Dave Hamilton's Detroit Soul, Vol. 2

Dave Hamilton's Detroit Soul, Vol. 2


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Five years after the first installment comes Dave Hamilton's Detroit Soul, Vol. 2, a deep dive into rarities recorded by Detroit producer Hamilton between 1961 and 1984. Despite this wide range, most of these sides were recorded sometime between 1966 and 1974 and 18 of these 24 tracks were not released at the time, with a whopping 15 of them making their debut here. By definition, this music is obscure and there aren't even many names that repeat from the 2001 set: Hamilton himself and Chico & Buddy, but that's about it. If the acts don't ring a bell, the sound certainly does, grounded in the slick uptown groove of Motown of the late '60s but feeling thinner and funkier even when it doesn't slide into the elastic rhythms of the early '70s. Sometimes, this does mean the music sounds so gritty that it almost feels unfinished, bordering on the level of a demo, but that's also its charm: it feels like snapshot of a time, when musicians could hustle hard to score a quick hit. Occasionally, the comp drifts into unexpected territory -- there's a bit of a jump to "Four O'Clock Blues" or the quiet storm of "Remember Me" by Jimmy Scott (not the one you're thinking of), while the analog synths that pop up are always disarming -- but what's nice about this collection is how faithful it is to its era, alternating between down-and-dirty workouts and slick sweet pop tunes that never hit their intended mark but still sound sweet.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667244022
catalogNumber: 3024268
Rank: 126386


  1. Party Time
  2. When I Say Groove
  3. I Gotta Have You
  4. Showdown, Pt. 1
  5. The Love Bandit
  6. (Marriage Is Only) A State of Mind
  7. The Dreamer
  8. All I Need (Steal Away Tonight)
  9. My Sweet Baby
  10. Challenge My Love
  11. All I Want Is You
  12. Somebody Is Wrong
  13. It Takes Two
  14. Guess I'll Go to Packin'
  15. Love Me or Leave Me
  16. Must Have Had Company
  17. Mister Fireman
  18. Surely
  19. Moving On
  20. Four O'Clock Blues
  21. You Fool, You Fool
  22. Cracklin' Bread
  23. I'm Shooting High
  24. Remember Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Mary   Guitar

Technical Credits

Dave Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Robert C. Smith   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Gene Cooper   Composer
Joe Hunter   Composer
Gloria Williamson   Composer
Rony Darrell   Composer
Ernest Cooper   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Scott   Composer
Ann Bridgeforth   Composer
Freddy Mangum   Composer
Clarence Coulter   Composer,Producer
Simon Barbee   Composer
Frank Reynolds   Arranger,Composer
Ernest Fudge   Composer
Glemie Derrell   Composer
Willie Lampkin   Composer
Barbara Heston   Composer

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