The Soul Survivors

Expressway to Your Heart

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Collectables' Expressway to Your Heart is essentially a reissue of the Soul Survivors' 1967 album, When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes, augmented by one bonus track (an extended version of "Explosion in Your Soul"). Though only the title track -- a head-spinning, mind-warping, hard Philly soul track with a tough groove and layers of sound effects -- is the only true classic here; the album is nevertheless endlessly fascinating, particularly in how it shows the genesis of the Gamble & Huff sound, only cocooned within a psychedelic soul setting. So it should come as little surprise that this is a bit of a period piece, particularly in its trippy sound effects and elastic jams; but within that there is top-notch songwriting from Gamble & Huff, and a wild, diverse band that did a lot here, but were probably just a little too ahead of their time to get the respect they deserved. Heard years later, it's a prescient, fascinating album, well worth the time of any soul fanatic; and it is given a nice reissue treatment here (even if it doesn't boast its original title).

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