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King Northern Soul, Vol. 3

King Northern Soul, Vol. 3


When you think of 1960s soul on the King label, you usually think of James Brown, especially as the company seemed to be selling most of its records through Brown releases alone by the end of the decade. King did continue to issue a lot of soul through the early '70s, however, even if much of it was destined to miss the charts, whether because Brown took priority at the label or for other reasons. The 24 tracks on this volume were first issued on 1962-1973 singles on King and affiliated labels, and though Brown was involved with a few of them, most of them were not directly related to the singer, or too stylistically similar to his work. Instead it's a grab bag of various soul styles from the era, with a leaning toward, as the title signifies, the kind of straightforwardly danceable soul popular in the U.K.'s Northern soul scene. Granted, a third volume in a series like this might leave fewer prime pickings then the first, but it's not all that impressive or distinctive a compilation, even when judged solely against the rest of the King catalog. Though it does prove there was more to King at this time than funk or proto-funk, some of the funkier items do come off best, like "Unwind Yourself" (originally by Hank Ballard) by James Brown Revue singer Marva Whitney, which has the kind of dynamic bassline characteristic of Brown's own 1967 singles.Unless you're a fairly uncritical appreciator of any competent soul from the period, which cuts you like the best might depend very much on your particular taste. Freddie Williams' "Name in Lights," for instance, might strongly appeal to fans of 1967 soul with streaks of pop and doo wop; James Duncan's "Please, Johnny, Don't You Take My Life," as the liner notes rightly observe, sounds like something the Ovations might have done for Goldwax with its Sam Cooke overtones. Those looking for Brown ephemera might zero in on "Baby, Don't You Know" by the Brownettes, co-written by Brown and performed by some of his backing vocalists. Quainter, more sentimental soul of an earlier era is represented by early-'60s singles from Little Willie John, Otis Williams & His Charms, and Mary Johnson's girl group-flavored "You Have My Blessings." In contrast, the latest track, Royal Flush's "Mama's Baby" (from 1973), is very much in the lush-but-funky territory of the early-'70s Temptations. Of note to Jimi Hendrix scholars is Hal Hardy's otherwise unremarkable "House of Broken Hearts," with backing by a band led by sometime Hendrix bassist Billy Cox. Maybe it's a little unkind to conclude on this note, but the fabulous color photo of the Presidents Band on the cover, showing them posing before a huge golf ball-like structure (possibly at the 1967 Montreal Expo), is about the most interesting feature of this package. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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  • Label: Kent
  • UPC: 029667238120
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Track listings

  • 1. That's My Zone (He's Picking On) Charles Spurling
  • 2. Unwind Yourself Marva Whitney
  • 3. Do You Love Me Dave & Vee
  • 4. Right Now Mill Evans
  • 5. Searching For Your Love Robert Moore
  • 6. You Got To Prove It Dan Brantley
  • 7. Out Of Control L.H. & The Memphis Sounds
  • 8. Who's Got A Woman Like Mine Willie Hatcher
  • 9. Popcorn Charlie Charles Spurling
  • 10. Name In Lights Freddie Williams
  • 11. Tearing Down My Mind Toni Williams
  • 12. Please, Johnny, Don't You Take My Life James Duncan
  • 13. Something You Didn't Done Mike Williams
  • 14. Baby, Don't You Know The Brownettes
  • 15. Thunder Lord Thunder
  • 16. Our Meeting The Presidents Band
  • 17. I'm Just A Fool (And Everybody Knows) Hank Ballard
  • 18. When We Get Together Otis Williams & The Charms
  • 19. Until Again My Love Little Willie John
  • 20. Keep On Loving Me Oscar Toney, Jr.
  • 21. House Of Broken Hearts Hal Hardy/The Billy Cox Band
  • 22. You Have My Blessings Mary Johnson
  • 23. Mama's Baby Royal Flush
  • 24. It Hurts Me William Patton
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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