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Windy City Doo Wop to Soul, Vol. 2

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Compiled by Chicago music expert Bob Miner, the second volume in Buried Treasure's examination of the city's soul roots compiles 29 cuts emphasizing the last gasps of the doo wop era and the birth of what would eventually become the sleek, sophisticated Chicago soul sound of the 1960s. Miner bypasses familiar hits and even seldom-heard material from well-known artists in favor of near-total obscurity -- almost as many of these songs originate from commercially released singles as they do from acetates and audition discs, and much of this material is making its digital-era debut. Given the source material, the fidelity is surprisingly good -- many of the songs are clearly mastered directly from vinyl, and while it's a shame Buried Treasure couldn't unearth some better packaging, the disc represents your best and probably only chance to experience this music. Highlights include the Kittens' "Wait a Minute," the Upsetters' "We Belong Together," Jackie Bee's "Moments of Infatuation" and Harold Currington's "African Twist."