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Weldon McDougal III Presents Philly's Northern Soul

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Before the emergence of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Dynodynamic -- the production team of Weldon McDougal III, Luther Randolph, and Johnny Stiles -- was the Philly soul imprimatur to beat. Best known for Barbara Mason's "Yes I'm Ready" and Nella Dodds' "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers," Dynodynamic and its accompanying Harthon label created a graceful, upbeat soul sound that set the stage for the gossamer proto-disco popularized by Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International label, and even if few Dynodynamic productions were major hits, records like Eddie Holman's breathtaking "Eddie's My Name" would later enjoy cult immortality via Britain's Northern soul club circuit. Weldon McDougal III Presents Philly's Northern Soul assembles 26 vintage tracks from the Harthon archives, proving the Dynodynamic team a writing and production force of uncommon flexibility and consistency. The six Holman tracks (including "Eddie's My Name") are the clear standouts, but entries from the Volcanos ("It's Gonna Be a False Alarm") and the Four Larks ("Groovin' at the Go-Go") also demand attention.