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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667214926
  • Catalog Number: 149
  • Sales rank: 247,348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Stepping out of the Picture (2:24)
  2. 2 My Arms Aren't Strong Enough - Judy Clay (2:51)
  3. 3 Am I Falling in Love - Maxine Brown (2:08)
  4. 4 I'm Gonna Have a Party - Ed Bruce (2:27)
  5. 5 The Man Who Has Everything - Junior Lewis (3:10)
  6. 6 Let's Play House - Tony Drake (3:02)
  7. 7 If It's for Real - Porgy & The Monarchs (2:56)
  8. 8 Oh Lord, Look What You Are Doing to Me (3:13)
  9. 9 Don't Believe Him, Donna (2:23)
  10. 10 New Neighborhood (2:19)
  11. 11 Welcome to Dreamsville (2:29)
  12. 12 In My Tenement (2:46)
  13. 13 Don't Hear, Speak, See No Evil (2:29)
  14. 14 You Need Me - Little Charles & the Sidewinders (2:44)
  15. 15 Sugar (Don't Take Away My Candy) (2:51)
  16. 16 It Won't Hurt - The Gentlemen Four (2:17)
  17. 17 Not Now But Later - Walter Johnson (3:00)
  18. 18 No Easy Way Down - Walter Jackson (4:54)
  19. 19 This Empty Place (2:53)
  20. 20 Haven't Got What It Takes (2:35)
  21. 21 The Hurt (1:53)
  22. 22 See the Big Man Cry - Ed Bruce (2:24)
  23. 23 False Alarm (2:29)
  24. 24 Who's Gonna Mention My Name (2:27)
  25. 25 Would You Still Say I'm the One You Love - Ray Crossen (2:54)
  26. 26 A Little Too Lonely - Marie Knight (2:47)
  27. 27 (There Goes) the Forgotten Man (2:56)
  28. 28 Soul Serenade (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Maybelle Track Performer
Ed Bruce Track Performer
Maxine Brown Track Performer
Chuck Jackson Track Performer
Walter Jackson Track Performer
The Jive Five Track Performer
The 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
The Crests Contributor
Bobby Darin Producer
Chuck Jackson Contributor
The 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
Nick Barker Arranger
Tony Bruno Producer
Richie Adams Arranger
Bob Elgin Composer
Julius Brown Composer
Rob Hughes Memorabilia
Junior Lewis Contributor
Tony Drake Memorabilia
Arthur Resnick Composer
Walter Johnson Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brings back a classic, but forgotten sound...

    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.

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