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4.0 out of 5 stars Compiled by Experts, 25 Jun 2008
This review is from: Groove On Down (Audio CD)
Fans of soul music who are lucky enough to live close to east Putney will no doubt be aware of 'Soul Brother Records' and the efforts of all who work in the shop to maintain a friendly, credible and knowledgeable passion for Black music, with a particular emphasis on soul, R&B and Funk. In recent years this desire to share that passion has seen the shop release a number of carefully considered single artist discs which has often made available music which might otherwise have been lost, ignored, or remained the preserve of an elite cognoscenti. This passion is well represented here in the choices found on this compilation, the first in the 'Groove on Down' series.

This is a collection designed to explore the realms of late 1970's and early 1980's black music - a period which Laurence Pragnell, the album compiler, rightly describes as being "one of the most overlooked golden periods of soul music". This is a collection which clearly hasn't been conceived as a cynical money making project, presenting only what is currently considered exciting or relevant from that particular musical period. Instead it should be viewed as a labour of love with all the expertise that you should expect from specialists in their field.

This is an album that features some nice surprises, a cover of ToTo's 'Georgy Porgy' features Luther Vandross in particularly fine form, Melba Moore is exemplary on 'Standing Right Here', and the mellow groove of Garfield Fleming's 'Don't Send Me Away' is perfectly balanced. This isn't an album just for music specialists, the ever popular 'Bounce Skate Rock Roll' by Vaughn Mason provides a reminder of roller skate rinks and flashing lights, whilst the harder edged sound of 'Love Don't Come Easier' hints at the production values which were to become increasingly prevalent in black music as the decade progressed.

But the revelation of this compilation has to be the track which gives this collection it's name - 'Dunn Pearson's 'Groove on Down'. This 1978 track is a fantastic example of dark moody disco meeting funk meeting contrasting, soaring orchestration, and this track should be enough to convince you to buy!

The Soul Brother team is to be congratulated for managing to put together a collection which will appeal to those well versed in Disco and Boogie, as well as being welcoming for those looking to explore this period for the first time. This is a compilation which sets a standard to which other labels should aspire - and long may it continue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Get Down With The Get Down!', 19 Aug 2011
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'Groove On Down' is pretty much the perfect compilation. Intelligently compiled, unlike most compilations this album works very well as both an album listen and as a cd to put on at a party. There are some real gems here including underground dance classics like the awesome New Jersey Connection - 'Love Don't Come Easy' from the early 80's and Harvey Mason's - 'Groovin' You ' from 1979. Neither record really broke out of the soul/funk/disco scene or troubled the charts but both are monster tunes for those who may be unaware of them. In fact, pretty much all of the tracks here are of good standard. Only Vaughn Mason's - ' Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll' is far from essential but it is in keeping with the rest of the material here and of that particular groove. Hard to find tracks like Hypnotic (with lead vocals by Lew Kirton) - 'Are You Lonely?' and Charme (featuring Luther Vandross) - 'Georgy Porgy (yes, it is the TOTO song!) are more soul than outright dance floor but both work well where placed in the running order of this cd. 'Magic' by Circle City Band was a top 50 dance floor tune in the RM year end chart for 1984 yet it has been almost impossible to find on CD before now. 'Show You My Love' by Goldie Alexander is a tune that many will know instantly when hearing it! Sadly, it was one of those songs at the time to get plenty of plays (especially in nightclubs) but few actual sales and thus has become over time a bit of a 'lost classic'.

I must admit that I wasn't aware of the excellence of some of the other tracks. 'Don't Send Me Away' by Garfield Fleming, 'April Lady' by James Perry, 'Standing Right Here' by Melba Moore and 'Groove On Down' by Dunn Pearson were all new to these ears when I got this. Though I was heavily into the soul scene in the early 80's, I have never lived in London and rather 'caught up' with a lot of the 70's classics which is probably why. All four of these are great and a worthwhile addition to any collection. Each fit into the category of 'specialist' rather than commercial though so expect to have to work your way into each groove a little rather than being hit by say a Solar thang.

All in all, 'Groove On Down' is a spectacular success and if you don't already own most of these tracks you should buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Tunes, 16 Jan 2014
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There are so many great tunes on this album, my favourites being Charme's version of Georgy Porgy (with Luther Vandross's dulcet tones) and the Circle City Band's Magic. There are several tunes which creep up on you, namely Harvey Mason's, Garfield Fleming and James Perry, and in the end feel as if you have known them for ever. I can honestly say, in my opinion, that there are no duff tracks here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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Great grooves that get you up and dancing all night long
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