Sunday, September 30, 2018

Chuco Town Soul Vol. 2

The latest compilation tailored to the lowrider crowds in the southwest and west coast featuring some well known tracks among the most dedicated soul music fans. Heavy hitting tracks by The Desires, The Indigos, The Harmonics, Smokey Burke And Cynthia Layne, The Cytations, Black Velvet and The Magic Tones. Taken directly off of vinyl sources so associated anomalies will be present. Support your rare soul providers who help keep this music going by picking up their compilations.
7 out of 10

Basement Beehives

Latest addition to the Numero Group collection featuring some really rare female tracks. highlight include tracks by the Chappells, Toni And The Hearts, The Hill Sisters, The Devilettes, The Cineemas, The Passionetts, The Para-Monts and The Soulettes. I must for your collection. Lots of liner notes to give us some insight on these wonderful and mostly forgotten groups.
8 out of 10

Boddie Recording Company

Harvey & The Phenomenals "All In Your Eyes" is an excellent track which is why I had to add this to my music library. Nothing else really comes close that level and I am not big on gospel.
3 out of 10

Westbound Detroit Northern Soul

A few nice tunes that can easily blend into the lowrider crowd taste in soul. "It's No Fun Being Alone" by The Houston Outlaws, "Lonely In A Crowd" by The Superlatives, "What Every Little Girl Needs" by Joe Matthews and "Maybe So, Maybe No" by The New Holidays are the standouts. top notch sound quality.
5 out of 10

Jack Ashford Just Productions Vol. 2

Top pick here is "Lost Without You" by The Four Sonics Plus One. "I Found The One" by Billy Sha-Rae and "Since I Lost My Baby" by The Perfections are also nice tracks. The balance is a mix of northern and deep soul. As usually no complaints on sound quality on Ace Records' releases. Plenty of liner notes included.
4 out of 10

Ann Sexton

"Keep On Holding On" is my top pick on this release. There are a few other nice tracks but nothing to really get excited about.
2 out of 10

The Rare Doo-Wop Box Set!

Very good collection featuring Doo Wop tunes that you just don't get to hear very often. Highlights include "The Deference Rests" by The Symbols, "The Facts Of Love" by The Flourescents, "Lost Lover" by The Cameos, "I'm So In Love" by The Daychords, "No More" by The Uptones and a few others. Good sound quality on this compilation. A must have for the Doo Wop fan.
6 out of 10

Gus Gossert's 25 Favorite new York City Doo-Wops

Classic tunes by Jackie And The Starlites, The Velours, The Five Satins, The Velvets and The Charts. A CD that should be in every Doo Wop aficionado's collection. Excellent sound quality.
7 out of 10

Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns

Known more for his novelty upbeat songs, Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns did cut one nice ballad in "Dearest Darling". One ballad buried in upbeat numbers really does not justify me telling you to run out and pick this CD up. This CD is more for the rock n roll crowd.
2 out of 10

The Vogues

Yes, it's not your typical lowrider comp! I had to have their take on "True Lovers" but, must say that the Four Chaps version is still my favorite. The rest of the material is pop and I skipped through it rather quickly.
2 out of 10