Jackie Wilson

Uptown and Upnorth (Floorsnapper, Floaters and Floorshakers)

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Other than "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)," not included, and "Whispers (Getting Louder)," which is, Jackie Wilson's later Brunswick recordings produced mainly by Carl Davis suffer from underappreciation -- which is a shame because he recorded some good sides during this era. Check out "Love Uprising" (made popular by Otis Leavill), "You Got Me Walking" (an obscure Chi-Lites tune), a yearning rendition of Darrell Banks' "Open the Door to Your Heart," and two songs by the guitar-playing Reed brothers (Danny and Bernard Reed), "My Heart Is Calling" and "Just Be Sincere." Soul fans would be wise to investigate this and other groupings of mid-'60s Brunswick recordings. This set includes the light and melodic "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" and a chilling update of Holland-Dozier-Holland's "You Keep Me Hanging On." Unlike Wilson's early Brunswick recordings, these aren't marred by syrupy strings and Ray Conniff-ish arrangements -- this is bumpin' uptown soul, baby.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:48
2 3:06
3 2:23
4 2:53
5 2:40
6 2:23
7 2:46
8 2:45
9 2:52
10 2:29
11 2:14
12 2:32
13 2:46
14 2:55
15 2:49
16 2:19
17 2:53
18 3:02
19 2:25
20 3:22
21 2:29
22 2:42
23 3:17
24 2:44
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