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Romark Records: Kent Harrris' Soul Sides

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As soon as Los Angeles-based R&B singer/songwriter Kent Harris achieved some success as a performer and songwriter -- "Cops & Robbers," a song he cut with his Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew hit the R&B Top 10 and was later popularized by Bo Diddley -- he began to build his own modest empire, DJing and producing throughout L.A. while also opening the Romark Records label. This 2013 compilation -- which follows Ace's 2012 set Kent Harris' R&B Family, collecting productions and singles associated with Harris and his extended family, which reached far into show biz (he could claim Redd Foxx as his brother-in-law) -- focuses on Romark, which released...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As soon as Los Angeles-based R&B singer/songwriter Kent Harris achieved some success as a performer and songwriter -- "Cops & Robbers," a song he cut with his Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew hit the R&B Top 10 and was later popularized by Bo Diddley -- he began to build his own modest empire, DJing and producing throughout L.A. while also opening the Romark Records label. This 2013 compilation -- which follows Ace's 2012 set Kent Harris' R&B Family, collecting productions and singles associated with Harris and his extended family, which reached far into show biz (he could claim Redd Foxx as his brother-in-law) -- focuses on Romark, which released singles with some regularity between 1963 and 1971. None of these songs were hits -- indeed, some of these tracks weren't even released at the time and have been excavated for this release, including a handful of disco and quiet storm songs Harris cut toward the end of the '70s and the beginning of the '80s -- and none of the singers turned into stars further on down the road, so this is pretty obscure stuff. That doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. Some of the appeal derives from pure sonics, whether it's the cool uptown grooves of the '60s, the cramped, compressed sound of the demos, the slick urban veneer of the disco material, but there are also some nice, tightly written songs delivered with gusto by talented, if not especially charismatic, singers. In other words, it's soul for crate-diggers, listeners who appreciate texture and flair, or a convincing cover of Elton John's "Talking Old Soldiers" by Marcene "Dimples" Harris. This isn't music that delivers a knock-out punch, but it's assured generic '60s soul that satisfies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2013
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667239721
  • Catalog Number: 6723972
  • Sales rank: 118,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All At Once - Ty Karim (2:23)
  2. 2 Work It Out - Marcene Harris (2:35)
  3. 3 Beautiful Day My Brother (Keep Moving On) - Obe Jessie & The Seeds Of Freedom (3:18)
  4. 4 It's Hard To Explain - Ray Agee (4:04)
  5. 5 I'll Come Back To You - The Mighty Hannibal (3:36)
  6. 6 Too Much - Billy Williams (2:50)
  7. 7 Have Mercy On Me - Larry Atkins (2:25)
  8. 8 I’m The Only One - Donoman (2:18)
  9. 9 Where Did You Stay Last Night - Phillips Sisters (2:32)
  10. 10 South Central Slide - Romark's Wrecking Crew (2:40)
  11. 11 Ain’t That Love Enough - Larry Atkins (2:20)
  12. 12 Faith, Hope & Trust - Faye Ross (2:32)
  13. 13 I’m Leaving You (2:14)
  14. 14 Dream Girl - The Lon-Genes (2:31)
  15. 15 Do I Need You - Dimples Harris (4:08)
  16. 16 I’m Leavin’ You - Deborah Foster (4:37)
  17. 17 Any Fool Can Feel It - Marshall McQueen Jr. (3:58)
  18. 18 Help Me Get This Feeling Back Again - Larry Atkins (3:07)
  19. 19 Peekaboo - Eddie Bridges & His Lowriders (2:40)
  20. 20 Tough Competition - Jimmy “Preacher” Ellis (3:07)
  21. 21 There Will Be Some Changes Made - Cry Baby Curtis (2:59)
  22. 22 Pay And Be On My Way - O’ Malley Jones (2:42)
  23. 23 If I Can't Stop You - Marshall McQueen Jr. (2:31)
  24. 24 I Can't Hold Back This Feeling - Deborah Foster (4:29)
  25. 25 I Know How It Feels (To Grow Old) - Marcene Harris (3:32)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Ray Agee Composer
Karime Harris Illustrations, Photo Courtesy
Kent Harris Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Harley Hatcher Arranger, Composer, Producer
Obie Jessie Composer, Producer
Jerry Long Arranger
Bernie Taupin Composer
Ady Croasdell Liner Notes, Illustrations
John Ridley Illustrations
Kirk Roberts Illustrations
Gilles Petard Photo Courtesy
Mick Patrick Illustrations
Jesse Roberts Composer
Billy Williams Composer
Steve Propes Liner Notes
Johnny Gosey Composer
Alan Kitchener Illustrations
Marshall McQueen Composer
Curtis Payne Composer
Zeke Strong Arranger
Eddie Bridges Composer
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