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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly out of step with other Mod compilations..., 19 Nov. 2013
This review is from: How Britain Got The Blues Vol 4 (How Mods Got The Blues) (Audio CD)
There are lots of Mod compilations around and this 'How Britain Got The Blues Vol 4 (How Mods Got The Blues)' seems slightly out of step with most of them by concentrating mainly on blues, R&B (particularly New Orleans R&B) and rock and roll. There is some early 'soul' music - James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Contours etc - and also some 'soul' jazz - Sarah Vaughan, Mongo Santamaria, Mose Allison etc - but other tracks seem a bit uncool in comparison with today's perception of the 'hip' mod scene. However, in the early 60s records were not as readily available as they are today and there wasn't the background information that there is now, so consequently you often had to listen to whatever was around, plus I think that people were more accepting than they are today, music wasn't as segmented and many people were just fans of black music in general - be it jazz, blues, R&B, ska, zydeco, folk, pop whatever.

However, having said that I can't imagine any mods that I knew listening to Paul Anka singing "Eso beso"! There are some true classics here though, including Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On", "Looking Back" by Johnny Guitar Watson and Otis Blackwell's "Daddy Rollin' Stone".
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2013, 04:32:17 GMT
A. Foss says:
I don't know the 'Mods' that you know G. E. however the Mods I know still love the blues on the whole as they certainly did in the 60's & many Mod bands of today still play the blues too.
From what I've picked up over the decades also, yes you may put us [Mods] in the bubble of Decent 'Beat/Motown/Northern/Soul/Ska/American Black & most 60's' music, we also - en masse, from my experience - have quite eclectic taste too. I, for instance have Streisand on in the background [quite a regular occurance] following on from some solo Peter Gabriel beforehand.
Thinking about it now, I think there's only boring/depressing Country & headbanging hard/heavy/goth rock I dont like.
Yes, it's true we have our favourite genre[s] - but it's unfair now, as it was in the 60's, to put us in any kind of 'box' musically.
Cheers.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013, 17:03:12 GMT
I thought that was precisely the point that I was making - although many Mod compilations would suggest all Mods liked rare soul grooves that was never the case, certainly when I was a Mod in the mid-60s. However, I think that tastes and choices probably changed over time and depending where you were in the country.
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