Soul For Dancers 2: Out On The Floor Firecrackers

Various Artists
GENRE: ,
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
£8.99
Release date: 26 Feb 2016

"An assortment of stone cold classics and lesser-known gems from the dawn of northern soul. This compilation sees Mojo’s Lois Wilson digging into the crates and coming up trumps with choice cuts from the 60s club scene, encompassing everything from Etta James and a very young Marvin Gaye to sometimes-overlooked figures like Gino Parks and Lula Reed. Each one of these songs contributes to a portrait of one of the most vibrant and fondly remembered scenes in musical history." Lauren Laverne Show, Compilation of the Week, BBC Radio 6 Music

"Smoochers as well as stompers...a good flow of sounds; your party will be jumpin" MOJO

CAT No: FVDD234UPC TEXT: 5055311002347

Full details

Fantastic Voyage’s autumn 2015 release of Soul For Dancers proved so successful, that we didn’t have to think twice when Lois Wilson (Mojo, Record Collector) asked if she could do it all over again. It turns out that there were plenty more classic sides in her DJ crates, drawing on that rich seam of early soul and proto-soul rhythm & blues, of the sort that would have packed the dancefloors on the sixties club scene, or has been embraced by subsequent generations of club soul diehards.

Lois’s latest wide-ranging selection, Soul For Dancers 2, makes welcome forays into the unique New Orleans sound (including a storming sequence of Chris Kenner, Jessie Hill and Lee Dorsey), samples Memphis imprints Satellite and Stax (including a brace of Mar-Keys instrumentals), and stays in the groove for Oscar Brown Jr’s vocal take on Nat Adderley’s Work Song. Elsewhere the 60-track 2CD set makes space for early Tamla sides by The Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye, and tips its hat to big guns such as Bobby Bland, The 5 Royales, Solomon Burke, James Brown and Jackie Wilson. Lovers of Lois’s Ain’t Gonna Hush: The Queens Of Rhythm & Blues, will be pleased to see that female vocalists are well represented here, with Ann Cole leading the charge with four tracks, a hat trick from Lula Reed, two each from Etta James, Mitty Collier and Marie Knight, plus contributions from Tiny Topsy, Della Reese and Barbara George, as well as Tina Turner in the company of her old man, and Ruth Brown, both solo and in duet with the peerless Clyde McPhatter.

The first volume of Soul For Dancers prompted Shindig to observe “you can almost breathe that rarefied mod club atmosphere”, and the set elicited 4-star reviews from Echoes, Soul & Jazz & Funk, and Record Collector, the latter remarking “no let-up in quality…you can’t sit down”. Well, be prepared to take to the floor again, as Soul For Dancers 2 weaves its magic.                       

A 2LP edition selecting 32 highlights will also be released.

Tracklist

CD1

  1. Turn On Your Love Light (Bobby Bland)
  2. Watch Your Step (Bobby Parker)
  3. Same Thing (Gino Parks)
  4. Land Of 1000 Dances (Chris Kenner)
  5. Behind The 8-Ball (Lee Dorsey)
  6. Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 1 (Jessie Hill)
  7. Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Pt. 2 (Jessie Hill)
  8. Down In The Valley (Solomon Burke)
  9. Just A Little Bit (Rosco Gordon)
  10. Sack-O-Woe (The Mar-Keys)
  11. Good Good Lovin’ (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  12. Don’t Give No More Than You Can Take (The 5 Royales)
  13. Never Let You Go (Marvin Gaye)
  14. You’re Mine (Ann Cole)
  15. The Easy Livin’ Plan (Rufus Thomas)
  16. Baby, Baby Every Night (Etta James)
  17. You Make Me Feel So Good (The Chips)
  18. Wait A Minute (Barbara Stephens)
  19. One Degree North (The Mar-Keys)
  20. Work Song (Oscar Brown Jr)
  21. Ninety Nine And A Half Won’t Do (Della Reese)
  22. Each Day (Ann Cole)
  23. For You (Carla Thomas)
  24. Tell The Truth (The 5 Royales)
  25. Rock Love (Lula Reed)
  26. Lonely Teardrops (Jackie Wilson)
  27. You’re A Little Too Late (Danny Owens)
  28. You Gotta Have That Green (Lula Reed)
  29. You Better Mind (Doris Payne)
  30. You Better Move On (Arthur Alexander)

CD2

  1. Worried And Hurtin’ Inside (Ike and Tina Turner)
  2. If You Don’t Come (You Better Call) (Patience Valentine)
  3. Fire (Gino Parks)
  4. Trick Bag (Earl King)
  5. A Letter From My Baby (Timmy Shaw)
  6. I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them (Marie Knight)
  7. (Something Moves Me) Within My Heart (The 5 Royales)
  8. As Long As I’m Moving (Ruth Brown)
  9. Don’t Let Her Take My Baby (Mitty Collier)
  10. Send For Me (If You Need Some Lovin’) (Barbara George)
  11. Please Mr Postman (The Marvelettes)
  12. Come On Baby (Hold My Hand) (Marie Knight)
  13. I’ve Got Nothing Working Now (But My Real Old Fashioned Love) (Ann Cole)
  14. Playboy (Billy Ray)
  15. She’ll Be Gone (Betty O’Brien)
  16. Aw! Shucks Baby (Tiny Topsy)
  17. What Makes You So Cold (Lula Reed)
  18. Are You Satisfied? (Ann Cole)
  19. Satisfied With My Lovin’ (Marty Lewis)
  20. Won’t You Let Me Know (J.J. Barnes)
  21. Party Across The Hall (Yvonne Baker and The Sensations)
  22. I’ve Got Love (Mitty Collier)
  23. Rainbow Joe (Lloyd Price)
  24. Come Over Here (James Brown and The Famous Flames)
  25. Number One (My One And Only) (Etta James)
  26. Don't Fight It, Feel It (The Simms Twins)
  27. I Gotta Have You (Clyde McPhatter and Ruth Brown)
  28. Sweet Jelly Roll (Jessie Hill)
  29. Give Me Your Love (Sticks Herman)
  30. My Dear (The Hi-Fi’s)