Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities, Vol. 5

Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities, Vol. 5


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Arriving five years after Ace's last collection of swinging, sophisticated Northern Soul rarities, the 2015 release Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities, Vol. 5 would seem to offer the expected in terms of sound and feel, if not necessarily names. Happily, that's not necessarily true. Northern Soul has long been a curious situation, where collectors prize rarities but want everything to conform to a certain style, but it's a paradox that drives the entire Northern Soul scene and it still kicks up enjoyable music, as it does here. A few of the singles here are from recognizable names -- a 1970 oddity from Big Joe Turner, a 1964 side from J.J. Barnes -- but the appeal is the sound, not the stars; this is a set where Ray & Dave's "Wrong Wrong Wrong" can be called "relatively common" in the promotional notes, but it's largely unheard by the world at large. Many of these tracks skew toward the end of the '60s or even the early '70s, an indication that the boundaries of Northern Soul have been extended slightly so it can encompass a bit of smooth funk instead of Motown homages. This wider definition of Northern Soul makes Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities, Vol. 5 one of the more entertaining entries, not just in this particular series, but in the style as a whole. Some of this collection still follows a familiar beat but often this is smoother and string-saturated, sometimes edging toward Philly Soul or proto-disco, such as on the Ballads' "Butterfly," where a fuzz guitar pierces the gossamer gloss. This unexpected flair helps keep this collection of rarities compelling and, yes, classy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243223
catalogNumber: 5011607
Rank: 62289

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Page   Conductor

Technical Credits

Joe Tex   Composer
Dave Hamilton   Producer
Mac Gayden   Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Ballads   Producer
Buzz Cason   Composer,Producer
Jess Daniels   Composer
Mike Dorrough   Engineer
John Hamilton   Composer
Robert Holmes   Composer
Bob Lee   Composer,Producer
Arthur Morton   Composer
George Patterson   Arranger
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton   Composer,Engineer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
John Tanner   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
John Rhys   Composer
Duke Browner   Producer
Jimmy Holvay   Composer
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia
Leon Ware   Composer
Wally Cox   Composer
Alec Palao   Memorabilia
Benson   Producer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Susaye Greene   Composer
Chris Brown   Memorabilia
Floyd Jenkins   Composer
Marva Holiday   Cover Art
Sherlie Matthews   Composer
Jimmy Dobbins   Composer
William "Darondo" Pulliam   Composer
Ray Dobard   Producer
Bob Holmes   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Donald Leon Villeral   Composer
John Al Tanner   Producer
John C. Smith   Producer
Charles Webb   Composer
Leroy Jackson   Producer
Ken Easton   Arranger,Producer
Ted Murrell   Composer
"Chops" Cooper   Arranger
B Hansen   Producer
Tommy Stiglets   Composer
Raymond Caldwell   Composer
Peter Saputo   Composer
Mel Davis   Composer
Jimmy Barnes   Composer
Jean Cochran   Composer
Janice Paxton   Composer
Fred Brown   Composer
Barbon   Producer
Cleo Jackson   Composer
Bob Harmon   Arranger

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