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Booker T. & The MG's - Hip Hug-Her
Booker T. & The MG's smoked the charts once again in 1967 with the fabulously slinky "Hip Hug-Her"—just like they'd never left. As house band for Memphis' Stax Records, backing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett, the MG's had written the book on instrumental soul music, and the Hip Hug-Her album impeccably testifies to the greatness of Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Alvin Jackson. MG's versions of the Young Rascals' "Groovin'" and Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" were so downright in-the-groove, they became big hits themselves all over again
Sundazed Music 2002 LP 19.00 €
Booker T. & The MG's - The Memphis Soul Sound Of
Vinyl Passion 2013 LP 13.00 €
Booker T. & The MGs - Stax Instrumentals
+ The Mar-Keys
Universal 2003 CD 12.00 €
Booker T. And The M.G.'s - Soul Limbo
re-issue of 1968 LP
Ace Records LP 15.00 €
Booker T. And The M.G.s - Green Onions
12 tracks
Atlanctic CD 9.00 €
Booker T. And The M.G.s - Green Onions
Propelled by Booker T. Jones' smoky organ and the funky guitar bursts of Steve Cropper, "Green Onions"—the first chart-topper by Booker T. & The MG's—slithered across the 1962 airwaves, followed immediately by an album every bit as savory. Hot on the heels of that first MG's smash, here's a second helping, "Mo' Onions," as well as the exquisite pop delights of "Stranger On The Shore" and the unsurpassed after-hours smolder of "Behave Yourself."

The original Green Onions LP by the peerless Booker T. & The MG's: exact reproduction available now from SUNDAZED on High-Definition Vinyl, mastered from the absolute vintage analog tapes, and so lip-smacking delicious it'll make you cry.
Sundazed Music 2002 LP 22.00 €
Booker T. And The MG's - Soul Dressing
BOOKER T. & THE MG’s are back on vinyl and sounding better than ever! Each album is an exact repro–with original artwork and track-listing intact–on High-Definition Vinyl. Hear why Booker T. & The MG’s are still the first name in groovology.
Sundazed Music 2000 LP 25.00 €
Booker T. And The MGs - Soul Limbo
1968 album
Universal Music 1991 CD 12.00 €
Booker T. And The MGs - Stax Profiles
15 tracks
Universal Music 2006 CD 13.00 €
Bookert T & The MGs - Play The Hip Hits
"I'm shocked that some of these things didn't get released...Man I could have used these things...we could have just put this out...That would have been the perfect album!" Steve Cropper in an interview with Rob Bowman, 1994, when he heard these tracks again

We were one of the few bands that were popular covering other people's songs says Booker T. He's right. With the exception of their second LP Soul Dressing, Booker T & The MGs albums were (indeed, are) predominantly composed of cover material. During their years at Stax, the group acted as session house band for innumerable stars, including everyone from southern soul giant Otis Redding to blues legend Albert King. They played almost continuously, often tacking short sessions of their own on to star sessions that had either finished early or started late. Some of the material found its way on to their own many albums, but much of it was put on the shelf and forgotten about in their hectic recording schedules. When MGs guitarist Steve Cropper heard a tape of this collection of 25 previously unissued tracks he said: I'm shocked that some of these didn't get released. I think we just forgot them. I think they were just back on the shelf and nobody took the time (to ever listen to them again). Man I could have used these things, I guarantee you. There was a time when we needed a record and Booker wouldn't record, we could have put this out. We had the rights to the stuff. That would have been a perfect album!Cropper's assessment is spot on and Stax, instrumental, and just plain Booker T & The MGs fans are in for a real treat. Thanks to the Stax Sessions series and the diligent tape research by Ace's Roger Armstrong, a beautiful slice of 1960s soul history is finally brought back to life.
Ace Records 1995 CD 17.00 €
Brenda Holloway - The Early Years - Rare Recordings 1962-1963
We’ve always known that Brenda Holloway was not your run-of-the-mill Motown diva. One of the imprint’s first signings from outside Detroit and its environs, Brenda grew up far from the frigid temperatures and blizzards that forged the harder-edged personalities and steely determination of Hitsville’s homegrown artists. This California girl exuded a sunny, laid-back persona light years from the fiery Ross or Reeves.

Something else set Brenda apart. Her first Tamla release, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’, and its subsequent LP spotlight a smooth, self-assured vocalist, oozing confidence and maturity that was clearly lacking in the early efforts of, say, the Supremes and the Marvelettes. Not quite 18, Brenda hit the spotlight with her artistry fully-developed, denying us the fun of hearing her fumble around in search of her style, an experience that makes the early waxings of Diana, Martha and Mary Wells so charming.

What we didn’t know then was that Brenda had already served a prolific, two-year apprenticeship in the studios of L.A. A few of these early sides have leaked out over the years but now, thanks to Mick Patrick and the archaeologists at Ace, “The Early Years: Rare Recordings 1962-1963” offers an opportunity to witness Brenda cutting her teeth in a variety of styles. Think of it as “Meet Brenda Holloway”.

Among the impossibly rare treasures: two doo-woppy demos believed to be the 15-year-old’s first crack at the mic, one (‘He’s Gone’) also the first recording evidence of the songwriting talent that eventually put ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’ into the Great American Songbook. Brenda’s first release, ‘Hey Fool’, finds her rocking out with a radically tougher attitude than fans have heard before. Her obscure second single, ‘The Game Of Love’, a frothy girl-group confection, is here alongside more unheard demos, rare 45s and duets with three different male partners. On various songs, Brenda wails, belts, testifies and coos, trying on the styles of Tina Turner, Etta James, the Marvelettes, the Chantels and, of course, her idol Mary Wells.

We also hear Brenda chiming in on background as a member of the Watesians, the Four J’s and the Carrolls (probably all the same group), and, most significantly, backing up her sister, the late, legendary Patrice, on ‘Do The Del Viking’, which the sisters wrote.

The CD closes with the demo of ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’, presumably sung by Barbara Wilson to the same backing track as the eventual hit. When Brenda added her vocal to the song, she was more than ready for her shot at the big time. How great it is that we can now eavesdrop as she perfects that trademark emotional magic.

Needless to say, the CD is accompanied by the traditional well-worth-the-price booklet with an essay on the tracks by Mr Patrick and photos that more than explain why a certain teenage boy was driven to a hormonal frenzy when I saw Brenda Holloway perform at the Apollo.

Her Motown Anthology has long been a pleasure. This one feels like a privilege.

by DENNIS GARVEY (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2009 CD 18.00 €
Brook Benton - A Rockin' Good Way Vol. 1 - The Singer
El Toro Records 2012 CD 17.00 €
Brook Benton - A Rockin' Good Way Vol. 2 -The Songwriter
El Toro Records 2012 CD 17.00 €
Brook Benton - Silky Soul Balladeer
10 tracks
Allegro Corporation 2006 CD 10.00 €
Brooks O'Dell - I'm Your Man - The Anthology 1963-1972
26 tracks
Ace Records 2008 CD 18.00 €
Buttshakers - Show Me The Way To Your Heart / Feel Good
phenomenal Soul band from France!!
CopaseDisques 2008 Single/EP 5.00 €
Carla Thomas - Sweet Sweetheart
When my Ace colleagues Roger Armstrong and Peter Gibbon began combing the Stax vaults for unreleased recordings in the 1990s, they were both pleased and surprised by how much material was available and how good it was. In the case of Carla Thomas, they found themselves surrounded by a stockpile of more than 75 unissued masters, plus a considerable number of fine alternate takes of familiar classics. As soon as they returned to the UK and began compiling CDs from these vault goodies, they wasted little time in assembling two dozen tracks for a CD titled “Hidden Gems”, while further titles appeared on the various artists CD “You Thrill My Soul” and across the “Volts Of Stax” series.

“Sweet Sweetheart” is a somewhat belated, but very welcome, sequel to “Hidden Gems”. Like its predecessor, it contains more than 20 previously unissued tracks from the 1960s, including a complete lost album Carla cut under the supervision of Chips Moman at Memphis’ American Studios. Only two of the tracks from the album, both included here, were issued as a single in September 1970. It flopped, and the tapes for the rest of the album were consigned to the shelf.

Listening to the complete album now, it’s hard to see why this should have been so. Chips’ production is first rate, as are Carla’s singing and the sympathetic accompaniment of American’s crack line-up of musicians. The songs are chosen with care, and to reflect Carla’s desire to stretch her musical boundaries a little as she moved into her second decade as a recording artist. Many of them were written by Chips’ wife Toni Wine and other noted New York tunesmiths such as Irwin Levine, L Russell Brown, Carole King and Gerry Goffin. Still more came from the catalogues of such diverse talents as the Bee Gees, Ray Stevens, James Taylor andUKrockers Free’s Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser. It should have been the album to take Carla’s career to the next level, but the Stax A&R department had other ideas and binned it.

The American sessions are bolstered by 12 additional cuts, all recorded at Stax between late 1964 and early 1968. All the songs are new to Carla’s catalogue, with the exception of ‘B-A-B-Y’ (heard here in its initial take) and a slow and sultry version of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil’s ‘Good Good Loving’ (first heard in a more up-tempo style on “Hidden Gems”). These tracks are as good as anything Stax released on Carla in the mid 60s, and in several cases they are better. Lovers of deeper southern soul will particularly delight to ‘Stop By Here’, ‘Problems’ and Carla’s take on ‘Crying All By Myself’, most familiar to Stax fans via William Bell’s fantastic version.

By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2013 CD 25.00 €
Carol Anderson - Sad Girl
17 tracks. The Legacy Of Detroit's lost soul sister.
Grapevine Records 2004 CD 19.00 €
Carolyn Franklin - Sister Soul
22 tracks
Ace Records 2006 CD 17.00 €
Charles Brown - Boss Of The Blues
1964 LP + bonustracks
Mainstream Records 1993 CD 12.00 €
Chevrons / James "Red" Holloway - The Defense Rests / Ala Carte
Power Single/EP 5.00 €
Chuck Barr & The Playboys / The Ramrods - Joe Botch / War Party
Norton Records Single/EP 6.00 €
Chuck Corby & Quiet Storm - Porky's Song / Porky's Song
tribute to Porky Chedwick

VG+
Ciorra Music 1992 Single/EP 5.00 €
Käytetty
Chuck Jackson - Encore / Mr Everything
2 LP:tä vuosilta 1963 ja 1965 yhdellä CD:llä.
Yhteensä 24 biisiä
Ace Records 1994 CD 17.00 €
Chuck Jackson - Just Once / I Don't Want To Cry
original. Plays VG +
Wand Records Single/EP 7.00 €
Käytetty
Chuck Jackson - On Tour / Dedicated To The King
2 LP:tä (vuosilta 1964 ja 1967) yhdellä CD:llä.
Yhteensä 21 biisiä
Ace Records 2005 CD 17.00 €
Chuck Jackson - Tribute To Rhythm And Blues Vol. 1 + 2
2 Wand LP:tä Wand 673 ja Wand 676 (vuodelta 1966) samalla CD:llä. Yhteensä 22 biisiä
Ace Records 2005 CD 17.00 €
Chuck Willis - Stoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See
Collectables CD 15.00 €
Clarence Carter - The Fame Singles Vol. 2 1970-73
The second volume of Clarence Carter’s Fame singles opens with his biggest worldwide hit. A cover of a Chairman Of The Board album track, ‘Patches’ is a song that could be considered a corny attempt to capture the heartstrings. In fact Clarence initially refused to record it. He regarded a song about rural poverty as a slight upon his people, while producer Rick Hall thought it could apply equally to black and white Americans. Hall won, and the record climbed into the Top 10 of the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first part of this compilation sees the search for another hit of similar magnitude lead Clarence further away from his black southern audience. Over the previous four years he had progressed from a promising newcomer with gritty masterpieces such as ‘Tell Daddy’ and ‘Looking For A Fox’ to a million-selling hit-maker with ‘Slip Away’ and ‘Too Weak To Fight’, all cut for Fame and released on Atlantic Records. A string of Top 10 R&B hits made him one ofAtlantic’s most successful soul artists.

After ‘Patches’, his next couple of singles looked to replicate the story-telling framework. ‘It’s All In Your Mind’ and ‘The Court Room’ were nothing short of excellent, but the public didn’t take to them. With Fame’s relationship with Atlantic not as warm as it had been, Clarence’s singles started to under-perform, to the point where his duet with his wife Candi Staton didn’t even chart. His records were subsequently released on Fame via their new deal with United Artists and began to reappear in the higher reaches of the R&B chart.

This CD features the A and B-sides of the 11 singles scheduled for release by Clarence until the end of 1973, including many tracks that have never been reissued on CD before. It is a fantastic selection of classic southern soul, highlighting one of the greatest talents and biggest stars to have recorded for Rick Hall’s venerated Fame label.

By Dean Rudland (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2013 CD 18.00 €
Claudine Clark - Ask The Girl Who Knows - The Best Of 1958-1969
Multi-talented singer from Philadelphia. This CD includes 24 tracks with some alternate takes, pseudonymous recordings and great previously unissued tracks.
Ace Records 2008 CD 17.00 €
Contours - Dance With The Contours
Featuring unissued Motown Recordings 1963-1964.

They may not have had the silky skills of some of my later Motown favourites, but their raucous invitations to dance remain as potent now as they did almost 50 years ago. It goes without saying that I’m delighted to have been involved in Kent’s new expanded version of their never-issued 1964 Gordy album “Dance With The Contours” featuring the 12 originally-scheduled tracks and a further dozen from the vaults, all recorded during the same time frame. Of the 26 tracks, 24 have never been issued in any form until now. How great is that?

There’s nothing subtle about lead Contour Billy Gordon’s gargles-with-razorblades holler, and songs about the Uncle Willie, Crossfire, Limbo, See Saw and other fly-by-night dance crazes are hardly going to win Ivor Novello Awards, but factor in some agreeably rough and ready vocal harmonies and season with a bunch of cracking vintage Motown backing tracks and you have 66 minutes of dancefloor fun that just won’t quit (although the tempo occasionally slows a bit, in order to let you and the group get your breath back).

A few of these cuts have circulated as poor quality bootlegs and mp3s, but everything here is drawn from fresh transfers of original Motown mastertapes – even the two previously issued sides, ‘Can You Do It’ and ‘Can You Jerk Like Me’. “Dance With The Contours” is the first of several officially approved Motown releases that are coming your way on Kent.

Forget art. Let’s dance!

By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2011 CD 18.00 €
Dan Penn - The Fame Recordings 2LP
Pressed on 180g mulberry-coloured vinyl in heavy-duty gatefold sleeve

“At last” was the most frequent response to Ace’s long-awaited CD anthology of southern soul songsmith Dan Penn’s early 1960s sessions at Fame in Muscle Shoals. The long-rumoured but rarely heard gems contained within proved to be every bit as good as the privileged few who had heard them had claimed. Penn’s searing interpretations of self-penned classics such as ‘It Tears Me Up’, ‘Rainbow Road’ and ‘You Left The Water Running’ make a very strong case for the man as one of the truly great blue-eyed soul voices.

Now the spectacular contents of “The Fame Recordings” are available as a deluxe two LP set as part of Ace’s high quality vinyl release schedule. Programmed for maximum playability, in this format the package truly approximates a great lost southern vintage pop and soul album, with each compelling performance spilling from the grooves. As a gift for the soul fan in your life, or as a treat for yourself, “The Fame Recordings” LP set is not to be missed.

By Alec Palao (Ace Records)


Ace Records 2013 LP 32.00 €
Darrel Banks - I'm The One Who Loves You
Darrell Banks was one of the great soul voices, despite a tragically short recording career that lasted less than four years and embraced a mere seven singles and two albums. The news of previously unheard material by him will be especially exciting for lovers of both Detroit and Memphis soul. Our CD of his complete surviving Volt recordings features the 11 tracks from his Volt album, “Here To Stay”, and eight bonus titles, including four unissued demos from his final recording session in December 1969. Most of the tracks from “Here To Stay” have never been out on an Ace before, making news of their release here all the more exciting.

By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2013 CD 18.00 €
David Porter - Gritty, Groovy & Gettin' It.. and more
1970’s “Gritty, Groovy, & Getting’ It” was the first of singer-songwriter David Porter’s four Enterprise albums. Produced by his most famous writing partner Isaac Hayes, it’s a delightful and often overlooked set, chock-full of imaginative revivals of some of David’s favourite R&B hits. It also includes a sultry remake of ‘Can’t See You When I Want To’, his rare debut Stax release from 1965, the original version of which is included as a bonus track. Those who shy away from Hayes’ marathon workouts on his own albums will be pleased to note that the running times of most of David’s tracks do not exceed four minutes mark, and the interesting rearrangements of Jerry Butler’s ‘I’m A-Tellin’ You’ and Gene Chandler’s ‘Just Be True’ really do put a fresh spin on some proven 60s soul classics.
Ace Records 2013 CD 18.00 €
Dean Barlow - The Solo Sides
26 tracks
Lescay CD 18.00 €
Dee Clark - The Dee Clark Show
cut-out
New Rose Records 1992 CD 9.00 €
Del Moroccos - Blue Black Hair
VINYL VERSION - 180 GRAM LP WILL BE OUT IN FEBRUARY 2011 !!
Produced by Jimmy Sutton, The Del Moroccos' debut CD, Blue Black Hair blends R'n'R, R'n'B, 50's garage, and Latin Rocanrol! . Fronted by 3 sexy singers the Del Moroccos also feature Jimmy Sutton on electric guitar and Beau Sample, Cave Catt Sammy, on bass.
Goofin Records 2011 LP 15.00 €
Della Reese - Amen / What Do You Know About Love ?
21 tracks
Collector's Choice Music 2008 CD 15.00 €
Dells - Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits
11 tracks from 1972
Dusty Groove 2007 CD 15.00 €
Deon Jackson - Love Makes The World Go Round and many others
23 biisiä
Marginal Records 1997 CD 17.00 €
Dionn Warwick - Heartbreaker
Virgosoul Music 2007 CD 13.00 €
Dionne Warwick - Anyone Who Had A Heart
Collector's Choice Music 2007 CD 13.00 €
Dionne Warwick - Original Album Series 5CD
Rhino Records 2009 2-CD 22.00 €
Don Covay - King Of Soul
AIM CD 15.00 €
Don Covay - Mercy
originally released 1964
Atlantic Recording Corporation LP 13.00 €
Don Covay - See-Saw
originally issued 1966
Atlantic Records LP 15.00 €
Don Covay - Super Bad
The legendary songwriter (Chain of Fools)
The legendary singer (he inspired Mick Jagger's vocal style)
The legendary hitmaker (Mercy, Mercy / Sookie Sookie)
Super Bad contains 18 songs, previously unreleased on CD in North America
The career of singer Don Covay spanned virtually the entirety of the R&B spectrum, from the electrifying rock & roll of his earliest records to the gritty, swaggering deep soul of his most enduring efforts. The scope and diversity of his catalog no doubt contributed to his failure to enjoy consistent commercial success,and the general public is probably better acquainted with his songs than with his own renditions of them.
His debut single, "Mercy Mercy" (accompanied by a young Jimi Hendrix on guitar), established his earthy bluesy style. Atlantic bought his contract, and several R&B & Pop hits followed. Don Covay's songs still remain successful: Aretha Franklin won a Grammy for her performance of his composition "Chain of Fools." He is a legendary composer and singer, best known for his R&B classic compositions "Mercy Mercy," "Chain of Fools," "See Saw" and "Sookie Sookie." Covay had success as a singer as Don Covay and The Goodtimers, and his compositions have been recorded by such varied artists as Steppenwolf, Bobby Womack, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, The Small Faces, and many more
Great American Music Company 2009 CD 17.00 €
Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford - Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford In Sweden
Live in Stockholm, Sweden 1964
Collectables 1996 CD 13.00 €
Don Julian & The Larks - Jerk: The Money Recordings
Don Julian was one of a small group of 1950s trailblazers whose career did not end with the onset of the 60s but continued with later chart success, recording and performing up to his death in 1998. Don had talents as a singer, musician, writer, arranger, producer and performer, giving him longevity in the business far beyond that of most of his peers.

He gained his early musical education in high school in L.A., took piano lessons and thence "was kinda self taught...[going] from piano to guitar". He led one of the first integrated R&B vocal groups, the Meadowlarks, on Modern Records before Dootone provided West Coast success (see Ace CDCHD 552). Where others gave up, he continued to record and perform, sometimes with unexpected results - "for a long time they thought I was Hispanic... my last name sounded Spanish" - but always with determination, building extensive studio experience.

With the Larks he scored a Top 10 pop dance hit in 1965 with The Jerk on Ruth Dolphin's Money Records. Don had spotted his niece doing the dance (her words, "If you don't know how to do it, I'll teach it to you", gave him the basis for the song), he cut a dub and being played on Ruth's nightly radio show had an immediate effect: "Your record is a hit! Everybody wants it!" Nationwide tours followed and they "made money", as Don put it, having "no place to spend it...[stuck] on the bus for 30 days!"

This release, provides a welcome insight into Don's 60s career, focusing on The Jerk, his "Jerk" album, various Money 45s, plus 'Philly Jerk', a release from his own Jerk label (an experience which taught him "it's a lot more difficult to get played on your own label"). Most of the songs were self-penned and although many are fun R&B dance items - from Keep On Jerkin' and Do The Jerk to Slauson Shuffle, Skate, Philly Dog and Can You Do The Duck - these are interspersed with other contrasting pieces - Heavenly Father, Forget Me, Heaven Only Knows, I Want You (Back) etc. There's also evidence of inspiration sought beyond L.A., with Curtis Mayfield's You Must Believe Me and Sad Sad (Girl And) Boy.

Long overdue, this provides a suitable memorial to his 60s work, focusing on a key part of his career and achievements, closing an important gap in re-releasing his material. One to get you out there - and doing 'The Jerk'.

Seamus McGarvey (Ace Records)
(quotes from his own interviews with Don Julian)
Ace Records 2002 CD 17.00 €
Doris Troy - I'll Do Anything - The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996
’ll never understand why the term “one hit wonder” has come to be seen as pejorative. One hit is certainly one more than I ever had – how about you?

Doris Troy placed only one song on the US Hot 100, but what a song! ‘Just One Look’ has endured as a much-covered standard, heard in countless movies and commercials. If that one wonderful hit is all you know of singer-songwriter-producer-arranger-session vocalist-actress Doris Troy, then here’s chance to catch up with what you missed. I’ll give you a hint – you’ve missed a lot. Doris Troy earned every hyphen. “I’ll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996” amasses, for the first time ever, songs from every phase of a most illustrious career, ranging from her very first recording to her last.

Affectionately dubbed Mama Soul, Doris Troy cut her teeth singing in church and worked as a teenaged usherette at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater before joining Cissy Houston, Dionne and Dee Warwick and Judy Clay in forming the premier New York studio backup group (two Chuck Jackson classics that feature cameos by Doris are included herein). She released two singles in 1960 as Doris Payne and a 1961 duet under the name Jay & Dee (all three make their digital debut here) before striking gold with her self-penned superhit.

10 sterling examples of her tenure with Atlantic Records comprise the heart of this set, including the irresistibly catchy ska-tinged ‘What’cha Gonna Do About It’ and ‘Please Little Angel’, co-written with a then-fledgling writing team named Ashford and Simpson. Incidentally, Doris co-wrote the song that gives this anthology its title, ‘I’ll Do Anything’, with another nascent writing combine you may have heard of named Gamble and Huff.

Both sides of the ultra-rare 1967 Capitol single ‘He’s Qualified’ and ‘Face Up To The Truth’ make their CD bow here. After that release, Doris decamped to England, again becoming the go-to girl for background vocals on classic hits for Dusty Springfield, George Harrison, Pink Floyd and the Stones, to name a few. In cahoots with Harrison, she released a brilliant LP on Apple in 1970, represented on this disc by ‘Ain’t That Cute’ and ‘You Tore Me Up Inside’.

Two definite high points are 1974’s Dandy Livingstone-produced reggae-inflected romp through Eddie Floyd’s ‘Don’t Tell Your Mama’ and a sparkling disco workout from 1977, ‘Can’t Hold On’, both new to CD. By this time, Doris had moved back to the States where she eventually starred in the musical based on her life, Mama I Want To Sing, written by her sister, New York radio luminary Vy Higgensen. The sisters are heard on a high-spirited duet released here for the first time anywhere.

Doris’ final recording was for Ace in 1996 – ‘Hear Me Calling’, a duet with British blue-eyed soul wunderkind James Hunter. Doris’ heartfelt, gut-wrenching reading of the gospel standard ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’ provides a poignant and powerful coda to a poignant and powerful collection.

The customary worth-the-price booklet includes rare photos and cuttings, remembrances from friends and colleagues Ady Croasdell and David Nathan, and Mick Patrick’s biographical essay drawing from a previously unpublished 1995 interview with Mama Soul herself. If you’ve only given just one look to Doris Troy, “I’ll Do Anything: The Doris Troy Anthology 1960-1996” is a golden opportunity to rectify that oversight.

By Dennis Garvey (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2011 CD 17.00 €
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