Kent's Cellar of Soul, Vol. 2

Kent's Cellar of Soul, Vol. 2


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Kent's Cellar of Soul, Vol. 2

Even by the standards of catch-all 1960s soul rarities compilations, the guiding concept behind this collection is rather vague. Basically, the intent seems to be to showcase American soul singles that made their primary impression through nightclub play. Even that notion, however, is undercut by a comment in the liner notes indicating that one of the better-known tracks, Al Green's "Back Up Train," "wasn't particularly appealing" to the mods who were the main audience for this kind of stuff. It's better, then, to just treat this as a general '60s soul rarity anthology than search for a theme. As such things go (and there are many of them on the Kent/Ace label alone), it's okay, but not special. The usual formula for such collections applies: no big hits, a few stars or at least relatively familiar names (J.J. Jackson, Dee Dee Warwick, Joe Tex, the Olympics, James & Bobby Purify), and a whole lotta artists and songs you'll have never heard if you haven't been collecting this stuff for decades. Few of the tracks are striking; Warwick's typically tuneful, penetratingly sung soul-pop (on her 1965 single "We're Doing Fine") is about the best. Following on its heels in the quality department are the very Impressions-like "I Can't Work No Longer" by Billy Butler (brother of Jerry Butler) and Tex's "You Better Believe It, Baby" (which boasts a memorably insistent riff). Much of the rest is pleasantly derivative of major '60s soul trends, particularly Motown (Bobbi Lynn's "Earthquake" combines parts of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, while Leon Haywood's "It's Got to Be Mellow" is very much like Marvin Gaye) and, again, the Impressions (the Carltons' "Can't You Hear the Beat" and the Spidells' "Hmmm, with Feeling, Darling"). The accent's very much on danceable-but-not-frenetic upbeat soul, and while there's nothing wrong with that, what's here is specialist rather than general interest territory.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667225526
catalogNumber: 255
Rank: 47770

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.J. Jackson   Conductor
Ed Bland   Conductor
Reggie Obrecht   Conductor

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Joe Tex   Composer
Mac Gayden   Composer
Leon Haywood   Arranger,Composer,Producer
J.J. Jackson   Arranger
Ray Dahrouge   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Producer
Ed Bland   Arranger
Roland Chambers   Composer
Jerry Crutchfield   Producer
Larry Fallon   Arranger,Producer
Lew Futterman   Producer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
George Kerr   Producer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Morris Levy   Composer
George McGregor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Horace Ott   Arranger,Composer
Paul Robinson   Producer
Richard Rome   Arranger
Gerald Sims   Composer,Producer
Billy Terrell   Composer
Andrew "Mike" Terry   Arranger
Harold Thomas   Composer
Ed Townsend   Producer
Guy Draper   Composer,Producer
Richard Grasso   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Windsor King   Composer
Gary Illingworth   Composer
Timothy Williams   Composer
Reggie Obrecht   Arranger,Producer
Helen Miller   Composer
Curtis Rodgers   Composer,Producer
James Diggs   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Producer
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Leon Mitchell   Arranger
Benjamin Boyce   Producer
Palmer E. James   Composer,Producer
Roscoe Jr. Murphy   Composer,Producer
Fred E. Smith   Producer
Stuart Wiener   Producer
Tony Daniel   Composer
Jimmy Miller & His Barbecues   Producer
Sherlie Matthews   Composer
Hermon Weems   Composer
Alfred Brown   Composer

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