Kent's Cellar of Soul, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Even by the standards of catch-all 1960s soul rarities compilations, the guiding concept behind this collection is rather vague. Basically, the intent seems to be to showcase American soul singles that made their primary impression through nightclub play. Even that notion, however, is undercut by a comment in the liner notes indicating that one of the better-known tracks, Al Green's "Back Up Train," "wasn't particularly appealing" to the mods who were the main audience for this kind of stuff. It's better, then, to just treat this as a general '60s soul rarity anthology than search for a theme. As such things go and there are many of them on the Kent/Ace label alone, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Even by the standards of catch-all 1960s soul rarities compilations, the guiding concept behind this collection is rather vague. Basically, the intent seems to be to showcase American soul singles that made their primary impression through nightclub play. Even that notion, however, is undercut by a comment in the liner notes indicating that one of the better-known tracks, Al Green's "Back Up Train," "wasn't particularly appealing" to the mods who were the main audience for this kind of stuff. It's better, then, to just treat this as a general '60s soul rarity anthology than search for a theme. As such things go and there are many of them on the Kent/Ace label alone, it's okay, but not special. The usual formula for such collections applies: no big hits, a few stars or at least relatively familiar names J.J. Jackson, Dee Dee Warwick, Joe Tex, the Olympics, James & Bobby Purify, and a whole lotta artists and songs you'll have never heard if you haven't been collecting this stuff for decades. Few of the tracks are striking; Warwick's typically tuneful, penetratingly sung soul-pop on her 1965 single "We're Doing Fine" is about the best. Following on its heels in the quality department are the very Impressions-like "I Can't Work No Longer" by Billy Butler brother of Jerry Butler and Tex's "You Better Believe It, Baby" which boasts a memorably insistent riff. Much of the rest is pleasantly derivative of major '60s soul trends, particularly Motown Bobbi Lynn's "Earthquake" combines parts of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, while Leon Haywood's "It's Got to Be Mellow" is very much like Marvin Gaye and, again, the Impressions the Carltons' "Can't You Hear the Beat" and the Spidells' "Hmmm, with Feeling, Darling". The accent's very much on danceable-but-not-frenetic upbeat soul, and while there's nothing wrong with that, what's here is specialist rather than general interest territory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667225526
  • Catalog Number: 255
  • Sales rank: 58,237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We're Doing Fine - Dee Dee Warwick (2:35)
  2. 2 Sho' Nuff (Got a Good Thing Goin') - J.J. Jackson (3:04)
  3. 3 Do Unto Me - James & Bobby Purify (2:31)
  4. 4 Let's Copp a Groove - Bobby "BW" Wells (2:26)
  5. 5 You Better Believe It, Baby - Joe Tex (3:00)
  6. 6 Earthquake - Bobbi Lynn (2:32)
  7. 7 Mine Exclusicvely - The Olympics (2:27)
  8. 8 Water - Geno Washington (2:21)
  9. 9 You've Got to Pay the Price - Al Kent (3:00)
  10. 10 I Can't Work No Longer - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:26)
  11. 11 Can't You Hear the Beat - The Carltons (2:25)
  12. 12 It's Got to Be Mellow - Leon Haywood (2:25)
  13. 13 Never Gonna Let Him Know - Debbie Taylor (2:58)
  14. 14 Come Back Baby - Roddie Joy (2:21)
  15. 15 I'll Love You Forever - The Holidays (2:19)
  16. 16 In a Moment - The Intrigues (2:48)
  17. 17 The Pain Gets a Little Deeper - Darrow Fletcher (2:25)
  18. 18 Drive on James - King George (2:36)
  19. 19 Ready Steady Go - Prince & Princess (1:56)
  20. 20 Mr Soul Satisfaction - Timmy Willis (2:50)
  21. 21 Hmmm, With Feeling, Darling - Billy Lockridge (2:15)
  22. 22 Love in Them There Hills - The Vibrations (2:32)
  23. 23 Keep on Loving - Otis Leavill (2:32)
  24. 24 I Want You So Bad - Tommy G. & The Charms (2:52)
  25. 25 Back Up Train - Al Green (2:19)
  26. 26 The Beginning of My End - The Unifics (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.J. Jackson Conductor
Ed Bland Conductor
Reggie Obrecht Conductor
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Mac Gayden Composer
Leon Haywood Arranger, Composer, Producer
J.J. Jackson Arranger
Ray Dahrouge Composer
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Ed Bland Arranger
Roland Chambers Composer
Jerry Crutchfield Producer
Larry Fallon Arranger, Producer
Lew Futterman Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
George Kerr Producer
Buddy Killen Producer
Morris Levy Composer
George McGregor Arranger, Composer, Producer
Horace Ott Arranger, Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Paul Robinson Producer
Richard Rome Arranger
Gerald Sims Composer, Producer
Billy Terrell Composer
Andrew "Mike" Terry Arranger
Harold Thomas Composer
Ed Townsend Producer
Guy Draper Composer, Producer
Richard Grasso Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Windsor King Composer
Gary Illingworth Composer
Timothy Williams Composer
Reggie Obrecht Arranger, Producer
Helen Miller Composer
Curtis Rodgers Composer, Producer
James Diggs Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Leon Mitchell Arranger
Benjamin Boyce Producer
Palmer E. James Composer, Producer
Roscoe Jr. Murphy Composer, Producer
Fred E. Smith Producer
Stuart Wiener Producer
Tony Daniel Composer
Jimmy Miller & His Barbecues Producer
Sherlie Matthews Composer
Hermon Weems Composer
Alfred Brown Composer
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