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  • Audio CD (24 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Rojak
  • ASIN: B009WVXU14
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Harlem's 116th Street was ground zero for Jack Taylor's network of enterprises, both legitimate and otherwise. From the 1960s into the '80s. Fat Jack, as Taylor was widely known on those mean streets, was one of Harlem's flashiest and toughest characters, allegedly a local drug kingpin. No matter what he may have been in the business of selling, it's a certainty that Taylor was a shrewd businessman who understood the value of diversification. Launching a record label was one of his many ventures, and not an unsuccessful one by any means. Around 1963, Taylor inaugurated Rojac Records, attempting to capture the musical pulse of Harlem on microgroove the way Berry Gordy was managing to perfection in the Motor City. No doubt the ultimate goal was to accrue stacks of benjamins by releasing a non-stop barrage of hits on Rojac and its sister Tay-Ster label. Rojac and Tay-Ster issued a steady stream of product through the latter half of the '60s. Taylor relocated his base of operations to Detroit at the end of the decade; after that, his labels went dormant for a while, though he intermittently reactivated them. This rarities-loaded collection offers proof positive that the Fat Man knew how to produce exceptional soul records. - Bill Dahl, from the extensive liner notes.

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I was a bit disappointed with this when I first got it and would probably would have agreed with the 3 stars of the other reviewers. However on further listening the sheer variety of the different styles of soul that were released on Rojac & Tay-ster start to bring a smile to your face. The Big Maybelle tracks are always worth listening to, as are the International GTOs. The Third Guitar and Jo Armstead's tracks also hit me after a few plays. The Dam Sam the Miracle Man tracks took me a bit longer to get into but I really like them. I think if you approach these two CDs with an open mind they will give you a lot of listening pleasure. If you're looking for full ahead dancers you might be a bit disappointed. The packaging is bright and gives you something interestingto read. If you can get this at a good price it is worth buying and then giving it a bit of timeto appreciate the different styles of soul.
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the best of jack taylors rojac and tayster labels? so what about master 4-love has taken wing,the 1 track that would make this cd a worthy buy.disc 1 wont have much appeal to northern soul fans.disc 2 has the northern tracks,having said that,they have been released on other cds.its the super rare releases that make cds like this a worthwhile buy.therefore a bit of research by the compiler would not go amiss.why worry about northern fans?well,without the ns scene,labels,artists,records like these,would have stayed undiscovered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SET OF OBSCURE SOUL/FUNK MUSIC FROM 60'S HARLEM/DETROIT 10 Jan. 2013
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. Soul alert! This set (over 2 hours of music) from the Harlem/Detroit area of Chicago, is more proof that good music was being released on small local, or regional labels, like Rojac/Tay-Ster. The time period is the 1960's, a prime era for real-deal, soul/funk music. As an average fan of 60's/70's soul music, the only names I really know are Clarence Reid and Big Maybelle. The rest are completely unknown to me. Deep collectors may have more knowledge of some of these artists.

I don't really know where to begin, so I'll just start at the beginning. The first track, "Nobody But You" by Clarence Reid, begins to set things up for some fine soul listening. And then Kim Tolliver belts out "(You're Trying To) Cop My Stuff", yes. And after that there's "Lovin' Lies" by Third Guitar, which would definitely get people on the dance floor. Then there's "I Want To" by Little Jewel, an upbeat tune that wouldn't be out of place (along with several others) on a Northern Soul compilation. And you need to hear "Can You Dig It" by Chico And Buddy-this is 60's soul/funk baby! And check out "Give Me Another Joint" by Damn Sam The Miracle Man And The Soul Congregation-Hmmm. And the instrumental "Smash" by Damn Sam is a nice, typical workout for the times. And I have to mention Clarence Reid's "Skunks, Hogs And Dogs", another small gem.

Disc Two is more of the same. It features good stuff like "96 Tears" by Big Maybelle, "I Love My Baby" by International GTO, "Love, Love, Love" by Chuck Flamingo, Kim Tolliver's "Where Were You", and plenty of other obscure soul music treasures. The sound is pretty good, but sometimes you can hear the vinyl source used as the source recording. Plus there's limitations on overall quality because we're talking about a very small operation with little/no budget. Saying all this, I like the feel of this music-it's not over-produced and slick and glossy. It's just some performers laying down some good soul/funk music, hoping to get a break in the music industry. But I think you get the picture about this music.

I have to mention the packaging-it's well done-from the outer packaging to the booklet. The discs snap in, inside a tri-fold package. There's a pocket for the 26 page booklet, which has a 10 page essay on the music by Bill Dahl. There's a track listing with the pertinent release information, plus, there's a crisp, high quality color reproduction of the 45 label (or album) from the period for each tune on this set-a nice touch. Also included is a Singles Discography for Rojac records, and a Discography for both Singles and LPs on the Tay-Ster label. Even the paper stock is high quality. All in all, a very nicely done presentation.

This is a good example of music released on small labels that the bigger companies wouldn't touch. Fans know that there are a number of collections like this, and they should know about this one. Is this full of long lost soul diamonds? No. But there's a number of small gems throughout this collection. Should this be your introduction to soul/funk music? No. But if you're looking for something obscure, this is it. There's some generic (though fun) soul music along with some good sides that went nowhere. This is well worth hearing by soul fans.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not the music's fault you didn't know it was an LP 30 Jun. 2014
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Sorry, it bugs me to see a decent compilation get tanked because the reviewer thought he was buying a CD.

Anyway, listen to Stuart Jefferson's review. This is a spirited compilation of obscure soul and funk. These days we're blessed/cursed with waves of compilations and reissues. Some good, some...less so. I wouldn't call this "essential," but I enjoyed it. If you like obscure soul and funk, you'll probably like it just fine.
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1.0 out of 5 stars review of the Rojac story 19 Oct. 2013
By Record Ron - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was a CD, not a vinyl record. I was disappointed; maybe it should have been made clearer. Thanks
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