Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Kent Records, an offshoot of U.K. reissue label Ace Records began excavating obscure Northern Soul songs on a 1982 compilation album called For Dancers Only. As the years wore on, the label grew in profile and scope alike, licensing lost soul classics by the dozens and feeding a ravenous subset of soul collectors on their endless search for holier grails and more of the endless buried early soul gems that made up the often independently produced and distributed Northern Soul scene. Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012 is a highlight-heavy victory lap celebrating the label's 30th anniversary by collecting more unheard soul smokers and revisiting some of the label's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Kent Records, an offshoot of U.K. reissue label Ace Records began excavating obscure Northern Soul songs on a 1982 compilation album called For Dancers Only. As the years wore on, the label grew in profile and scope alike, licensing lost soul classics by the dozens and feeding a ravenous subset of soul collectors on their endless search for holier grails and more of the endless buried early soul gems that made up the often independently produced and distributed Northern Soul scene. Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012 is a highlight-heavy victory lap celebrating the label's 30th anniversary by collecting more unheard soul smokers and revisiting some of the label's greatest hits in a remastered form. Gene & Gary's early rock-informed vocal stomper "Baby Without You" dates back to that first compilation, while "I'm Shooting High (I Reach for the Sky)" by groovy progressive soul stirrer O.C. Tolbert appears in an alternate mix, resourced from the original master tapes. The collector's mentality runs heavy through the compilation, with a huge segment of the mix dedicated to records "so rare they didn't exist"; unearthed acetates of recordings that never made it to the often prohibitively expensive vinyl format. These tracks are among the rawest and most visceral productions on the record, including the killer, jumping soul cut "Love Keeps Me Crying" by Walter Wilson and the incredible alternate mix of Little Ann's "What Should I Do," shelved for decades waiting to be discovered by future generations. A remastering job renders Chuck Jackson's oddly eerie "I'd Be a Millionaire" especially electric as well. With 30 tracks of high-grade, no-filler Northern Soul, Kent 30 doesn't have much in the way of duds or dull moments, but its extensive running length can render even the best of its songs a little monotonous after an hour or so of deep cut listening. Taken piece by piece, however, Kent 30 has a bounty of top-notch, obscure, Northern Soul wonders and dancefloor burners. Collectors will especially enjoy the wealth of rarities and the expanded fidelity of the remastering, but even someone who just likes to dance will find a lot to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667238427
  • Catalog Number: 6723842
  • Sales rank: 84,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (True Love Is) In the Heart - Alexander Patton (2:19)
  2. 2 (Just a Little) Faith and Understanding - The Magicians (2:35)
  3. 3 The Magic Touch - Melba Moore (2:19)
  4. 4 You Only Live Twice - Lorraine Chandler (2:43)
  5. 5 What Should I Do - Little Ann (1:57)
  6. 6 I'd Be a Millionaire - Chuck Jackson (2:29)
  7. 7 Gettin' to Me - Ben E. King (3:02)
  8. 8 Think Smart - The Fiestas (2:14)
  9. 9 Love Keeps Me Crying - Walter Wilson (2:36)
  10. 10 Ooh It Hurts Me - The Pied Piper Players (2:20)
  11. 11 Oh, My Darlin' - Jackie Lee (3:05)
  12. 12 Rising Higher - Marva Holiday (2:28)
  13. 13 Sorry Ain't the Word - The Paramount Four (2:24)
  14. 14 Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right - The Mayberry Movement (2:52)
  15. 15 No Limit - Darrow Fletcher (3:16)
  16. 16 I Wanna Thank You - The Quotations (2:54)
  17. 17 Have Faith in Me - Sugar & Spices (2:33)
  18. 18 Try My Love - Toni & The Showmen (2:52)
  19. 19 Beauty Is Just Skin Deep - The Sweethearts (2:16)
  20. 20 Baby Without You - Gene & Gary (2:22)
  21. 21 Handwriting on the Wall - Bobby Wisdom (2:18)
  22. 22 Oh Baby Don't You Weep - Luther Ingram (3:06)
  23. 23 I'm Stepping Out of the Picture - Johnny Maestro & the Crests (2:23)
  24. 24 I'm Shooting High (I Reach for the Sky) - O.C. Tolbert (2:33)
  25. 25 Without Your Love - Bobby Penn (2:37)
  26. 26 Too Much for You - Bobby Angelle (2:58)
  27. 27 Changes - Lilly Fields (2:35)
  28. 28 It's Torture - Maxine Brown (2:42)
  29. 29 We Can Do It - The Shaladons (2:18)
  30. 30 The Panic Is On - Lou Johnson (2:38)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dave Hamilton Composer
Jim Ford Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Van McCoy Composer
Jack Ashford Composer
David Blake Composer, Photo Courtesy
Ted Daryll Composer
Ugene Dozier Arranger, Producer
Eugene Dozier Composer
Len Ron Hanks Composer
Frank Jones Composer
Tommy Keith Composer
Peter Paul Producer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Roy Robinson Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Hy Weiss Producer
Toni Wine Composer
Arthur Wright Producer
Lolly Vegas Composer
Randy Scott Composer
Alec Palao Photo Courtesy
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Illustrations
Luther Dixon Composer
Zane Grey Composer
Windsor King Producer
Pat Vegas Composer
Mark Barkan Composer
Rudy Clark Composer
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Bernie Baum Composer
Larry Banks Composer
Harrison Smith Composer
Fred Bridges Composer
Steve Venet Composer, Producer
Elain Constantine Cover Photo
Stan Vincent Producer
Delmar Wilburn Composer
Bobby Angelle Composer
Tony Allen Composer
Fred Smith Producer
Bill Giant Composer
Florence Kaye Composer
Rony Darrell Composer
James Carmichael Arranger
Arthur Resnick Composer
Billy Jackson Composer
Steve Guarnori Memorabilia
Bobby Wisdom Arranger
Sherlie Matthews Composer
Gareth Thomas Memorabilia
Andrew Killick Memorabilia
Herbert Campbell Composer
Martin H. Memorabilia
Matt Baker Memorabilia
Herman Wesley Kelley Composer
Ann Bridgeforth Composer
Andrew Terry Composer
Alton Scott Composer
Bob Calili Photo Courtesy
Sebastian Fonzues Memorabilia
Florence Marandola Composer
David Richards Memorabilia
Darryl Goolsby Composer
Alex Esmail Cover Model
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