For Dancers Also

For Dancers Also


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Like its earlier sister compilation of sorts (For Dancers Only), For Dancers Also is a grab bag of soul tracks -- 16 in all -- originally issued on the Kent/Modern family of labels in the mid- to late '60s. (And, as with For Dancers Only, no bonus tracks or additional historical liner notes were added when it was reissued on CD about 25 years after its original appearance in the early '80s.) Kent/Modern soul releases, with some exceptions, weren't too commercially successful when first issued, and the label didn't cultivate one of the stronger company identities or rosters among '60s soul labels. Why, then, this devoted base of collectors, particularly in Britain, where the modern-day Kent imprint (administered by Ace Records) is based? In part it's because even the generic Kent/Modern soul sides were well suited for midtempo dancing, which is a big deal among the Northern soul aficionados in the U.K. who collect this stuff. To be honest, though, much of Kent/Modern's soul output was on the generic side, though at least For Dancers Also isn't as heavy on the Motown imitations/derivatives as For Dancers Only. These tracks are pleasantly upbeat period soul, though none of the songs are outstanding, and some are mediocre. In its favor, it has some cuts that have a bluesier edge than most '60s soul, particularly Lowell Fulsom's "Talkin' Woman," the Johnny Otis Show's sly "Country Girl," and Jackie Day's convincingly pained "What Kind of Man Are You?" The strain to emulate Motown is in full force, however, on Mary Love's "Lay This Burden Down," which could almost pass for a Martha & the Vandellas stormer with a different singer. If you want some heavily Impressions-influenced stuff, there's Z.Z. Hill's "You Just Cheat and Lie" and Danny Monday's "Good Taste of Love." And was Booker T. Averhart & the Mustangs' "Take Your Shoes Off, Pt. 1" instrumental a deliberately tongue-in-cheek takeoff on Booker T. & the MG's?

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667025324
catalogNumber: 20
Rank: 188972

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Technical Credits

Lowell Fulson   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
Hubert Sumlin   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Millie Jackson   Composer
Arthur Adams   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Mel Williams   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Source Material
Nick Ashford   Composer
Bill Elgart   Composer
Marc Gordon   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Toni Wine   Composer
Dottie Peoples   Composer
Lolly Vegas   Composer
Delmar Evans   Composer
Jackie Day   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Booker T. Averhart   Composer
Willie Gauff   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer
Ferdinand Washington   Composer

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