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New Kent Cd - Atlanta - Hotbed Of 70s Soul - Various Artists (Hotlanta/ GMG)

New Kent Cd - Atlanta - Hotbed Of 70s Soul - Various Artists (Hotlanta/ GMG) magazine cover

This months releases from Ace includes a brand new cd from Kent, details and more below...

New Kent Cd - Atlanta - Hotbed Of 70s Soul - Various Artists (Hotlanta/ GMG) - CDKEND 518

Release Notes Clip


The GRC Records set-up in Atlanta produced a wealth of great soul music. Because of the sudden curtailment of the company, due to owner Michael Thevis’ incarceration, so much of it never saw a release.

The tapes were preserved though and with many tracks being issued. This latest batch of tape discoveries is of shockingly high quality. Sam Dees’ presence is a major cause of this.

Standouts include Miss Louistine’s original version of ‘Con Me’ – surely a contender to be a Deep Soul Treasure, had Dave Godin heard it. Her take on Dees’ ‘Extra Extra’ is possibly the opposite emotion – sheer joy at finding her lover; equally well expressed. ‘Paperman’ is a classic mid 70s Dees’ composition, well sung by Wes Lewis with his group Alpaca Phase III. Dees collaborated with another major GRC talent, Joe Hinton, for the funkier ‘Shouldn’t I Be Given The Right To Be Wrong’. Hinton co-penned two songs with backing singer Louvain Demps who left her job with Motown’s backing girls the Andantes to move to Atlanta with Hinton. Their ‘Grant Me One More Day’ is a beautiful track and ‘Depend On Me’ is another worthy find.

Full release notes can be had via the link below


Side 1
01  Con Me - Miss Louistine
02  Paper Man - Alpaca Phase III
03  Is There Someone Else - Deep Velvet
04  The Souls Of Black Folks - Kenneth Wright
05  Grant Me One More Day - Joe Hinton
06  Keep On Walking - The Steppers
07  Time Is Winding Up - Dorothy Norwood
08  Love Making - Jean Battle
09  Extra-Extra - Miss Louistine
10  I'm Tired Of Dreaming - Deep Velvet
11  Depend On Me - Joe Hinton
12  Me And Jen - Kenneth Wright
13  What Am I To Do - Joe Graham
14  Sure Could Do With Some You - Shirlean Fant
15  Someone To Run To - Alpaca Phase III
16  Can I Hold You To It? - Lorraine Johnson
17  When Will I Stop Loving You - Lorraine Johnson
18  I Need Me Some More Of You - Dee Ervin
19  Shouldn't I Be Given The Right To Be Wrong - Joe Hinton
20  Fight Fire With Fire - King Hannibal
21  Talk's Cheap - The Surprise Sisters
22  Loneliness Hurts Just A Little Bit - Joe Graham
23  There'll Always Be Forever - Lomita Johnson
24  My Peaceful Forest - Dee Clark

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Ordered this as soon as I saw it available, looks terrific. Once again, thanks to all at Kent for keeping these coming, including all the notes and research that goes with them.

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