J.J. Barnes

King of Northern Soul: The Very Best of J.J. Barnes

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J. J. Barnes tracks produced by Ian Levine. These are not the real deals; they lack the production expertise and soulful feeling of his American-produced recordings. Levine helped write some new material and re-recorded some of Barnes' old songs like "Sweet Sherry," "Please Let Me In," "Real Humdinger," and "Our Love Is in the Pocket." A high cost for this 18-song compilation is ridiculous; it would be more palatable, considering its obvious weak points, if it were more reasonably priced. Listeners are advised to check out a CD of his original recordings and pass this one by.

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