torsdag 8 januari 2015

INEZ & CHARLIE FOXX/GREATEST HITS - PAST AND PRESENT 8-63281 (-68) UK MONO

Sibling soul duo often referred to as a "one hit wonder" due to their most successful single "Mockingbird" - a re-write of the lullaby "Hush Little Baby" - reaching #2 on the US r&b charts and #7 on Billboard. That was their only high charter with a few following 45:s only managing top 50 on the r&b list and the lower hundreds on Billboard. For a long time all I knew about them was "Mockingbird" and rated them way below sixties Motown and Atlantic soul...till this compilation made me look further. As a 10 track summary from the previous five years - containing a-sides, album cuts and some newly recorded - it's very strong and does not stand back to any of the more renowned labels artists. A mix of power soul and pining ballads with tophole backing and beautifully emotional vocals from Inez in a soft natural atmosphere. All cuts original mono providing very good listening. Favorite tracks - "You Are The Man" and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days". Premiere US on Dynamo (DM 7002/DS 8002). 1971 vinyl reissue on Pye (PKL 4406). First UK had label as shown here and laminated cover. (FÄV*)

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