Friday, March 30, 2018

Glo's Soul Oldies

One of the latest compilations to it the streets of So Cal features well known tracks within the sweet soul fanatic circles. Highlights include tracks by The Visitors, The Young Sirs, The Yoemans, Jean And Joe, The Turnpikes, The United Four and Inner Soul. Volume two, for me had a better overall selection of tracks but still recommend you pick them both up. Sound quality varies on a few tracks but still solid. Can't give it a higher rating due to the number of repeats.
7 out of 10

Sickside Soul

A straight deep soul music collection that is a little different than what we are accustomed to out here. Nice tracks by Little Ann, The Turnarounds and The Invincibles. Light on packaging and sound quality varies as all has been taken directly from vinyl sources. Dropped the rating due to number of repeats.
6 out of 10.

Eccentric Soul: The Saru Label

A nice dig into the Cleveland soul scene features in the latest edition to the Eccentric Soul series featuring ballads that play big on the west coast barrios. Highlights include "Stand In For Love" by Pandella Kelly, "Bound" by The Ponderosa Twins, "I Was Wrong" by The Out Of Sights, "Got To Make It Right" by The Elements and "Now He's Back" by The O'Jays. Nice batch of liner notes with excellent sound quality.
6 out of 10

Eccentric Soul: The Cash Label

The Numero Group bringing to light rare and forgotten Chicago area soul. This time around they released this batch on CD too, thank you! Highlights include "Everybody Ain't The Same" by Iron Jaw Harris, "Tearing Me Up Inside" by Harrison & The Majestic Kind and sweet soul favorite "I'm Not Gonna Be Anybody's Fool" by Harlem Meat Company. A must for Eccentric Soul series fan.
6 out of 10

The Other Side Of The Trax

A few nice obscure ballads forced the pick up of this collection. Highlights include "You Make A Strong Girl Weak" by The Premiers, "Uh-Oh (I'm In Love Again)" by Eddie Jefferson and "You Belong To Her" by Barbara And The Browns. Another well packaged collection by the kind folks at Ace Records.
4 out of 10

Sweet Brown Sugar

Two killer tracks by Lynn Williams, "Tears In My Eyes" and "Don't Be Surprised" with clean sound quality made this one a solid addition to my music library. Did not care much for the rest of the material which reflects in the rating.
4 out of 10

Miami Soul Sisters

The two Diamonettes tracks made this a must for me. There are a few more nice ballads, but all appear on other compilations with better sound. Sound quality varies.
5 out of 10

James Brown's Original Funky Divas

A nice look at some of James Brown's productions featuring female soul singers spanning from the early 1960's through the mid 1970's. Highlight include "I I Knew" by Yvonne Fair, "This Is My Story" by The Jewels, "I Cried" by Tammy Montgomery and "Make Up Your Mind" by Anna King. The second disc is mainly upbeat funky numbers.
5 out 10

The History Of Soul

A couple of obscure tracks on this release made it a good find. Highlights include "My Pride" by James Dee And A Piece Of The Action, "Wedding Day" by Carlton Moore, "My Inspiration: by The Mad Lads, "Love Will Rain On You" by Archie Bell And The Drells and "It Was A Lie" by Bobby Moore And The Formosts. Light on packaging, sound quality varies.
5 out of 10

Soul Shots

Pretty standard tracks on this collection. Highlights includes tracks by The Knight Brothers, Linda Jones, The Intruders, The Delfonics, Brenton Wood And Booby Moore And The Rhythm Aces.
4 out of 10

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Alice Clark

A real beauty in "Say You'll Never Leave Me" is the sole standout here. This compilation includes a few other mellow tracks but none that reach the set level for sweet ballads we love so much in the west coast. Top notch sound quality.
3 out of 10