Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You Better Believe It!: Rare and Modern Soul Gems From The Vaults of Atco, Atlantic, Cotillion, Reprise, and Warner Bros. 1967-1978

This collection, painstakingly put together by legendary UK DJ Richard Searling, documents the waning years of the soul movement before it morphed into the Devil's infernal Disco. Soul aficionados will recognize several artists represented: Ben E. King, Mary Wells, Donny Hathaway, Tower of Power. Some of the rarer of rare and more memorable of modern tracks include the sweet Philly soul from Pittsburgh native Terry Collins on "I L.O.V.E. Y.O.U.", the smooth thrills of The Aristocrats "Let's Get Together Now", the funky mating call of Prince Phillip Mitchell's "One On One", and "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", a beguiling track from The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Soul collectors will rejoice at finding in one compilation what they would otherwise spend years searching for. You really need to bow down to Searling and clap your hands rhythmically to this compilation.

Buy this record because you love, you hate, you just can't hesitate.


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