Thursday, April 12, 2018

VA - The In Crowd (The Ultimate Mod Collection From The Original Style Movement 1958 - 1967)

Series:The In Crowd –Format:
4 Box Set CD, Compilation 

This four-CD set drawn from the Universal Music archives (which include MCA, Chess, Motown, Polydor, etc.) will seem a little strange to come people. That's mostly because it is aimed at re-creating the mod music experience of the mid-'60s in England, which was heavily steeped in a mix of American soul and its British counterpart, white as well as black. Thus, it manages to juxtapose American international soul legends from across the 1950s and 1960s, including Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (as well as too-often-ignored Motown workhorses like Earl Van Dyke and lesser-known Motown acts like the Elgins), Philadelphia acts like the O'Jays, Northern soul figures such as Tony Clarke, jazzmen like Ramsey Lewis, and New Orleans fixtures such as the Showmen, all alongside a spread of U.K. rockers ranging from superstars like the Who, the legendary Small Faces, and Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames down to fascinating anomalies such as organist Alan Haven, with a smattering of ska performers. There are a lot of rarities, U.S. and British, spread through these 100 songs, not to mention some familiar material heard in new and different contexts -- "I'm the Face," for example, by the Who (working as the High Numbers at the time), comes off more in the vein it was intended to be heard in when it's sandwiched in between tracks by Little Milton and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. This is the way that, say, the Who's (or the Creation's or the Small Faces') own audiences of the time heard the stuff, and it's not only all worthwhile listening for pure pleasure, but downright educational on that level. It's fun, it's different, the sound is good, and the programming is very generous for the price -- the only drawback is the physical design of the booklet, which is set up horizontally and is printed on flimsy paper.

Track List:   

Disc: 1

1. "In" Crowd - Dobie Gray
2. Can I Get a Witness - Marvin Gaye
3. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas, The Vandellas
4. Cool Jerk - The Capitols
5. I Can't Stand It - The Soul Sisters
6. See Saw - Don Covay, The Goodtimers
7. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
8. 1-2-3 - Len Barry
9. Too Many Fish in the Sea - The Marvelettes
10. What'cha Gonna Do About It? - The Small Faces
11. Get Out of My Life Woman - Lee Dorsey
12. Put Yourself in My Place - The Elgins
13. Devil With the Blue Dress - Shorty Long
14. Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
15. Cry Baby - The Enchanters, Garnet Mimms
16. Don't Fight It - Wilson Pickett
17. Who's Cheating Who - Little Milton
18. I'm the Face - High Numbers
19. Air Travel - Chris Farlowe
20. Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
21. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes - The Supremes
22. Woman's Got Soul - The Impressions
23. Finger Poppin' - Ike Turner, Ike & Tina Turner, Tina Turner
24. Think - James Brown, The Famous Flames
25. Green Onions - Booker T. & the MG's, ,

Disc: 2
1. That Driving Beat - Willie Mitchell
2. Right Track - Billy Butler, The Enchanters
3. Helpless - Kim Weston
4. Road Runner - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
5. Tell Mama - Etta James
6. Twist and Shout - The Isley Brothers
7. I Got Your Love If You Want It
8. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
9. Boom Bomm - John Lee Hooker
10. Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide - Sonny Boy Williamson [I]
11. Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
12. Twist - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
13. Ball O'Fire - The Skatalites
14. Penny Reel - Eric "Monty" Morris
15. King of Kings - Jimmy Cliff
16. Certain Girl - Ernie K-Doe
17. Wade in the Water - Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis Trio,
18. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
19. My Girl - Smokey Robinson
20. It's All Right - The Impressions
21. Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette) - The O'Jays
22. Love Has Gone - The Four Tops
23. It Will Stand - The Showmen
24. Entertainer - Tony Clarke
25. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers

Disc: 3
1. Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl
2. I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
3. Whatcha Gonna Do About It - Doris Troy
4. Sitting in the Park - Billy Stewart
5. Yeh Yeh - The Blue Flames, , Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
6. Monkey Time - Major Lance,
7. Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles
8. Walkin' Up a One-Way Street - Willie Tee
9. Sock It to 'Em J.B. - Rex Garvin, Rex Garvin & the Mighty Cravers,
10. Stop Her on Sight (Sos) - Edwin Starr
11. You Beat to the Punch - Mary Wells
12. Try It Baby - Marvin Gaye
13. Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas, Martha Reeves, The Vandellas
14. Come on and See Me - Tammi Terrell
15. Tune Up - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
16. Can You Jerk Like Me? - The Contours
17. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
18. All for You - Earl Van Dyke & the Soul Brothers
19. Hi-Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
20. My Babe - Little Walter
21. Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
22. Shame, Shame, Shame - Jimmy Reed
23. Ain't Doin' Too Bad, Pt. 1-2 - Bobby "Blue" Bland
24. If Somebody Told You - Anna King
25. Image

Disc: 4
1. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere - The Who
2. Biff Bang Pow - The Creation
3. Cruncher
4. Leaving Here - The Birds
5. Almost Grown - The Small Faces
6. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown, The Famous Flames
7. Needs Somebody to Love - Solomon Burke
8. Baby You Got It - The Action
9. Lonely, Lonely Girl I Am - The Velvelettes
10. Love's Gone Bad - Chris Clark
11. Hot Dog (My Baby's Comin' Home) - The Four Shells
12. Little Girl - The Graham Bond Organisation, Organisation
13. We Don't Know - The Attack
14. You Can't Sit Down (Parts 1 & 2) - Phil Upchurch, Phil Upchurch
15. Bert's Apple Crumble - Quik
16. In the Meantime - The Blue Flames, , Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
17. Got My Mojo Working - Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Smith
18. Boogaloo Party - The Flamingos
19. All or Nothing - The Small Faces
20. I'm a Man - Spencer Davis, The Spencer Davis Group,
21. Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
22. Time Is on My Side - Irma Thomas
23. That's the Way It's Got to Be - The Poets
24. First I Look at the Purse - The Contours
25. "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis, Ramsey Lewis, 


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  2. You're right, the tracklist does look unusual at first glance - but only because of the wide variety of genres included. The songs look top notch...surprised that this collection has eluded me for 17 years. Thank you very much!

  3. Many thanks for this and all your recent uploads, I enjoy visiting this site as you have a great deal to offer and always look forward to the next selection

  4. Don't miss this UK collection!

  5. Thanks for sharing this album,great stuff.


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