Various Artists

Out on the Floor

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A fine compilation of dance numbers by Goldmine/Soul Supply, who had the collector first and foremost in mind when they compiled these CDs. Contains so many goodies you'll be cherrypicking the 25 tracks instead of letting the CD spin from beginning to end. You'll zero in on "Breakout" by Mitch Ryder, wanting to hear this obscure track from the blue-eyed soul-rocker. The Fascinations' innocent "Girls Are Out to Get You" has a sweet, Chicago girl group sound that gets a lot of ink in Northern soul publications. The Poets' "She Blew a Good Thing" is intriguing to collectors; you'll be straining to hear if the vocals are really from the Main Ingredient, who supposedly recorded this as the Poets before their long tenure at RCA Records. The O'Jays' "I Dig Your Act" features four members: Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, Bobby Massey, and the late William Powell; the sound is totally different from their sound on Philadelphia International Records. The Invitations' "What's Wrong with Me Baby" was first recorded by the Toys, but they do an excellent job on the Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell song. The groovy "Somebody Somewhere (Needs You)" first appeared by Ike & Tina Turner on Loma Records, but Banks had the bigger hit on the song co-written by Frank Wilson of Motown fame. Contains three bona fide hits: Donnie Elbert's "A Little Piece of Leather," Mel & Tim's "Backfield in Motion," and the old Isley Brothers' song "Nobody But Me," by the Human Beinz. You also get James & Bobby Purify's "Shake a Tailfeather," and Dobie Gray's title cut "Out on the Floor," a Northern soul classic.

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