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Backbeats: Unexploited and Under-Rated  -  Contemporary Soul Gems

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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Backbeats
  • ASIN: B00B1MBI16
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Wait Around (45 Version) - The Elgins
  2. You Are the Rhythm in My Life (Remix) - Billy Preston
  3. Just a Lucky Fella - Noel McKoy
  4. I've Seen the Light - J.J. Barnes
  5. Hurt the One You Love (2008 Mix) - David Ruffin
  6. Got to Win You Back (2008 Mix) - The Contours
  7. If I Were Your Woman - Vermettya Royster
  8. No Need to Explain - G.C. Cameron
  9. All the Love in the World - Ebony Allayne
  10. Talk to the World - Peter Hoorelbeke
  11. Back in Circulation (Metropolitan Soul Mix) - Sweet James Epps
  12. Crying Shame - Lynda Laurence
  13. Love Still Lives in My Heart - The Originals
  14. My World Will Never Be Same - Gina Foster
  15. Prime Time Lover - Linda Griner
  16. You Take My Breath Away - Moonstone
  17. Too Great a Price to Pay - Bettye Lavette
  18. Soul Searching - Barbara Randolph

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Backbeats has being doing a wonderful job of bringing various genres of soul music to a wider audience. The quality of the recordings and the sharp pricing has certainly helped. Unexploited and Underrated is a more ambitious collection, however, being aimed as much at those who think they know their soul music as those that don't.

We all have our preferences and blind spots when it comes to the music we like. Sometimes we close our ears in a way we will later regret and the music we dismissed becomes a collectible item for the next generation. This particular collection is based on the Motorcity and Centrecity labels, both seriously under appreciated by the soul cognoscenti.

Those soul cognoscenti will know that many, but not all, of the Motorcity releases from the late 80s/early 90s suffered from under-nourished synth backing tracks. As a result, every Motorcity track was tarnished with the same brush and many wonderful performances by the likes of J.J. Barnes, David Ruffin, the Originals and other former Motown stars were neglected.

What many will not be aware of was a project in the early 2000s to re-work those backing tracks and give those stellar vocal performances the vehicle they deserved. Several of the tracks on Unexploited and Underrated are the beneficiaries of that project while the other Motorcity tracks stack up pretty well in their original mix.

It has occurred to me that Unexploited and Underrated starts at a disadvantage. If you are a soul music lover, you will have already heard many of the tracks on the other Backbeats releases. That familiarity makes for easier listening. While you will have heard the names of the former Motown stars on this release, the tracks themselves will be new to you. It will take more effort.
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I thought I was buying a collection of little Known soul tracks from America but instead what I got was a truly appalling collection of Ian Levine's disco rubbish. I can not begin to express how annoyed I was when I received it. Had the Amazon review mentioned those magic words 'Ian Levine' ay any point then I wouldn't have touched it with a barge pole. I feel I have been robbed
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Not that bad really but certainly not like the old Motown Sound ,The backing tracks are naff.Watch out for the Contours Track and Barbara Randolph's too. For the price you can't complain but as it got the real soul beat? your choice. Reviewed By StefC Leek soul Club the home of REAL Soul.
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Have to agree with another reviewer here, 'keep away'. This is the first backbeat compilation, I have purchased and I've bought a fair chunk, that is dreadful. It's a shame because the overall quality of the series is unsurpassed, in terms of musical range and value for money, unless you enjoy Levine's dodgy production output from the late 80s and early 90s, or you want to compete the series, this is not for you.
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One of the better CDs from the backbeats new collection. And will suit both the Soul and Philly type collectors.
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