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Carolina Soul Survey: The Reflection Sound Story

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Although they never gets the same credit as Detroit, Memphis or Philadelphia, the Carolinas were a pivotal destination on the roadmap of classic soul -- as the epicenter of the famed "beach music" scene, the region was for years a hotbed of driving, up-tempo R&B, and during the late 1960s and early 1970s also hosted a crop of small, independent soul labels. Carolina Soul Survey compiles 20 tracks from the little-known Charlotte, N.C.-based Reflection Sound label, with crisp, remastered sound and engaging liner notes; none of the songs made a dent nationally, but collectively they're a superb portrait of a label and music scene that never earned anything near the attention it truly deserved. Highlights include Louis King's "It's Your Time to Cry," Carol Humphries' "Don't Want Nobody,"" and Arthur Freeman's "Played-Out Playgirl."

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