Various Artists

36 Unreleased Gems & Rare Classics

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A hungry man's helping of Ian Levine's early productions on a plethora of artists, including a couple of obscure American soul singers that Levine discovered on his many talent-seeking treks to the States. None of these songs really took off, and the artists remained unknown; the Northern Soul crowd accepted some of these efforts, a few got played on European radio, but all were non-entities in the States. Only the Real Thing, Miquel Brown, and the Trammps have any name value; Carol Woods and Barbara Pennington are Americans discovered by Levine and given a shot at stardom. The rest consist of unfamiliar United Kingdom artists whose careers fizzled once Levine's involvement ended. These are pleasant, lilting productions done by singers with engaging voices which lacked that elusive element needed to take them to the top. After the commercial failure of these recordings, Levine commenced the monumental task of recording ex-Motown artists and produced nearly 800 tracks for Motor City Records.