Out at the end of the month, talked about on the forums and here's the release notes preview and details from Ace Records Website
Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7 is due 26.02.2021
This latest episode of the high-quality end of the Northern Soul world is as varied as the scene has become, featuring manic funk, Detroit grooves, doo wop-inspired ballads, neo-Motown and pure soul stompers.
Los Angeles features strongly throughout. As a taster of the pleasures to come over the next couple of years, the opening tracks by ex-Motowners Carolyn Crawford and Kim Weston, along with the Joe Buckner & Major IV number, are from Mickey Stevenson’s late 60s Los Angeles operation; and the Lovers’ acetate-only ‘She’s Supreme’ and John Wesley & the Four Tees’ stomping version of the Williams & Watson LP track ‘Love Is Such A Funny Thing’ were recorded under the aegis of the city’s great arranger Arthur Wright.
Researching the tape vaults during lockdown has proved fruitful. The first version of Claude Huey’s ‘Why Would You Blow It’ by the unknown Isaiah Smith was discovered among the Galaxy tapes, as was the Brothers Of Soul’s ‘I Need Your Love’ – any previously unheard track by this redoubtable outfit is big soul news. I had originally thought that Buck Ram’s group Two Cats & A Mouse would be 50s sounding, like most of his acts, but ‘Love In My Heart’ proved to be a classy cover of the Oracles’ 1967 rarity on OM.
From Milwaukee, the Badger State, we have two little-known 1963 recordings from the Cuca label. ‘You Don’t Care’ by the Esquires (aka Betty Moorer’s brothers’ group the Ambassadors)...
01 Ready Or Not Here Comes Love - Carolyn Crawford
02 It Takes A Lotta Teardrops - Kim Weston
03 The Intruder - Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles
04 She's Supreme - The Lovers
05 Why Would You Blow It - Isaiah Smith
06 It's Not The End - Rocky Gil
07 It's Midnight - Harvey & Seven Sounds
08 You Said - Little Nicky Soul
09 You Don't Care - The Esquires
10 I Need Your Love - Brothers Of Soul
11 I Wish I Knew - Joe Buckner & Major IV
12 I'll Fly To Your Open Arms - The Family Brick
13 I Need A True Love - Ray Gant & Arabian Knights
14 Don't It Make You Feel Funky - Joe Hicks
15 Love Is Such A Funny Thing - John Wesley & The Four Tees
16 Soul Kind Of Love - The Hesitations
17 Crazy Things - Joe Douglas
18 Love In My Heart - Two Cats & A Mouse
19 Farewell Goodbye My Love (Edit) - The Performers
20 Girl, Come On Home - Major Lance
21 I've Got To Come In - Jean Battle
22 So Glad - The Lyrics
23 The Right To Cry - The Perfections
24 Under The Street Lamp - The Exits
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