On the Modern Soul Side

Various Artists

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On the Modern Soul Side Review

by Andrew Hamilton

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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