Customer Review

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As great as you'd expect, 21 Jan. 2006
This review is from: The UK Sue Label Story Vol.3: the Soul of Sue (Audio CD)
Those who own either of the first two volumes of this series will have high expectations of this third release, which focuses on soul releases. The UK Sue label was run for Island Records as a subsidiary by Guy Stevens (1943-1981) and took its name from the US label run by Juggy Murray, whose records it released in the UK.
Guy, a club deejay with an obsessive love of rock and roll, R'n'B, ska, jazz and soul, used the label to put out obscure American singles not only from the US Sue group of labels, but from any number of tiny independent record companies and some of the bigger ones.
On this volume there are singles recorded for Marc, Orbit, Fury, Gateway, Ron, King, Barry, Modern, Impact, Backbeat, Carnival, Sims, Goldwax, Vee-Jay and Duke. All of these came out on the Sue imprint in the UK, to the displeasure of Juggy Murray who wanted the label exclusively for his own product, and led to him taking his business elsewhere.
Fortunately for the hipsters, mods and swingers who bought the records, Guy Stevens had impeccable taste and anything on the label was highly likely to be worth the few bob it cost to purchase. For their money they got James Brown (Night Train had been slightly speeded up on the single to make it more danceable, so it is on this CD mastering too), Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, Jimmy McGriff, Ike and Tina Turner, James Carr, Bobby Bland and countless other worthies getting valuable exposure over here.
For many years it was rumoured that the black-sounding singer on Incense by the Anglos was actually UK Birmingham-born Stevie Winwood, who had used the name Steve Anglo elsewhere as a pseudonym. Hearing it at last on this CD it seems clear from the aural evidence that the singer, whilst stylistically similar, was not Stevie Winwood, and research has shown that he has gone in print declaring that indeed he has no connection with the recording. From the fulsome and fascinating booklet notes it seems likely that the vocals were by a New Jersey session singer named Joe Webster.
Am I A Fool In Love? turns out to be another remake of A Fool In Love, which Ike and Tina Turner recorded as their first single for Sue in 1960. They went on to record it again for Philles (1966), Pompeii (1968) and, in this instance, Kent (1964).
Had it not been for the passion and single-minded energy of Guy Stevens, many of these singles would probably have never got released in the UK, and here are 25 prime examples of what brought people from around the world to the New Scene Club in Ham Yard, gathered together on one tasty, readily available CD in pristine mono. It's almost too easy.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Lozarithm
(VINE VOICE)   

Location: Wilts, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,267