Those of us who enjoyed Jim Ford's tracks on the Country Got Soul albums but were reluctant to shell out the £[...]-plus for super-rare copies of the Harlan County CD are finally rewarded with that album (the only one he made) plus another album's worth (15, to be precise) of outtakes/rarities etc. It has to be said that those two tracks (Harlan County and I'm Gonna Make Her Love Me) are the best things here, but much of the rest isn't far behind. This stuff's not quite like anything else - a weird but massively enjoyable hybrid of country, soul and funk, played by a stunning band (the sleeve notes claim the musicians included James Burton, Jim Keltner and Dr John, but this, like many of Ford's other claims, should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt - he also claims to have written Bobbie Gentry's Ode To Billie Jo - hard to believe a man who now lives in a trailer wouldn't want a few of THOSE royalties...). Whatever, the music speaks for itself, with only a dubious cover of an Alex Harvey song striking a lightly bum note. Dr Handy's Dandy Candy, Under Construction and Working My Way To LA are particularly fine blasts of funkiness, with Big Mouth USA a prime piece of anti-country country. Sounds Of Our Time (the song) is a great soul track, sung as a duet with Bobby Womack (who cuddly old Jim says "sucks as a person and a musician" in the sleeve notes - gracious!). It's also worth noting that the packaging is great - they've even reprinted a Playboy photostory featuring Ford, alongside the expected biographical stuff and interview snippets. Most intriguingly, Ford apparently remains good friends with Sly Stone, who dubbed him "the funkiest white man I know" - high praise indeed!