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on 30 October 2004
The CD starts with Norms giving an introduction - I think it's cool. It gives the CD a personal touch which many lack nowadays. If I'm also not mistaken, he has opened with 'Disco Lucy' for years so this is keeping true to that. A nice touch I think, rather than annoying. The personal theme runs through these tracks, mostly sharing a theme of social awareness aiming toward the positive, which I respect. Nearing the end, it all gets more instrumental and gives a very different vibe to some of the earlier tracks, which are very strong in their vocal content. This release really helped to turn me onto Rare Groove, Soul and Funk from the 70's. Some of these can sound pretty naive to an extent, but this to me is the beauty of it all, you can't help but put a smile on your face due to its innocence. The best part of this CD is not the older tracks, but rather the insanely talented releases by UK artists over recent years, which Norms has also included. D'Nell, Low Budget Soul, Jon Kennedy & Karen Wilson (besides others) are making incredibly deep and heavy Soul music!!! All in all, I think this CD superb - it does go a little astray at times with the Tom Clay track - I mean, meaningful at first, but not much shelf life when most of it is actually vocal commentary! However, I own quite a few Normal Jay releases and think this the best. Worth checking out for sure! And by the way, some of the older Soul music on this compilation you are able to pick up on Amazon etc, but my personal favourites you can't. Therefore, largely true to the name with many available on 10/12" only.
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