Thursday, October 30, 2014

*NEW* Lynwood Soul 2

It has been a while since I picked up a new CD and found so many new to CD, sweet soul cuts. Lynwood Soul 2 just raised the bar for all future soul compilations. Sweet tracks by The Young Dreamers. Sugar Bear & The Sensations, The Young Mods, The Capricorns and The Mansions. This is an absolute must have! Limited quantities pressed so hurry up and pick yours up.
10 of out 10

Danny Pearson

Super sweet 70's soul jams by Danny Pearson. Highlights include "It Is Really True Girl", "What's Your Sign Girl?", "I'm So Glad I've Got You Baby" and "Walking In The Rain With The One I Love".
7 out of 10

The Fuzz

Recent re-release of The Fuzz's sole album. Killer female sweet soul! Highlights include "It's All Over", "Like An Open Door", "Leave It All Behind Me" and of course the classic "I Love You For All Seasons". A must have addition to your soul collection.
8 out of 10

The Lovelites

One of the finest female soul groups ever with a much deserved CD release of their own. Highlights include "You've Hurt Me Now", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "I'm Not Like The Others" and "How Can I tell My Mom And Dad". A must for your soul collection.
8 out of 10.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Eccentric Soul: The Tragar And Note Labels

I am a big fan of The Numero Group. When they pull a label compilation together they cut no corners. You get plenty of liner notes and best possible sound quality available. this release's highlights include "I'll Show You With Love" by The Young Divines, "Breaking My Heart" by Sonia Ross, "Love Is Gone" by Cherry Blend and "You Mean Everything To Me" by The Four Tracks.
7 out of 10

You Thrill My Soul

A very good pick up featuring some rare female tracks. Highlights include ""Crying All By Myself" and "Last Love" by Wendy Rene, "Tell Me" and Heavenly Angel" by The Tonettes.
5 out of 10

The 107th Street Stickball Team

One track, "Tell Her I Love Her", that starts off super sweet but then speeds up before mellowing out again. All else is uptempo.
3 out of 10


Mainly funky tracks here with two nice slow tempo cuts in "We Have love" and "Three Cheers For My Baby".
5 out of 10

Foster Sylvers

Recently re-released album featuring a young Foster Sylvers from the famed Sylvers family. Highlights are "Misdemeaner" and a decent take on "I'm Your Puppet". Recommended for the kiddie soul fan.
4 out of  10

Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities

The first volumes contained some nice tracks but as you get to the last two it is all northern soul. Highlights include "Just A Bad Thing" by Janice Christian, "Two Lovers" by The Voice Masters, "This Love That I'm Giving You" by The Joytones and "Raining Teardrops" by The Rocketmasters. Top notch sound quality and liner notes.
4 out of 10

Dootone Doo Wop

Some of the best Doo Wops that the Los Angeles area has to offer are include in this three CD set. Highlights include "Did I Do Wrong", "It's Too Late To Know" and "Guided Missiles" by The Cuff Links, "You're An Angel" by The Penguins, "You're Not Too Young" and  "My Girl"  by Charles McCullough & The Silks, "To Keep Our Love" by Cleve Duncan & The Penguins, "I've Had You" by The Creators and "Baby Doll" by The Crescendos. A must for the dedicated Doo Wop fan. Excellent sound quality and liner notes.
6 out of 10

The Rivingtons

Known best for their big, upbeat title track The Revingtons did manage to cut a few interesting ballads with a bluesy feel. Highlights include "Deep Water", "Waiting" and "My Reward". Unless you like their upbeat material I would not recommend you run out and pick this one up based on a few ballads.
3 out of 10

The Millenniums Greatest Hits

All standard, well known Doo Wops here. Makes a nice collection for those who have not been bitten by the soul bug and crave a more rare sound.
5 out of 10

The Best Doo Wops Of Sarg Records

A couple of really good ballads by O.S. Grant made this pick up well worth it. My highlights include "I Just Can't Understand" and "You Did Me Wrong" by O.S. Grant, "Darling of Mine" and "I Couldn't See" by The Downbeats.
5 out of 10

Lost & Forgotten

A few rare Doo Wop ballads sprinkled within these pop heavy discs. Highlights include "Darling, Why" by The Knightsmen, "Merchant Of Love" by Hal Davis, "Do Me A Favor" by Bette Watts and "Your Reason" by The Tads. A collection that is not for the casual oldies listener. Sound quality varies.
3 out of 10