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Sliced Tomatoes ,,,,,,Yes Please!
on 7 April 2010
I tend to buy a lot of compilations like this on CD as these days trying to get to record fairs and hunting for original vinyl is both time and cost consuming. So this CD will appeal to those like me who love the sound but can only afford the CD versions.
To start with I am no expert in Northern Soul, so I apologise if you are an expert, for me, it was the tracks i know that made me buy the CD, tracks like Sliced Totmatoes by the Just Brothers (must be on nearly every NS compilation going), a fast paced dancer, Willie Mitchells - The Champion, another great dancer, The Guys From UNCLE, Young Holt Unlimited and Bill Blacks Combo - Little Queenie, all tracks known to me and the majority of people. It is the new tracks to me that make this CD an interesting buy.
The Checkerboard Squares start the CD off with a feel good tune, the Arthur Wright backing tracks, Hugo Montenegros version of Sherry, THe French Fries and so on, all of the tracks flow, in a couple of instances for me it sounded as though the engineer had forgotten to put up the vocal fader (Lay This Burden Down , Before Its too Late and Make Me yours by Arthur Wright) but that is probably the appeal. The San Remo Golden Strings and Festival time is another new and great tune for me.
In whole the album is an added assett to my collection, certainly a CD I would not normally buy, although I do own Northern Soul vinyl and CDs, this CD mixes uptempo with bouncy with joyful Soul tunes.
As usual the booklet is first class from Kent with notes from Tony Rounce.
So all my collection needs now is a another Instrumental CD covering, all of the MOD(not covered in the MOD Jazz series) instrumentals on one CD, Berts Apple Crumble, The Champ, The Cat, You Cant Sit down, Rinky Dink, Bad Bad Whiskey etc etc - so come on ACE what about it!!!