Sunday, June 30, 2019

Pro Club Records Vol. 1

The latest sweet soul compilation to hit the LA scene. All tracks taken directly from vinyl sources therefore you will hear all associated anomalies. Highlights include "Down And Out" by Mixed Emotions, "Good Bye My Love" by Natural Love, "Hey Baby" by Johnny Soul And The JS Blues Band and "I Really Care" by Stand Free. Limited run so don't sleep on it if you see something you like.
7 out of 10

The Sa-Shays

Here is one comp I thought would never be, not knowing all of their aliases. West coast classic lowrider tune "Boo Hoo Hoo" set the bar pretty high. "My Pillow" and "I Need You", "This Is My Story", "No More Tomorrows" and "Here Comes Love" make a good run at it/ Sound  quality varies but not too bad. A must for the west coast Doo Wop fans.
6 out of 10

R&B Heroines

NYC female lead vocal groups at their best. Highlights include "If You Want To You Can Come" by The Carousels, "Have Fun" by Ann Cole, "Been So Long" by Anita Hume, "Is This Really The End" by The Joytones and "Repeat After Me" by The Delvets. Solid sound quality. Recommended addition for the Doo Wop fans.
5 out of 10

Rare Female Doo-Wops

Only a few worth while tracks in this comp, "Have Faith In Me" and "He Promised Me" by The Blossoms and "My Special Love" by The Delltones. Lots of early R&B female tracks. Not a recommended pick up for the sweet soul fans.
3 out of 10

The Best Of Neptune Records

Killer ballads in "I'm Crying" by The Del Rios, "The Time", "Tears Fell" and "Nobody Cares (About Me)" by Baby Washington and "He's Gone" by Glenda Green make this a very good pick up.
5 out of 10

Great Ladies Of R&B

Had to have this for "I Cried A Tear" by Lavern Baker which reminds me of Chuck Willis' "What Am I Living For". Pretty standard cuts by these well known ladies. Nice pick up for those on a tight budget.
5 out of 10

The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops: Parrot Records

Early Chicago are R&B compilation that is not for everyone. "Newly Wed" and "You Said You Loved Me" by The Orchids are the two sole standouts for me. Best left for the hardcore fans.
3 out of 10

The Fire And Fury Of Bobby Robinson

The bluesy ballad "Believe Me Darling" by June Bateman was the main reason for this pick up. The collection also includes the classics "Desiree" by The Charts, "Valarie" by Jackie And The Starlites and "Every Beat Of My Heart" by Gladys Knight And The Pips. Solid sound quality. 
4 out of 10

The Best R&B of "Nu Kat" Record Co.

For sometime picking up this compilation was eating at me. My hope was the Walter And Lola tracks were going to be nice ballads but, only "No Mercy" was good. Did not care much for the rest of the tracks.
2 out of 10

Sock-Hop Doo-Wop

"Moonrise" by The Terrans, "In Love In Vain" by The Voice Masters, "My Love" by Gloria Ramsey and "I'm So Lonely" By Leroy Fullylove are the standouts here. About half the tracks are upbeat and sound quality if not too good on a few tracks.
4 out of 10

The Golden Era Of Doo-Wops: Herald Records

"Cold Lonely Heart" by The Desires, "Diary Of Our Love" by The Premiers, "Story Untold" by the Nutmegs, "Little Dream Girl" by The Cashmeres and "Bells Of Love" by The Mint Juleps are my top picks on this two volume compilation. A solid addition for those who prefer Doo Wop.
5 out of 10

Harlem N.Y. The Ballad Era

Standard NY tracks by The Channels, The Dubs, The Chantels, The Charts, The Jesters, The Deltas and others. A nice collection that is available widely at decent prices.
5 out of 10

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Mr. Sleeps Rare Soul

This comp is bursting with sweet soul, some common and some you hardly ever hear. Highlights include an alternate take on "I'm Not Gonna Be Anybody's Fool" by Harlem Meat Company, "Stop Trying To Make A Fool Of Me" by The Emanons, "I Wonder If I Had Your Love" by Leroy Smith, "Let Me Be The Man" by The Fabulous Verbs and "A Friend Of A Friend" by The Dynamics. Solid addition to the sweet soul collection. Sound quality varies.
9 out of 10

From The Old Side Doo Wop

A refreshing splash of Doo Wop tunes put together by seasoned collectors from the west coast where the sea of sweet soul reins supreme. Always a pleasure for me to relax to these tunes and get back to soul's roots. All tracks taken directly from original vinyl sources therefore you will hear associated anomalies. Highlights include "Mine And Mine Alone" by The Angelettes, "Come Back" by Tony Allen, "Florence Don't Leave Me" by The Paragons and "Boo Hoo Hoo" by The Atlantics. Very limited release so don't let it pass you by.
8 out of 10

Glo's Soul Oldies Vol. 5

Recently released new addition to this series. Like with prior volumes the song selection is good but as far as bringing something rare and new to CD, it just ins't there. Pretty much standard soul tracks for most collectors. A nice pick up for those that do not have a vast collection.
6 out of 10

Wardell Quezerque Sixty Smokin' Soul Senders

I picked this one up solely for "And Now" The Jades and was I ever disappointed. The sound quality is poor on this comp. Best getting on the Rarest Of The Rare Soul Harmony volume 1.
1 out of 10 

You Better Believe It!

Monster sweet soul ballad in "Girl, You Know That I Love You" by The Hypnotics stands tall on this 2 volume compilation. Other notable tracks include "If You Do Love Me" by The Duponts, "Let Me Prove That I Love You" by The Dynells and "Plain And Simple Girl" by Garland Green. Top notch sound quality. 
4 out of 10

Gino Washington

"Oh Not Me", "Girl Here I Am" and "What Can A Man Do" are the standouts on this release. Real light on packaging and a few misspelled words on the track list. I nice and obscure addition to your soul collection.
5 out of 10

James Knight And The Butlers

"Baby Please Pretty Please" is one of 2 bonus tracks, and the best song, on this comp. If you like the Miami funk sound of this era add this one to you collection. Very good sound quality.
2 out of 10

The Invitations

For a while I had been contemplating getting this comp in hopes of finding a nice rare soul ballad, was not to be. Their take on "For Your Precious Love" is OK but the rest of the music I did not enjoy.
1 out of 10

Arthur Conley

"I'm A Stranger" was the draw for me on this comp. Hopes to get another similar level ballad were quickly dashed. Sound he is mainly southern soul, if that is your thing then this will be a solid pick up for you. Besides the mentioned track, I really could not find much else for satisfy my ears.
2 out of 10