CD 20 Original Mod Classics [Spectrum] (CD 15816157),
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20 Original Mod Classics [Spectrum]
1. Tin Soldier - The Small Faces
2. Circles - Les Fleur de Lys
3. I'm Rowed Out - The Eyes
4. Little by Little - Dusty Springfield
5. Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart - The Supremes
6. Show Me the Way - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
7. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town - Rod Stewart
8. Agent 00 Soul - Alex Harvey
9. London Social Degree - Billy Nicholls
10. I'll Keep Holding On - The Marvelettes
11. You Didn't Say a Word - Yvonne Baker
12. Do I Make Myself Clear - Etta James/Sugar Pie DeSanto
13. Secret Love - Billy Stewart
14. Beggin' - Timebox
15. Can't Help Thinking About Me - David Bowie
16. Fortune Teller - Tony Jackson & The Vibrations
17. (If You Think You're) Groovy - P.P. Arnold
18. Meeting Over Yonder - The Impressions
19. Night Train - James Brown
20. Can I Get a Witness - Marvin Gaye
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2039
Was the soundtrack for the British '60s mod movement made by American soul or U.K. guitar rock bands? That depends on whom you ask, but this 20-track compilation covers both bases in roughly equal measures. With a few (but not many) hits, and a few tracks that don't quite fit into either of the categories, it's the kind of thing that'll basically please most people due to its generally strong selection, but will totally please few. If you're not a dedicated collector or categorizer, however, it's a pretty good listen, though lacking much that's too hard to find elsewhere, even if several of the tracks were quite obscure in their time. On the U.S. soul side, you get acknowledged classics from James Brown ("Night Train") and Marvin Gaye ("Can I Get a Witness"), as well as some good secondary Motown tunes (especially the Marvelettes' "I'll Keep on Holding On"); expatriate British-produced soul on P.P. Arnold's ("If You Think You're) Groovy"; and one genuine obscurity in Yvonne Baker's "You Didn't Say a Word," an otherwise average midtempo soul recording built around a James Bond-ish riff. On the U.K. rock side, aside from one British hit (the Small Faces' "Tin Soldier"), there are items by the Eyes and the Fleur de Lys that will be familiar to the '60s rock collector if little known to the general public, as well as interesting if non-earthshaking pre-stardom efforts by Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and Alex Harvey. Tony Jackson & the Vibrations' gutsy "Fortune Teller," recorded after the leader had left the Searchers, is a noteworthy inclusion (if not as hard to find elsewhere as you might think), and some British blue-eyed soul makes the cut with Timebox's "Beggin'" and Dusty Springfield's "Little by Little." ~ Richie Unterberger
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