This very affordable double cd is a reissue of two well-respected but somewhat obscure compilations issued first on LP by UK oldies label Charly back in the early 1980s. The material spans about ten years from the mid sixties to the mid seventies. The common theme is that the producer was Allen Toussaint, one of the giants of New Orleans music, and also that the labels that they appeared on were owned by local entrepreneur Marshall Sehorn.
New Orleans soul is not hard to find on cheap reissue CDs but what makes this set worthwhile is that you won't find most of these tracks cropping up on less imaginative compilations, which tend to concentrate on people like Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville and Johnny Adams. These singers are great, don't get me wrong, but the greatest joy of soul oldies is to be found in the little guys that made two or three records and vanished afterward.
Overall, the standard of this set is pretty high, especially on the first disc.