CD Renfro Soul Story: Priceless Los Angeles Northern Soul (CD 117059),
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Renfro Soul Story: Priceless Los Angeles Northern Soul

  • 1. Handwriting on the Wall - Bobby Wisdom
    2. That Girl - Carl Henderson
    3. Why Shouldn't a Man Cry - The Attractions
    4. Too Darn Soulful - Morris Chestnut
    5. Without You - The Stunners
    6. He's a Flirt - The Sequins
    7. What's Your Game - The Young Brothers
    8. Love Me Baby - Viola Edwards
    9. Get Away Blues - Helen Moore
    10. Nobody But Me - The Stunners
    11. New Girl in the Neighborhood - The Attractions
    12. You Don't Love Me Anymore - Morris Chestnut
    13. Case of Love, A - The Sequins
    14. See What You've Done - Carl Henderson
    15. Life Is Love - Sam Cox
    16. Everytime, Pt. 1 - Buddy McKnight
    17. Skate, Pt. 2, The - Ronald Saunders
    18. Destination You - The Attractions
    19. That Boy - The Sequins
    20. Love Line - Luke Day
    21. My World Is Falling - Tender Loving Care
    22. I'm Scheming - Carl Henderson
    23. Just Believe - John Westly
    24. Tears, The - Little Tony & The Hawks
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 234

  • Credits
    ProducerRonald Saunders; Chuck Tate; Anthony Renfro

    Artists Include Morris Chestnut, The Sequins, Carl Henderson & The Attraction, Helen Moore, Little Tony, Bobby Wisdom, Young Brothers, Luke Day, Viola Edwards, Tender Lovin' Care.
    Arrangers: Buddy McKnight; Arthur Wright; Bobby Wisdom.
    Los Angeles-based Renfro Records was the brainchild of owner Tony Renfro, a frustrated R&B vocalist who formed the label after both Sam Cooke and James Brown told him he was in fact a terrible singer. Undaunted, he channeled his earnings as a grocery store bagger into making records with an ace staff who included songwriter Ronald Saunders and arranger Arthur Wright, and while Renfro never cracked the charts, today its output is widely celebrated among connoisseurs of classic soul. The first volume in Kent's Renfro Soul Story series concentrates on the label's uptempo soul efforts -- these two dozen cuts are ebullient, shimmering efforts in the classic L.A. soul tradition, and while there are a few duds, it's a mystery that the highlights (among them the Sequins' "A Case of Love," the Stunners' "Nobody But Me," the Attractions' "Why Shouldn't a Man Cry," and Morris Chestnut's "Too Darn Soulful") didn't make a huge splash. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he bombastic big band uptown soul of Bobby Wisdom, the angelic vocal harmony of Carl Henderson and the frenetic excitement of The Sequins are all captured here on this top notch compilation."
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