Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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