I love these northern soul compilations. Apart from the "beats per minute" reqirement then pretty much any thing can end up on them. In the seventies these records certainly widened my taste in music and made me sweat in a wild blaze of euphoria on the dance floor.
Lets face it - some of the vocalists are bad. You can hear them straining to get their four minutes of fame - bless'em. But then again all the effort can produce something uplifting.
A lot of these sounds were produced by small labels on a shoestring budget.The instrumentation, playing and production is dire in some cases but on nearly every track there is something to love - a bassline, an organ sound, some groovy guitar lick, great horns etc...
Anybody jaded and bored by the same-old should find much to tickle their fancy.
O.K. so you could buy a Motown compilation instead but you won't have so much FUN.
The sound quality doesn't seem too bad either. Dance on....if you're still able.