Mainstream Modern Soul 1969-1976 CD
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Mainstream Modern Soul 1969-1976 CD

Various Artists

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Title: Mainstream Modern Soul 1969-1976 CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND449
Format: CD
Genre: Modern Soul, 70s Soul
Release Year: 2016
Condition: New & Sealed

1. I CAN’T GIVE YOU UP - Linda Perry
2. COME BACK PT 1 - The Fantastic Puzzles
3. IT AIN’T LIKE IT USED TO BE - Randolph Brown And Company
4. NO REBATE ON LOVE - The Dramatics
5. YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE (Vocal) - The Words Of Wisdom
6. SATISFY MY WOMAN - Calvin Arnold
7. I’M THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU – J.G. Lewis (Prev. Unissued)
8. THESE MEMORIES - Almeta Lattimore
9. STOP AND THINK A MINUTE - Charles Beverly
10. IT’S SO REAL - McArthur
11. WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY - The Jackey Beavers Show
12. (WHAT AM I GONNA DO) WHAT AM I GONNA SAY - Lee Bates
13. DON’T YOU CARE - Alice Clark
14. THAT’S THE WAY SHE IS - Bobby Earl Williams
15. LET THE PEOPLE TALK - The Steptones
16. IT'S ALL IN THE BACK OF ME NOW - Linda Perry
17. A HUNDRED POUNDS OF PAIN - Lenny Welch
18. PLAIN OUT OF LUCK - Nia Johnson
19. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN (ALL I NEED) - Ellerine Harding
20. WE'RE NOT TOO YOUNG TO FALL IN LOVE - The Jackey Beavers Show
21. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO (VOCAL) - J.G. Lewis
22. AIN’T NOBODY GONNA MAKE ME (TURN MY BACK ON MY BABY) - Linda Perry
23. I’M ON SICK LEAVE - Randolph Brown And Company
24. I NEED YOU MORE (THAN EVER NOW) – Sarah Vaughan

Mainstream and its subsidiaries IX Chains and Brown Dog were very classy New York labels owned by veteran produced Bob Shad. Formed in 1964 as a jazz label, it diverged into rock and soul, re-launched itself in 1970 as strictly jazz again but assimilated soul and funk until its demise in mid-1976. IX Chains and Brown Dog were strictly soul until some of the cornier excesses of disco crept in in 1976.

 

Tracks by Ellerine Harding, Nia Johnson and of course Sarah Vaughan have jazz elements in soul numbers, while the Steptones and the Dramatics are where soul moves close to disco without ruining a good song. Lenny Welch’s ‘A Hundred Pounds Of Pain’, The Fantastic Puzzles’ ‘Come Back’ and Linda Perry’s ‘It’s All In The Back Of Me Now’ were big on the progressive Northern Soul scene of the 70s but most of the in-demand items have found favour in later decades. Almeta Lattimore’s gorgeous ‘These Memories’ and Calvin Arnold’s chugging southern soul burner ‘Satisfy My Woman’ could have been made for the soulful mid-tempo era of Crossover Soul.

 

Big ticket items like ‘We’re Not Too Young To Fall In Love’ by the Jackey Beavers Show and Randolph Brown’s ‘It Ain’t Like It Used To Be’ have more of a beat but retain their soul quotient and contributions from Words Of Wisdom, Charles Beverly and Lee Bates are usually below the radar but are tremendous soul songs. Soul ballads from McArthur, Sarah Vaughan and a killer version of ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ by Jackey Beavers vary the pace, while J. G. Lewis and Bobby Earl Williams provide tracks that are too long neglected. Two previously unheard Linda Perry soul dancers could very well seal the deal for the discerning fan. The audio, all from master tape, is exemplary and apt for the clever and subtle productions.


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