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Got any good music? Soul, baby!,
This review is from: David Holmes Essential Mix (Audio CD)
This double cd of rare grooves and psychedelic trips may at times seem jumbled to the point of incoherence (witness: the 5 minute drum solo in the middle of disc 2!). However, this is Holmes' genius at work. The juxtaposition of big brass horns and purple-haze sitars creates an eclectic listening experience. You get the feeling that Holmes is peering over your shoulder going "Ooh, this is a great track!" and is hurriedly chucking records on the decks. He is sharing with us his favourite stuff, which is very different from his own work, yet has been undoubtedly influential in creating his dark, funky sound. Standout tracks include contributions from Rare Earth ('Celebration'), and Marlena Shaw, who sings the magnificent 'California Soul'. If this tune doesn't put a smile on your face, then you are a terminal depressive. Buy it, love it, force it on your friends.