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You Got The Power - Cameo Parkway Northern Soul CD

Cameo Parkway was late to CD but the Northern Soul selections have been trickling onto CD/LP compilation releases legally now for a couple of decades, starting first with the 'Introduction to Northern Soul' boxset I think. Here is the first official CD dedicated entirely to the Northern Soul releases on the label I envisage, I could be wrong.  In theory these are out now, but I haven't seen them anywhere and the big A lists them for September.

Although I think I've got just about everything there from other compilations, it's still worth a buy for a couple of songs. There are separate Dance Craze and Chubby Checker CDs too. 

https://www.abkco.com/news-feed/cameo-parkway-compilations/

 

"You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964 -1967, showcases the numerous Cameo Parkway singles that would go on to become part of the soundtrack of Britain’s Northern Soul lifestyle phenomenon. Northern Soul’s emphasis was on obscure yet danceable records, a number of which became the focus of a cult-like worship years after they were first issued, partially due to the rarity of the 45s on vinyl. Recordings by Frankie Beverly & The Butlers, Bunny Sigler, The Orlons, Evie Sands, Candy and the Kisses, Christine Cooper and Eddie Holman are highlights of the 20-track collection."

You Got The Power: Cameo Parkway Northern Soul 1964-1967 

You Got The Power – The Four Exceptions

Because Of My Heart – Frankie Beverly & The Butlers

(Whoa, Whoa) I Love Him So – Nikki Blu

Girl Don’t Make Me Wait – Bunny Sigler

It’s Rough Out There – Jerry Jackson

Envy (In My Eyes) – The Orlons

Picture Me Gone – Evie Sands

Country Girl – Vickie Baines

Night Owl – Bobby Paris

Village Of Tears – Ben Zine

You Just Don’t Know (What You Do To Me) – Chubby Checker

The 81 – Candy And The Kisses

Shake And Shingaling (Pt. 1) – Gene Waiters

S.O.S. (Heart In Distress)  – Christine Cooper

Eddie’s My Name – Eddie Holman

Pass Me By – Hattie Winston

The Grass (Will Sing For You) – Lonnie Youngblood

(Your Love Was Just A) False Alarm – Tari Stevens

Who Do You Think You Are – The Soul City

You Didn’t Say A Word – Yvonne Baker

 




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 You Got The Power - Cameo Parkway Northern Soul is now available on spotify and other similar services...

looks like the same track line up

 

 

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There was 2 sort of semi-official CDs back in the late 90s, I bout them when I was in the US.

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20 minutes ago, Chris L said:

There was 2 sort of semi-official CDs back in the late 90s, I bout them when I was in the US.

Semi-official ?

It will be interesting to see if there's any difference in repro quality.

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ABKCO put out a 4 disc set in 2005- most of the songs are the big Pop hits but

on Volume 3 and 4 there's some decent Soul and  some great Northern (Frankie

Beverly and Christine Cooper "Heartaches..."  and a few others- 

 

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Wasn't a guy, maybe the son of the label owner, talking about releasing a CD of unissued Cameo-Parkway tracks when the film Green Book was coming out? I seem to remember reading about it as the film team were looking for music that would sound authentic for the era but didn't have the budget to pay big licence fees.

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14 hours ago, Mick Sway said:

Semi-official ?

It will be interesting to see if there's any difference in repro quality.

I don't have them anymore, I gave all my CDs away when I moved, I may just have them on a USB stick.

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There were all those Cam-Park CDs.  I always felt they sounded a touch muddy and their origins were dubious.

I posted the original item here as it seems to be the first CD dedicated to Northern Soul for the label, even though the songs are distributed amongst other CDs and almost now available legally online I think.

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22 hours ago, Mick Sway said:

Semi-official ?

It will be interesting to see if there's any difference in repro quality.

Just found the digital formats I still had, quality very good. Yes "semi official" it's a long time ago but ABKCO would let anyone near their tapes, somehow they got round it.

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Cameo Parkway was never in the same league as Stax, Shrine, Chess, Okeh etc but surely someone could do a better selection than this. Looks like a US compiler for Abkco thought they knew what to pick. Some tracks are 100% classics but others should have been left off. The best tracks are scattered on other compilations or the dubious Cam Park releases.The price is low so I'm not expecting extensive , or any, sleeve notes. It's a shame Abkco don't let other companies lease tracks for C-P only compilations or access the tape archives. Imagine what Ace/Kent could do with the RnR and soul tracks.

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On 01/07/2020 at 20:51, Rick Cooper said:

Cameo Parkway was never in the same league as Stax, Shrine, Chess, Okeh etc but surely someone could do a better selection than this. Looks like a US compiler for Abkco thought they knew what to pick. Some tracks are 100% classics but others should have been left off. The best tracks are scattered on other compilations or the dubious Cam Park releases.The price is low so I'm not expecting extensive , or any, sleeve notes. It's a shame Abkco don't let other companies lease tracks for C-P only compilations or access the tape archives. Imagine what Ace/Kent could do with the RnR and soul tracks.

Well, I got that completely wrong, shouldn't judge a CD by it's cover. Got the CD for Christmas and it's really good, even Ben Zine sounds alright mixed in with the others. The Hattie Winston and Lonnie Youngblood tracks are excellent choices.  @Ady Croasdell helped compile it and did the sleeve notes so apologies to Ady for my comments. At only twenty tracks it could have had a few more but maybe they have saved them for volume 2 (and 3?).

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26 minutes ago, Rick Cooper said:

Well, I got that completely wrong, shouldn't judge a CD by it's cover. Got the CD for Christmas and it's really good, even Ben Zine sounds alright mixed in with the others. The Hattie Winston and Lonnie Youngblood tracks are excellent choices.  @Ady Croasdell helped compile it and did the sleeve notes so apologies to Ady for my comments. At only twenty tracks it could have had a few more but maybe they have saved them for volume 2 (and 3?).

Rick, there's nothing wrong with Benzine.  Village of tears.☺. Always liked it.  

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4 hours ago, Winsford Soul said:

Rick, there's nothing wrong with Benzine.  Village of tears.☺. Always liked it.  

Steve

A time and place record but I like it more than I used to. Definitely a big record at the time so must be on the CD.

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13 hours ago, Rick Cooper said:

Steve

A time and place record but I like it more than I used to. Definitely a big record at the time so must be on the CD.

Definitely agree with you.  Time and a place.  So many memories of station road attached to it for me mate and a certain young lady 

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42 minutes ago, Winsford Soul said:

Definitely agree with you.  Time and a place.  So many memories of station road attached to it for me mate and a certain young lady 

hasn't aged well at all imo

sounds even more miserable now than it did first time around 😉

 

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20 hours ago, Rick Cooper said:

Well, I got that completely wrong, shouldn't judge a CD by it's cover. Got the CD for Christmas and it's really good, even Ben Zine sounds alright mixed in with the others. The Hattie Winston and Lonnie Youngblood tracks are excellent choices.  @Ady Croasdell helped compile it and did the sleeve notes so apologies to Ady for my comments. At only twenty tracks it could have had a few more but maybe they have saved them for volume 2 (and 3?).

That was their decision to do 20 and there were some I couldn't use for various reasons; a while ago now so can't quite remember. I'd have loved to have gone through their vault!

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