Various Artists

Soul Years of Minit Records: Struttin' & Flirtin' (1966-1969)

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For three years, from 1966 to 1969, Minit Records made a serious run for recognition on the soul charts. They made a fine effort, despite less than expected sales, and artists like Bobby Womack, the O'Jays and Ike & Tina Turner went on to bigger and better things elsewhere. The Young Hearts' "I Got Love for My Baby," made a big splash on the charts; it has a Far East-type opening and features Ronnie Preyer's sweet falsetto complemented by James Moore's rough, soulful tenor/baritone; it was their biggest hit and did quite well in many markets. Bobby Womack's "What Is This" and "How I Miss You" were well received by soul jocks but neither set the world on fire. The Players' track, "Get Right," is not their finest moment at Minit; why "He'll Be Back" or "I'm So Glad You Waited," superior pieces, were omitted is baffling. Homer Banks deep soul saga, "60 Minutes of Your Love," is a classic but fails to ignite his singing career. Other notables include Jimmy Holiday, Gloria Jones, Gene Dozier & Brotherhood, Alder Ray and Junior Parker.