Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Best known for their upbeat dance numbers, Archie Bell And The Drells did cut more than a few nice soul ballads. Highlights include "Love Will Rain On You", "Right Here Is Where I Want To Be", "Just A Little Closer", "I Just Want To Fall In Love", "I Don't Want To Be A Playboy" and "You're Mine". Only track missing from these releases is "She's My Woman, She's My Girl" which I have yet to spot on a legit release.
5 out of 10
Monday, May 25, 2015
I was thinking sweet soul not funk when I was picking this one up. Highlights here are "That's How It Is" by Woman, "If" by Lovehorn and "Love Can Slip Away" by Chuck Bernard.
4 out of 10
Nice package of Vietnam war theme soul put together by the folks at Ace Records. By far better sound quality than the "A Soldier's Plea" release. Highlights include "Wait For Me" by The Brothers Of Soul, "Your Heart Belongs To Me" by The Velvelettes, "Please Wait For Me (My Darling" by The Masters Of Soul, "Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man)" by The Charmels and "Lonely Soldier" by Mike Williams.
5 out of 10
A killer track in "I'm In Love" by Larry Sanders is included in this release. "One More Chance" by The Four Tees is also nice. The rest of the material is upbeat. If you are looking for ballads then it is best to pick up the Larry Sanders track on another compilation.
2 out of 10
A few gems mixed in throughout this collection. Highlights include "It's So Hard To Break A Habit" by The Webs, "Is It Me You Really Love" by Black Velvet, "She Broke His Heart" by The Just Brothers, "Tried So Hard To Please Her" and "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me" by The Knight Brothers, "Let's Take A Change" by Lisa Richards and "Thanks For Yesterday" by Eddie And Ernie.
6 out of 10
I had to pick this one up just for "That's The Way It Is" by Love. Many years back I blindly picked up this 45 based on a recommendation and loved the track. I skipped through the rest of the material. This track was included on the original Soulful Thangs CD but never made it back when the collection was reissued.
3 out of 10
Besides "Someone (Who Needs You Like I Do)" by Bertha Tillman all other notable tracks are well known to most soul music fans. "One Little Dance" and "I Love You, Baby" by The Moovers and "I Want Love" by Brenton Wood. There is no strong, new to CD ballad here that would make me tell you to run out and pick this one up.
4 out of 10
The main reason for picking this set up was for the two killer tracks by The Mark-Keys, "Heavenly Thing" and "My Sweet Baby". Other notable tracks are "Challenge My Love" by Tobi Lark, "My Sweet Baby" by J T Rhythm and "Honest I Do" by The Tokays.
5 out of 10
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Hello Doo Wop N Soul fans,
The famous Lute Records based in Santa Monica, CA is releasing their catalog for digital download and streaming beginning this month. Make sure to check it out and help support this project that will surely bring to light some lost gems.
For more information on Lute Records visit below sites.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
One of my favorite sweet soul groups! Picking up the double CD release (best sound on the Deep Beats release) and the "Corruption" CD will give you a complete look at this wonderful group. Highlights include "Try me (And I'll Show You)", "Friends By Day (Lovers By Night)", "I Wasn't There", "To See You Cry", "She's Gone To Another" and "What's Left To Give (After Giving It All)". An absolute must for any serious sweet soul music fan.
7 out of 10