Various Artists

Northern Soul of L.A., Vol. 1

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An ample helping of obscure Southern California soul music from the '60s. If you resided East of the Mississippi River chances are you never heard any of these selections. Not one track made the R&B charts. The Younghearts' "The Beginning of My End," a slow intense ballad, was the B-side of their first single, "A Little Togetherness," and was included on their Sweet Soul Shakin' album; they're the only group here to have a national hit. Soul aficionados will love this smorgasbord of Southern California soul that includes cuts by the Sunlovers, the Tripps (featuring Jimmy Conwell), the Four Tempos, and the Servicemen.