar George Clinton has one of his earliest works from his New Jersey days, Tamala Lewis You Won’t Say Nothing, an established Northern Soul classic in Jackie Day’s Naughty Boy, Johnnie Taylor’s Friday Night and Betty Turner’s The Winds Kept Laughing. An even more established oldie is given an interesting new twist with an earlier session of Maxine Brown’s One In A Million, a precursor to the released version that is so loved; the subtle differences make it an aural thrill. Jack Ashford’s Just Productions tapes have turned up an earlier version of his Fly To My Loving Arms, simply called I Can Fly. The great male vocal group sound of the Magnificents are first rate on this fabulous song. A Detroit Emeralds LP-only track called Long Live The King has found favour with soul fans recently and sounds vibrant here. The distinctive vocals of O.C. Tolbert give Dave Hamilton’s Marriage Is Only A State Of Mind a soulful twist on a recent tape discovery, and a pretty Carla Thomas recording (unreleased until 1992) called Little Boy is the perfect ender to this collection of treasures. There are two majestic big beat ballads from Jack Nitzsche’s Los Angeles vaults. The Nooney Ricket track is unissued and the terrific Daniel A Stone take on Young Boy Blues has only been heard on an Ace CD before. Jock Mitchell’s moody and mysterious Nomad Woman fits snugly between the pair. Finally, Kent have two excellent early Chicago soul rarities from the Vows and the Kittens who were stalwarts of that soulful city.


Track Listing

No. Track Preview
01. Love Is Gonna Get You (With Brass) - Peggy Woods Listen
02. You Won't Say Nothing - Tamala Lewis Listen
03. I Ony Cry Once A Day Now - The Fidels Listen
04. Friday Night - Johnnie Taylor Listen
05. I Got To Tell Somebody - Betty Everett
06. I Can Fly - The Magnificents
07. Why You Want To Treat Me Like You Do - The Hyperions Listen
08. Sunshine Love - Difosco Listen
09. I Wanted To Tell You - Little Nicky Soul
10. Young Boy Blues - Albert Stone
11. Nomad Woman - Jock Mitchell with the Fabulous Agents
12. Sad Tomorrows - Nooney Rickett
13. Wait A Minute (You're Getting Careless With My Heart) - Kittens Listen
14. One In A Million (Alt Take) - Maxine Brown Listen
15. Naughty Boy - Jackie Day Listen
16. The Winds Kept Laughing - Betty Turner Listen
17. Lost In A City - Vows
18. Poor Unfortunate Me (I Ain't Got Nobody) - JJ Barnes Listen
19. Cry In The Arms Of Another Love - Andre Scott with Jessie, Otis & Shotgun
20. Long Live The King - The Detroit Emeralds Listen
21. Love Hangover - Jean Carter Listen
22. (Marriage Is Only) A State Of Mind - OC Tolbert
23. Dream Girl - The Lon Genes
24. Little Boy - Carla Thomas Listen

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input date 15th November 2017

Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 6




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