Out now! A vinyl-only release drawn from the Modern & Kent labels of Los Angeles. Black music collectors have revered the output of the Modern and Kent labels since the early days of B.B. King, the Ikettes and Ike & Tina Turner. Much of the soul was crossed with R&B – witness the tracks here by Z.Z. Hill, Vernon Garrett and Johnny Copeland. Garrett’s ‘Shine It On’ has become much in-demand in recent years, as has Z.Z. Hill’s cover of Bettye Swann’s ‘Make Me Yours’. Larry Davis’ name was largely unknown until his ‘I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times’ got Northern Soul plays in the 80s and onwards.

Los Angeles Modern Kent Northern Soul

Mel Williams’ storming ‘Can It Be Me’ is also on the tough side – it has been a dancefloor filler since its discovery in the early 70s, and like Jimmy Bee’s manic ‘Wanting You’ it is taken from recently found master tapes for even better clarity.

New vinyl LP release available in store and online.

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