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"...Some Kind Of Sweet Y'All!" - Hall Of Fame Volume 3 CD Compilation,
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This review is from: Hall Of Fame Volume 3 (Audio CD)
Complimenting two previous Volumes (CDKEND 372 in 2012 and CDKEND 386 in 2013) - here comes Volume 3 on KENDCD 410 in January 2014 with a whopping count of Previously Unreleased Deep Southern Soul Cuts (65:14 minutes).
The only two released tracks here are rare American 45s - "You're The One For Me" by BEN and SPENCE (1966, Bell 650) and "You Don't Miss Your Water" by OTIS CLAY (1968, Cotillion 44001). The other 22 are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED and recorded between 1965 and 1970. Two tracks ("I'm In Love (That's All I Can Say)" and "Your Sister's Keeper" are literally credited Unknown Male No. 1 and 2!
The scant 8-page booklet shows a photo of the FAME Studios with an advert for Clarence Carter on the rear page with typically informative liner notes by long time Ace contributor TONY ROUNCE. The sound is excellent as always - handled by DUNCAN COWELL - a man whose name graces a huge number of reissues - so knows his way around a tape box or two.
A lot of the outtakes are slow but to my ears sound plodding rather than inspired - with vocals that are off key (you can hear why they were left in the can). But of course there are enough exceptions to make purchase worthwhile. "The Door To My Heart" by DAN BRANTLEY is a chipper dancer and the second CLARENCE CARTER cut on here "I Done Run Out" fairs a lot better than the poor first placing "Hey Man".
Roy Lee Johnson's Demo of "What Our Love's Gonna Turn Out To Be" sounds like Otis Redding on fire - it's absolutely superb (lyrics above). But for me the real nugget on here is a blistering cover of the Sir Douglas Quintet classic "She's About A Mover" by a fully on-form OTIS CLAY. It's the kind of floor-filler fans adore (and what a set of expressive lungs he had). Slinky too is the PRINCE PHILLIP MITCHELL dancer "Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here" which mines the same feel of Clarence Carter's faster tunes. I'd also love to know who Unknown Male No.2 is on the Wilson Pickett blaster "Your Sister's Keeper" - great stuff - and what a voice.
It isn't all genius of course - but you have to say that Volume 3 is yet another gem in the Ace/Kent Soul cannon.
Well done to all involved for getting these unheard Soul Sides out to the hungry faithful...