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On the Northern Side: Campark Records, Vol. 2

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From 1956 to 1967 Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records enjoyed a run as one of the premier independent labels in the U.S. -- home to chart blockbusters like Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Dee Dee Sharp's "Mashed Potato Time," and the Tymes' "So Much in Love," the company never wielded the commercial or creative influence of regional labels like Detroit's Motown or Memphis' Stax, but the smooth, upbeat soul that was Cameo-Parkway's bread and butter clearly paved the way for the classic Philly soul of acts like the the Spinners and the O'Jays, who dominated charts during the early 1970s. The second volume in the On the Northern Side: Campark Records series follows its predecessor in forgoing the label's big hits in favor of the kind of rare grooves revived and celebrated via Britain's Northern soul club scene, collecting 27 rare singles from the imprint's heyday -- highlights include Bobby Paris' "Night Owl," Frankie Beverley's "Because of My Heart," the Olympics' "Good Thing," and the Bronzettes' "Run Run You Little Fool."