Monday, March 31, 2014

Lil Ray Jimenez

Simply a must have for any fan of the East L.A. sound. Highlights include "Leave Her Alone", "There Is Something On Your Mind" and "My Rainbow". Sound quality varies.
5 out of 10.

The Underground Oldies Bible

I was surprised when I picked up this set and went to play it. It is one big mess! I had heard complaints about people not being able to open some of the MP3 files but I did not have any issues.You get a big box with one disc containing all repeats, sound quality is poor, sound leveling was not used. Even though the label and CD were professionally printed, to me the contents appear to have been slapped together by an amateur in a hurry. Below is the track list. No way I can recommend this to anyone even if it had a thousand tracks, save your money.
1 out of 10.

Title Artist
Those Three Words Aaron Neville
Somewhere Not Here Alpha
I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down Ann Peebles
This Is The Thanks I Get Barbara Lynn
Troubled Child Barbara Mason
Midnight And You Barry White
I'm Still Waiting Bob Marley
Searching For My Love Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
I Want love Brenton Wood
Where Will I Go Brief Encounter
I'm A Loser Brighter Side Of Darkness
I Stand Alone Calif. Malibus
Man From The Sky Carlos Wright
Give Me Your Love Curtis Mayfield
Oh Honey Delegation
What Can I Do Derrick Harriot
Your Heart Belongs To Me Diana Ross & The Supremes
Peek-A-Boo Disciples Of Soul
The Answer Came Too Late Don Julian & The Larks
Tell Me So Donnie Elbert
This Can't Be True Eddie Holman
Let Try Making Love Elements Of Love
I'd Rather go Blind Etta James
Wait Till I Find Her Fabulous Flirtations
Peaceful Journey Fat Larry's Band
Image Of A Star Francisco Aguabella
Bring It Home To Daddy Fred & The Restless Hearts
Stop Doubting My Love Freedom Machine
Look The Other Way Ghost & The Sick Souls
90% Of Me Is You Gwen McCrae
You Know How To make Me Feel So Good Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
I Do Love My Lady Haze
Wonderful To Be Loved Ice Cold Love
Sheer Magic Ice Cold Love
Oh Love Iron Knowledge
She Calls Me Baby J. Kelly & The Premiers
Doggin' Around Jackie Wilson
So Long James Brown
Here I Go Again Jean Plumm
When I Say Goodbye Jerry & Wila
No Particular one Jesse Boone & The Astros
I Can't Speak Jimmy Bo Horne
The Prayer Joe Bataan
That's All Over Baby Jones Brothers
I Gotta Change My Ways Julius Thomas
Take Care June Conquest
Cleo's Mood Junior Walker & The All Stars
Little Girl Lee Washington
Lost Love Lee Williams & The Cymbals
If I Love You Little Anthony & The Imperials
My Little Girl Little Tony & The Hawks
Since I've Fallen In Love Lou D. Washington & The Professionals
Very Special Love Marvin Gaye
All Night Love Mary Jane Girls
Ever Lovin' Boy Mary Wells
Lovely Little Lassie Master of Soul
Oh No, Not My Baby Maxine Brown
The Town I Live In McKinley Mitchell
I'M A Lonely Soldier Mike Williams
All Your Goodies Are Gone Parliament
18 With A Bullet Pete Wingfield
You Need A Love Players & Premiers
Bound Ponderosa Twins + 1
Come Baby Ralfi Pagan
Hey Boy Ruby Andrews
For Your Love Sam & Bill
Holly Smokey Robinson
This Must Be Love Solid Solution
Time After Time Step By Step
Should I Take You Home Sunny & The Sunliners
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love Syl Johnson
Strangers In Dark Corners Tavares
Come Go With Me Teddy Pendergrass
My Hero The Avons
Night Cruizin' The Bar-Kays
Desperate For Your Affection The Ceasars
No Friends At All The Chapells
As Long As I've Got You The Charmels
He Don't Really Love You The Delfonics
It's My Time The Drew Vels
These Are The Things The Emulations
That's The Way Love Goes The Ethics
Mountain Of Love The Five Du-Tones
Danger! She's A Stranger The Five Stairsteps
Still Water The Four Tops
Your Search Is Over The Group From Queens
Big Boy The Jackson 5
To Love Someone The Kaldirons
Pretending Dear The Lovells
Gone! The Promises Of Yesterday The Mad Lads
Pretty One The Masters
I've Got To Keep Loving You The Moments
Hung Up On Your Love The Montclairs
That's The Kind Of Love The Mystics
Sipping A Cup Of Coffee The Ordells
That's All Over The Pentagons
Girl You Better Hurry The Perfections
Crying Won't Stop The Hurt The Si-Berians
I'll Be Alright The Strangers
All Good Things Must End The Topics
Most Of The Pretty Young Girls The Upfronts
Somebody Please The Vanguards
In Love In Vain The Voice Masters
I Can't Hurt You Back The Young Mods
Love, Love, Love Third Flight
Oh How I Wish She Were Mine Timothy Wilson
I've Got To Love Somebody Tommy Tate
Morning Sunrise Weldon Irvine
Blood Is Thicker Than Water William De Vaughn
Be Thankful For What You Got William De Vaughn
L.A. Night Yasuko Agawa
4 Rap Tracks
1 Reggae track
1 Salsa track

Look Back & Smile

A few rare tracks by the Train Robbers, The Fuller Bros., Lee Williams & The Cymbals and The Soul Sensations. The rest are well know standard slow jams. Very good sound quality.
7 out of 10

Boulevard Nights

Another compilation here with the "Boulevard Nights" title. All repeats but we worn that "Who Has The Last Laugh Now" by Bloodstone is the the re-sung not original version.
5 out of 10

Slow Jamz From Back In Da Day

I had previously posted another compilation with the same name and from the same label. This one has a few different tracks such as "I Destroyed Your Love" by Terry Huff & Special Delivery, "Love Jones" by Brighter Side Of Darkness and "Wish I Could Talk To You" by The Sylvers. This one will make a nice addition to your collection.
8 out of 10

Mind & Matter

Numero Groups keeps amazing me with their work uncovering rare soul harmony jams. "Now That I Don't Have You" is a killer sweet soul jam. Other tracks of interest are "Virgin Lady" and "I Don't Know Why (I Love You Like I Do)". Top notch sound quality and liner notes as always from the Numero Group. A recommended addition to your collection.
7 out of 10

Herb Johnson

Nice work here by the folks at Philly Archives bringing to light this obscure artist. Includes a good batch of liner notes but sound quality does vary. Highlights include "Tell Me So", "Where Are You" and "Guilty".
5 out of 10

Doctor Good Soul

Only a few nice slow jams here. "Give It Up" by Top Shelf, "Stay Together Young Lovers" by Ben Aiken and "He Don't Really Love You" by The Delfonics. The rest were too bluesy or upbeat for my taste.
4 out of 10

Northern Soul Of Revue

I hit and miss on some compilations and this was one of the misses. I was hoping to get a good recording of Lens Woods' "I'm In Love" but that was the track with the poorest sound quality here. Skip this one if you are looking for sweet soul.
1 out of 10

Old Skoolin'

I picked this one some years back hoping the sound quality on "Somebody Please" would have been better that was was out. No such luck. Besides that track and "Me And You" by Brenton Wood nothing else gained much of my attention. You will not miss much passing up on this one and the two good tracks are available in many other compilations.
1 out of 10.

The Music Merchant Story

I hit the skip button more times that I would have hoped for on this compilation. Highlights include "I Don't See You In My Eyes Anymore" by Brotherly Love and the couple of Smith Brother's tracks. Good sound quality and plenty of liner notes.
4 out of 10.

Cruizin' To Motown

Standard, over played tracks make up this two volume compilation. good for the new collectors of those casual oldie fans.
4 out of 10

Slow Grind

A batch of slow jams from the 70's and 80's. Highlights include "Friends By Day (Lovers By Night)" and "I'll Erase Away Your Pain" by The Whatnauts plus standard tracks by The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Moments, Linda Jones and The Chi-Lites. If you like kiddie soul there is Spoon Bread with their take on "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and The 21st Century with "Child".
6 out of 10

Deep Soul

A mix of sweet soul and deep soul with many common favorites. Highlights include "Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers, "Body And Soul" by The Soul Generation, "Look Over Your Shoulder" by The Escorts, "Check It Out" by Tavares and a few others we all know well. If you are on a budget this collection can be found for bargain prices online. Sound quality is good and includes liner notes to give us a bit of history behind the tunes.
6 out of 10

Solid Soul

Lots of volumes with songs that I skipped through after only a few seconds of play time. Volume 4 by far contains the best selection of slow jams. Highlights include "She Broke His Heart", by The Just Brothers, "Candy" by The Jive Five, "Stay Together Young Lovers" by Ben Aiken, "It Won't Hurt" by The Gentlemen Four, "Can't Get Over Losing You" by Donnie Elbert, "It Hurts So Good" by Katie Love & The Four Shades Of Black, "Ooh I Love You" by The Cashmeres, "If It's For Real" by Porgy & The Monarchs and "Ooh Baby Baby" by The Magnificent Seven. Excellent sound quality just wished there were more sweet soul jams in this set. 
4 out of 10