Various Artists

Doctor Good Soul

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Doctor Good Soul, subtitled "A Roulette Rhythm 'n' Soul Compendium 1963-1974," is another instance of a European label giving more attention to classic American soul than any American label would ever consider. The 24 singles from the vaults of Roulette, Colpix, Dimension, Josie, Calla, Jubilee, Lolo, Moon Shot, Port, and Satin cut across sounds, from the early '60s to the mid-'70s, and Philadelphia, Detroit, and Chicago. There are some household names, including the Impressions ("Listen"), the Delfonics ("He Don't Really Love You"), Betty Lavette ("Cry Me a River"), and Betty Harris ("Why Don't You Tell Him"), doing distinctly lesser known tracks, and less well-known recording artists, including Ben Aiken (doing "Stay Together Young Lovers," later a hit for Brenda & the Tabulations) and Landy (McNeil) ("Doctor Good Soul"), a handful of them previously unreleased. The songs tend toward ballads and the sounds toward the achingly lyrical, nicely brought out by the mastering, which is excellent. The annotation is also reasonably thorough and detailed.

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