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News: You Got The Power - Cameo Parkway Northern Soul CD

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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.

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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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