Los Angeles Soul: Kent-Modern's Black Music Legacy 1962-1971

Los Angeles Soul: Kent-Modern's Black Music Legacy 1962-1971


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The Bihari Brothers' Modern and Kent imprints are two legendary postwar blues and R&B independent labels but neither are known for '60s soul. Ace's compilation Los Angeles Soul: Kent-Modern's Black Music Legacy 1962-1971 proves Kent-Modern not only wasn't dormant during the glory days of soul, but they tried many times to strike gold. This 2015 collection rounds up 24 attempts, not all of which were released at the time. Five of these cuts see their first release here, with an additional four showing up on previous archival comps, a pretty heavy dose of unheard music by any measure, but that doesn't mean the rest of the disc is familiar. Only Johnny Adams and Johnny Copeland were stars and neither of their selections here were hits (Copeland's didn't see release until 1995, actually), but the appeal of Los Angeles Soul is how it excavates a piece of soul history. Through a combination of licensing and recording at their own studios, Kent-Modern dabbled in pretty much every soul sound of the '60s: a bit of breezy uptown soul, plus grooving pop from the Motor City and Chicago, but a greater concentration on sounds emanating from the South. All this means the title Los Angeles Soul might be a touch disingenuous -- not all the acts were based in Southern California -- but there's often a strong Californian touch, particularly in how the label favored anything that might give them a hit. Still, the most striking sounds here date from the tail end of the decade, when soul got psychedelicized and got a conscience: an ode to Jesse Jackson by the Pace-Setters, the wild fuzz-funk of "I Know She's Gonna Leave" by Willie Gauff & the Love Brothers, the harder funk of "You Are My Sunshine." Still, the lighter numbers here are also infectious -- maybe not enough to argue that these should've climbed their way up the charts, but it's enough to make this an absorbing portrait of a forgotten side of the '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667243025
catalogNumber: 5008862
Rank: 59182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rene Hall   Conductor
Ikettes   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Jimmy Lewis   Composer
Andy Badale   Composer
Tommy Youngblood   Composer
Johnny Adams   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Ted Brinson   Composer
Maxwell Davis   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Betty Gouche   Composer
Rene Hall   Arranger,Producer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Doc Siegel   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Arthur Wright   Arranger
James Day   Composer
Wally Cox   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Liner Notes
Frank Clark   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Producer
Clarence Brown   Producer
Albert Elias   Composer
Jeanette Jones   Cover Photo
George Benz   Producer
Ervin   Producer
William Brown   Composer
R. Blakemore   Composer
Huey Harris   Composer,Producer
Larry Sanders   Composer
Robert Ramsey   Composer,Producer
Earl Wright   Composer
Marc Gordon   Composer
Chas Garcia   Producer
E. Le Meire   Arranger,Producer
Robert "Mikki" Rooks   Producer
Milton Smith   Composer,Producer

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