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  • Vernons Girls - You Know What I Mean (CD)


    Stars of Jack Good’s TV shows Oh Boy! and Boy Meets Girls, THE VERNONS GIRLS were pretty much a cottage industry of their own, with their various satellites and spinoffs.

    A sixteen-girl ensemble when Jack discovered them in 1957, by the turn of the 60s they’d slimmed down to a trio, their ex-members either pursuing solo careers or forming rival vocal duos/trios.

    Concentrating on their R&R and Pop output, this compilation traces their early careers variously as The Vernons Girls, Two Vernons Girls and spinoffs in the shape of a handful of Lynn Cornell’s early solo 45s, plus singles by The De Laine Sisters and The Breakaways.

    Includes chart and turntable hits like ’Let’s Get Together’, ’Madison Time’, ’Lover Please’, ’Never On Sunday’, ’You Know What I Mean’, ’The Locomotion’ and ’Funny All Over’.

    Surprisingly, several of these sides are unavailable elsewhere on CD, making this a must-have for the gals’ vast legions of fans.

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  • Paulette Sisters - In The ’50s (CD)


    The Paulette Sisters were among the most prolific of all the singing sisters of the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s, recordings dozens of singles for such major labels as Decca, Columbia and Capitol, yet this is the very first CD compilation of their work.

    They were early protégées of Connee Boswell and backed her on several sides as a quartet.

    When one of the sisters left to get married, Connee coached them on becoming a trio like the Boswells.

    This new Jasmine set focuses on their 50’s material, with orchestrations by Mitch Miller, Percy Faith, Larry Clinton, Dave Cavanaugh, and Sy Oliver, all remastered in pristine digital sound.

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  • Paris Sisters - The First Ten Years (CD)


    THE PARIS SISTERS are chiefly remembered for their winsome, million-selling ’I Love How You Love Me’, one of Phil Spector’s early freelance productions, in 1961.

    However, they were already a hugely experienced trio, having been cutting records – initially as something of an Andrews Sisters’ tribute act – since 1953, for labels like Cavalier, Decca and Imperial.

    Spector produced three further hits with the girls, ’Be My Boy’, ’He Knows I Love Him Too Much’ and ’Let Me Be The One’, while ’Yes – I Love You’ was a significant regional success.

    All are included on this compilation, which presents the very best of their recorded output between 1953-62, and also features twenty pre-Spector rarities.

    Few of their early sides have ever appeared in the digital format previously, making this a wholly unique, must-have collection.

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  • Various - What Kind Of Girl (Do You Think I Am?) – East Coast Girls And Groups 1960-1962 (CD)


    Another classic instalment of ’The Girl Group Sound’, this 30-track set is Jasmine’s long awaited follow up to ’Love Charms – West Coast hits and rarities from California Girls & Groups 1957-1962’ (JASCD963).

    However, this time around the tracks are from the US East Coast, taking in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago.

    Featured artists range from famous names like The Ronettes, Patty LaBelle & The Blue Belles, The Chantels, Erma Franklin and Shirley Ellis to Brill Building Soul sisters like The Shirelles, The Exciters, The Cookies and Little Eva.

    And from Cameo-Parkway thrushes The Orlons and Dee Dee Sharp to Tamla-Motown songstresses The Marvelettes, The Vells, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas and Mary Wells.

    While elsewhere, we have perhaps lesser-readily known names like The Carousels, Mary Ann Fisher, Ann Cole, The Corvells, Tammy Montgomery, Tawny Williams, Geraldine Hunt and The Heartbreakers.

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  • Springfield Dusty - Dusty Sings Soul (CD)


    From the very start of her solo career, it was Dusty Springfield’s intention to make records in the style of the black American artists that she admired, both professionally and personally. She recorded her version of a soul song at her first solo session and was still recording soul songs on all of her albums, singles and EPs throughout the ’60s and into the ’70s. Dusty Sings Soul is a long overdue and carefully curated collection of recordings from Dusty’s ’60s singles and albums, designed to demonstrate that she was not only the UK’s finest female singer but also it’s finest soul singer of her era and, for many, of all time. There is no shortage of Dusty compilations out there, but this is the first one to exclusively concentrate on this particular side of her far-reaching work. These are not ’covers’, in that Dusty never directly covered any record until the original had run it’s course. Dusty simply recorded songs that she loved herself, and that she hoped her fans would love. Dusty was a big fan of many of the artists whose songs she recorded and helped to raise their profile in the UK through her interpretations of their work. For soul fans who love Dusty but who only want to hear her singing soul, rather than the show tunes and/or pop ballads that she was equally at home with, this will be every bit as essential as her Dusty In Memphis album and the records she made in Philadelphia at the very end of the ’60s with Gamble & Huff. The booklet is generously illustrated and copiously annotated.

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  • Smith Sammi - Looks Like Stormy Weather 1969-1975 (CD)


    Sammi Smith sang soulful, melancholy country music. Her low, distinctively husky voice was built for sad songs, and she has been described as country music’s Dusty Springfield.

    Compiled and annotated by Bob Stanley, ”Looks Like Stormy Weather” is a collection built for winter nights. There was a compelling warmth to her voice that should have taken her out of country and into the Hot 100 – or even the UK charts – more than once, but her only real crossover moment came in 1971 when she scored the original hit version of ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’.

    DJ Ralph Emery recalled being in a motel room with Sammi one night in 1970 where she had sat and played him a whole bunch of Kris Kristofferson songs. At that point, neither the DJ nor Sammi had a clue what was around the corner for her or for her friend Kristofferson, who was then just the janitor at Columbia Records. ’Help Me Make It Through The Night’ topped Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart for three weeks in 1971, peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, won ”Single of the Year” and the ”Best Country Song” at the CMA awards, and a Grammy for ”Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female”. Sammi’s voice would have been new to most listeners – it’s melancholic ache and sensuous depth suited the song’s needs perfectly. Now signed to the tiny Mega label, she would record seven albums for them between 1970 and 1975, and the pick of them are the heart of this compilation.

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  • DeCastro Sisters - Cuban Nightingales – The Complete Rarities (2CD) (CD)


    The DeCastro Sisters are best-remembered today for their classic hit ’Teach Me Tonight’, but their careers actually spanned an amazing seven decades, from the mid-1940s to the early 2000s.

    Bear Family previously issued a collection of their Abbott and RCA recordings, but here gathered for the first time are the remainder of their vast catalogue, without duplicating a single track. Included are two complete stereo Capitol albums, the rest of their rare singles (including the stereo version of ’Teach Me Tonight Cha Cha’) and private demos from Peggy DeCastro’s personal collection.

    The Cuban trio had a style and sound unlike any other vocal group and they are displayed here in all their glory.

    Jasmine has restored everything with their meticulous work on two CD’s containing nearly three hours of music. Above all, the DeCastro Sisters are fun and guaranteed to give you an exciting listening experience.

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  • Sweet Inspirations - Let It Be Me: The Atlantic Recordings 1967-1970 (3CD Box) (CD)


    Three CD set featuring 66 tracks by The Sweet Inspirations cut for Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1970.

    A comprehensive collection from the voices behind a plethora of hitmakers including Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Wilson Pickett and many others, who were signed in their own right by Jerry Wexler.

    Including the Top five R&B and Top 20 pop hit, ’Sweet Inspiration’.

    The set also includes eight tracks with the line-up including Ann Williams who replaced Cissy Houston; produced by Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro, it was originally intended for release as an entire LP and has never been released in full until now.

    With stellar liner notes by renowned US writer/essayist Tim Dillinger including extensive quotes from Estelle Brown specifically for this reissue, and produced by SoulMusic Records’ founder David Nathan, with mastering by Nick Robbins and artwork by Roger Williams.

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  • Sinatra Nancy - Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Ltd, digipak) (CD)


    2021 definitive digitally remastered compilation including solo recordings, rarities and duets with Lee Hazlewood. Remastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the collection is complemented by liner notes penned by Amanda featuring insightful new interviews with Sinatra, as well as a Q&A with archivist and GRAMMY®-nominated reissue co-producer, Hunter Lea. Nancy’s performance of the Lee Hazlewood-penned song ”These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” was a huge hit in 1966 and became her signature tune. The pair began a three year run of successful albums, duets, and singles including ”Sugar Town,” ”Some Velvet Morning,” ”Summer Wine,” ”Sand,” ”Jackson,” and the title track to the 1967 James Bond film ”You Only Live Twice.” Start Walkin’ explores Nancy’s recordings with Lee, her inspired collaborations with songwriter Mac Davis (”Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”), producer Lenny Waronker (”Hook and Ladder”), and the ”should’ve been hit” song with arranger/producer Billy Strange (”How Are Things In California.”). Over the years, she has been cited as an influence by countless artists, including Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Calexico, U2, and Lana Del Rey. Her haunting song ”Bang, Bang” gained a new legion of fans when it appeared in the opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film, Kill Bill Volume 1.

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  • Franklin Aretha - The Electrifying + bonus (CD)


    Reissue of Aretha Franklin’s ’Electrifying Aretha Franklin’ plus bonus album ’The Tender, The Moving, The Swinging Aretha Franklin’ plus four extra bonus: ’Trouble In Mind’, ’Hard Times’, ’When They Ask About You’ and ’Operation Heartbreak’.

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  • Various - Ladies Choice: The Pen Of Swan Records (RSD) (CD)


    Swan Records is more than just The Beatles and Link Wray; from the late ’50s through late ’60s they doled out a magnificent array of records which shaped the early Philadelphia sound. This record celebrates the female voices of the Swan roster.

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  • Various - Evolution of a Girl Group – The Dreamers to The Blossoms (CD)


    Famously described by Rock writer Jay Warner as ’The most successful unknown group of the 60s,’ THE BLOSSOMS evolved out of THE DREAMERS, via THE ROLLETTES, and THE PLAYGIRLS.

    Nonetheless just about everybody has actually heard them, because in addition to cutting their own records, they sang – either unbilled or under pseudonyms – on a number of big hit records of the era.

    This compilation presents all their own 45s, starting in 1954 as The Dreamers, to 1962 when they had become The Blossoms, most of which are as rare as hens’ teeth.

    Also included are several of their well-known ’guest appearances’, backing artists like Richard Berry, Ed Townsend, Shelley Fabares, Duane Eddy and Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, and most famously The Crystals, for whom they ’deputised’ on the Phil Spector-produced hits ’He’s A Rebel’ and ’He’s Sure The Boy I Love’.

    This is the first time that this body of work has been thus compiled, juxtaposing the girls’ own rare/collectable 45s alongside their hits, recorded as session singers.

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  • George Barbara - I Know – The A.F.O. & Sue Years (CD)


    Barbara George is, alongside Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville and Ernie K. Doe, one of the best known singers to come out of New Orleans.

    She was instrumental in the early success of the A.F.O. label, set up as an artist’s co-operative in New Orleans in 1961.

    Her self-penned hit ’I Know’ was the label’s only big hit, reaching number 3 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 and spending 4 weeks at number one on America’s R&B chart. It remains one of the most popular of all the records produced in New Orleans.

    The follow-up ’You Talk About Love’ made number 46 on the Hot 100 after which she was lured away from A.F.O. and signed directly to the New York Sue label where she had another Hot 100 hit with ’Send For Me’ later in 1962.

    This CD package collects together her A.F.O. and Sue sides along with all the tracks from her only LP, named after her biggest hit ’I Know’. Eighteen tracks chronicling the best of Barbara George.

    The accompanying booklet includes all writing and publishing credits, label scans and contemporary music press adverts as well as Barbara George’s history from her days in New Orleans and her move to New York, a classic case of a bigger label exerting its power over a smaller competitor.

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  • Baby Washington - A Handful of Memories 1956-1962 (CD)


    A twenty-eight track compilation of Baby Washington’s work from her first recordings to the eve of ”That’s How Heartaches Are Made”.

    The collection contains her recordings for the Baton, J & S, Neptune, ABC Paramount and Sue labels including the tracks on which she was lead singer for girl-group The Hearts.

    Included in the tracks are her four R ’n’ B chart entries from between 1959 and 1962.

    The CD booklet contains a comprehensive biography, visuals, all writer credits and catalogue numbers.

    The perfect way to find out more about one of America’s most under-rated singers.

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  • Shirelles - As, Bs, Hits and Rarities from the Queens of the Girl Group Sound 1958-1962 (CD)


    The Shirelles were probably the most successful girl group of the fifties and sixties.

    Their recording of ’Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ was instrumental in creating the legendary Girl Group sound.

    This package contains the A and B sides of all of the singles released by The Shirelles between 1958 and 1962.

    The Shirelles recorded songs by legendary song writers such as Bacharach & David, Van McCoy, Luther Dixon, Irwin Levine and Wes Farrell.

    Liner Notes tell the story of their rise to fame from high school to the top of the Billboard charts.

    Over seventy minutes of glorious girl group music.

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  • Various - She Came From Liverpool! Merseyside Girl Pop 1962-1968 (CD)


    Over the last few years, Ace has built up a series of prime British female pop releases, with individual collections drawn from four of the country’s leading record companies of the 1960s. With this compilation, rather than spotlight a particular company, the focus is on a location: the music hotbed of Merseyside. While male beat groups ruled the Merseyside roost in the ’60s, the area was also home to it’s fair share of female talent. To illustrate the point, here are 25 hand-picked girl-pop artefacts from thereabouts. Liverpool’s pop queen Cilla Black is featured with her two most Merseybeat-oriented tracks, including a terrific version of ’A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues’, the first song she ever recorded at Abbey Road. Guitar-toting cover girls the Liverbirds, who released no records in the UK but were stars in Germany – where their repertoire of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry numbers made them favorites at the Star-Club – also appear twice. The Breakaways, the Vernons Girls and Beryl Marsden – three other acts intrinsically associated with Liverpool – are also featured. Along with a selection of proven fan favorites, the collection contains many lesser-known gems, among them new-to-CD tracks by the Three Bells, Nola York, Tiffany, Lyn Cornell, Cindy Cole and, not least, Samantha Jones, whose hitherto-unreleased-in-any-format ’I Don’t Want To Lose Him’ was recorded with visiting American producer Teddy Randazzo. Read all about these and the other featured artists in the accompanying picture-packed 28-page booklet, which contains a 7,000-word note by compiler Mick Patrick and genre expert Ian Chapman.

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  • Lewis Barbara - Don’t Forget About Me: Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD Box) (CD)


    Soul Music Records is proud to present a first-of-it’s-kind compilation of recordings by renowned singer/songwriter Barbara Lewis spanning her six years with Atlantic Records (1962-1968) and her brief one-year tenure with Reprise Records (1972). This beautifully-packaged collection, sequenced in chronological order of recording session, includes the first CD release of a number of tracks from both the 1964 LP Snap Your Fingers (Barbara Lewis Sings The Great Soul Tunes) and the 1966 album, It’s Magic. With a total of (68) tracks, including seven non-album singles/B-sides, one previously unreleased cut from 1968 and both sides of Barbara’s sole Reprise single, ”Don’t Forget About Me” features an extensive essay by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with quotes from a rare 2020 interview with Barbara specifically for this box set and comments by Billy Vera and Sharon McMahan

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  • Various - Pye Girls Coloured My World (CD)


    This is a an excellent array of very talented female singers who recorded for Pye Records in the sixties. We have Jan Panter, Billie Davis, Val McKenna, Glenda Collins, Sandra Barry, Antoinette and of course Petula Clark. Chart success aside, this compilation is brimming with talent. There are some truly outstanding tracks on this compilation like “Something To Give” by Nita Rossi and an excellent cover of “He Knows I Love Him Too Much” by Glo Macari. There’s hardly a duff track on offer.

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  • Streisand Barbra - Birth of a Legend – 1961-1962 Live Recordings (CD)


    These recordings present BARBRA STREISAND immediately before she exploded onto the US market in 1963, with her first two million-selling Columbia albums.

    This unique compilation is drawn from several unfeasibly rare live recordings during 1961/62, featuring various TV, radio and club performances, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and includes sides recorded at the Bon Soir nightclub in New York.

    A number of these songs, e.g. ’A Sleepin’ Bee’, ’When The Sun Comes Out’, ’My Colouring Book’, ’Lover, Come Back To Me’, ’Happy Days Are Here Again’, ’Value’ and ’Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered’ were integral features of Streisand’s early 60s repertoire.

    These recordings are as rare as hens’ teeth and are largely unavailable elsewhere.

    This is the companion to another, earlier Streisand/Jasmine release, ’BIRTH OF A LEGEND… 1962 Studio Recordings’

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  • Thomas Carla - Let Me Be Good To You: Atlantic & Stax Recordings 1960-1968 (4CD boxset) (CD)


    Four CD set.

    SoulMusic Records is proud to present a first-of-it’s-kind complete collection of all of the Atlantic and Stax recordings by Carla Thomas, released between 1960-1968. With a total of 94 tracks, Let Me Be Good To You celebrates ’The First Lady Of Stax Records’ whose 1961 classic hit ’Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)’ led to the Memphis-based label’s distribution with Atlantic Records.

    Sequenced by session, the deluxe 4-CD set includes tracks from Carla’s four solo albums, plus the famed 1967 King & Queen LP of duets with the late Otis Redding. The ’A’ and ’B’ sides of all of Carla’s singles – including (28) non-album tracks – are featured including Carla’s duets with her famous father, Rufus Thomas, along with five live recordings from Carla’s 1967 performances in London and Paris with the famed Stax/Volt Revue. Produced by SoulMusic Records founder David Nathan, Let Me Be Good To You – The Atlantic & Stax Recordings (1960-1968) boasts a stellar 8,000-word extensive essay by renowned UK writer Charles Waring with 2020 quotes from Stax executive Al Bell, famed songwriter/producer David Porter, Carla’s sister Vaneese (a recording artist in her own right) and former Stax publicist and songwriter Deanie Parker and others.

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  • Mina - The Queen Of Italian Pop – Classic Ri-Fi Recordings 1963-1967 (CD)


    Classic 1963-1967 recordings by Italy’s greatest-ever female pop star. 

    Mina is Italy’s most successful female recording artist of all time, with chart-topping albums in the 1960s and every decade since. A vocalist of great versatility, power, sophistication and drama – think Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand all rolled into one quintessentially Italian singing sensation – her first recordings were issued in 1958. Since then, she has released over 100 singles and 70-plus albums: a total of more than 1,500 songs, with worldwide sales in excess of 150 million.

    Her recordings for the Ri-Fi label – featuring spectacular singing, superb songs and stunning orchestrations – are among the finest to come out of Italy in the mid-60s. Following her initial hits, she enjoyed tremendous success all around the world, but never in the UK, where few of her recordings were made available and she remains unknown to all but a small number of devotees. This cherry-picked collection of gems from her matchless Ri-Fi catalogue is designed to remedy that situation.

    Highlights include ‘Se Telefonando…’, a sophisticated opus composed and orchestrated by the great maestro Ennio Morricone; ‘È L’Uomo Per Me’, Mina’s chart-topping cover of Jodie Miller’s ‘He Walks Like A Man’; the intense and dramatic ‘L’Immensità’ with its breath-defying long notes; the super-fast and jazzy ‘Brava’, a song custom-written to show off her great vocal technique; and her gorgeous rendition of Jobim’s ‘Insensatez’.


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  • Various - The ’Sound’ Of The R & B Hits (CD)


    With the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Georgie Fame and many more mining Motown songs, “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits” was the first UK compilation of studio recordings from Berry Gordy’s hugely influential label. Now doubled in length, this collection traces the evolution of Motown in the UK to the moment it scored its first chartbuster in May 1964.

    “R&B in Britain is much bigger than anyone suspects,” declared Record Mirror. This observation, in an edition dated 25 April 1964, was based on the results of its Rhythm & Blues Poll – the first conducted by a weekly pop paper in the UK. Very few of the artists listed in the categories had scored hits or even had many records issued in the country, but the poll was timely. Following some wider attention through records and the media, R&B was beginning to emerge dance-step by dance-step from the underground. Arriving in shops around the time of the Record Mirror poll, the Stateside label’s “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits” LP played a role in opening hearts and minds to the righteous music.

    The poll winners reflected two strands of R&B resonating with Record Mirror readers. Several years after recordings by Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley were released, the spirit of Chicago blues had been revived by new British groups such as the Rolling Stones, who released their debut LP in the same month as the poll. The Stones and their blues idols were riding high in the poll. But the creators of the other side of R&B were also represented. Their contemporary music was exuberant, fast-paced and sophisticated. Many of these captivating R&B records originated from the Motown Corporation based in Detroit. For example, Mary Wells was the Top Female Singer and the Miracles were voted Best Male Group in Record Mirror. “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits” was compiled as a showcase for – as the sleeve note stated – the “sound that identifies a Tamla-Motown production”.

    Many music fans, including Ace Records co-founder Roger Armstrong, were drawn to the Stateside LP due to its intriguing connection to “With The Beatles”. The group’s second album, released a few months earlier, included versions of three Motown songs. Tony Barrow’s sleeve note made clear the Beatles’ “immense admiration” for the Miracles so, unsurprisingly, five tracks by the Miracles are included on “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits” – although ‘You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me’, covered on “With The Beatles”, is not one of them. Beatles fans would also notice the presence of the original of ‘Money’ and recognise the name of the Marvelettes from the Beatles’ LP sleeve. Although ‘Please Mr Postman’ – the last song on side one of “With The Beatles” – was not amongst the three Marvelettes tracks featured on “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits”, it is among the 14 bonus tracks on this CD compilation.

    “The ‘Sound’ Of The R&B Hits” was issued when only a small minority knew about the joyous music masterminded by Berry Gordy’s stable of artists, writers and producers. Its track listing is so quirky that the Ace team has selected 14 tracks from the same era to complement the Stateside compiler’s concept of “the sound that identifies a Tamla-Motown production”. As you listen, marvel at the fact that not one of these 28 tracks became a hit in the UK. Then tip your hat to the pioneers and champions who banged the gong for this sublime music to be signed, sealed and delivered at last. Can I get a witness?


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