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3.0 out of 5 stars 1st four tracks priceless, the remainder 'meh' with some horrible 80's era "surprises"........, 23 Mar 2014
TCH (Cambs, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Romark Records ~ Kent Harris' Soul Sides (Audio CD)
The 1st four tracks of this compilation are truly fantastic comprising one Northern Soul stomper "Ty Karim - All At Once" with delicious bluesy overtones in the vocal, one proto-funk burner "Marcene Harris - Work It Out" with an amazing burbling organ-line, one early 70's socially conscious song "Obie Jessie Seeds Of Freedom - Beautiful Day My Brother (Keep Moving On)" with an exemplary message & vocal, and finally a blues-soul masterpiece in Ray Agee's "It's Hard To Explain" from 1972 with some stinging guitar. After this alas the remainder is non-essential and worse there are about five horrifying tracks from the early 80's; synth'n'drum machine efforts that are best forgotten. It is a shame KENT didn't admit to themselves that there wasn't enough primo material here to fill a CD and instead divvied the admittedly great stuff that's here onto other various artist/label compilations (perhaps their always excellent multi-label Northern Soul or Cellarful of Soul efforts).

However the upside is that this album is downloadable (not always the case with KENT/ACE compilations) and so those first four excellent tracks can be accessed at reasonable cost though be careful where you get them from since not all sites provide them at 320Kbps so do your homework before getting them (I'm hinting here....).
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Romark Records ~ Kent Harris' Soul Sides by Various Artists (Audio CD - 2013)
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