Northern Soul: Cream of 60's Soul

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For this two-CD, 32-track compilation, the concept is Northern soul: rare, dance-oriented '60s soul that has developed an enduring cult following in England, that is. You'll find some artists here who had hits, though you won't find their big hits on the disc themselves: Eddie Holman, the O'Jays, the Manhattans, Martha Reeves, Bobby Womack, the Olympics, Jackie Lee, the Ad-Libs, David Ruffin, Edwin Starr. A couple of these actually were hits: the Parliaments' "I Wanna Testify," with a young George Clinton, and Bob and Earl's oft-covered "Harlem Shuffle." And some of them, like Timothy Wilson's "Hiding in Your Heart," are luscious ballads, not up-tempo tunes. Most of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
For this two-CD, 32-track compilation, the concept is Northern soul: rare, dance-oriented '60s soul that has developed an enduring cult following in England, that is. You'll find some artists here who had hits, though you won't find their big hits on the disc themselves: Eddie Holman, the O'Jays, the Manhattans, Martha Reeves, Bobby Womack, the Olympics, Jackie Lee, the Ad-Libs, David Ruffin, Edwin Starr. A couple of these actually were hits: the Parliaments' "I Wanna Testify," with a young George Clinton, and Bob and Earl's oft-covered "Harlem Shuffle." And some of them, like Timothy Wilson's "Hiding in Your Heart," are luscious ballads, not up-tempo tunes. Most of this stuff, though, is pretty rare, or certainly not heard on oldies radio anymore even if they were low-charting R&B hits or got some regional action. There are many Northern soul compilations (almost all of them, unsurprisingly, from the U.K.), and judged by the basis of track selection, this is one of the better ones. The songs have the kind of hooks, energy, disciplined harmonies, and thoughtful production that put them into the league of records that at their best should have been at least small hits, and at their worst would be enjoyable filler on the average '60s soul broadcast. In its disfavor, however, the liner notes do not give original release details on most of the tracks, though they do give reasonable background information on the performers. The sound is okay but has obviously, in at least some instances, been taken from vinyl, and often has a harsh, brittle high end. It still sounds better than the average tape of such stuff would if you got someone to make it from a private collection. And, it would cost you a bunch to buy these in different formats, whether on other CD reissues (if you could even find them on reissues) or the rare original 45s. The best obscurity is the Flirtations' "Settle Down," which is mid-tempo female-sung harmony soul with an outstanding melody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Pilot
  • UPC: 800945013420
  • Catalog Number: 134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Can't Be True (3:03)
  2. 2 Try My Method - Jackie Lee (2:30)
  3. 3 Human (2:44)
  4. 4 (I Wanna) Testify (3:05)
  5. 5 Your Still in My Heart - David Ruffin (2:57)
  6. 6 Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (2:34)
  7. 7 Never Alone - Robert Ward (3:03)
  8. 8 Whirlpool (2:20)
  9. 9 When a Man Loves a Woman (3:05)
  10. 10 Can't Break the Habit (2:41)
  11. 11 Still Hungry (2:47)
  12. 12 Nothing No Sweeter Than Love (2:50)
  13. 13 Secret Agents - The Olympics (2:28)
  14. 14 Another Dirty Deal (2:30)
  15. 15 Were in the Middle - L.J. Reynolds (2:58)
  16. 16 I Wonder - Bobby Womack (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'll Never Forget You - The O'Jays (2:13)
  2. 2 What Should I Do - The Manhattans (2:24)
  3. 3 Hole in the Wall - J.J. Barnes (2:59)
  4. 4 You Better Believe in Me - Eskew Reeder (2:41)
  5. 5 Settle Down (2:37)
  6. 6 He's Alright With Me (2:23)
  7. 7 Hit and Run (2:24)
  8. 8 Just Trying to Please You (2:29)
  9. 9 My Kind of Woman (2:39)
  10. 10 Hiding in Your Heart - Timothy Wilson (2:44)
  11. 11 Looking into the Eyes of a Fool (2:22)
  12. 12 Bingo (2:09)
  13. 13 False Alarm - The Volcanos (2:34)
  14. 14 Superdance - Jackie Lee (2:27)
  15. 15 Give It Back - Tripps (2:09)
  16. 16 Set Me Free - The Performers (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darrell Banks Track Performer
The Manhattans Track Performer
L.J. Reynolds Track Performer
David Ruffin Track Performer
Edwin Starr Track Performer
Carl Carlton Track Performer
The Incredibles Track Performer
The Mirettes Track Performer
Eddie Holman Track Performer
Lee Garrett Track Performer
Robert Ward Track Performer
Martha Reeves Track Performer
Tripps Track Performer
Steve Mancha Track Performer
The Parliaments Track Performer
Timothy Wilson Track Performer
The Volcanos Track Performer
Technical Credits
Cecil Gant Composer
J.J. Barnes Composer
D. Davis Composer
Raymond Leveen Composer
Graham Betts Liner Notes, Annotation
Sherlie Matthews Composer
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