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What, No 45's?: A Selection of Northern Soul Only Out on LP

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The foundation of Northern soul is the single -- the 7" 45-rpm disc was the de facto currency of the tiny independent labels that dotted the American soul landscape in the wake of Motown's massive success, their limited budgets rendering full-length albums rare as hens' teeth. But just because collectors have consistently focused their archaeological efforts on exhuming singles doesn't mean Northern LPs don't exist -- in fact, some boast deep cuts as good or better than the songs selected for 7" release, and these superlative forgotten cuts comprise the ingenious What, No 45's?: A Selection of Northern Soul Only Out on LP, a collection of two-dozen performances lost in the grooves before Northern DJs brought them to light. The artists here are largely better known than those on your average Northern comp, but the songs are ultra-obscure -- highlights include Clyde McPhatter's "Please Give Me One More Chance," the Ohio Players' "Love Slips Through My Fingers," and Arthur Conley's "Keep On Talking."