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Shrine: The Rarest Soul Label Ever, Vol. 2
1. If I Had (One Gold Piece) - Prophets
2. Caldonia Brown - Bobby Reed
3. Shame - The Enjoyables
4. Hey Boy - DC Blossoms
5. Baby Don't Leave Me - Bobby Reed
6. No Other Way - The Cautions
7. This Time (I'm Gonna Be True) - Ray Pollard
8. I'm a Lover - Sidney Hall
9. I Wouldn't Mind Crying - Craig Wisemen
10. Mad at the World - The Epsilons
11. I Ain't Worried About You - Leroy Taylor
12. I Believe I'll Love On - Jimmy Armstrong
13. Don't Fight It - The Cairos
14. Take a Look at Your Baby - The Cautions
15. Walk on In - JD Bryant
16. What Am I Gonna Do - Eddie Daye & the Four Bars
17. Poor Little Fool - Bill Dennis
18. Poor Loser - The Cautions
19. This Is Your Last Chance - DC Blossoms
20. It's Your Love - Shirley Edwards
21. It's All Right - The Epsilons
22. Is It Right? - The Cautions
23. Deeper - Les Chansonettes
24. Peaches Baby - The Counts
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 190
Performers include: Ray Pollard, The Prophets, Bobby Reed, The Enjoyables, The D.C. Blossoms, The Cautions, The Epsilons, Jimmy Armstrong, The Cairos, Bill Dennis, Eddie Day & The 4 Bars, The Counts, Shirley Edwards.
Contains 24 tracks, including six previously unreleased tracks.
Arrangers: Freddie Perren; Teacho Wiltshire; Miss Ray.
In conjunction with the first volume of Kent's overview of the Shrine label, this rounds up all the remaining releases by this small mid-1960s Washington, DC-based soul record company, adding five previously unreleased tracks as well. Like the first volume (simply titled Shrine: The Rarest Soul Label Ever), it has well-produced, upbeat (usually), yet rather generic mid-1960s period soul music, with none of the performers being names of any notoriety. Motown, Curtis Mayfield, and New York uptown soul are ably echoed at various points, without much distinction or originality being thrown into the mix. This isn't to sneeze at a compilation that brings together some incredibly rare sides that are avidly sought by serious soul collectors, but it's a caution that it's not going to bowl over non-specialists. For those who like hearing enjoyable knockoffs of other formulas, there's plenty on order here, well-annotated as is Kent's wont. The DC Blossoms' "Hey Boy" sounds much like Motown's more energetic girl groups, and Bobby Reed's previously unreleased "Caldonia Brown" is in the style of the mid-1960s Impressions. In fact there are enough nods to famous harmony groups that it sometimes feel like a gig where the Temptations, the Impressions, and the Miracles had to cancel and the local promoter had to come up with the best similar-sounding substitutes. Some of the source material was so scarce that a few tracks had to be dubbed from the best available discs, but the sound quality is pretty good, and not too bad even on the ones when it's apparent the original tapes were unavailable. ~ Richie Unterberger
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