(2006) Windy City Soul

Various Artists

... read moreThe follow-up to Charly's Chicago Twine Time continues its exploration of One-derful, Mar-V-Lus, and M-pac, the family of soul labels founded in late 1962 by producer George Leaner. A product of Mississippi, Leaner's tastes reflected an earthier, more distinctively Southern flavor than the uptown...

01:13′:09″ 28 Songs

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Do The 45Inch - Original
2:35
2
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I'm Satisfied - Original
2:45
3
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I Testify - Original
2:19
4
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New Girl - Original
2:06
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Where Will You Be Boy? - Original
2:22
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Tired Of Being Lonely - Original
2:40
7
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That's How It Is (When You're In Love) - Original
2:37
8
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Wait Til I Get To Know You - Original
2:30
9
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Please Love Me - Original
2:28
10
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I'll Be There - Original
2:48
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Who You Gonna Love - Original
2:18
12
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Even The Score - Original
2:51
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Show Place - Original
2:18
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One Man's Poison - Original
2:48
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I've Got A Secret - Original
2:41
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The Power Of Love - Original
2:35
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A Flame In Your Heart - Original
2:56
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I've Got A Claim On You - Original
2:29
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I Don't Know What To Do - Original
2:53
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You Better Think Again - Original
2:28
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Who Is She - Original
2:31
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Don't You Worry - Original
2:49
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A Lasting Love - Original
2:59
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Just To Please You - Original
2:29
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Your Love Is Important To Me - Original
3:09
26
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Don't Shut Me Out - Original
2:38
27
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Don't Leave Me - Original
2:32
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Got To Find A Way - Original
2:35
Released 14 April 2006, ℗ Charly Records

Review

The follow-up to Charly's Chicago Twine Time continues its exploration of One-derful, Mar-V-Lus, and M-pac, the family of soul labels founded in late 1962 by producer George Leaner. A product of Mississippi, Leaner's tastes reflected an earthier, more distinctively Southern flavor than the uptown soul approach favored by his labels' Windy City rivals -- the result was a string of superb raw soul singles that remain favorites at Northern soul clubs to this day, decades after Leaner closed up shop in 1968. Focusing primarily on the One-derful output, Windy City Soul suffers from the absence of material by the great McKinley Mitchell, including the extraordinary "The Town I Live In" -- while Mitchell's singles are scheduled to appear on a subsequent volume in the series, the effect is roughly that of leaving Elvis Presley off a Sun Records retrospective, and the disc seems sadly incomplete as a result. That said, the material that is included here is, well, wonderful, highlighted by Betty Everett's scorching deep blues effort "Your Love Is Important to Me," Lucky Laws' exuberant "Who Is She?," and the Accents stomper "Who You Gonna Love?." As on the first volume, sound quality varies wildly, with original vinyl copies obviously sourced for some entries -- still, the music is consistently excellent, and aficionados of rare soul are advised to check this out regardless of its considerable flaws. ~ Jason Ankeny