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Kent 30: Best Of Kent Northern 1982-2012


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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kent/Ace
  • ASIN: B0098V4XR8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. OOH IT HURTS ME - The Pied Piper Players
2. BEAUTY IS JUST SKIN DEEP - The Sweethearts
3. BABY WITHOUT YOU - Gene & Gary
4. LOVE KEEPS ME CRYING - Walter Wilson
5. IT'S TORTURE - Maxine Brown
6. I'D BE A MILLIONAIRE - Chuck Jackson
7. HAVE FAITH IN ME - Sugar & The Spices
8. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - Lorraine Chandler
9. I'M STEPPING OUT OF THE PICTURE - Johnny Maestro & The Crests
10. GETTIN' TO ME - Ben E King
11. WHAT SHOULD I DO - Little Ann
12. RISING HIGHER - Marva Holiday
13. TRY MY LOVE - Toni & The Showmen
14. TOO MUCH FOR YOU - Bobby Angelle
15. TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT - The Mayberry Movement
16. THE MAGIC TOUCH - Melba Moore
17. HANDWRITING ON THE WALL - Bobby Wisdom
18. OH, MY DARLIN' - Jackie Lee
19. THINK SMART - The Fiestas
20. (JUST A LITTLE) FAITH AND UNDERSTANDING - The Magicians
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Celebrating 30 years since Kent released KENT 001, For Dancers Only , this CD is a look at Kent s history and heritage. That first LP gets a nod with Gene & Gary s duet of Danny Monday's Baby Without You , featured on CD for the first time here. There are a host of exclusives, several never having been out in any format before. Of these, Alexander Patton's True Love (Is In The Heart) , will open traditional Northern fans eyes and ears the most, being from the same session and of a similar feel and quality to his A Li'l Lovin Sometimes classic. Marva Holiday's Rising Higher is a fabulous Sherlie Matthews song that will be admired by progressive Northern 60s fans. Modern soul has been a part of the Kent landscape since the Moving On Up vinyl album of 1984. Kent celebrate that branch of the music with Darrow Fletcher's No Limit and the Paramount Four's anthemic Sorry Ain't The Word both of which debut on CD. 70s soul fans may well buy the CD for these two alone. Luther Ingram supplies the biggest R&B / Northern crossover number of them all, while Bobby Wisdom shows off with a potential price of £4000: if you can find one. There are classy crowd pleasers including Toni & The Showmen, Sugar & The Spices, the Fiestas and the Sweethearts that have been marooned on Kent label stories, neglected by all but the pure in heart. Thirty stunning soul sounds, one for each glorious year. It is not only a celebration but a revelation too. Compilation and note by Ady Croasdell.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TCH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
This KENT compilation contains 30-tracks totalling almost 79 minutes which is a good bit more generous than the usual KENT compilation length of 24 tracks or less. However there is a reason for this, for a dedicated Northern Soul collector with a fair stash of KENT CDs there will quite a bit of overlap with earlier releases since this is in effect a glorified sampler CD comprising mostly of tracks already released by KENT though occasionally in slightly spurious 'Alt. Mixes' or 'Original Takes'. That said I've got a few KENT Northern Soul CDs and only six tracks overlap with this release. Therefore being in a reasonably generous mood I look at this release as an opportunity to listen to what I've missed over the years on KENT and perhaps be directed towards those releases where I think the music worthwhile.

There is alot of good music here even discounting the tracks I already had through KENT releases (Jackie Lee, Toni & The Showmen, Maxine Brown, Lou Johnson, etc) especially since much of it was unreleased at the time of recording (mainly in the 'classic' Northern Soul time period of '65-'67). This compilation is mostly solid because it selects tracks from multiple labels.... as a rule KENT Northern Soul compilations that license songs from a number of labels are typically keepers whereas those dedicated to a single label are patchier. Picking out particular tracks is tricky since the consistency is strong so instead I'll draw attention to the two missteps; tracks' 14 & 15 which yet again somehow got through the sometimes mystifying KENT quality control department (they sure aren't 1960's Motown!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov 2012
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A good 30 track Northern Soul compilation from 'Kent/Ace' records that comes with a very informative booklet. As usual with any of 'Ace' records releases the sound quality is great. One niggle would be that 'The Magicians', 'Little Ann's' and the 'Melba Moore' tracks are alternate versions/mixes (although I fully understand why the compilers have done it - as these appear elsewhere on various comps. - I still would have liked to hear the usual versions). Due to the title of this compilation 'Kent 30' there are other tracks that are duplicated elsewhere, but it's always good to hear classic tracks like 'Oh, my darling' by Jackie Lee, 'I'd be a millionaire' by the ever great Chuck Jackson and 'It's torture' by Maxine Brown. Other favourites would be 'I'm stepping out...' by Johnny Maestro and the Crests, and 'The panic is on' by Lou Johnson. Overall a good compilation, a well rounded mix of old favourites, new spins on old favourites and new to my ears tracks. Thanks 'Kent'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucia Hall on 2 Jan 2013
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well dont get caught out like i did, i went for the mp3 download assuming i would get all 30 tracks as its sold as kent 30 but lo and behold no you dont, you only get the first 15 and the other 15 tracks are not on here. so DONT get the mp3 download buy the CD. Have to say Amazon had very good customer service regarding this matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By georgebest on 16 May 2013
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What a great cd, bringing together a lot of classic Northern Soul tracks that I have not heard for a long time.

Any collector worth his or her salt should have this in their collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn Hogg on 11 Nov 2013
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Good cd with some great tracks. I have enjoyed playing it and do regularly. There are better cd's out there but good enough to enjoy
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By Noddy on 13 July 2013
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Really like this cd.

I know some tracks have appeared on other Kent CDs but nice to have them on one.

Info booklet is great as usual for Kent.
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