Mainstream Modern Soul Volume 2 1969-1976 CD

Mainstream Modern Soul Volume 2 1969-1976 CD

Various Artists

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Title: Mainstream Modern Soul Volume 2 1969-1976 CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND468
Format: CD
Genre: Modern Soul, 70s Soul
Release Year: 2017
Condition: New & Sealed

1. THE GRASS AIN’T GREENER - Charles Beverly
2. YOU CAN BE CURED - Randolph Brown & Company
3. COME BACK WITH YOUR LOVE PT 1 - Special Delivery
4. YOU’VE GOT A LOT TO GIVE - Chocolate Syrup
5. I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME (PART 1) - Chapter Three
6. OH MY LOVE - Almeta Lattimore
7. I’LL NEVER TRUST LOVE AGAIN - McArthur
8. WHEN THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS LOVE (IT’S OVER) - Lenny Welch
9. YOUR LOVE IS SLIPPING AWAY - Lee Bates
10. PLEASE DON’T SET ME FREE - Jeany Reynolds
11. NEVER DID I STOP LOVING YOU - Alice Clark
12. LET HER KNOW - Bobby Earl Williams
13. I KNOW SOMETHING THAT YOU DON’T KNOW - Ellerine Harding
14. YOU ARE THE SPICE OF MY LIFE - Nia Johnson
15. I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU - Count Willie with LRL & The Dukes
16. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO LOVE YOU - Lenny McDaniel And The Last Nickle
17. LOVE BUG - Sugar Billy
18. YOU’LL DO IT - Calvin Arnold
19. TODAY OR NEVER - Eleventh Commandment
20. YOUR LOVE IS LIKE THE RISING SUN - The Steptones
21. WHERE THERE’S A WILL (THERE’S A WAY) - Terry Huff
22. SLOW DOWN WORLD - Charles Colbert
23. EVERYONE HAS SOMEONE - Linda Perry

The Mainstream family of labels was a major source of black music through the early/mid-70s. Owner Bob Shad was primarily a jazz producer but had enough nous and appreciation of soul music to go with current trends. His in-house arrangers included veteran hit-maker Bert DeCoteaux, fellow jazzer Wade Marcus and the up-and-coming Patrick Adams. Adams’ production on Chapter Three’s ‘I’ll Never Be The Same’ is soul with an early disco beat; Chocolate Syrup’s uptempo ‘You’ve Got A Lot To Give’ is of a similar ilk. Mainstream had several great harmony vocal groups - Special Delivery, the Steptones and Eleventh Commandment all contribute excellent examples of the genre.

 

The rarely seen or heard flip of Almeta Lattimore’s ‘These Memories’, ‘Oh My Love’ sounds equally haunting and is one of several great Detroit productions co-opted onto Mainstream. Others include McArthur’s very soulful ‘I’ll Never Trust Love Again’, Charles Beverly’s ‘The Grass Ain’t Greener’ and the Steptones’ ‘Your Love Is Like The Rising Sun’. Charles Colbert is a mystery artist whose Mainstream tape of ‘Slow Down World’ debuts here. Billy “Sugar Billy” Garner is our BGP label hero who recorded for the Fast Track subsidiary four years after his New Day recording of ‘I Got Some’.

 

Shad clearly dug southern soul and licensed in tracks from Lee Bates, Lenny McDaniel and Randolph Brown; he even issued a southern ballad by Count Willie & The Dukes. The jazz influence can be felt mainly from the female singers Ellerine Harding, Neah Johnson and Alice Clark - all of whom benefited from Mainstream’s jazz track record. Jeany Reynolds made an impressive big band-backed vocal debut on Mainstream some years before her disco hits as Jeannie, while veteran New York balladeer Lenny Welch offers the neglected ‘When There’s No Such Thing As Love (It’s Over)’.

 

These twenty plus tracks maintain Mainstream’s quality 70s soul reputation. Compilation and note by Ady Croasdell. - Ace Records


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