Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012

Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012


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Kent Records, an offshoot of U.K. reissue label Ace Records began excavating obscure Northern Soul songs on a 1982 compilation album called For Dancers Only. As the years wore on, the label grew in profile and scope alike, licensing lost soul classics by the dozens and feeding a ravenous subset of soul collectors on their endless search for holier grails and more of the endless buried early soul gems that made up the often independently produced and distributed Northern Soul scene. Kent 30: Best of Kent Northern 1982-2012 is a highlight-heavy victory lap celebrating the label's 30th anniversary by collecting more unheard soul smokers and revisiting some of the label's greatest hits in a remastered form. Gene & Gary's early rock-informed vocal stomper "Baby Without You" dates back to that first compilation, while "I'm Shooting High (I Reach for the Sky)" by groovy progressive soul stirrer O.C. Tolbert appears in an alternate mix, resourced from the original master tapes. The collector's mentality runs heavy through the compilation, with a huge segment of the mix dedicated to records "so rare they didn't exist"; unearthed acetates of recordings that never made it to the often prohibitively expensive vinyl format. These tracks are among the rawest and most visceral productions on the record, including the killer, jumping soul cut "Love Keeps Me Crying" by Walter Wilson and the incredible alternate mix of Little Ann's "What Should I Do," shelved for decades waiting to be discovered by future generations. A remastering job renders Chuck Jackson's oddly eerie "I'd Be a Millionaire" especially electric as well. With 30 tracks of high-grade, no-filler Northern Soul, Kent 30 doesn't have much in the way of duds or dull moments, but its extensive running length can render even the best of its songs a little monotonous after an hour or so of deep cut listening. Taken piece by piece, however, Kent 30 has a bounty of top-notch, obscure, Northern Soul wonders and dancefloor burners. Collectors will especially enjoy the wealth of rarities and the expanded fidelity of the remastering, but even someone who just likes to dance will find a lot to enjoy here.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2012
Label: Kent Records Uk
UPC: 0029667238427
catalogNumber: 6723842
Rank: 110449

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Technical Credits

Dave Hamilton   Composer
Jim Ford   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Van McCoy   Composer
Jack Ashford   Composer
David Blake   Composer,Photo Courtesy
Ted Daryll   Composer
Ugene Dozier   Arranger,Producer
Eugene Dozier   Composer
Len Ron Hanks   Composer
Frank Jones   Composer
Tommy Keith   Composer
Peter Paul   Producer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Roy Robinson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Hy Weiss   Producer
Toni Wine   Composer
Arthur Wright   Producer
Lolly Vegas   Composer
Randy Scott   Composer
Alec Palao   Photo Courtesy
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Luther Dixon   Composer
Zane Grey   Composer
Windsor King   Producer
Pat Vegas   Composer
Mark Barkan   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Gilles Petard   Photo Courtesy
Bernie Baum   Composer
Larry Banks   Composer
Harrison Smith   Composer
Fred Bridges   Composer
Steve Venet   Composer,Producer
Elain Constantine   Cover Photo
Stan Vincent   Producer
Delmar Wilburn   Composer
Bobby Angelle   Composer
Tony Allen   Composer
Fred Smith   Producer
Bill Giant   Composer
Florence Kaye   Composer
Rony Darrell   Composer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Billy Jackson   Composer
Steve Guarnori   Memorabilia
Bobby Wisdom   Arranger
Sherlie Matthews   Composer
Gareth Thomas   Memorabilia
Andrew Killick   Memorabilia
Herbert Campbell   Composer
Martin H.   Memorabilia
Matt Baker   Memorabilia
Herman Wesley Kelley   Composer
Ann Bridgeforth   Composer
Andrew Terry   Composer
Alton Scott   Composer
Bob Calili   Photo Courtesy
Sebastian Fonzues   Memorabilia
Florence Marandola   Composer
David Richards   Memorabilia
Darryl Goolsby   Composer
Alex Esmail   Cover Model

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