Masterpieces of Modern Soul, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These two dozen tracks aren't masterpieces of modern soul. They're just rare soul recordings spanning the late 1960s to the early '80s -- some of them previously unreleased, and some of them not first issued until the '90s or 2000s -- though the bulk of them are from the '70s. You might recognize a name here or there if you're a big soul fan, but Garland Green and jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (here represented by a 1981 cut featuring vocalist Jeanie Tracy) are the only big ones, even if a few artists (like Laura Lee, the Ovations, and Ty Karim) had their flashes of success and subsequent cult followings. There's even a song credited to "Unknown Artist" that sounds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These two dozen tracks aren't masterpieces of modern soul. They're just rare soul recordings spanning the late 1960s to the early '80s -- some of them previously unreleased, and some of them not first issued until the '90s or 2000s -- though the bulk of them are from the '70s. You might recognize a name here or there if you're a big soul fan, but Garland Green and jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (here represented by a 1981 cut featuring vocalist Jeanie Tracy) are the only big ones, even if a few artists (like Laura Lee, the Ovations, and Ty Karim) had their flashes of success and subsequent cult followings. There's even a song credited to "Unknown Artist" that sounds about as professional as everything else on the disc. (And no, the vocal group called the Pretenders is not the same as Chrissie Hynde's outfit!) It's sort of like what a subscription-only radio service might play if they had dedicated "Deep Tracks" programming for '70s soul, very much capturing the feel of '70s soul trends without presenting any familiar songs. Like numerous other Ace soul various-artists anthologies with a generally similar mission, there's nothing that sticks out as a neglected classic or should-have-been hit. Taking it for what it's worth, however, it's a pleasant and nicely varied selection that captures the mood of the era, with many of the stylistic signatures of '70s pop-leaning soul -- the Stevie Wonder "Superstition"-like riff in Lynn Varnado's "Staying at Home Like a Woman," for instance -- presented and accounted for. Clipped funk riffs, soaring strings, good-natured singing (even when the topics are somewhat sad), modest wah-wah guitar, affable gospel-funk-flavored songwriting, and cooing group harmonizing all crop up too. It's not an earthshaker, but it's a welcome entry in a CD reissue niche that stripmines '60s soul far more than soul from the following decade, largely avoiding the too-slick production afflicting much '70s soul (Garland Green's disco-tinged 1983 cut "Always" being an unfortunate exception).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667231022
  • Catalog Number: 310
  • Sales rank: 183,584

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert Keyes Conductor
Richie Rome Conductor
Technical Credits
Len Barry Composer, Producer
Phil Hurtt Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
George Jackson Composer
Cal Green Arranger
Ray Dahrouge Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
David Blake Composer
Lamont Dozier Arranger, Composer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Richard Garoogian Photo Courtesy
Karime Harris Photo Courtesy
Kent Harris Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Freddie Hubbard Producer
Clayton Ivey Producer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Hense Powell Arranger
Nick Robbins Mastering
Rudy Robinson Arranger
Cecil Womack Composer
Terry Woodford Composer, Producer
Richie Rome Arranger, Composer, Producer
Miles Grayson Composer, Photo Courtesy
Edward "Sonny" Bivins Composer
Raeford Gerald Composer, Producer
Sherman Marshall Composer, Producer
Bobby "Bobby Burn" Wilburn Jr. Composer
Darrow Fletcher Composer
Allean Varnado Composer
Raymond Moore Composer
Brenda Wayne Composer
Don Davis & the Nite Owls Producer
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