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Golden Groups: Lu Pine

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Some hard-to-find sounds comprise The Golden Groups -- 21 (Lupine Records). Lupine was the main label of a family of R&B labels owned by Detroiter Bob West. The instrumentation may be too primitive for those spoiled by modern techniques, but it's the sparseness that makes many of these recordings magical. Two delectable Marv Johnson sides just flat-out represent. There's also some bubblegum by Little Joe & the Morrocos with "Trouble In the Candy Shop," Little Joe being the same Joe Harris who fronted Motown's Undisputed Truth. Some of these cuts should have been more successful; "It's Gonna Work Out," by the Rivals, and "Once Upon a Time," by Marv Johnson, are two examples. Eighteen songs in all -- what a bargain.