Various Artists

On the Modern Soul Side

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These 18 soulful sides from the '70s illustrate how strong local and regional records were at the time. Only two tracks received any national exposure: Prince Phillip Mitchell's boastful "Once I've Been There," and Eddie Holman's escalating "This Will Be A Night To Remember." Pleasant surprises abound, especially Mandrill's melodic soul trip "Too Late," and left-handed guitarist Beloyd's "Get You Into My Life". (Beloyd played with the O'Jays before this single release, and with Earth, Wind & Fire afterwards.) Includes the socio/political "Getting Together," by Brothers Guiding Light, Randolph Brown's "It Ain't Like It Used To Be," and Jesse James's lilting "If You Want A Love Affair."

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