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Pied Piper Finale - Kent Records - Now Out!


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The release day of this the third and final volume of this series of Pied Piper material which has to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2017 has arrived

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Although this is our final volume of Pied Piper material, it is almost certainly not the end of the history of this short-lived but influential company. It features more exciting tape finds, and there is even a little-known Pied Piper record from King Louie’s Court. No doubt more tapes and acetates will emerge over time, and if so we’ll endeavour to include them on appropriate future collections.

The story of the Joe Douglas and Yvonne Baker Philly productions has yet to be fully revealed; if only some more witnesses would come forward. Our alternate version of Douglas’ ‘Crazy Things’ remains a mystery. Jack Ashford can’t remember who is singing on this original take but he is certain he only ever cut it on one artist; the backing track may have been recycled without his knowledge for the Douglas 45.

Likewise, the story behind Rose Batiste’s ‘This Heart Is Lonely’ is still shrouded in the mists of uncertainty. Here we feature the sumptuous backing track to the vocal we released on our first Pied Piper collection. We have kept some of the girly vocals from Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent to differentiate it from the plain instrumental backing track issued two years later as ‘Bari Track’,

full release notes by @ady croasdell can be viewed here

http://www.acerecords.co.uk/pied-piper-finale

 

Track Listing:

1. Bari Track - Inst

 2. Ease My Mind - Lorraine Chandler

 3. You Can't Bypass Love - The Hesitations

 4. American Dollar (Alt) - Willie Kendrick

 5. No Baby - The Metros

 6. I'd Like To Know - Inst

 7. I'm With You - September Jones

 8. Crazy Things (Alt) - Joe Douglas

 9. I Like Your Style - Freddy Butler

 10. You'll Never Know - The Hesitations

 11. We Go Together (Rap Intro) - The Cavaliers

 12. Sweetest One - The Metros

 13. I Can't Change - Yvonne Baker

 14. Gambler's Blues - Nancy Wilcox

 15. She Don't Want You (Alt) - Lorraine Chandler

 16. Watch Yourself (She's Fooling You) (Alt) - Willie Kendrick

 17. Deserted - Freddy Butler

 18. It's Better - Reggie Alexander

 19. Soul Superman - The Hesitations

 20. What Can I Do - Inst

 21. It Takes Two - Four Sonics

 22. Toy Boy - King Louie's Court

 23. That Girl Of Mine - The Persians

 24. Love Will Find A Way - Inst

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As ever quality all the way a copy of this will be in our household very soon. The first two pied piper`s are excellent this is no different. This CD will be put to good use on my thirty mile round trip to work in the coming week`s while stuck in traffic.

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This is a brilliant set, now playing on rotation here.  Delighted to see future Kent releases will capture subsequent discoveries from this Northern Soul 'Holy Grail' source.  

Clearly the master tapes to the Hesitations and Freddy Butler albums are available as used in the Pied Piper releases so it will be great to have them released by Kent Records if possible with the upgraded sound quality possible. The earlier Goldmine releases are I think the only time those two albums have been on CD.

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Bari track was a Solid Hitbound production and Joe Douglas, Reggie Alexander, Four Sonics and Persians weren't Pied Piper productions.

The Renegade.

PS Dr. Ed Wolfrum named 'The bari track' when there was no title on the tape box and he wanted to remember what it was ! He engineered the session at Golden World.

 

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16 hours ago, Rob Moss said:

Bari track was a Solid Hitbound production and Joe Douglas, Reggie Alexander, Four Sonics and Persians weren't Pied Piper productions.

The Renegade.

PS Dr. Ed Wolfrum named 'The bari track' when there was no title on the tape box and he wanted to remember what it was ! He engineered the session at Golden World.

 

You forgot Yvonne Baker.

It's explained in the notes

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Yes. Yvonne Baker too - the connection was with Kae Williams, a Philly DJ whom Ashford knew.

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Why is "Gambler's Blues" been put on the CD isn't it off one of the earlier Kent "Pied Piper" CD's ? 

 

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Because we found the master tapes after having used acetate dubs on the Nancy Wilcoxes first time around and we wanted such a great recording to be heard in best possible quality 

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Yet another great offering from Detroit , courtesy of Kent, and very much appreciated....Thanks Ady.

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Excellent..every track a Detroit dynamite. Thank you Kent (again)

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I once tried to run a do where I hired CD decks to play unreleased tracks from discs alongside OVO. Failed miserably and bombed big time but this and other releases I feel vindicate the effort if not the execution. Got to agree with Jim Elliot 'Ease My Mind' brilliant track.

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