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A Tragic Lack Of Imagination
on 9 May 2011
My sister bought this for me as a birthday present, and I suspect that she fits the target market perfectly: well-intentioned but ill-informed present-buyers.
To anyone out there who is browsing for a birthday gift for someone who likes northern soul, I say this: Do not buy this CD for them.
Some of the inclusions are bizarre - Stormy by Diana Ross? Live It Up by Dusty Springfield? - and others are beyond familiar: there are certain northern soul records that every fan of the genre has heard enough times that they will be quite glad if they never hear them again, and a good number of them are featured on this CD. If I never heard Frank Wilson again it will be too soon.
Some of the tunes are excellent, and if you have never heard I Surrender by Eddie Holman, or Can't Satisfy by The Impressions, and you like Motowny type records, it might just be worth you buying this for you, yourself.
But the person you have in mind as the recipient will either have these tunes somewhere already or have heard them so often that they will pull out their own eyeballs and use them as earplugs before they listen to them again.
Now, some constructive advice: there are better compilations out there. Anything on the 'Kent' label is worth looking at because the people who run Kent know what they are doing and are steeped in northern soul.