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Kent's Cellar of Soul, Vol. 2
1. We're Doing Fine - Dee Dee Warwick
2. Sho' Nuff (Got a Good Thing Goin') - J.J. Jackson
3. Do Unto Me - James & Bobby Purify
4. Let's Copp a Groove - Bobby "BW" Wells
5. You Better Believe It, Baby - Joe Tex
6. Earthquake - Bobbi Lynn
7. Mine Exclusicvely - The Olympics
8. Water - Geno Washington
9. You've Got to Pay the Price - Al Kent
10. I Can't Work No Longer - Billy Butler & the Enchanters
11. Can't You Hear the Beat - The Carltons
12. It's Got to Be Mellow - Leon Haywood
13. Never Gonna Let Him Know - Debbie Taylor
14. Come Back Baby - Roddie Joy
15. I'll Love You Forever - Edwin Starr/The Holidays
16. In a Moment - The Intrigues
17. Pain Gets a Little Deeper, The - Darrow Fletcher
18. Drive on James - King George
19. Ready Steady Go - Prince & Princess
20. Mr Soul Satisfaction - Timmy Willis
21. Hmmm, With Feeling, Darling - Spidells/Billy Lockridge
22. Love in Them There Hills - The Vibrations
23. Keep on Loving - Otis Leavill
24. I Want You So Bad - Tommy G. & The Charms
25. Back Up Train - Al Green/The Soul Brothers
26. Beginning of My End, The - The Unifics
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 255
Curtis Rodgers; Stuart Wiener; Ed Townsend; Fred E. Smith; George Kerr; Gerald Sims; Guy Draper; Roscoe Jr. Murphy; Jimmy Miller & His Barbecues; Bobby Martin; Benjamin Boyce; Reggie Obrecht; George McGregor; Jerry Crutchfield; Kenny Gamble; Larry Fallon; Leon Haywood; Leon Huff; Lew Futterman; Palmer James; Thom Bell; Paul Robinson; Buddy Killen
Liner Note Author: Ady Croasdell.
Arrangers: Leon Mitchell; Andrew "Mike" Terry; Ed Bland; Horace Ott; Bobby Martin ; Reggie Obrecht; J.J. Jackson; George McGregor; Larry Fallon; Leon Haywood; Richard Rome; Thom Bell; Riley Hampton.
Even by the standards of catch-all 1960s soul rarities compilations, the guiding concept behind this collection is rather vague. Basically, the intent seems to be to showcase American soul singles that made their primary impression through nightclub play. Even that notion, however, is undercut by a comment in the liner notes indicating that one of the better-known tracks, Al Green's "Back Up Train," "wasn't particularly appealing" to the mods who were the main audience for this kind of stuff. It's better, then, to just treat this as a general '60s soul rarity anthology than search for a theme. As such things go (and there are many of them on the Kent/Ace label alone), it's okay, but not special. The usual formula for such collections applies: no big hits, a few stars or at least relatively familiar names (J.J. Jackson, Dee Dee Warwick, Joe Tex, the Olympics, James & Bobby Purify), and a whole lotta artists and songs you'll have never heard if you haven't been collecting this stuff for decades. Few of the tracks are striking; Warwick's typically tuneful, penetratingly sung soul-pop (on her 1965 single "We're Doing Fine") is about the best. Following on its heels in the quality department are the very Impressions-like "I Can't Work No Longer" by Billy Butler (brother of Jerry Butler) and Tex's "You Better Believe It, Baby" (which boasts a memorably insistent riff). Much of the rest is pleasantly derivative of major '60s soul trends, particularly Motown (Bobbi Lynn's "Earthquake" combines parts of the Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, while Leon Haywood's "It's Got to Be Mellow" is very much like Marvin Gaye) and, again, the Impressions (the Carltons' "Can't You Hear the Beat" and the Spidells' "Hmmm, with Feeling, Darling"). The accent's very much on danceable-but-not-frenetic upbeat soul, and while there's nothing wrong with that, what's here is specialist rather than general interest territory. ~ Richie Unterberger
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