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TK Deep Soul: Deep Down in Florida

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Although the TK label was far better known for its disco output, during the early '70s the company also produced a cache of soul records well worth checking out -- Deep Down in Florida compiles 17 of the best, all unified by a rootsy, deep soul sound with just a hint of studio shimmer. The best-known name here is also the most unexpected: Otis Clay has so long been associated with the Chicago and Memphis soul scenes that it's nearly impossible to imagine him in any other geographic context, but his four tracks -- "Let Me In," "Today My Whole World Fell," "Special Kind of Love," and "Sweet Woman's Love" -- are all rock-solid; Lee "Shot" Williams' rendition of "The Love You Save" pales in comparison to the original, but by and large this is good if not great stuff, and though Florida was never by any stretch a soul hotbed, it wasn't a wasteland, either.

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