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Backbeats: Unexploited & Underrated - More Contemporary Modern Soul Gems

25 Mar 2013 | Format: MP3

6.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Mar 2013
  • Label: harmless
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Demon Music Group Ltd.
  • Total Length: 1:16:50
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  • ASIN: B00CC464BG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,676 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Soul on 20 July 2013
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I failed to notice that the cd was made by motor city. Anything by Motor city stay away from... They are remakes of classic songs with a crappy drum machine in the background. Backbeat have made a big error with this recording. This one is going in the BIN.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 12 May 2013
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Backbeats has being doing a wonderful job of bringing various genres of soul music to a wider audience. The quality of the recordings and the sharp pricing has certainly helped. Unexploited and Underrated is a more ambitious collection, however, being aimed as much at those who think they know their soul music as those that don't.

We all have our preferences and blind spots when it comes to the music we like. Sometimes we close our ears in a way we will later regret and the music we dismissed becomes a collectible item for the next generation. This particular collection is based on the Motorcity and Centrecity labels, both seriously under appreciated by the soul cognoscenti.

Those soul cognoscenti will know that many, but not all, of the Motorcity releases from the late 80s/early 90s suffered from under-nourished synth backing tracks. As a result, every Motorcity track was tarnished with the same brush and many wonderful performances by the likes of J.J. Barnes, David Ruffin, the Originals and other former Motown stars were neglected.

What many will not be aware of was a project in the early 2000s to re-work those backing tracks and give those stellar vocal performances the vehicle they deserved. Several of the tracks on Unexploited and Underrated are the beneficiaries of that project while the other Motorcity tracks stack up pretty well in their original mix.

It has occurred to me that Unexploited and Underrated starts at a disadvantage. If you are a soul music lover, you will have already heard many of the tracks on the other Backbeats releases. That familiarity makes for easier listening. While you will have heard the names of the former Motown stars on this release, the tracks themselves will be new to you. It will take more effort.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kris J Fotheringham on 9 Aug 2013
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Have to agree with another reviewer here, 'keep away'. This is the first backbeat compilation, I have purchased and I've bought a fair chunk, that is dreadful. It's a shame because the overall quality of the series is unsurpassed, in terms of musical range and value for money, unless you enjoy Levine's dodgy production output from the late 80s and early 90s, or you want to compete the series, this is not for you.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andrea on 13 April 2013
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One of the better CDs from the backbeats new collection. And will suit both the Soul and Philly type collectors.
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