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CD Review

VARIOUS ARTISTS  -  On The Soul Side

Kent Soul (UK) CDKEND 473

PATRICE HOLLOWAY-Love And Desire; The Thrill Of Romance/LITTLE ANTHONY & the IMPERIALS-Gonna Fix You Good (Every Time You’e Bad)/BOBBY SHEEN-Dr Love/JIMMY HOLIDAY & CLYDIE KING-Ready Willing And Able/HOMER BANKS-A Lot Of Love/O’JAYS-Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)/H.B. BARNUM-The Record/GARNET MIMMS-It Was Easier To Hurt Her/BENNY SPELLMAN-Fortune Teller/SHOWMEN-It Will Stand/GINGER THOMPSON-Boy Watcher/EXCITERS-Do-Wah-Diddy/ELLIE GREENWICH-I Want You To Be My Baby/GENE McDANIELS-Point Of No Return/JIMMY HOLIDAY-Baby I Love You/TIMI YURO-What’s A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)/CLYDIE KING-If You Were A Man/MAGNIFICENT MEN-Nobody Treats Me The Way You Do/JUNE JACKSON-It’s What’s Underneath That Counts/BOBBY WOMACK-What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone)/EARL KING-Trick Bag/SYLVIA ROBBINS-Don’t Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart/MARV JOHNSON-The Man Who Don’t Believe In Love/LOU RAWLS-Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing/MERRY CLAYTON-Nothing Left To Do But Cry

Way back in 1983, the sixteen-track Kent lp (#006) ‘On The Soul Side’ hit the record racks to the delight of soul music punters, sixteen gems licensed from the EMI family at the time.  Now, some thirty-five years later, those fine selections have been kept in their original running order and are now joined by a further ten in totally complementary mood to make up this set in its revitalised cd format.  To look at some of those first, where better to start than with the cut that leads the way, viz Clydie King’s Jerry Riopell-penned and produced sub-Spectorish beat ballad, recorded for Imperial in 1965.  Also turning up on Imperial - a year later - was (Mister) June Jackson and the upbeat, femme-supported ‘It’s What’s Underneath That Counts’, a number he wrote and produced himself.  Marv Johnson also self-penned his ‘The Man Who Don’t Believe In Love’, the last of his United Artists nineteen 45s, released in 1964 before he would return to the Berry Gordy fold at Motown, while the unmistakeable voice of Bobby Womack drives ‘What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone)’, a Minit flip side from 1968.  Sylvia Vanderpool, later to be All Platinum co-founder Sylvia (‘Pillow Talk’) Robinson, recorded for Sue as Sylvia Robbins, from whence cometh 1964’s ‘Don’t Let Your Eyes Get Bigger Than Your Heart’, a tasty organ and drum-propelled number and the rear is brought up by the atmospheric, uptown sound of ‘Nothing Left To Do But Cry’ from Merry Clayton.  The vinyl version began with Patrice Holloway’s ;Love And Desire’ - a number that surely needs no introduction - while that ‘bonus ten’ is enhanced by a previously unissued Capitol recording by the lady, ‘The Thrill Of Romance’ being another carrying northern appeal.  Throw in such dancers as Bobby Sheen’s ‘Dr. Love’, Ginger Thompson’s retort to the O’Kaysions with ‘Boy Watcher’ and the Exciters’ original of ‘Do-Wah-Diddy’, mix with strong soul stirrers like H.B. Barnum’s version of ‘The Record’, Garnet Mimms’ ‘It Was Easier To Hurt Her’ and Jimmy Holiday’s ‘Baby I Love You’ and constant favourites from such as Little Anthony & the Imperials, Homer Banks, the Showmen, Gene McDaniels and Timi Yuro and you get nothing less than a sure-fire winner.

review posted 23/6/18