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Mirwood Soul Story, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second volume of '60s soul from this Los Angeles label offers two dozen sides, most of them from mid-'60s singles, though there are a few later tracks and previously unissued cuts and mixes. It might have been based in L.A., but for much of the time, Mirwood sure seemed to be trying to create a vibraphone-heavy facsimile of the Motown sound. They were hardly alone in that category, of course, but it does make much of this material derivative, if competent. The company's biggest hit, the 1966 Top Twenty pop smash "The Duck" by Jackie Lee oddly not placed on volume one, leads off Mirwood Soul Story, Vol. 2 and sets the mood for most of what follows: upbeat ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The second volume of '60s soul from this Los Angeles label offers two dozen sides, most of them from mid-'60s singles, though there are a few later tracks and previously unissued cuts and mixes. It might have been based in L.A., but for much of the time, Mirwood sure seemed to be trying to create a vibraphone-heavy facsimile of the Motown sound. They were hardly alone in that category, of course, but it does make much of this material derivative, if competent. The company's biggest hit, the 1966 Top Twenty pop smash "The Duck" by Jackie Lee oddly not placed on volume one, leads off Mirwood Soul Story, Vol. 2 and sets the mood for most of what follows: upbeat Motown-ish soul with a pounding, dancefloor-ready rhythm, though usually not executed as memorably as "The Duck" itself. There are a few performers here who had experienced some success before landing on Mirwood the Olympics, Bob & Earl, the Sheppards, and gospel singer J.W. Alexander, but none of these tracks would rate among their best recordings. To be uncharitable, the similarities to some of Motown's greats are often unavoidable, whether it's the Olympics' "Mine Exclusively" to Marvin Gaye; the Mirettes' "He's All Right with Me" to Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street": the Darlettes' "Sweet Kind of Loneliness" to Mary Wells; the Hideaways' "Jolly Joe" to Junior Walker: the Belles' "Cupid's Got a Hold on Me" to the Supremes, and so on. Perhaps unsurprisingly, J.W. Alexander takes a page out of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me" on "Baby, It's Real," considering that Alexander played a role in Cooke's own career. To be more charitable, the formulas being emulated are good enough that this kind of near-imitation is at least more pleasant than annoying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667226424
  • Catalog Number: 264
  • Sales rank: 182,672

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Duck - Jackie Lee (2:20)
  2. 2 Dancin' Everywhere - Bob & Earl (3:15)
  3. 3 Mine Exclusively - The Olympics (2:27)
  4. 4 He's All Right with Me - The Mirettes (2:21)
  5. 5 Cigarette Ashes - James Conwell (2:10)
  6. 6 Would You Believe - Jackie Lee (3:22)
  7. 7 The Day When She Needed Me - The Performers (2:41)
  8. 8 Second Hand Happiness @@Jimmy Conwell (2:29)
  9. 9 Big Brother @@Bobby Garrett (3:07)
  10. 10 Baby, It's Real @@JW Alexander (2:29)
  11. 11 Sweet Kind of Loneliness - The Darlettes (2:38)
  12. 12 Jolly Joe @@Hideaways (1:51)
  13. 13 I Wanna Do Everything for You Baby - The Mirettes (2:21)
  14. 14 Secret Agents - The Olympics (2:27)
  15. 15 How Do You Like It - The Sheppards (2:19)
  16. 16 Trust Me @@Jackie Lee (3:19)
  17. 17 Could It Be @@Richard Tample (2:35)
  18. 18 Baby, I'm Satisfied - Delores Hall (2:18)
  19. 19 You Hurt Me @@Bobbie Lee Timberlake (1:56)
  20. 20 Cupid's Got a Hold on Me @@Belles (2:39)
  21. 21 La Stomp - The Performers (2:37)
  22. 22 Boo-Ga-Loo-Party - Joe Swift's Internationals (2:55)
  23. 23 Your P-E-R-S-O-N-A-L-I-T-Y - Jackie Lee (2:44)
  24. 24 My Little Girl - Bob & Earl (2:50)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Van McCoy Composer, Producer
Rene Hall Arranger
Earl Nelson Composer
Bob Relf Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
James Alexander Composer
Tony Rounce Memorabilia, Label Design
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Label Design
Godoy Colbert Composer
Fred Hill Arranger
Peter Gibbon Memorabilia, Label Design
Joe Swift Composer
Nathaniel Nathan Composer, Producer
Fred E. Smith Producer
Eddie La Shea Composer, Producer
Leonard Jewell Smith Producer
Robert Nelson Relf Composer
Sherlie Matthews Composer
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