From Jack Ashford and Shelly Haims' first soul outings to their final Detroit Flourish.
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KENT - CDKEND461
1. Bari Track - The Pied Piper Players 2. Ease My Mind - Lorraine Chandler 3. You Can't Bypass Love - The Hesitations 4. American Dollar (Alt) - Willie Kendrick 5. No Baby - The Metros 6. I'd Like To Know - The Pied Piper Players 7. I'm With You - September Jones 8. Crazy Things (Alt) - Joe Douglas 9. I Like Your Style - Freddy Butler 10. You'll Never Know - The Hesitations 11. We Go Together (Rap Intro) - The Cavaliers 12. Sweetest One - The Metros 13. I Can't Change - Yvonne Baker 14. Gambler's Blues - Nancy Wilcox 15. She Don't Want You (Alt) - Lorraine Chandler 16. Watch Yourself (She's Fooling You) (Alt) - Willie Kendrick 17. Deserted - Freddy Butler 18. It's Better - Reggie Alexander 19. Soul Superman - The Hesitations 20. What Can I Do - The Pied Piper Players 21. It Takes Two - Four Sonics 22. Toy Boy - King Louie's Court 23. That Girl Of Mine - The Persians 24. Love Will Find A Way - The Pied Piper Players
This final CD of Pied Piper material features more exciting tape finds. There's even a little-known Pied Piper record from King Louie's Court. Kent feature Jack Ashford's first productions away from Detroit: the Joe Douglas and Yvonne Baker Philly releases from 1965. The alternate version of Douglas Crazy Things is a previously unreleased gem. The most exciting recent find is Lorraine Chandler's Ease My Mind, a Pied Piper song and track undocumented until the recent transfer of Jack's Just Production tapes. Also included is the sumptuous backing track to Rose Batiste's This Heart Is Lonely. Kent have kept some of Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent's background vocals to differentiate it from the basic instrumental issued as Bari Track by Doni Burdick. That 45 became a Northern Soul monster in 70s England and is presented here in its purest form from the original 1965 multi-track. Willie Kendrick gives us alternate takes of American Dollar and Watch Yourself (She's Fooling You), tracks unknown prior to featuring on Kent's Rare Collectible And Soulful CDs in the 90s. The alternate early version of Lorraine Chandler's She Don't Want You sounds terrific too. The Hesitations and Freddie Butler tracks are taken from their Kapp LPs and demonstrate that Pied Piper was more than just a dance label, while Reggie Alexander's pricey rarity It's Better was very popular in the UK throughout the 80s and 90s. The Metros' No Baby is the only one of their RCA recordings to never have been on CD before and their superb ballad Sweetest One was their only R&B hit. The musicians get their turn with instrumentals of What Can I Do, I'd Like To Know and Love Will Find A Way . Nancy Wilcox's Gambler's Blues comes from a recently unearthed master tape for the first time and the rap-intro version of the Cavaliers' We Go Together debuts on CD. Compilation and notes by Ady Croasdell