Saturday, September 19, 2015
James And The Showmen's take on "To Love, To Love" alone makes this a must have CD. Apart from that other worth while tracks include "Put The Hurt On You" by Inner Soul, "I Must Move On" by Executive Suit, "Stop, Look, Listen" by Los Dinamicos Exciters, "You Took Me For A Fool" by Gwen Stewart and "Say What You Mean" by Luscious Three. Don't let this one slip by. Sound quality varies.
10 out of 10
This CD counts with a few very good, rare soul jams. The only issue is the sound quality on some tracks. Highlights include "Our Future" by The New Soul Souls, "Sad Man's Land" by The Spoilers, "My Love For You Is Growing Wild" by The Tenth Dymentions, "I Don't Wanna Cry" by Richard Smith and "Please Don't Go" by Love Warmth And Affection. A solid addition to your rare soul collection.
8 out of 10
You will have to hit the skip button far too many times until you get to a ballad on this release. Like the title implies most tracks are uptempo. Towards the end we get the killer ballad "Why" by Jonas Whale along with "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" by Cynthia Sheeler, "Girl Don't Leave Me" by The Fantastic Nu-Tymes and "In Love In Vain" by The Voice Masters. The best ballad is a repeat plus too many uptempo tracks really brings this rating down.
4 out of 10
Long over due look at one of East L.A.'s favorite artist. If you dig the east side sound then this is a must have for you. Track listing is not noted on the back cover so I noted it down below. Don't let this one pass you by. Sound quality varies.
7 out of 10
Lonely, Lonely Nights
In Exchange For Your Love
Here In My Arms
Symbol Of Heaven
I Remember Linda
True Fine Mama
You Will Cry
Your Careless Love
I Want To Be With You
Lonely, Lonely Nights (1963 version)
Lonely, Lonely Night (1963 version 2)
KRCW's "Little Julian's Secret"
The more I listen to the ballads on this release the less attractive they seem. They are decent but nothing to run out and pick up. "Did You See The Way She Was Looking At Me" is the strongest followed by "In The Rain" and "Love Is Just Around The Corner".
3 out of 10
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
I had to listen to this one a couple of times since picking up before posting and grading. It contains a gospel track and couple of socially conscience tracks that I ended up skipping. It has overall a more southern soul feel to it. This release also has its repeats. Highlights include the tracks by The Arterials, The Mar-Keys, Marva Lee and Nathan Bartell & Shandells. Sound quality varies.
8 out of 10
A new, massive package put together by the folks at Rock Beat Records. These guys put together a book with over 100 pages filled with color photos and details behind the recordings on the accompanying 4 discs. The sound quality is top notch. Lots of upbeat numbers with just a few ballads mixed in. Highlights will all be repeats for the seasoned collector. Sweet soul jams by The Webs, The Specials, The C.O.D.s, Shades Of Sensation, Lezli Valentine, Elijah And The Ebonies (featuring Mary Sexton) and Jay Wiggins.
5 out of 10
These guys from Panama have a couple of nice sweet soul tunes. Tops is "Something Deep Inside" followed by "Somebody Help Me" which starts off really sweet then the tempo picks up a bit after the half way mark. Sound quality on "Somebody Help Me" is not the best, you will notice it is off of a vinyl recording. Not a hard to find CD but going price is a bit high for a couple of tracks.
4 out of 10