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Uptown Down South
     

Uptown Down South

 
The title implies that these are recordings cut south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but with an uptown sound; the concept is flawed. Just as you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, if you use southern musicians and producers, the product is going to sound likewise. If Diana Ross used these same hookups, she would sound like

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The title implies that these are recordings cut south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but with an uptown sound; the concept is flawed. Just as you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, if you use southern musicians and producers, the product is going to sound likewise. If Diana Ross used these same hookups, she would sound like Ann Sexton or Betty Wright. However, the compilation deserves kudos despite its gray area because its selections are so scarce. To have them accessible on one CD is a musical godsend. Highlights among the 24-tracks include Roger Hatcher's glorious "Sweetest Girl in the World"; Marva Whitney's tumultuous "Don't Let Our Love Fade Away"; Skip Mahoney & the Casuals' "Running Away From Love"; Bits 'N' Pieces' "Keep On Running Away"; the Wallace Brothers' "Thanks a Lot"; and ZZ Hill's "Our Love Is Getting Better." Other saucy entrées include tracks by the Kelly Brothers, the Avons (a little-known female group), and Lucille Mathis.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
Label:
Kent Records Uk
UPC:
0029667212120
catalogNumber:
121
Rank:
174534

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Performance Credits

Z.Z. Hill   Track Performer
Shirley Brown   Track Performer
Wallace Brothers   Track Performer
Marva Whitney   Track Performer
Freddie North   Track Performer
Bobby Powell   Track Performer
Bessie Jones   Track Performer
John Ervin   Vocals
Percy Wiggins   Track Performer
Kelly Brothers   Track Performer
Jerry Washington   Track Performer
Avons   Track Performer
Marion James   Track Performer
Little Johnny Truitt   Track Performer
Lee Brackett   Track Performer
Roger Hatcher   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bob Holmes   Arranger,Producer
Jerry Crutchfield   Producer
Alan Rush   Producer
Robert Tubert   Producer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Jerry Washington   Producer
Russell Sims   Producer
Ellis Taylor   Producer

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