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Blue Light: Chicago Dusties, Vol. 3

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You'd like to think that by the third volume in a series someone might say "You know, we really should include cover booklets with these discs," but luckily the Blue Light: Chicago Dusties series continues to make up in substance what it lacks in style. In fact, this third volume may be the most impressive entry to date. These 26 cuts assemble even more of the best and rarest soul tracks rediscovered and popularized via the Windy City Dusty Steppers scene -- not to be confused with the four-on-the-floor stompers popular on the U.K. Northern soul circuit, these dusties instead boast a more fluid, lush sophistication similar in approach to Motown but with more grit and earthiness. Like most compilations of this nature, there are a few clunkers, but by and large the material is excellent, and the majority of cuts have yet to resurface on other vintage soul collections. Highlights include Beverly Shaffer's "Where Will You Be, Boy?," the Esquires' "You Got the Power," the Trends' "Check My Tears," and the long version of Sharon Ridley's "Stay With Me a Little While."