Detroit's Secret Soul - Little Ann - LP Kent

Detroit's Secret Soul - Little Ann - LP Kent magazine cover

A just released vinyl lp from Kent Records featuring Little Ann, who's work should really need no intro to all you Soul Source regulars, on offer a vinyl LP of 13 Little Ann tracks (also avail for download),  the release notes and preview follow below

Detroit's Secret Soul - Little Ann - LP Kent 518


In the last two decades, Little Ann’s music has gone from being almost unheard to celebrated widely across the world. Initially known only as a footnote for having one side of one Ric-Tic single in 1968, the discovery and playing of her acetate of ‘What Should I Do’ at Wigan Casino in the late 70s meant her name become important to rare soul fans (when it was revealed that Little Ann was the real singer of the song erroneously attributed to Rose Valentine at the time).
Once Ace Records acquired Dave Hamilton’s Detroit studio tapes, through the auspices of researcher Richard Gilbert, more previously unheard gems came to light and eventually there were found to be nine songs recorded in 1967 and 1968 with Dave and his partner Darrell Goolsby. The dancers ‘Who Are You Trying To Fool’, ‘Sweep It Out In The Shed’ and ‘Lean Lanky Daddy’, proved to be perfect additions for the Northern Soul dance scene, while ‘I Gotta Have You’ and ‘Possession’ wowed the funk crowd, and the beauty of ‘Deep Shadows’ got through to every ...

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Track Listings

  1. What Should I Do
  2. Lean Lanky Daddy
  3. Sweep It Out in the Shed
  4. Who Are You Trying to Fool
  5. I Got to Have You
  6. The Smile On Your Face
  7. Deep Shadows

  8. One Way Street
  9. Possession
  10. Stand Together
  11. I'm Doin' All Right
  12. Lost a Lover (Need a Friend)
  13. That's All I Want from You


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What a gem!


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The version of "What Should I Do" is the version that myself and Andy "Tats" Taylor got in 1990 The version you put out initially was new to my ears, not as though it makes any difference I guess. There both fantastic just as all her other unreleased stuff and very proud alongside Andy in unearthing it all and from a lovely man Dave Hamilton. Shame both Anne and Dave didn't live to see their life's work hit the world of music with great impact. 

                              Thanks to all concerned 

                                        Gilly and pp Tats. 

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