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Get On The Right Track: Mod R&B, Jazz And Ska
Get On The Right Track: Mod R&B, Jazz And Ska
Price: 9.29

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb selection of maximum R&B for modernists!, 18 May 2014
This excellent set contains 90 tracks of original rhythm and blues, ska, mod jazz and early soul compiled by Mojo and Record Collector's Lois Wilson. If you have ever been a mod or just love US and Jamaican music from the 1960s you need this!
Disc one concentrates on bluesier sounds including many that fuelled the British R&B boom such as John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom and Dimples both covered by The Animals, Billy Boy Arnold's I Wish You Would covered by The Yardbirds, Slim Harpo's Don't Start Crying Now covered by Them, Freddy King's Hide Away versioned by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Slim Harpo's I Got Love If You Want It covered by The Kinks and adapted by legendary London mod Pete Meaden into The Who's debut single issued when they were The High Numbers, I'm The Face. Many of the tracks here were released on the legendary UK Sue label run by Scene club DJ Guy Stevens including Louisiana Red's I Done Woke Up, The Megatons' Shimmy, Shimmy, Walk and Russell Byrd's Hitch Hike. Early Blue Beat label mod faves Dumplins by Byron Lee and Oh Carolina by The Folkes Brothers also feature.
Disc 2 has a more soulful mix with highlights including Barrett Strong's Money (covered by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles), James Brown's Shout and Shimmy (covered by The Who), The Contours' manic Do You Love Me, Marvin Gaye's Hitch Hike (covered by The Stones), Ray Charles' Get On The Right Track Baby (covered by Georgie Fame), the infectious, jazzy Scene Club floor filler You Can't Sit Down by the Phil Upchurch Combo and the sweet Chicago soul of Major Lance's Delilah.
Where discs 1 and 2 mainly feature songs that came to the attention of the mods when released in the UK on labels such as London American, Sue and Pye International, disc 3 features rarer R&B often unissued in the UK at the time discovered by subsequent generations of mods including Charles Sheffield's sensational It's Your Voodoo Working, blues shouter Big Maybelle's powerful I've Got A Feelin' and That's A Pretty Good Love, Little Willie John's swinging I'm Shakin' and Prince Conley's, Chips Moman produced, I'm Going Home featuring a young Steve Cropper on guitar.
This set comes in a fold out digi pack with a great booklet packed with notes and photos of record label, album and EP sleeves. For further reading while you are listening to this check out Paul 'Smiler' Anderson's book "Mods: The New Religion."

My Girl: The Collection
My Girl: The Collection
Price: 4.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Temptin' Temptations, 11 Nov 2012
This review is from: My Girl: The Collection (Audio CD)
This is an superb budget priced collection of hits and album tracks by arguably Motown's greatest male vocal group The Temptations that ranges from the doo wop influenced I Want A Love I Can See from their debut album Meet The Temptations to the funky soul of Superstar from the Norman Whitfield produced Solid Rock. It includes huge early hits like My Girl alongside the psychedelic soul of Ball Of Confusion, Cloud Nine and Psychedelic Shack. Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin were amongst the very greatest soul singers as was Ruffin's replacement Dennis Edwards and check out the under rated Paul Williams on lead on Don't Look Back. The Rolling Stones were massive Temptations fans covering both Ain't Too Proud To Beg and Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) while The Faces with Rod Stewart tackled I Wish It Would Rain and I Know I'm Losing You and reggae legend Peter Tosh (with Mick Jagger) recorded Don't Look Back. The Temptations originals are all here and are better in every case. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) is a favourite of the UK mod and Northern Soul Scenes and though only a minor hit is a truely irresistable while Since I Lost My Baby (written by Smokey Robinson and later covered by mod legends The Action) is one of their most soulful with a magnificent lead from David Ruffin. Every track is a winner and this is a great celebration of The Temptations fantastic catalogue compiled and annotated by Mojo Magazine's Lois Wilson.

Behind A Painted Smile: The Collection
Behind A Painted Smile: The Collection
Price: 5.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern soul stompers, 11 Nov 2012
This is an excellent budget priced collection of The Isley Brothers' mid 1960s Motown recordings compiled and annotated by Mojo Magazine's Lois Wilson. It is a uniformly brilliant compilation that is highly recommended to fans of the 1960s Motown sound or Northern soul featuring classic hits like This Old Heart Of Mine and Behind A Painted Smile alongside the Northern soul favourites Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby and Whispers Gettin' Louder and many lesser known but equally impressive tracks. There really is no filler on this!

Here To Save Your Soul
Here To Save Your Soul
Price: 8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saviours of Rock 'n' Roll, 30 Nov 2009
This review is from: Here To Save Your Soul (Audio CD)
Go and see The Jim Jones Revue live - they are an amazing, raw rock n roll explosion!
Here highlights from their excellent debut album - Rock n Roll Psychosis, Cement Mixer and The Princess And The Frog are combined with supercharged covers of Little Richard's Good Golly Miss Molly and Elvis Presley's Big Hunk O'Love and new songs Elemental and Burning Your House Down on this superb singles compilation. This music is played live (in the studio)and very loud to capture the essence of their garage rockin' sound. Think The Sonics, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The MC5, Link Wray etc. Highly recommended to all lovers of rock that rolls!

The Jim Jones RevueThe Very Best Of Little Richard!Here Are the Sonics

The Beatles In Mono
The Beatles In Mono
Price: 168.19

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but fab!, 12 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Beatles In Mono (Audio CD)
This set does seem ridiculously pricey but any Beatles fans should snap it up. It definitely does not disappoint. The mono mixes sound superb and are the way The Beatles were meant to be heard. The packaging is phenomenal - replicating exactly all the original covers, inserts and even the inner sleeves. The discs even have the relevant Parlophone or Apple labels. Highly recommended (despite the price). Treat yourself and buy it - you won't regret it!
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The Complete A & B Sides 1961 - 1968
The Complete A & B Sides 1961 - 1968
Price: 12.85

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential soul masterworks, 2 Sep 2009
Containing all The Impressions' 45 A and B sides from 1961 to 1968 this is an absolutely essential purchase for any fan of classic 1960s soul, the sublime harmonies of The Impressions or Curtis Mayfield's songwriting. 60 tracks over 2 discs and no filler!

Chess Northern Soul
Chess Northern Soul
Price: 6.76

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Soul Floorshakers, 16 Sep 2005
This review is from: Chess Northern Soul (Audio CD)
This excellently packaged and annotated CD proves that Chess Records wasn't just a great blues label. From the breakneck paced Twisted Wheel harmony soul floor fillers Hold On by The Radiants and Wear It On Our Face by The Dells to the subtle songwriting genius of Terry Callier and his awesome Look At Me Now, the jazzy Ramsey Lewis Trio tackling Wade In The Water to the sanctified Gospel Classics' More Love That's What We Need this CD is winners all the way. With rarities like Tommy and Cleve's Boo-Ga-Loo Baby appearing alongside Northern favourites like Tony Clarke's Wigan Casino monster Landslide, if you are a fan of quality soul music you need this!

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