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Various Artists: Harmony of the Soul: Vocal Groups 1962-1967

Track List

>For the Rest of My Days - Choice of Colors/The Pretenders
>Can You Talk (Is Your Old Man at Home) - Imaginations/The Medallions/Vernon Green
>I Destroyed Your Love, Pt. 1 - Special Delivery/Jesse Johnson & Chocolate Fudge
>Girl, Girl, Girl - The M-M's & The Peanuts/The Determinations
>Why Can't It Be - Windjammers/The Natural Resources Unpolluted
>Whatcha Gonna Do Baby - The Lovers/The Perfections
>Let Me Take Care of Your Heart - San Francisco TKO's/The Smith Brothers
>Someday Somewhere - The Lovers/The Dramatic Experience
>Let's Make Love (Our Favourite Pastime) - The Pretenders/The Webb People
>Where or When - The Superbs
>Shady Lady - Choice of Colors/Windjammers (remix)
>You Better Believe It - The Turn Arounds/Brothers of Soul
>I Just Can't Get Over Losing You - Imaginations/Vernon Green & the Medallions
>Without a Word - The M-M's & The Peanuts/The Webb People
>Won't You Call [Demo] - The Smith Brothers/The Del-Rios
>I Want You to Know - Special Delivery/The Turn Arounds
>Crying Bitter Tears - The Fabulous Determinations/The Steelers
>Since I Lost My Baby - The Dramatic Experience/The Perfections
>Thank You Girl (For Being You) - Jesse Johnson & Chocolate Fudge/Brothers of Soul
>Send My Baby Back - San Francisco TKO's/The Determinations
>Is Love for Real? - The Del Rios/The Rhythm Aces/Bobby Moore
>Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You - The Natural Resources Unpolluted/The Mad Lads
>Don't You Make Me Blue - The Fabulous Determinations/The Steelers
>It's My Fault [Demo] - The Mad Lads/Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Ady Croasdell; Tony Rounce.

Ace's 2016 compilation Harmony of the Soul: Vocal Groups 1962-1977 concentrates on the golden age of harmony soul -- the groups that appeared in the wake of doo wop's early-'60s decline. Compiled, produced, and annotated by Ady Croasdell and Tony Rounce, Harmony of the Soul occupies a middle ground between the familiar and the obscure: there are no big hits here, but it also doesn't concentrate solely on rarities. Instead, it's crate-digging at its finest, with Croasdell and Rounce excavating fine sides, either released to small audiences or confined to the vaults in the years since their initial recordings. Despite the title's implied promise that a fair chunk of the 24-track compilation would be anchored in the '60s, the majority of Harmony of the Soul is comprised of sweet, smooth soul made in the '70s; the '60s material can be heard as a precursor to this sound. Perhaps there aren't many outright knockouts on this collection, but the charm is how every one of these cuts comes on slow and sultry, assured in the power of their seductive technique. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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