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on 12 January 2014
Lots of material for the money. Some of the tracks will be familiar to those who discovered soul music in the mid and late sixties. Sam & Dave; Joe Tex; Rufus Thomas; Ray Charles and William Bell contribute well but Rodge Martin (new to me) is even better. I feel rather glad that he was "Standing By". There is some dross (as usual on these compilations) but if you feel the need to see where soul began (and who doesn't) this could fill a gap.
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on 10 September 2014
Such is the momentum and success of the History of Soul juggernaut that they are now producing

second volumes of many of their first wave of collections that have been such a big hit with black

music fans worldwide. Exactly what Southern Soul is has never been that clear to me but was well

explained and audibly illustrated in Volume 1. With that pleasurable lesson now on board I listened

to this CD in a new light, now regarding myself as the Southern Soul expert of my village! What

immediately struck me was that many of these tracks are on the larger indie labels with some even

on major labels such as Dot, ABC and Atco. Despite my recent enlightenment there are a couple

of tracks that remain a mystery however such as Fontella Bass’s brilliant `Honey Bee` that was

recorded in St Louis. There are many other familiar names included here and just goes to illustrate

their versatility; who for example would have thought that the Tams and Bobby Hebb had recorded

tracks in this genre. A double CD with 55 tracks and John Ridley, as always provides some highly

informative sleeve notes.
Keith Rylatt - Manifesto
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on 30 December 2015
Many gems included, enjoyable collection.
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on 20 August 2014
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