Various – Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7
Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7
Format: Audio CD
Release Date 26th February 2021
Kents Northern Soul Classiest Rarities series just keeps on and on giving. Now at #7 and there's no let up with this one...
A snippet of the release notes from Ady Croasdell follows below.
This latest episode of the high-quality end of the Northern Soul world is as varied as the scene has become, featuring manic funk, Detroit grooves, doo wop-inspired ballads, neo-Motown and pure soul stompers.
Los Angeles features strongly throughout. As a taster of the pleasures to come over the next couple of years, the opening tracks by ex-Motowners Carolyn Crawford and Kim Weston, along with the Joe Buckner & Major IV number, are from Mickey Stevenson’s late 60s Los Angeles operation; and the Lovers’ acetate-only ‘She’s Supreme’ and John Wesley & the Four Tees’ stomping version of the Williams & Watson LP track ‘Love Is Such A Funny Thing’ were recorded under the aegis of the city’s great arranger Arthur Wright.
Researching the tape vaults during lockdown has proved fruitful. The first version of Claude Huey’s ‘Why Would You Blow It’ by the unknown Isaiah Smith was discovered among the Galaxy tapes, as was the Brothers Of Soul’s ‘I Need Your Love’ – any previously unheard track by this redoubtable outfit is big soul news. I had originally thought that Buck Ram’s group Two Cats & A Mouse would be 50s sounding, like most of his acts, but ‘Love In My Heart’ proved to be a classy cover of the Oracles’ 1967 rarity on....
Side 1 01 Ready Or Not Here Comes Love - Carolyn Crawford 02 It Takes A Lotta Teardrops - Kim Weston 03 The Intruder - Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles 04 She's Supreme - The Lovers 05 Why Would You Blow It - Isaiah Smith 06 It's Not The End - Rocky Gil & The Bishops 07 It's Midnight - Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds 08 You Said - Little Nicky Soul 09 You Don't Care - The Esquires 10 I Need Your Love - Brothers Of Soul 11 I Wish I Knew - Joe Buckner & Major IV 12 I'll Fly To Your Open Arms - The Family Brick 13 I Need A True Love - Ray Gant & The Arabian Knights 14 Don't It Make You Feel Funky - Joe Hicks 15 Love Is Such A Funny Thing - John Wesley & The Four Tees 16 Soul Kind Of Love - The Hesitations 17 Crazy Things - Joe Douglas 18 Love In My Heart - Cats 'n' Mouse 19 Farewell Goodbye My Love (Edit) - The Performers 20 Girl, Come On Home - Major Lance 21 I've Got To Come In - Jean Battle 22 So Glad - The Lyrics 23 The Right To Cry - The Perfections 24 Under The Street Lamp - The Exits