Wednesday, April 30, 2014

*New* South Side Story

Many repeats but as with other Numero Group releases the sound quality is a step above most other compilations out there. The Numero Group does not cease to impress with their releases. This is a very limited release so hurry up and get yours before they disappear. Killer tracks by The Mystics, The Notations, Renaldo Domino, The Si-Berians and others. Hands down a must have for any serious soul music fan.
10 out of 10

*New* Psycho Soul Vol. 2

As with volume 1 all tracks here are repeats. Some do sound better but many do not. The amount of tracks you get for the price cannot be beat. For some of us with an extensive collection this is expensive cover and box. For me the highlights include tracks that have not been used too much on other comps such as "In Love With You" by John Gary Williams, "The Search Is Over" by Race, Class And Power, "When I Say Goodbye" by Jerry & Willa and "It Must be Love" by Full Speed. I am kicking the rating down one due to the less than impressive selection of tracks, way too many repeats.
4 out of 10

Basement Tracks

When I spotted "Let Me Keep On Walking" by Prophecy I just had to have this CD. Other notable tracks include "For You Girl" by Universal Mind, "I Can't Take No More Chances" by The Chosen Few and "With You" by The Moments.
6 out of 10

Ridin' Low Slow Jammin'

Not as good as their "Slammin' Oldies" release as this expands from the 70's to early 90's. Late 70's is about the most I care to listen to. When you start getting into the 80's and so on I keep my finger close to the skip button. If you're a slow jam fan and don't mind the sounds of Shalamar or Teddy Pendergrass then you are safe picking this one up.
3 out of 10

Satisfaction Unlimited

For me the must have track on this CD is "Let's Change The Subject". This was the driving force behind this pick up. "Think Of The Children" is decent but the rest of the material did not catch much of my attention.
3 out of 10

Terry Huff & Special Delivery

Rare sweet soul jams here include "I Destroyed Your Love", "Come Back With Love" and "That's When Love Hurts". A must have for the soul fanatic.
6 out of 10

The Ambassadors

A couple of outstanding tracks here by The Ambassadors. "I Really Love You" and their medley of "Yes I'm ready / I'll Try Something New" make this a must have CD.
5 out of 10

The Incredibles

The title track, "Heart And Soul" and "I'll Make It Easy" are by far the standouts on this release.
4 out of 10

Roses Are Red

Another budget release, re-shuffle job. All common tracks, good sound quality.
4 out of 10

Rare Soul

Only a few notable tracks on this release. "It's Paradise" by Lenny Vestel, "Can't He Take A Hint" by Kenni Woods and "Mr. Soft-Touch" by The Marvels. Sound quality varies.
4 out of 10

A Carnival Of Soul

The folks at Kent / Ace Records did an incredible job bringing to light some obscure tracks that were available on underground releases with non remastered vinyl recordings. Solid tracks by Lee Williams And The Cymbals, The Pretenders, The Three Reasons, The Symphonies and The Manhattans.
7 out of 10

Harmony In Soul

The sound quality here is good. Lots of nice tracks but nothing rare and new to the seasoned collector. For me the material covers too many decades. highlights include the common acts such as The Fuzz, The Mad Lads, The Temprees, The Lost Generation and many others available in other compilations.
6 out of 10

Story Book Of Love

A budget priced CD with all repeats. Will make for good listening to the casual soul fan. Good sound quality.
4 out of 10

Songs From La Mission

All the nice OLDIES tracks here are repeats. The Stylistics, The Masqueraders, Rose Royce, Billy Stewart, The Isley Brothers and Ralfi Pagan. Unless you are on a tight budget it will be best to pick up these tracks on the many other compilations out there that include the good tracks.
3 out of 10

It Takes Two

Another slow jam collection that expands too many decades for my taste. A mix of soul and pop that just does not cut it for me. Half way through playing I lost interest. Good tracks are repeats. You will not miss much passing up on this CD.
2 out of 10

Smooth Grooves The 60's

The first two volumes contain well known tracks to even the casual oldies fan. Volume three was one of the first, if not the first, to have "The Ice Cream Song" by The Dynamics and "Baby I'm Lonely" by The Intruders which at that time made it a must have CD. Sound quality is very good and there are plenty of liner notes.
7 out of 10