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On the Northern Side: Campark Records, Vol. 3

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Although it never enjoyed the consistent commercial success or critical acclaim awarded to other local labels like Detroit's Motown or Memphis' Stax, from its 1956 inception to its 1967 demise, Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records remained a hotbed for classic soul music, its slick, upbeat sound paving the way for the gossamer Philly soul that dominated the airwaves during the early 1970s. Although Cameo-Parkway played host to chart-toppers like Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time," and the Tymes' "So Much in Love," the third volume in the On the Northern Side: Campark Records series forgoes the big hits in favor of 27 rare soul grooves from the label's creative heyday -- the overall quality is diminished from the first two volumes, suggesting the vaults are pretty much tapped out, but there's still enough good stuff here to recommend its purchase, at least to soul aficionados. Highlights this time out include Don Covay's "Turn It On," the Sweet Three's "I Would If I Could," Nikki Blu's "I Love Him So," and Bunny Sigler's "Can You Dig It?"