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Less obscurity, but just as much Soul
on 3 September 2004
After 3 albums devoted largely to unjustifiably obscure deep-soul sides, the irreplaceable Dave Godin has put together his 'Deep Soul treasures Vol 4', and has included a few tunes that might even be familiar to non hard-core soul fans. And the album is,in my opinion, none the worse for this.
In the UK, soul has always been a somewhat elitist genre, whether in the areas of impossibly rare (and sometimes, impossibly dire),Northern soul 'discoveries', unreleased 'rare groove' funk tracks or mind-bogglingly uncommercial 'deep-soul'.
Dave Godin himself once alluded to the 'soul-heaven of non-hits which form the bulk of our collections' in his address to the faithful in 'Blues and Soul' magazine.
Well, fine, it is wonderful to be 'in' on any art form of which the rest of the world seems ignorant , but I feel that, by including fairly well known (and some, like the Miracles 'Tracks of My Tears', very well-known) songs is an effective way of removing some of the elitism and mystique from the music.
The success of the previous volumes in this series proves that an important audience still exists for this desparateley unfashionable style of soul. Volume 4 will continue the tradition. Listen, and be amazed.