Sweaty, streetwise, late ?60s funk was Phoenix-based Dyke & the Blazers? specialty. BGP?s two-CD We Got More Soul is a Dyke feast, offering up virtually everything the ill-fated funkster waxed for Art Laboe?s Original Sound logo: his band?s ?67 smash ?Funky Broadway;? the similarly stripped-down ?Funky Walk;? ?Swamp Walk;? ?So Sharp;? the hard-grooving ?Uhh;? and his L.A.-cut ?We Got More Soul? and ?Let A Woman Be A Woman?Let A Man Be A Man.? Thirteen tunes are previously unreleased, and all are blissfully full-length.
Welcome Home ?The Okeh Recordings Vol. 2 continues Kent Soul?s in-depth examination of velvet-smooth soul crooner Walter Jackson?s mid-?60s Chicago output, helmed by Carl Davis. The original LP was dominated by sumptuous pop standards ? ?Moonlight In Vermont,? ?My Funny Valentine,? even ?Blowin? In The Wind? ? but Chip Taylor supplied the title item, and seven bonus tracks include the grittier ?Deep In The Heart Of Harlem.? (www.acerecords.co.uk)
Sweet-singing soul sister Barbara Lewis had a breezy vocal delivery that translated into a string of irresistible ?60s hits; Collectables pairs two of the Detroiter?s best Atlantic albums on one CD, 1963?s entrancing Hello Stranger (the title track and ?Think A Little Sugar? feature the Dells? ultra-smooth background vocals) and 1968?s Workin? on a Groovy Thing. Both Ollie McLaughlin productions are digitally reproduced in sumptuous stereo. (www.oldies.com)
Though their partnership wouldn?t last for too much longer, Ike and Tina Turner still made interesting LPs for United Artists during the early ?70s, Raven?s coupling of 1973?s Nutbush City Limits and the previous year?s Feel Good an illustrative example. Ike was a little too into his synthesizer on much of Nutbush, but Tina?s fire-breathing vocals and more sympathetic arrangements on Feel Good carry the disc. Five bonus items close. (www.ravenrecords.co.au)
Rougher-edged and more rockin? than their local contemporaries over at Hitsville, the Fabulous Peps incorporated a distinctive Impressions influence into their vocal blend. Soul-Tay-Shus? Detroit, Michigan, Original D-Town Recordings 1965-1968 collects the robust title track (containing shout outs to everyone from Mary Wells to Soupy Sales) and 17 more soulful gems by the vocal trio, who included future Undisputed Truth lead Joe Harris. (www.tuffcity.com)