The Big Apple had long been an important centre of Afro-American music, following on from its Tin Pan Alley status, and this trend continued after World War Two. Together with large independent labels like Atlantic and Jubilee, smaller labels jostled for sales in a crowded marketplace, recording almost all the black music styles: country blues, city R&B, gospel, doo wop – and everything in between.

By 1966, soul was the dominant musical genre throughout the US, and New York was THE recording centre, producing more records than anywhere else. This CD avoids the better-known hits, and you may not have heard of a lot of the singers, but these tracks, often from tiny labels, represent the sound of the city rather better than many big label productions. This is the sound from the streets and clubs – music that got heard and appreciated way below the radar.

We’ve brought together all the branches of the soul tree from funky R&B to sweet group soul, from pounding uptempo dancers to big city cry ballads. There’s something in these grooves for the feet and for the heart – what more could anyone want?


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Disc One

1. Billie Dearborn Down
2. Billy Hambric You’re A Sweetheart
3. Jr. Lewis Git Ta Steppin
4. Duff Thurmond Now That You Left Me
5. Gladys Tyler A Little Bitty Girl
6. Johnny & The Expressions Shy Girl
7. Harrison Brothers Crying Won’t Help You Now
8. The Icemen (My Girl) She’s A Fox
9. Wade Donald Walking
10. Gene Burks You Got It
11. Jimmy Norman This I Beg Of You
12. Joe Haywood Let’s Walk Together
13. Little Buster All Night Worker
14. Kenny Ballard Your Letter
15. Jimmy Garland Baby One More Time
16. Little Charles It’s A Heartache
17. Lorraine Randolph It’s Over Between Us
18. Pearlean Gray I Dont Want To Cry
19. Ronnie Mitchell Come On Home To Me Baby
20. Ted Taylor Help The Bear
21. Tommy Duncan I Brought It On Myself
22. The Thieves I’m Not The One
23. Roy Hamilton Crackin Up Over You
24. George Freeman I’m Like A Fish
25. Porgy & The Monarchs That Girl
26. Lenny Jennings Easy Baby
27. J B Troy Live On
28. Bobby Lee My Luck Is Bound To Change

Disc Two

1. Jimmy Radcliffe That Lucky Old Sun
2. Loretta Williams Baby Cakes
3. Bobby McNutt I’m Gettin’ Ready
4. Jr. Lewis Nobody’s Fault (But Mine)
5. Billy Hambric Flaming Mamie
6. Charles Hodges You Were Using Me
7. Chris Hamilton I’ve Got To Cry
8. Jerry Butler Loneliness
9. Johnny Newbag The Poorer The Man
10. Larry Hale Once
11. Mary Wheeler Fresh Out Of Teardrops
12. Kenny Ballard  I’m Losing You
13. Frank James Give Your Sweet Love To Me
14. Willie Kendrick You Can’t Bypass Love
15. The Icemen Only Time Will Tell
16. Little Buster I Think I’m Falling In Love
17. Inez & Charlie Foxx Come By Here
18. Valentine Adams I Found A Love
19. Porgy & The Monarchs If It’s For Real
20. Roy C Gone Gone
21. Darlene McCrea I Feel A Little Bit Better
22. Sammy Jones Nothing Can Change This Love
23. Solomon Burke Suddenly
24. Jimmie Raye You Don’t Want My Love
25. Rick Lancelot Nobody Wants To Hear Troubles
26. Nella Dodds I Just Gotta Have You
27. Donald Height You’re Gonna 
Miss Me

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Weight0.125 kg