Various Artists

Rock 'N Soul: Seattle Sounds of the 60s

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This fun little set collects some of the 1960s sides from Jan Kurtis Skugstad's Seattle-based Camelot Records imprint. Skugstad, a native of Norway, moved to the city in 1947 with his family, and after several years away as a touring musician, he returned to Seattle in 1964 and started Camelot, along with several other imprints, including Quest, Nordic and Spur. Between 1964 and 1966, Camelot released some 50 singles, although none of them became more than regional hits. These sides, although they're a lot of fun, have a kind of generic feel to them, and it's easy to see why none broke out nationally. Among the highlights are the Gatormen's "Hey Girl," the Statics' live "Girl Can't Help It," the Dorsals' odd "The Killer Whale" (set to the three-chord "Hang on Sloopy" rhythm), and the early soul-jazz of "Ron and Jan Jam," which features Ron Buford on B-3 organ, and Jan Kurtis himself on drums.

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