Various Artists

Searching For Soul: Rare & Classic Soul, Funk, and Jazz From Michigan 1968-1980

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As a compendium of late-1960s and early-'70s Michigan soul musicians who never quite made it to Motown, whether due to musical differences or debilitating drug and alcohol problems, SEARCHING FOR SOUL could have been a catalog of broken dreams. That the music contained in this collection is often more raw and direct than the best the Detroit hit factory had to offer is a credit to artists like Manual Holcomb, whose "I Stayed Away Too Long" is classic Vietnam-era R&B, the honey-toned Dee Edwards and her gorgeous "(I Can) Deal With That," and the remarkable guitarist Robert Lowe, whose instrumental "Back to Funk" is a classic of the genre. Sometimes inspired, occasionally amateurish, and often both, SEARCHING FOR SOUL is never less than completely passionate.

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