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Here Comes the Night Owl

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Compiled by Ian Levine, the legendary DJ at the famed nightspot Wigan Casino, Here Comes the Night Owl assembles 25 guaranteed dancefloor favorites from the heyday of the U.K.'s Northern soul club scene. Perhaps the most notable track is Frank Wilson's legendary unreleased Motown effort "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" -- in 1998, Scottish fan Kenny Burrell paid an astounding £15,000 for one of two known promotional copies of the single, which as of this writing remains the world's rarest 7" vinyl release and its auction price reportedly the most ever paid for a 45-rpm recording. That alone makes Here Comes the Night Owl a bargain even at twice the price, but Levine has also resurrected two dozen more soul chestnuts, some of them making their CD debuts -- highlights include Barbara Lewis' "The Stars," Laura Lee's "To Win Your Heart," and Brenda Holloway's "Reconsider."

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