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Solid rare tracks from Fame label,
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This review is from: Hall Of Fame Volume 3 (Audio CD)
Kent are certainly releasing everything they can land their hands on with Fame and is can become a bit 'samey'. Southern soul can lack the instrumental and production diversity compared to other soul styles so needs strong songwriting and performances. Inevitably this is not about Fame's best but rarest, so the buyer knows that before buying, it's strange to complain afterwards. Having been disappointed with the third George Jackson release which felt scrapping the barrel (though sounded better on repeat listening) this was a pleasant surprise. Almost all the tracks are completely unissued but the quality was good, it helps that there are no stripped down demos and that most of the tracks have some kind of beat to drive them on. It's right to end the series here but I enjoyed this CD in its own right. It lacks the diversity of other CDs as all the tracks are late 60s, so no crossover modern soul sounds (which is a shame as Southern soul sounds great in the 1970s). However this isn't a casual purchase, buyers will surely know it is the very rarest of Fame which is already a fairly hardcore label for soul fans. On that basis the CD delivers however if you are dipping your toe into soul music, don't get this, get the Kent's Cellar of Soul volume 3 also released this month which is essential and a more casual introduction to great dance soul.