Unbroken Melodies – Various Artists Out Of Norfolk, VA
A mighty deep dig into the overlooked soul scene in Virginia – put together by the same folks who gave us the fantastic Raw Soul/Ol Virginia Soul compilations a number of years back! The set focuses on the special studio productions of Lenis Guess – head of LGA Records, and a strong force in the underground scene in Norfolk – a city east of Richmond, and one that had its own great little soul scene for a number of years too! Some of the material here was issued on very small run 7″ singles – but a number of others also never saw the light of day back in the 70s, yet are killers that resonate equally well with the singles – raw soul with a nicely gritty vibe, and some slight traces of the more upbeat modes that were hitting VA at the time.
Titles include “Keep My Company With You” and “You Don’t Believe I Love You” by Deltones Ltd, “Your Love Gave Me Peace Of Mind” by 35th Street Gang, “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and “How Long Have I Been A Fool” by Jato Vondel, “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Jack & The Mods, “No Steps Away” by Lenis Guess & The Royal Robins, “Home Ain’t Home” and “Find Yourself Another Baby” by The Symbolics, and “Sentimental Love (inst)” by Little Wink & Eddie’s 25th Century Band.
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