Various Artists

The Arock Serock Sylvia Soul Story Continued

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Back in 2002, Ace released The Arock & Sylvia Soul Story. It took them nearly a decade and a half to finalize The Arock Serock Sylvia Soul Story Continued, but in those 14 years they were able to dive into heavy research, identifying artists marked as unknown on the original tapes and digging up demos by Junior Lewis. His publishing demos aren't the only ones on the disc, either: Don Covay is heard on "Did You Hear," another songwriter acetate that's mixed in among singles from 1962 and 1966 that were rarely heard outside of the New York area. The wondrous thing about this collection of little-heard uptown soul is that it's executed with such precision it seems as if these could be forgotten hits from the golden age of the Brill Building. That the songs are occasionally too overwrought or self-consciously sophisticated doesn't matter: the care is evident and even infectious, evidence of the invention behind this entire scene.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Corvairs 02:13 Amazon
2 Sterling Magee 02:46 Amazon
3 Gene Burks 02:08 Amazon
4 Tutti Hill 02:17 Amazon
5 Joan Moody 02:11 Amazon
6 Gary & Gary 02:18 Amazon
7 The Diplomats 02:16 Amazon
8 Garrett Saunders 02:19 Amazon
Freddie Solomon 02:41 Amazon
10 Ansler Montell 02:26 Amazon
11 Vivian Collins 02:15 Amazon
12 Theola Kilgore 02:59 Amazon
13 Sinner Strong 02:25 Amazon
14 Van McCoy 02:29 Amazon
15 The D C Playboys 02:15 Amazon
16 Joan Moody 02:17 Amazon
17 Billy Washington 02:39 Amazon
18 Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers 02:09 Amazon
19 Marie Knight & Junior Lewis 01:50 Amazon
20 Garrett Saunders 02:24 Amazon
21 Junior Lewis 02:03 Amazon
Junior Lewis 02:26 Amazon
23 Don Covay 01:52 Amazon
24 Eddie King 02:52 Amazon
25 The Larks 02:06 Amazon
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