Various Artists

Crate Diggin' Fever: The Cult of Rarity

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Compiled by Dean Rudland (of the Acid Jazz and Ace labels), this release from the Harmless' Backbeats division features deep cuts from labels like Brunswick, Hot Wax/Invictus, Contempo, Hi, and Philadelphia International. As indicated by the title, Crate Diggin' Fever: The Cult of Rarity is aimed at soul fans who already own the classic hits and aren't into paying collector's prices for obscurities. Some of the inclusions -- such as Jean Carn's "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," Laura Lee's "Crumbs Off the Table," and the Average White Band's cover of the Isley Brothers' "Work to Do" -- aren't all that rare, but there are plenty of deep gems and very little filler.

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