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VA - Manhattan Soul Volume 2 (2012)

Jazz, Pop | Author: artmuss | 13-04-2018, 14:33
VA - Manhattan Soul Volume 2 (2012)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Manhattan Soul Volume 2
Year Of Release: 2012
Label (Catalog#): Kent Soul [CDKEND 379]
Country: United States
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 61:46
Full Size: 255 mb

The Scepter label, its affiliated label Wand, and Musicor (which had no ties to Scepter) produced a lot of quality "uptown" soul in the 1960s, reflecting their New York base. Though they scored hits by the likes of Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson, the Platters, the Shirelles, and Inez & Charlie Foxx, you won't find hits, or indeed any tracks by the aforementioned artists, on this compilation. Instead, it's devoted to a couple dozen sides, spanning the early -60s to the mid-'70s, that didn't make it. Indeed, seven of them weren't even released at the time, and four make their first appearance on this collection. A few of the artists made a bit of a commercial impression at one point (Tommy Hunt, Freddie Hughes, Jimmy Radcliffe, Big Maybelle, Nella Dodds), but most of them may well draw blanks from even the collector eager to hear these kind of specialized anthologies. In most cases, the labels for which the singers were recording guaranteed a well-produced brand of pop-soul that makes many of the tracks a cut above most such rarities, at least in the production and arrangement department.

The absence of great original material doomed these performances to obscurity (or, in some cases, the vaults), but that doesn't mean Manhattan Soul, Vol. 2 won't give you a fair listen if you have a taste for the slicker side of pop-soul, and for New York "uptown" soul in particular. In some cases, similarities to other, more celebrated artists are apparent, and sometimes enjoyably so. Porgy & the Monarchs' "That Girl" sounds like a Gene Pitney LP filler track with different singers, for instance; the Masqueraders' "I Don't Want Nobody to Lead Me On" probably wouldn't have existed if not for the mid-'60s Four Tops; Radcliffe's previously unissued "Deep in the Heart of Harlem" is very much in the early-'60s Drifters/Ben E. King vein; Chris Bartley's "A Man, A Woman" sounds like an early Jackson 5 track (though, frankly, with much less dynamic vocals). A little more strangely, Ed Bruce's "I'm Gonna Have a Party" -- yes, that Ed Bruce, who would become a middle-of-the-road country star -- can't fail to recall Chuck Jackson, especially when the opening string riff pretty much replicates the hook of "Any Day Now."

If nothing else, such quasi-imitations have their documentary value as testaments to how wide the influence of other great songs/artists/producers spread, in a pretty listenable fashion. Other names of note contributed to several tracks in behind-the-scenes capacities, like Van McCoy (who produced Billy T. Soul's "Call On Billy"), Kenny Gamble (who wrote Nella Dodds' 1966 single "I Just Gotta Have You"), and Curtis Mayfield (composer of "Something New," a 1970 single credited simply to "You Babe"). The connections are explained at length in the liner notes, to which a minor correction should be made here: Louise Williams (who sang and wrote the previously unreleased gospel-soul outtake "No Jealous Lover" under the name Lois Lane) went on to a lengthy career as member of the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives, not as a Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives.


1. Porgy & The Monarchs – That Girl
2. Tommy Hunt – New Neighborhood
3. Freddie Hughes – I Gotta Keep My Bluff In
4. Will Hatcher – Who Am I Without You Baby
5. Ed Bruce – I'm Gonna Have A Party
6. The Inspirations – Kiss And Make Up
7. Irma & The Fascinators – Lost Love
8. Lois Lane – No Jealous Lover
9. Lou Lawton – Knick Knack Patty Wack
10. Billy T Soul – Call On Billy
11. Benny Gordon & The Soul Brothers – Horsin' Around
12. The Masqueraders – I Don't Want Nobody To Lead Me On
13. Joe Perkins – Runaway Slave
14. The Soul Brothers – The Parade Of Broken Hearts
15. Shep Grant – You Found My Lonely Heart A Home
16. Jimmy Radcliffe – Deep In The Heart Of Harlem
17. Roscoe Robinson – Lonesome Guy
18. Big Maybelle – How Do You Feel Now
19. Nella Dodds – I Just Gotta Have You
20. Something New – You Babe
21. The Catalinas – Who Knows Better
22. Jerry Tiffe – Hey Whatcha Doin'
23. Chris Bartley – A Man, A Woman
24. The Premiers – Lonely Weatherman


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  • #1: Soulman902 (13 April 2018 23:59)

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    thanks again for this album and in lossless smile

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