Various Artists

The Shades Story

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This sound retrospection of the '60s soul scene in Northampton, England represents the best of the Northern Soul sound. Like most, It has its share of obscure tracks and artists: "I Got the Fever," by the Creation, "My Sugar Baby," by Connie Clarke, and beaters by Richard Temple, the Fi-Dels, Tommy Neal, Jimmy Thomas, and Rose Batiste. These won't conjure up many memories, as they didn't receive much air play or sell many copies when originally released. This collection is pumped by the Parliaments' "Don't Be Sore at Me," the Olympics' "Baby Do the Philly Dog" and "Secret Agents," and Jackie Lee's "The Duck" and "Do the Temptation Walk." Listeners will relish tracks by little known legends Lee Rogers, Jimmy "Soul" Clarke, Bob Relf (one half of Bob & Earl who is also featured here with Earl on "Harlem Shuffle 66"), and Jimmy Conwell. The late Darrell Banks delivers "Open the Door to Your Heart," and "Our Love (Is in the Pocket)." Even the most casual fans will find this one enjoyable.