These tracks are mainly well known soul records by artists whom most soul fans will know well. They include many chart, radio and turntable hits. Ady Croasdell explains by way of a fascinating 5000 word note how these sounds tuned a generation of UK soul fans into black America.
The compilation is strong on dance floor favourites but also features a few soulful ballads, including classics from Al Green, the Unifics and Debbie Taylor.
The dancers come from Bobby Wells, Bobbi Lynn, King George, Al Kent, Joe Tex, Darrow Fletcher and JJ Jackson; while Leon Haywood, The Carltons, The Holidays and Billy Butler just sit there, clicking their fingers and sounding cool.
Most were released in the UK at the time and were sold to the cognoscenti and all tracks are now new to the Kent label.
This is a classy, high quality CD decorated with almost fifty photos, reviews and label scans. It will cross over to general soul fans as well as the purists: an ex-mods delight.