It’s been quite some time since we have seen a deep soul compilation come our way, so when A Crate Diggers’ Selection of Rare Soul was laid out before us we were definitely interested. There have been many rare, deep, funk compilations that went on to be legendary. It seemed that in the 90’s, besides Keb’s Deep Funk compilations, there were always some other one off, usually an import, that highlighted the often hard to get funk 45. The What It Is! box set came out on cd (and a handy seven inch box set), but it was mostly funky stuff. It was a great resource for funk heads at the time, but again, what about soul? What about people who want to get into the obscure stuff? If you were lucky, you dug up some of the Stax, Atlantic or the odd import compilation from the 60′ or 70’s. You could also listen to the decades of archived music from Mr. Finewine’s Downtown Soulville show on WFMU, and then try to go out and find everything he plays. That’s an option. That might take a while and put a dent in your kid’s college fund. This new compilation gives you a feel of some of the more obscure sides, hand picked by Rhino Custom to introduce you to the wonderful world of soul music you may not know existed. The same soul music that was going on while the major label soul was topping the charts. Digging deep into the vaults of Atlantic, LOMA, Warner Brothers, and Atco, you’ll find a lot of 45 only sides by artists like James Carr, Bettye LaVette, Roscoe Robinson, Baby Washington and more. Pressed on 180g vinyl, this three LP set is definitely a keeper. For those who are new to the genre, or want to hear another side of soul, this is right up your alley. For the collectors that have been piling up rare soul 45s this may not be much of a surprise to your refined listening palette. However, we think it’s cool to be able to not have to flip a record every 3 minutes and relax while listening to three full records of quality rare soul. There something for every one in this compilation, so don’t let this unique piece pass. We will be playing it loud and there may or may not be some dancing involved.
This exclusive set has only been pressed in a quantity of 1000, individually numbered, and can only be bought here on Thursday May, 29th.