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Brent: Superb 60s Soul Sounds

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Brent was the '60s soul imprint for Bob Shad, a record man who began his career as a producer at Savoy and National. He was based in New York City but Brent showcased soul singers from across the country with a slight emphasis on Los Angeles. This history is told in Ady Croasdell's liner notes for Ace's 2014 compilation Brent: Superb 60s Soul Sounds, but the collection itself isn't so much a history as it is an excavation of what the label has in its vaults. Some of these was released at the time -- Brenton Wood's "I Want Love," the Lovells' "Here Come the Heartaches," etc. -- but there are also seven previously unreleased cuts here, along with a few sides that were unearthed relatively recently. Rarity is part of the appeal of this compilation -- this is music that just isn't widely circulated -- but it's also a pretty good example of uptown '60s soul, heavy on cool grooves, happy hooks, and sophisticated strut. If there's not really anything that's a knockout, at least it's all enjoyable and there's not a cut that breaks the spell.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:28
2 2:43
3 2:11
4
2:26
5 2:26
6 2:31
7 2:33
8 2:32
9 2:27
10 2:24
11 2:39
12 2:06
13 2:06
14
2:33
15 1:52
16 2:38
17 2:01
18 2:40
19 2:11
20 2:43
21 2:33
22 2:26
23 2:31
24
2:26
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