I bought the first volume of music from Miami's Deep City Label that the Numero Group released and enjoyed that very much, but this "Outskirts" collection takes it up a notch and really slams home: I think it's an even better compilation. Once again, it's astonishing how much great, truly great, soul music was sitting on a shelf in some storeroom, unheard for so many years. The quality of the songs on here is indeed first rate, a buffet of tasty soul tunes that may remind you at times of James Brown, the Meters, Candi Staton, vintage Motown, or Betty Wright. Hey, wait a minute; this is indeed a very young Betty Wright who contributes 2 songs to this collection. There are also 2 tunes by Clarence Reid, an underrated artist who later gained fame as a funky and nasty character called Blowfly. Reid was also a very talented songwriter and looking through the song credits on this compilation is proof: he wrote or co-wrote 12 of the 20 songs. Quality stuff plus.
Plenty of outstanding original material on here, ranging from soulful to funky, plus very credible covers of tunes such as "One Night Love Affair" and "There Goes My Baby." Most of the songs are culled from the period 1966-1971, along with one tune from Helene Smith recorded in 1963. As old as this material may be, though, it doesn't sound dated a bit to my ears. Vital and vibrant soul music.