V/A – Studio One Soul, Volume 2 (2006)

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Released 2006 on Soul Jazz Records #SJRCD 128

1. Jacob Miller — Westbound Train
2. Hortense Ellis — People Make The World Go Round
3. Horace Andy — Ain’t No Sunshine
4. Soul Vendors — Swing Easy
5. The Heptones — Choice Of Colours
6. Jackie Mittoo & The Brentford Disco Set — Choice Of Music Part 2
7. Prinze Jazzbo — Fool For Love
8. Cornell Campbell — Ten To One
9. Winston Francis — Don’t Change
10. Jackie Mittoo — Jumping Jehosophat
11. Tony Gregory — Get Out Of My Life Woman
12. Dub Specialist — Darker Block
13. Little Joe — Red Robe
14. Devon Russell — Make Me Beleive In You
15. Jerry Jones — Compared To What
16. Ken Boothe — Thinking
17. Anthony Creary — Land Call Africa
18. Jackie Mittoo — Fancy Pants

All tracks produced by C.S. Dodd

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A wait of five years for a second volume of Studio One Soul might have created unreasonable expectations, but regardless of that it is hard not to see this collection as weaker than the first. Although I wouldn’t exactly say they are scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel, I am not sure how “Norwegian Wood” (given dub treatment here on “Darker Block”) qualifies as soul music, unless it is because it was on an album called “Rubber Soul.” The opener, Jacob Miller’s “Westbound Train,” steals its guitar line directly from Al Green’s `Love and Happiness` in spite of Dennis Brown getting all the credit. Some highlights on this one include yet another version of Bill Wither’s “Ain`t Know Sunshine” (by Horace Andy, and Prince Jazzbo, The Heptones, and Cornell Campbell all turn in an appearance. Jackie Mittoo has no less than three credits on this record, making for too much Mittoo for me. I would say that my two favorite tracks are from the wonderful Hortense Ellis, doing The Stylistics “People Make the World Go Round,” and Jerry Jones doing the Eugene Daniels tune “Compared to What” in a version that sounds more inspired by the Roberta Flack version that the hit version by Les McCann that preceded it. This may not be an essential collection but it is well worth checking out for yourself.

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