Various Artists

Crossover Flavas (When Northern Soul Met Disco)

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When the U.K.'s Suss'd label picked up the Salsoul catalog and repackaged and re-released just about all that it possibly could, this compilation was one of the more unique ones of the bunch. When Northern Soul Met Disco helps maintain the link between the U.S. and England, selecting tracks that were more soul than disco -- and therefore more likely to be embraced by the small sector of soul fans who have often appreciated America's musical heritage more than Americans. Selections include Double Exposure's "Everyman," Moment of Truth's "So Much for Love," True Example's "Just as Long as You Love Me," Love Committee's "Put It to the Back of Your Mind," Loleatta Holloway's "Catch Me on the Rebound," Bunny Sigler's "I'm a Fool," Joe Bataan's "Continental Square Dance," and Floyd Smith's "I Just Can't Give You Up." Most disco singles have at least some soul in them, but this shows how Salsoul could be more of an extension of soul than some sort of mindless, purely hedonistic separation from it.

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