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This review is from: Disco 2008 (Audio CD)
What I appreciate most about this superb collection is its integrity. Ian Levine is a master song writer. As he has said, too many of us have been listening to bilge these last 20 years. This CD and Northern Soul 2007 that preceded it on Centre City Records, represent a challenge in the strongest possible terms to much of what passes for disco/soul dance music these days. No simple hooks or samples here; what you get are properly structured songs sung by a committed and soul-stirring group of singers. Levine inspires great loyalty in his artists and it's great to hear him producing the likes of Hazell Dean and Gee Morris again, still sounding as good as ever. And if you want to witness the cumulative wisdom of 40 years in the business, pay your respects to Pearly Gates and The Flirtations. They give me goosebumps every time! This is an awesome compilation, and one that will repay (in fact, demand) repeated listening. What a pleasure it is to get to know these songs. No one-listen wonders here. The STAR has to be Ebony Alleyne. Long may she continue that love affair with the camera. And of the newest names, Levine has flagged Tahira Jumah for future glory. If you can imagine Evelyn Thomas with touch of Jean Carne, you are heading in the right direction. What more can I say? If I had a quibble, it would be that I was left wanting more. The Noel McKoy and Gerod Harris tracks, in particular, are sensational but so chock-a-block with good things that they need opening up. They cry out for the extended mix that Levine knows so well how to do. Go buy!
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2008 22:18:27 GMT
Ian Levine says:
I am exceptionally grateful for such a fabulous review. It makes it worth all the work to make these albums, Simon, even though they have such a limited but dedicated audience. I beg of you to pick up the new one, "Yesterday And Tomorrow" which is available here now on Amazon, and I give you my personal guarantee that you will not be disappointed, as I think it's my finest work to date.
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