In The Basement
BOB & EARL-Harlem Shuffle/ALVIN CASH & the REGISTERS-Twine Time/WILLIE MITCHELL-That Driving Beat/BARBARA LYNN-You Left The Water Running/JACKIE WILSON-Whispers (Getting Louder); I Get The Sweetest Feeling/CAPITOLS-Cool Jerk/JACKIE LEE-The Duck/ERMA FRANKLIN-Gotta Find Me A Lover/GENE CHANDLER-Nothing Can Stop Me/LEE CHARLES-Wrong Number/BILLY WATKINS-The Ice Man/ARTISTICS-I’m Gonna Miss You/BARBARA ACKLIN-Love Makes A Woman/ YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED-Soulful Strut/LOST GENERATION-You’re So Young But You’re So True/ OTIS LEAVILL-Love Uprising/BARBARA ACKLIN & GENE CHANDLER-From The Teacher To The Preacher/MAJOR LANCE-Sweeter As The Days Go By/TYRONE DAVIS-Can I Change My Mind; If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time/LAVERN BAKER-I’m The One To Do It/WALTER JACKSON-Let Me Come Back/AVERAGE WHITE BAND-Put It Where You Want It/SYL JOHNSON-Back For A Taste Of Your Love/AL GREEN-Take Me To The River/QUIET ELEGANCE-Mama Said/DEON JACKSON-Love Makes The World Go Round
Here’s another where you pays your money and you takes your choice. ‘Soul Classics 24 Hours A Day’ it says and the 28 tracks here are all taken from original 7” singles. Let’s start with the finest voice from the males, namely Walter Jackson, whose 1973 Brunswick side, ‘Let Me Come Back’ is a rare nod by the man to the northern scene. Blue-eyed Billy Watkins has another northern favourite in ‘The Ice Man’ - a 1965 Era Records outing - and, indeed, most of the selections would sit happily at home under the banners of Blackpool, Wigan or Manchester. Classics abound, starting with ‘Harlem Shuffle’ and ending with Deon Jackson’s delicious, self-penned ‘Love Makes The World Go Round’, with such notables in between as Jackie Wilson’s ‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’, the Capitols’ ‘Cool Jerk’, Gene Chandler’s ‘Nothing Can Stop Me’, the Artistics’ ‘I’m Gonna Miss You’, Otis Leavill’s ‘Love Uprising’, Major Lance’s ‘Sweeter As The Days Go By’, Tyrone Davis’ ‘Can I Change My Mind’... hits every one. Not, of course, a selection of the startling or even hard to find but, as part of the ‘Backbeats’ series, a neat enough addition.