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Northern Souls Classiest Rarities Volume 7 - Feb 2021 Release

Northern Souls Classiest Rarities Volume 7 - Feb 2021 Release magazine cover

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)...


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Track listing

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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A superb collection , with the exception of the Major Lance track, which is a strange "filler" as a  Classiest Rarity.

I've always been a fan of the Major's and still have the copy that I found in a Record Corner early 70's soul pack.

Strangely the promo's are on Blue Volt , while the issue's are on orange,  nice but not "rare" .

Compiling a "new" Various "Northern/Crossover" album after 35  years ( unbelievably so) at it must be a nightmare

but there are still classics out there if the tapes and rights are available..

No doubt the sleeve notes alone will be worth the cost of the CD so it's on pre-order for me.


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