Julie Driscoll

If Your Memory Serves You Well

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The title of this budget compilation is lifted from Julie Driscoll & the Brian Auger Trinity's best-known number, the spooky reinvention of Dylan's "This Wheel's On Fire" that became a monster hit in 1968. The contents, however, tell a different story entirely, as they dig back into the run of flop singles that both parties released in the U.K. in the years before they officially joined forces -- and which have been compiled on so many occasions in the past that it seems almost futile to take them once more around the block. But only if you've heard it all before. Newcomers, on the other hand, will thrill to find no less than a dozen primal slabs of British Beat -- driving jazz and fiery R&B on the Auger tracks, blazing soul on the Driscoll cuts, with both players serving advance notice of the brilliant fire that would be spread across their partnership later in the decade. And, if Auger's own finest 45, a frenetic remake of "Green Onions," is absent from this collection, then the presence of latter-day jewel "Shadows of You" more than compensates.

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