January 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Various Artists – Secret Stash Records Presents: The One-derful! Records Collection

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Various Artists
Secret Stash Records Presents: The One-derful! Records Collection
Secret Stash Records
Street: 10.28.14
The One-derful! Records Collection = The Five Du-Tones + Beverly Shaffer + The Sharpees + Wanda Davis

This is the first installment of a compilation than spans from 1962–1971 of rare soul, funk and gospel gems. These come straight from the vaults of the legendary African-American Chicago labels that brought about the mid-’60s R&B dance hits of The Five Du-Tones’ “Shake A Tail Feather” or group soul harmonies of The Sharpees’ “Take Me To Your Leader.” However, while jiving to these, don’t forget the deep, soulful ballads of Liz Lands’ “Seventh Hour” and Betty Everett’s “Your Love is Important to Me.” If that has whetted your appetite, then you’d best break out your wallet for these artifacts, for this is essential for any hip weirdo’s record collection. There is more to come from these collected works down the road, but this is where you start. These 25 tracks are available via double LP or by CD. Stop wasting time and dig this. –Nick Kuzmack

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