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The black music scene in post war America was dominated by the emerging urban, electrified R&B scene in Chicago. Nearby Detroit was musically dwarfed, with much of its talent being drawn to the Windy City, but as the 50s drew  to a close, things began to change. Detroit’s population bulge coincided with the consumer boom, making its age profile younger than its neighbour’s. Thousands of southern black migrants were joined by many immigrants from Europe come to work in the automobile industry. Henry Ford’s pay was good, and with plenty of disposable income available for its inhabitants, Detroit became the goodtime capital of the USA.

Hundreds of bars, clubs and backroom record labels emerged, hosting a tidal wave of new talent. By 1960, although it was still too early for any definitive Detroit sound to be identifiable, the city was developing a lighter, more popular style than neighbouring Chicago. It was spearheaded by a young man from Gladstone Street, whose distinctive Motown sound went on to dominate the 60s pop charts.

The tracks on this CD represent the cream of this transitional pre-Motown era, when various labels, artists and producers were putting out popular music that they hoped might get noticed and sell enough to make them rich and famous. Back then no one knew that Berry Gordy Jr would emerge victorious and define the Detroit sound for the decade that followed.

‘As with previous History Of Soul product reviewed on this site, the selection has been well thought-out and the presentation is top-notch, appeal here going well beyond the core niche of Detroit devotees.’
Basment Group B Cole ..STAR PICK*****


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Disc One

  1. Love Me All The Way Kim Weston
  2. Come On And Answer Me Harvey
  3. I’ll Never Break Your Heart Joe Tex
  4. I’ll Let You Know The Del-Phis
  5. Power Of Love The Ambassadors
  6. Baby Don’t You Weep Fred Bridges
  7. Nobody Ruben Fort
  8. I’ll Try Something New The Miracles
  9. Here You Come Hattie Littles
  10. Cooter Bug Dave Hamilton
  11. Lah-Tee-Lah-Tah The Falcons
  12. Action Speaks Louder Than Words David Ruffin
  13. Won’t You Let Me Know J.J. Barnes
  14. Memories Ty Hunter
  15. He Can’t Love You The 4 Hollidays
  16. The Headshrinker Johnnie Mae Matthews
  17. The Way You Dog Me Around The Diablos
  18. Can’t Take It The O’Jays
  19. A Letter From My Baby Timmy Shaw
  20. I’m Tired The Ohio Untouchables
  21. Hard Hearted Woman Eddie Burns
  22. All The Love I’ve Got Marv Johnson
  23. The Chaperone LaBrenda Ben
  24. I’ll Have to Let Him Go Martha & The Vandellas
  25. Let’s Talk It Over Lamont Anthony
  26. Misery Barrett Strong
  27. Brain Washer Junior Walker All Stars

Disc Two

  1. Witchcraft In The Air Bettye LaVette
  2. Whole Lotta Woman The Contours
  3. I Don’t Want To Take A Chance Mary Wells
  4. Leap Frog The Magnificent Seven
  5. I Found A Love The Falcons
  6. Action Speaks Louder Than Words Eddie Holland
  7. Don’t Feel Sorry For Me Jimmy Ruffin
  8. Someday We’ll Be Together Johnny & Jackey
  9. Honkey Tonk Woman The Fabulous Playboys
  10. Come On The Distants
  11. Never Let You Go Marvin Gaye
  12. I Need You Letha Jones
  13. I Won’t Be Your Fool Melvin Davis
  14. Just For You Freddie Gorman
  15. Tie Me Tight Bob Kayli
  16. I’ve Been Hurt The Spinners
  17. Gino Is A Coward Gino Washington
  18. Shock Briant Holland
  19. He’s So Fine The Corvells
  20. Village Of Love Nathaniel Mayer
  21. I Can’t Stand It The Seminoles
  22. Broken Hearted Me The Martiniques
  23. Whistle My Love Gladys Knight & The Pips
  24. Everyday The Challengers
  25. The Hawk Mike Hanks
  26. Why Oh Why Allen Story

Additional information

Weight0.125 kg