Soul City Los Angeles: West Coast Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music – 2LP

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 14 Apr 2014

**** - Soul Bag


CAT No: FVDV192UPC TEXT: 5055311071923

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The 2LP vinyl collector’s edition of Soul City Los Angeles sees soul music authority Clive Richardson select 28 of the most sought-after tracks from his 60-track 2CD compilation. These recordings served to establish the musical direction of LA and neighbouring West Coast conurbations in the late 1950s and early 1960s when R&B was evolving into the style that became known as soul. Soul City Los Angeles is the latest in a series that has previously explored the nascent soul scenes in Detroit, New York and Chicago.

This instalment presents a selection from key independent labels of the area, including Sam Cooke’s SAR and Richard Vaughn’s Arvee, as well as choice items from Aladdin, Liberty and Ebb, and collectable releases from more obscure imprints. Famous names include the Olympics, Don & Dewey , the Valentinos (aka the Womack Brothers) with ‘Lookin’ For A Love’, the Rivingtons with ‘Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow’, Johnnie Morisette with ‘Meet Me At The Twistin’ Place’, plus early recordings by future stars Johnnie Taylor and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson, and a young Sly Stone as a member of the Viscaynes.

Soul fans of the early 1960s could often figure out the geographic origins of new singles as much by the ‘sound’ as by any knowledge of sometimes obscure artists and labels, with the output of West Coast studios tending to have a ‘harder’ sound in comparison with some more sophisticated (for the era)



  1. Meet Me At The Twistin’ Place (Johnnie Morisette)
  2. Right To Love (The Simms Twins)
  3. Soul Motion (Don and Dewey)
  4. No Time To Cry (Earl Nelson)
  5. The Heebee Jeebees (Wally Cox)
  6. That Much Of Your Love (Donald Woods)
  7. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow (The Rivingtons)


  1. Soothe Me (The Simms Twins)
  2. Stay Where You Are (The Olympics)
  3. Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere (Johnnie Morisette)
  4. Somewhere There’s A Girl (The Valentinos)
  5. Here Comes The Night (Part 1) (Jimmy Norman)
  6. Deep Water (The Rivingtons)
  7. Some Day (Beamon Young)


  1. Lookin’ For A Love (The Valentinos)
  2. Your Heart Must Be Made Of Stone (Zeke Strong and His Queen Tones)
  3. Rome (Wasn’t Built In A Day) (Johnnie Taylor)
  4. Looking Back (Johnny Guitar Watson)
  5. That’s All I Ask (Tommy Knight)
  6. She’s All Right (Troy Walker)
  7. Frieda Frieda (The Valiants)


  1. Cuttin’ In (Johnny Guitar Watson)
  2. Never, Never (Johnnie Taylor)
  3. This Is The Nite (The Valiants)
  4. There’s No Pain (Tommy Knight)
  5. Yellow Moon (The Viscaynes)
  6. The Smile (The Simms Twins)
  7. Waiting (The Rivingtons)