Manhattan Soul, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Scepter label, its affiliated label Wand, and Musicor (which had no ties to Scepter) produced a lot of quality "uptown" soul in the 1960s, reflecting their New York base. Though they scored hits by the likes of Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, the Platters, the Shirelles, and Inez & Charlie Foxx, you won't find hits, or indeed any tracks by the aforementioned artists, on this compilation. Instead, it's devoted to a couple dozen sides, spanning the early -60s to the mid-'70s, that didn't make it. Indeed, seven of them weren't even released at the time, and four make their first appearance on this collection. A few of the artists made a bit of a commercial ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Scepter label, its affiliated label Wand, and Musicor (which had no ties to Scepter) produced a lot of quality "uptown" soul in the 1960s, reflecting their New York base. Though they scored hits by the likes of Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, the Platters, the Shirelles, and Inez & Charlie Foxx, you won't find hits, or indeed any tracks by the aforementioned artists, on this compilation. Instead, it's devoted to a couple dozen sides, spanning the early -60s to the mid-'70s, that didn't make it. Indeed, seven of them weren't even released at the time, and four make their first appearance on this collection. A few of the artists made a bit of a commercial impression at one point (Tommy Hunt, Freddie Hughes, Jimmy Radcliffe, Big Maybelle, Nella Dodds), but most of them may well draw blanks from even the collector eager to hear these kind of specialized anthologies. In most cases, the labels for which the singers were recording guaranteed a well-produced brand of pop-soul that makes many of the tracks a cut above most such rarities, at least in the production and arrangement department. The absence of great original material doomed these performances to obscurity (or, in some cases, the vaults), but that doesn't mean Manhattan Soul, Vol. 2 won't give you a fair listen if you have a taste for the slicker side of pop-soul, and for New York "uptown" soul in particular. In some cases, similarities to other, more celebrated artists are apparent, and sometimes enjoyably so. Porgy & the Monarchs' "That Girl" sounds like a Gene Pitney LP filler track with different singers, for instance; the Masqueraders' "I Don't Want Nobody to Lead Me On" probably wouldn't have existed if not for the mid-'60s Four Tops; Radcliffe's previously unissued "Deep in the Heart of Harlem" is very much in the early-'60s Drifters/Ben E. King vein; Chris Bartley's "A Man, A Woman" sounds like an early Jackson 5 track (though, frankly, with much less dynamic vocals). A little more strangely, Ed Bruce's "I'm Gonna Have a Party" -- yes, that Ed Bruce, who would become a middle-of-the-road country star -- can't fail to recall Chuck Jackson, especially when the opening string riff pretty much replicates the hook of "Any Day Now." If nothing else, such quasi-imitations have their documentary value as testaments to how wide the influence of other great songs/artists/producers spread, in a pretty listenable fashion. Other names of note contributed to several tracks in behind-the-scenes capacities, like Van McCoy (who produced Billy T. Soul's "Call On Billy"), Kenny Gamble (who wrote Nella Dodds' 1966 single "I Just Gotta Have You"), and Curtis Mayfield (composer of "Something New," a 1970 single credited simply to "You Babe"). The connections are explained at length in the liner notes, to which a minor correction should be made here: Louise Williams (who sang and wrote the previously unreleased gospel-soul outtake "No Jealous Lover" under the name Lois Lane) went on to a lengthy career as member of the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives, not as a Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667237925
  • Catalog Number: 6723792
  • Sales rank: 359,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Girl - Willie Hatcher (2:05)
  2. 2 New Neighborhood - Tommy Hunt (2:14)
  3. 3 I Gotta Keep My Bluff In - Freddie Hughes (2:36)
  4. 4 Who Am I Without You Baby - Will Hatcher (3:19)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Have a Party - Sylvia Jenkins (2:30)
  6. 6 Kiss and Make Up - The Inspirations (2:16)
  7. 7 Lost Love - Irma & the Fascinators (2:15)
  8. 8 No Jealous Lover - Lois Lane (2:12)
  9. 9 Knick Knack Patty Wack - Porgy & The Monarchs (2:51)
  10. 10 Call On Billy - Billy T Soul (2:38)
  11. 11 Horsin' Around - Benny Gordon (2:35)
  12. 12 I Don't Want Nobody To Lead Me On - Lou Lawton (2:35)
  13. 13 Runaway Slave - Lois Lane (2:22)
  14. 14 The Parade of Broken Hearts - Joe Perkins (2:18)
  15. 15 You Found My Lonely Heart a Home - Shep Grant (2:45)
  16. 16 Deep In the Heart of Harlem - Jerry Tiffe (2:12)
  17. 17 Lonesome Guy - Irma & the Fascinators (2:54)
  18. 18 How Do You Feel Now - The Inspirations (2:36)
  19. 19 I Just Gotta Have You - Nella Dodds (2:42)
  20. 20 You Babe - Something New (2:32)
  21. 21 Who Knows Better - The Catalinas (2:12)
  22. 22 Hey Whatcha Doin' - Billy T Soul (3:21)
  23. 23 A Man, a Woman - Chris Bartley (2:28)
  24. 24 Lonely Weatherman - Benny Gordon (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert de Coteaux Conductor
Technical Credits
Ed Bruce Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Alan Lorber Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer, Producer
Roscoe Robinson Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Will Hatcher Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lonnie Hewitt Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Chips Moman Producer
Peter Paul Producer
Jimmy Radcliffe Composer
Luther Randolph Arranger, Composer
Nick Robbins Remixing, Mastering
Rudy Robinson Arranger
Harold Thomas Composer
Paul Vance Composer, Producer
Bert de Coteaux Arranger
Stan Green Arranger
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes
Kenny Williams Composer
Luther Dixon Composer
Alan Klein Producer
Gary Illingworth Composer
Carl Spencer Composer
Alvin Steward Composer
Bob Elgin Composer
John Kelly Composer
Leon Mitchell Arranger
Benny Gordon Composer
Ralph Murphy Composer, Producer
Bob Moore Producer
Bob Perper Composer
Joanne Jackson Composer
Jimmy Bishop Composer
Ady Lupton Cover Photo
Larry Kusik Composer
Jerry Meyers Producer
Robert Lewis Composer
Fred MacRae Composer
Stan Kahan Producer
Shep Grant Composer
Ralph Newman Composer
Mel Tanner Engineer
Lee Jones Composer
Joshua C. Pridgen Engineer
John Stiles Composer
Yvette Ball Composer
Louise Williams Composer
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