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J&S Harlem Soul
1. Disappointed Bride - Baby Washington
2. Leaf Is Just Like Me, The - Catha Morrison
3. I'm A Working Man Who Needs A Good Woman - Clarence Ashe
4. She Said I'd Be A Failure - Clarence Ashe
5. Dream I Had Came True, The - Dicky & Billy
6. I Got A Feeling - Dicky & Billy
7. Money And All Your Love - Freda Allyne
8. I Won't Ever Try To Change You - Henry Hodges
9. I Want To Be Close To You - Jimmy Armstrong
10. I Pray To Keep Our Love Strong - Johnnie & Joe
11. Let Your Mind Do The Walking - Johnnie & Joe
12. Every Night The Same Time - Johnnie Richardson
13. Ha Baby
14. Lee Pratt, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie - Miss Johnnie
15. It Doesn't Matter - Neice Dezel
16. You Needn't Tell Me - Sity & James
17. Stay Away From My Baby - Taffie Lee
18. Life Of Love - The Freeman Brothers
19. 24 Hours Of The Day - The Gillettes
20. You Haven't Been Like You Should - The Gillettes
21. Don't Let Me Down - The Hearts
22. Be My Boyfriend - The Jaynetts
23. Say You Love Me - Relations
24. Dancing In A Dream World - Jimmy & Arthur
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 306
Run by Zell Sanders, the J&S label was a very small New York company that nonetheless released quite a few R&B, doo wop, rock & roll, girl group, and soul discs in the 1950s and 1960s, even in the absence of notable commercial success. J&S Harlem Soul concentrates on the soul-oriented singles they put out in the 1960s and early '70s, which are pretty rare even by the standards of major soul collectors. Even the two artists here who did have hits, Johnnie & Joe and the Jaynetts, are represented by obscure 45s cut long after their flash of fame. The production on quite a few of these tracks is on the bare side, to the point where some of them sound like demos (especially Jimmy Armstrong & the Pins' "I Want to Be Close to You," where virtually the only accompaniment is a spooky gospel-ish organ). These obscurities are largely competent slices of various shades of '60s soul, though there's not a single cut that stands out as a notable find. The label's fairly prolific and varied output, however, is a testament to Zell Sanders' stubborn perseverance in the absence of tangible reward. Compilations such as these certainly do a service to soul fanatics who couldn't find or hear most or all of this otherwise. ~ Richie Unterberger
Record Collector (magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the churchy Southern soul of Muscle Shoals Alabama's Clarence Ashe on 'She Said I'll Be A Failure'...and the Chambers Brothersesque 'Say You Love Me' by The Relations..."
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