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Various Artists: The Arock Serock Sylvia Soul Story Continued

Track List

>Love Is Such a Good Thing - The Corvairs
>Get in My Arms Little Girlie - Sterling Magee
>Take My Hand - Gene Burks
>When the Going Gets Rough - Tutti Hill
>I Can't Stay Away - Joan Moody
>I'm Leavin' (For Parts Unknown) - Gary & Gary
>I Really Love You - The Diplomats
>I Keep Comin' Back for More - Garrett Saunders
>I Don't Care - Freddie Solomon (previously unreleased)
>Chained Am I - Ansler Montell
>Hey Officer - Vivian Collins
>This Is My Prayer - Theola Kilgore
>Nobody But Me - Sinner Strong
>It Ain't No Big Thing - Van McCoy
>You Were All I Needed - The D C Playboys
>Music to My Ears - Joan Moody
>I Wanna Come In - Billy Washington
>Something Else - Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers
>Nothing in the World - Marie Knight & Junior Lewis (previously unreleased)
>Easier Said Than Done - Garrett Saunders
>It Won't Work Out - Junior Lewis (previously unreleased)
>Where You Are - Junior Lewis (previously unreleased)
>Did You Hear - Don Covay
>Kindness, Love and Understanding - Eddie King
>Another Sleepless Night - The Larks

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ady Croasdell.

Back in 2002, Ace released The Arock & Sylvia Soul Story. It took them nearly a decade and a half to finalize The Arock Serock Sylvia Soul Story Continued, but in those 14 years they were able to dive into heavy research, identifying artists marked as unknown on the original tapes and digging up demos by Junior Lewis. His publishing demos aren't the only ones on the disc, either: Don Covay is heard on "Did You Hear," another songwriter acetate that's mixed in among singles from 1962 and 1966 that were rarely heard outside of the New York area. The wondrous thing about this collection of little-heard uptown soul is that it's executed with such precision it seems as if these could be forgotten hits from the golden age of the Brill Building. That the songs are occasionally too overwrought or self-consciously sophisticated doesn't matter: the care is evident and even infectious, evidence of the invention behind this entire scene. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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