Just in time for that last minute soul stocking filler, UK reissue specialists, Soul Junction offer volume 3 in their wonderful ‘We Got A Sweet Thing Going On’ series. A series that sets out (and succeeds) in turning up rare, esoteric, sweet group harmony sounds.
As with volumes 1 and 2, the team at Soul Junction have scoured all the major Stateside urban soul centres to come up with their goodies. So let’s start by revealing what they discovered in “Sweet Soul Central” – Philadelphia. From the City of Brotherly Love you can enjoy great soul harmonising from the Toppiks, Bobby Banks, Music Machine, the Delegates of Soul, the Four Thoughts, the Coalitions and the Jonsettes. All offer strong tunes but maybe soul collectors will find most interest in the trio of tunes from the Toppiks…. ‘Give It A Chance To Grow’, ‘Win All Your Love’ and ‘Surrender’. All are gorgeous examples of sweet Philly soul and feature classic lead lines from a certain Ted Mills – later, of course, of Blue Magic. The Jonesetts, by the way, are the only girl group on the album. Here you have both sides of their only single – ‘Once I Had A Love’/’Stop Look And Listen’ – Norman Harris involved in both; quality assured!
Chicago soul is represented by the Flairs. They have two cuts – ‘Where You Live’ and the finger-clicking good ‘You Got To Steal It’. The Motor City sounds come via The Holidays while The Donations (their cut is ‘I’m Going To Treat You Good’) hail from Cleveland.
The album’s other featured artists are The Scott Three and Robert Montgomery who originally came from Georgia and though a solo artist (of course) his sweet n’ lovely ‘Love Song About You’ perfectly fits this album’s template.
Soul Junction is known for quality 7″ vinyl single releases and a number of this album’s cuts have been issued in that format by the label. However, even if you already have some of those, it’s soulfully exhilarating to have them alongside lots of previously unissued material. Together the 18 tracks offer a wonderful sweep of the sweet soul genre.