Dore L.A. Soul Sides, Vol. 2

Dore L.A. Soul Sides, Vol. 2

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Overview

Ace's second and final collection of singles either recorded for or released on the Los Angeles soul imprint Dore concentrates on the '60s but it stretches all the way into 1981 for Gail Anderson's "Just a Little Ugly," stopping along the way for Rambling Willie & the Euphonics' 1976 side "Stuffin' the Bird" and Johnny Braff's 1975 single "This Girl Is a Good Girl." These are accents on a collection that essentially picks up the thread from 2014's initial volume, rounding up a bunch of high-energy pop-soul indebted to Motown along with some harmony-heavy hangovers from late-'50s R&B (Milton James' lovely "That's What Love Will Do," the Whispers' "As I Sit Here," the Vows' "I Wanna Chance"). Despite the presence of the latter, this is generally bright, danceable soul so rhythmically infectious that when it does dip into '70s disco, it doesn't feel unnatural even if the glint of the neon production doesn't quite jibe with the rest of the material here. Elsewhere, there are some oddities -- Toussaint McCall's moody protest "Saigon to San Francisco," the Natural Resources Unpolluted's wah-wah-laden groove "Funky with My Stuff," which appears to be a protest but its meaning is fuzzy -- but this is generally exuberant soul exhibiting the sly modernist style of the mid-'60s. Any one of these cuts would brighten any Northern soul mix but the Swans' "Nitty Gritty City" and Smoky & the Bears' "We Together Baby" are especially attractive, and both of the Entertainers IV sides pack a wallop.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243322
catalogNumber: 5020337
Rank: 41720

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard "Dimples" Fields   Conductor

Technical Credits

Gene Page   Arranger
Toussaint McCall   Arranger,Composer
Richard "Dimples" Fields   Arranger,Composer
Lawrence Dickens   Composer
Ernie Freeman   Arranger,Composer
Milton James   Composer
Gerald Lee   Arranger
Bobby Nicholson   Composer
William Powell   Composer,Producer
Howard Scott   Composer
Ronald Cook   Composer
Miles Grayson   Arranger
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Robert Byrd   Composer
John Greek   Arranger
Gordy Harmon   Composer
Lew Bedell   Composer,Producer
Kenard Gardner   Composer
Eddie Williams   Arranger
Antoinette Perry   Composer
Frank Williams   Composer
Doc Siegell   Engineer
Jack Eskew   Arranger,Composer
B. J. Hunter   Composer
George Motola   Producer
Helen Simpson   Composer
Gail Anderson   Composer
Patrick Robinson   Composer
Robert Plaisted   Composer
Frances Lark   Composer
Bobby Swayne   Composer
Eddie Lee Williams   Composer
Lou Bideu   Composer
Jimmy Locke   Composer
R.W. Chandler   Composer
Johnny Braff   Composer,Producer
Dee Torres   Composer
Wilbert James   Composer,Producer
Julie Johnson   Composer
John Stephens   Arranger,Producer
Jessie Antione   Arranger,Producer
James Leon Moore   Composer
Gilbert Covell   Composer
Cal Richardson   Composer
Bill Swayne   Composer

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