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Los Angeles Soul...Compiled - The Audiophile Man
Title: Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy 1963-1972 Label: Kent This label was situated in 5810 South Normandie in Los Angeles, next to the clubs of South Central Los Angeles and not far from the black neighbourhoods of Compton and Watts. This second compilation in the series features a host of principally blues-oriented music. At least, the music moves off in that direction. So you’re talking about Lowell Fulson, Larry Davis, Al King and Arthur K Adams with soul singers added (e.g. Clay Hammond and Vernon Garrett). The first and last tracks of Los Angeles Soul on the CD are from Chuck Walker (i.e. I’ll Be Standing Up/Peace of Mind). That is “the unknown Chuck Walker” as Kent has it. It’s intriguing in this day and age, where information is so prevalent, that such a singer would have fallen down the cracks in such a way. I do know that this particular single is priced in excess of £100 on Discogs but not much more. He’s joined on the songs by one, Bobby McVay…no-one knows anything about him either! Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that Kent makes him live again on this CD. It’s also intriguing to see a rare Kent gospel …