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This review is from: New Directions 2 (Audio CD)
Like the first volume there is sadly an overabundance of mediocre note for note attempts at U.S. 60's soul covers, which in most cases is uninspiring. Volume Two suffers from this the most. It does offer thirty tracks (whilst Volume Three offers a meager fourteen). It does kick off with the brilliant "Can't Stop" by The Senate , a number produced by the legendary Ben E. King whom the band backed during a British tour. It's probably the first CD issue of this amazing soul number which in itself isn't a bad investment! However there's a few gems here: Terry Reid with Peter Jay's Jaywalker's brilliant "This Time" (flipside of the excellent "Hand Don't Fit the Glove"), the psychedelically named Happy Magazine with the punchy soulful "Satisfied Street" (from '68), Liverpudlian beat refugee Kingsize Taylor with a smooth ballad called "Thinkin'" (pinched off of one of the "Chocolate Soup" CD's) and the legendary Alex Harvey with his take on "Agent OO Soul". Next to the opening track the stand out of the bunch is "You Never Came Home" by The Bunch, imagine what The Blue Flames would've sounded like if Eric Burdon joined them in '66 when Georgie Fame gave them the sack and you've got this number sewed up. Hopefully someone will see fit to issue it's equally charged flipside "We're Not What We Appear To Be". As for the rest... well suffice to say if you have a pretty basic soul collection you won't lose any sleep missing out on the British renditions included here. Further pics: The Studio Six with "I Can't Sleep", Linda Lewis and her (expensive if you've got the 45)version of "You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet", Miki Dallon (the man behind The Sorrows and Don Fardon) and his take on "Cheat And Lie" and Jackson & Smith's namedropping "Party '66" which sounds rather like Keith (Powell) & Billie (Davis) , but I can find no information connecting them to "the home counties Rufus & Carla" (and a big raspberry on whoever tagged them that!).