In The Basement
The Table/AVERAGE WHITE BAND-Work To Do/AL GREEN-Love Ritual/AFRICAN MUSIC MACHINE-Tropical/MARYANN FARRA & SATIN SOUL-Stoned Out Of My Mind/JACKIE WILSON-Shake A Leg/ALVIN CASH-Ali Shuffle/TYRONE DAVIS-Is It Something You Got/BARBARA ACKLIN-Just Ain’t No Love/HONEY CONE-Sittin’ On A Time Bomb/ARCHIE BELL & the DRELLS-Don’t Let Love Get You Down/JONES GIRLS-You Can’t Have My Love/M.F.S.B.-Picnic In The Park/ANN PEEBLES-Beware/HOLLAND-DOZIER-Don’t Leave Me (inst.)/BOBBY MARCHAN-Push The Button/ TOMMIE YOUNG-That’s All A Part Of Loving Him/ STRUTT-Front Row Romeo/SATISFACTION UNLIMITED-Seeing You Through The Eyes Of A Blind Man
The subtitle for this cd is ‘The Cult Of Rarity’, the theme being what is termed as ‘rare groove’, yet another expression within the soul fraternity that I’m not sure I comprehend. I do, however, like what’s on offer here regardless of how it is termed and, although to me there’s nothing ‘rare’ about several of the offerings, it is nice to have them collected together, especially as the mix of Philly, Chicago and southern soul shows imagination has been used in the compilation. Thus, it’s really just down to mentioning those perennial personal favourites... Jean Carn, Laura Lee, Tommie Young, they just leap off the disc; Barbara Acklin’s organ, piano and percussion-supported ‘Just Ain’t No Love’ is irresistible; ditto the funkier but slower ‘You Can’t Have My Love’, smoulderingly sung over rippling guitar and busy but non-interfering arrangement; then there’s the ‘party-time’ funky dancers, ‘Push The Button’ from Bobby Marchan and Alvin Cash’s ‘Ali Shuffle’. Must also mention the upbeat take on the Chi-Lites’ ‘Stoned Out Of My Mind’ by Maryann Farra & Satin Soul and the midtempo, funky Hi Records’ sound of Ann Peebles’ ‘Beware’.