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Dynamite Soul Harmony, Vol. 3

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Dynamite Soul Harmony, Vol. 3 continues the tradition of the previous volumes by presenting obscure harmony groups of the '60s and '70s which failed to ignite commercially, but were burning with artistic merit. The 22 selections here dash madly between the two decades; the liner notes are brief but do provide the year and label of each release. The result is a stylistic roller coaster that reveals the depth of artistic possibilities within this untapped pocket of soul. From the group-charged garage soul of Little Mr.Lee & the Cherokees' "Will My Baby Come Back," which admirably captures the regret of lost love, to the steamy, window-fogging smoothness of Bunny Sigler's early PIR single "Picture Us," the Dynamite Soul Harmony series provides a unique window into a fascinating world of lost soul. Other bright moments include an early version of Tavares recording here as Chubby & the Turnpikes and their beautiful "I Didn't Know the Inside Story," the Naturals' doo wop update "Different Girls," the up-tempo cheer of the Embracer's "Stop and Let Yourself Go," and a young Carl Carlton's "So What." It should be noted that some of the selections here have been mastered from vinyl sources and some crackle and hiss is apparent, but it's only a minor setback to a great set of music.

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