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New York Soul Serenade

New York Soul Serenade

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Twenty-eight rare '60s New York soul cuts, mostly from the vaults of the Scepter and Musicor labels. There are a few recognizable minor soul stars here (Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Big Maybelle, Walter Jackson, Judy Clay


Twenty-eight rare '60s New York soul cuts, mostly from the vaults of the Scepter and Musicor labels. There are a few recognizable minor soul stars here (Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, Big Maybelle, Walter Jackson, Judy Clay, Johnny Maestro), as well as selections by performers on the downhill commercial slide (the Platters and Jive Five). The Scepter and Musicor discs were characterized by grand, melodramatic songs and production, and while these are not lost classics, they do boast some good tunes and arrangements. This is recommended above most of Kent's other soul rarities collections for that reason: there's a good deal of variety and range of emotion, not just the standard uptempo happy music so beloved on Northern soul dance floors. And if you're looking for curiosities, there are plenty: an obscure Bacharach-David tune from 1962 (Jimmy Radcliffe's "(There Goes) The Forgotten Man"), blue-eyed soul from future country star Ed Bruce, social realism from football star Roosevelt Grier on "In My Tenement," the Dionne Warwick-produced side by the Gentlemen Four, and Big Maybelle's version of the superb ballad "Oh Lord, What Are You Doing to Me," better known as sung by Dionne Warwick.

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Kent Records Uk


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Maybelle   Track Performer
Ed Bruce   Track Performer
Maxine Brown   Track Performer
Chuck Jackson   Track Performer
Walter Jackson   Track Performer
Jive Five   Track Performer
Platters   Track Performer
Tommy Hunt   Track Performer
Burt Bacharach   Conductor
Freddie North   Track Performer
Marie Knight   Track Performer
Billy Byers   Track Performer
Judy Clay   Track Performer
Walter Johnson   Track Performer
Jimmy Radcliffe   Track Performer
Sammy O. Ambrose   Track Performer
Roosevelt Grier   Track Performer
Brooks O'Dell   Track Performer
Lonnie Sattin   Track Performer
Johnny Maestro & the Crests   Track Performer
Tangeers   Track Performer
Richie Adams   Conductor
Little Charles & the Sidewinders   Track Performer
Tony Drake   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Maybelle   Contributor
Dionne Warwick   Producer
Maxine Brown   Contributor
Crests   Contributor
Bobby Darin   Producer
Chuck Jackson   Contributor
Jive Five   Contributor
Burt Bacharach   Arranger
Bill Justis   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
George Andrews   Arranger
Ted Cooper   Arranger,Producer
Leroy Glover   Arranger
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Clyde Otis   Producer
Peter Paul   Producer
Otis Pollard   Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Harold Thomas   Producer
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger,Producer
Stan Green   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Luther Dixon   Producer
Windsor King   Producer
Tony Bruno   Producer
Richie Adams   Arranger
Bob Elgin   Composer
Julius Brown   Composer
Rob Hughes   Memorabilia
Nicholas Barker   Arranger
Junior Lewis   Contributor
Tony Drake   Memorabilia
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Walter Johnson   Contributor

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New York Soul Serenade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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For all it’s musical history – Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, the Brill Building, 52nd Street et al – one style New York City has never been known for is soul music, despite the huge number of writers, producers and artists that had to come through the city at some point. For a time, the Big Apple had a number of labels pursuing a distinctive “Big-City” sound, heavy on song craft and production value. Dramatic string section washes; sweet backing vocals and a classily intricate melodic bent typified the New York style on records by Dionne Warwick, the Drifters, the Shirelles, Sam Cooke and a host of lesser-known, but equally gifted singers. Despite the high quality of most recordings out of NYC, the “Uptown” sound, other regional labels would eclipse their Big Apple brethren. The world-beating success of the Motown Sound , the gritty gospel/country mix of Stax/Volt, and even the smooth and danceable soul of neighboring Philadelphia outshone the “Uptown” sound of NYC, which slowly slipped into (and then from) the memory of most. Luckily, for you and me, the soul devotees at UK label Kent have focused on the New York sound for another of their stellar compilations. New York Soul Serenade samples some of the best Big City Soul from labels such as Scepter/Wand, RCA, Old Town and ABC/Dunhill. Compiler Ady Croasdell has assembled a stirring and impressive set of should have-been classics, with the emphasis on the sophisticated writing, stylish arrangements and urbanely dramatic vocals. Don't think for a minute that this is merely lightweight pop passing for soul. Walter Jackson's aching version of "No Easy Way Down" (a hit for Dusty Springfield), is moody and searching, while the Tangiers' "This Empty Place" (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) could be at home next to anything by the Four Tops or Temptations. Walter Johnson's "Not Now but Later" is soulful and impassioned as any effort by David Ruffin or William Bell. As usual for a Kent compilation there’s a surprise: "In My Tenement" is a delight written and sung by ex-pro footballer Roosevelt Grier. I’d love to find a copy of the Grier album shown in the CD booklet! Along the way, we find more hidden gems like Junior Lewis' "Man Who Has Everything" and Big Maybelle's heartbreaking "Oh Lord, What are You Doing to Me?” New York Soul Serenade never fails to reward the next listen.