Various Artists

The Soul of Detroit [Relic]

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The Soul of Detroit is sixteen slices of the more energetic productions for Bob West's Lupine label. The late Joe Stubbs' two soulful rantings, "What's My Destiny," and "Hey, Hey," shows why companies sought him out to front groups; Joe sang with the Falcons, One Hundred Proof, the Contours, and the Originals. Eddie Floyd scored big at Stax records, but you won't recognize him on these early sides. Eddie sounded completely different when he sang with the Falcons, and on his pre-Stax singles. The Primettes' (later the Supremes) distinct voices can be heard on Gene Martin's "Lonely Nights" and Don Revel's "The Return of Stagger Lee." Betty Lavette's "You Killed the Love" is a haunting blues number; the Falcons add some flavorful backing vocals. Sir Mack Rice, who charted with "Mustang Sally" (later made popular by Wilson Pickett) does "Baby I'm Coming Home." The T. J. Fowler Combo shines on all the tracks. An essential item for collectors.

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