Dore L.A. Soul Sides

Dore L.A. Soul Sides


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Dore L.A. Soul Sides

Sensing an opportunity in the marketplace, the Los Angeles-based Dore label made a conscious decision to pursue the soul market in 1964, deciding that it was one place where the British Invasion couldn't encroach. Prior to that, Dore primarily released pop records by white acts, including some of the earliest songs and productions by Phil Spector -- this era is chronicled on the 2011 Ace compilation The Dore Story: Postcards from Los Angeles 1958-1964 -- but from 1965 on, they focused on soul, and this 2014 compilation from Ace collects 24 sides from this time, including a couple previously unreleased cuts from the vaults. Compiler Ady Croasdell stretches the time frame slightly, finding Slim & the Twilites' "Family Man" from 1962 and Tommy & Leon's "Your Love Belongs to Me" from 1963 and also stretching all the way to 1975 for Starbright!'s "Sunshine," but this chiefly consists of singles from 1965-1969. As such, most of this music follows the fashion of the time, which would be the joyous, orchestrated pop-soul coming out of Motown balanced by a similarly sweet and exuberant sound from Chicago -- in other words, the strains of soul that would later be branded as Northern soul. Being based on the West Coast, Dore's version of this bright, danceable groove was slightly splashier and also found a little room for some slower, steamier sounds coming out of the South, and these subtle distinctions do give the label's roster some character, particularly when compiled in a set as smart as this. It's one for serious soul collectors, to be sure -- there aren't hits here, nor are there stars (Toussaint McCall & the Whisperers are about as big as the names get) -- but it's not only satisfying to this breed, it's also so much fun that casual soul fans will get sucked into its sway and style quite easily.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667241526
catalogNumber: 1178741
Rank: 69340

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chester Pipkin   Conductor
Bobby Day   Conductor

Technical Credits

Gene Page   Arranger,Producer
Toussaint McCall   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
Nicholas Caldwell   Composer
Bobby Mitchell   Composer
Milton Myrick   Composer
Howard Scott   Composer
Doc Siegel   Engineer
Ronald Cook   Composer
Harry Holt   Composer,Producer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Robert Byrd   Composer
John Greek   Arranger,Engineer
John Gummoe   Composer
Gordy Harmon   Composer
Chester Pipkin   Arranger,Composer
Lew Bedell   Producer
Gary Pipkin   Composer
Gilles Petard   Cover Photo
Mack David   Composer
Fred Spielman   Composer
Kenard Gardner   Composer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Leonard Green   Composer
G&G   Producer
Patrick Robinson   Composer
Little Johnny Hamilton   Composer
Jack Eskew   Arranger
B. J. Hunter   Composer
Robert Plaisted   Composer
Ray Marchand   Composer
Frances Lark   Composer
Bobby Swayne   Composer
Bobby Day   Arranger
Bill Howe   Composer
Art Sibrie   Composer
Harold Rustigan   Composer
Glen Marchand   Composer
Eddie Lee Williams   Composer
Charles Davis   Composer
Louie Barreto   Composer,Producer
Lou Bideu   Composer
Jimmy Locke   Composer
Wayne Holt   Composer
Rod Baumgardner   Producer

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