Various Artists

Northern Soul: The Collection [Rhino]

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With 75 carefully selected cuts, this massive compilation brings together the electricity, rhythmic push, and youthful vibrancy of the underground R&B, soul, and dance sounds of the '60s and early '70s that would come to be known as Northern soul. Less visible than the worldwide ubiquity of Motown in its glory days, the artists who make up Northern Soul: The Collection carry some of the same characteristics that made Motown so universal. Heartfelt love and excitement crackle through lesser-known tunes from Darrell Banks, Archie Bell & the Drells, and the Flirtations, as well as decidedly more energetic cuts from artists like Ella Fitzgerald, the Pointer Sisters, and Ike & Tina Turner.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:38
2
2:06
3
2:47
4
2:30
5
1:58
6
2:23
7
3:51
8
2:51
9
2:34
10
2:18
11
2:13
12
2:44
13
2:35
14
2:51
15
2:35
16
2:34
17
2:50
18
2:50
19
2:36
20
2:29
21
2:34
22
2:34
23
2:42
24
2:33
25
2:30

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:32
2
2:37
3
2:56
4
2:36
5
2:47
6
2:19
7
2:53
8
2:40
9
2:39
10
3:15
11
2:02
12
2:40
13 2:31
14
2:52
15
2:11
16
2:39
17
2:18
18
2:59
19
2:44
20
2:00
21
2:31
22
3:03
23
2:20
24
2:31
25
2:20

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:25
2
2:29
3
2:38
4
2:52
5
2:31
6
2:26
7
2:01
8
2:24
9 2:05
10
2:32
11
3:05
12
2:45
13
2:38
14
3:15
15
2:34
16
2:38
17
2:42
18
3:52
19
2:17
20
2:50
21
2:39
22
3:01
23
2:32
24
3:29
25
2:35
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