New York label Spring, and its Event and Posse subsidiaries, were very active from 1967 up to the late 80s. They specialised in the city’s black music and tried most variations, including soul, gospel, disco, show tunes, funk, harmony and later electro and rap.
We have chosen the most soulful tracks that have so far not appeared on Kent CDs and have found six completed recordings that were previously unreleased. Two of these are ballads, one of which is Maxine Weldon’s stunning version of Ray Godfrey’s song ‘I’m The Other Half Of You’ and there is a new unknown, sweet soul song from one-time Tavares member Victor Tavares. Ray Godfrey features heavily with two unissued dance tracks – the Joe Simon-covered ‘I Love You More Than Anything’ and the previously unheard song ‘Hold On’. The Determinations’ opener ‘Save The Best For Me’ is another of his great songs, previously only on a rare LP. Other 70s dancers come from Ronnie Walker, Act I and the Joneses. More ballads are provided by Joe Simon, Leroy Randolph and, surprisingly, the Fatback Band. 60s uptempo soul comes from Prince Harold, Little Eva Harris and Richard Barbary.
The offerings of the Internationals, US and Vernon Brown are harder to categorise; quirky and worthy but in their own individual styles. The great songwriter Phillip Mitchell went funky on his “Jody” song ‘If We Get Caught (I Don’t Know You)’ as did Phil Flowers with his heavy guitar-infused ‘Kill The Monster’. Philly girls the Equations sing the poppy and catchy ‘Boiling Like Water’, Jackie Verdell gives us gospel in a modern soul setting and C-Brand take us into the 80s with their two-stepper ‘Plenty Of Love’. This is a catholic selection for lovers of soul through its most interesting eras.
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|01.||SAVE THE BEST FOR ME - The Determinations (Previously Unissued Edited Version)||Listen|
|02.||DO YOU FEEL IT - Act I||Listen|
|03.||I LOVE YOU MORE THAN ANYTHING - Ray Godfrey (Previously Unissued 1970 Spring Recording)||Listen|
|04.||SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE - Garland Green (Previously Unissued Edited Version)||Listen|
|05.||MAGIC’S IN THE AIR - Ronnie Walker||Listen|
|06.||IF YOU COULD TURN INTO ME - The Fatback Band||Listen|
|07.||YOUR TIME TO CRY - Joe Simon||Listen|
|08.||I’M THE OTHER HALF OF YOU - Maxine Weldon (Previously Unissued 1973 Spring Recording)||Listen|
|09.||FOREVER - Clare Bathé||Listen|
|10.||THE STORM IS PASSING OVER - Jackie Verdell||Listen|
|11.||PLENTY OF LOVE - C-Brand||Listen|
|12.||BEAUTY (IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER) – The Joneses||Listen|
|13.||HOLD ON - RAY GODFREY (Previously unissued 1979 Spring recording)||Listen|
|14.||KILL THE MONSTER - FLOWER SHOPPE|
|15.||IF WE GET CAUGHT, I DON’T KNOW YOU – Phillip Mitchell||Listen|
|16.||IF YOU SAY YOU LOVE ME - Us (Previously unissued 1975 Spring recording)||Listen|
|17.||FALLING IN LOVE - Victor Tavares (Previously unissued 1975 Spring recording)||Listen|
|18.||(I HAVE FALLEN INTO) THE TENDER TRAP – Leroy Randolph|
|19.||BOILING LIKE WATER - The Equations||Listen|
|20.||SUGAR PLUM (GIVE ME SOME) - Little Eva Harris (Originally unissued 1968 Spring recording)||Listen|
|21.||GET RIGHT - Richard Barbary||Listen|
|22.||DADDY’S COMING HOME - Prince Harold||Listen|
|23.||OF YOUR LIFE - Vernon Brown||Listen|
|24.||I RIDE ALONE - The Internationals||Listen|