Various Artists

Soul Searchin' [Valley Vue]

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Quietly, Valley Vue Records issued some scrumptious sounds; this CD features choice cuts from Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, the Manhattans, Cicero Blake, Jerry Butler and Dalton & Dubarri. Onboard is Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers' "Bustin' Loose," the label's most successful single, but many will recall Cicero Blakes' testeronisque "Dip My Dipper" as well. The other cuts didn't sell as well but the voices, except for Dalton & Dubarri, will invoke instant recognition. Obviously, this is volume one of many more to come, as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' excellent "I Should Be Your Lover" didn't make the cut.

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