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Heavy Soul - Old Town & Barry's Deep Down & Dirty Sides CD
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Old Town Records had an extensive roster (and some very successful records) of doo wop, rocknroll, blues and gospel and the hits continued into the early 60s but were mostly in the R&B vein. When soul releases started to appear, veterans of the calibre of Donald Height were signed and artists such as Billy Bland, Roscoe Gordon and the Fiestas all tried their hand at the new music. The sound that developed was mostly typical of the New York scene during that period: big city, orchestrated, uptown soul.
A lot of this was dance music which was the focus of "The Old Town And Barry Soul Survey" CD (CDKEND 244). An R&B feel to a fair proportion of the recordings was retained and the success of southern soul artists such as Otis Redding reinforced this. Gritty singers Lester Young and Jesse G made records with a horn section rather than strings, and several releases had more than a touch of "Memphis" about them.
This CD highlights the deep soul of Old Town / Barry records with the emphasis firmly on the quality of the singing and emotional depth of the pieces.
Although one or two tracks have appeared on other CDs both in Japan and the UK, the vast majority of tracks are reissued here for the first time.
The package includes a lavish booklet in the finest Kent tradition with captivating and highly-informative notes.
Top Customer Reviews
Not "deep soul", not in my view anyway. I've bought loads of Soul music (often on spec) over the last 40 years and usually find something good in every purchase. Not so this time.
Does anybody want a once-played CD that they might like? Maybe it's really good and my ears are failing.