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This 2 cd set contains 40 late R&B/early Soul tracks from 1959 - 1961 which are now in the public domain (hence the value for money price tag). The sound quality on the whole is quite good, a couple of tracks sound like disc dubs though. There is no booklet but there is an intro on one side of the fold out card sleeve.

Cd 1. (49.25 mins). This cd contains lots of great tracks from stellar names such as 'Marv Johnson', 'Jerry Butler', 'Smokey Robinson', 'Etta James' and 'Fats Domino', unfamiliar artists to me would be 'Betty O' Brian' singing 'She'll be gone' which is very good and 'Don Mckenzie' pouring his heart out on the fanstastic 'Whose heart (are you gonna break now)'. Overall 8/10.

Cd 2. (49.56 mins). Overall not as good as the first disc this cd still contains great tracks by great artists such as 'Chuck Jackson', 'Mary Wells', 'Mitty Collier' to name a few. One such great track by the wonderful 'Ted Taylor' sadly sounds like a disc dub. 5/10.

Overall a good collection. Also check out another recent compilation in this vein 'The age of northern soul' by Outta Sight Records'.
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on 12 January 2013
For the mods really. A collection of little-known R&B stompers from the early 60s, mostly good, a few absolute blinders, and a couple of turkeys, but compilation albums are always very subjective. Good value for money.
I personally can't get enough of this sort of stuff and while I don't like some of the songs on this collection, well, what's a skip button for? These CDs are cheap and you can record all the decent tracks to make your own compilation.
If you like old 60s R&B but aren't too keen on the slicker sound of what is known as Northern Soul, this'll probably be a good buy. Specialist interest only!
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on 6 January 2013
Don't be misled by the title - the word 'roots' is the key as this is not a Northern Soul collection in the normal sense. This is a superb compilation of up-tempo New Orleans-style R&B, largely dating from 1961. Dance on!
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on 9 October 2014
Another one of the wife's collection of R&B and her favourite one on here is your voodoo working by Charles Sheffield (she has bought this on vinyl). 40 tracks and at a good price.
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on 30 June 2013
I have only just started getting into Northern soul and find it brilliant and this will be right in at the beginning. My starting point in the library. I find it really something terrific to pick me up and take me back to earlier days. I should have been listening to a long time ago.
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on 12 December 2014
Not as good as advertised but has some decent tracks on it although the connection to northern soul is a little tenuous on some of the tracks. Its worth a listen though
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on 19 November 2015
I bought this for my partner , who listens to this in his car he comes in humming the tracks in the evening so I guess he enjoys listening to the songs of his youth
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on 10 February 2013
This album is a bit different to your usual Northern Soul cd's that all contain the same "classics". Love the fact that I've only ever heard a couple of these songs before. You can hear a definite 50's feel to the album but most still sound like Northern tracks. This is my favourite album at the moment, can't stop playing it. You won't spend a fiver more wisely than buying this now!
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on 24 May 2016
good cd more leaning to 6t's soul than northern soul BUT still excellent music
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on 27 May 2016
some great early tracks on these cds good value for money
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