Uptown Down South / Various (Uk)

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Review Text The title implies that these are recordings cut south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but with an uptown sound; the concept is flawed. Just as you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, if you use southern musicians and producers, the product is going to sound likewise. If Diana Ross used these same hookups, she would sound like Ann Sexton or Betty Wright. However, the compilation deserves kudos despite its gray area because its selections are so scarce. To have them accessible on one CD is a musical godsend. Highlights among the 24-tracks include Roger Hatcher's glorious "Sweetest Girl in the World"; Marva Whitney's tumultuous "Don't Let Our Love Fade Away"; Skip Mahoney & the Casuals' "Running Away From Love"; Bits 'N' Pieces' "Keep On Running Away"; the Wallace Brothers' "Thanks a Lot"; and ZZ Hill's "Our Love Is Getting Better." Other saucy entrées include tracks by the Kelly Brothers, the Avons (a little-known female group), and Lucille Mathis. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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CD: 1

  1. 1. I've Got to Hold Back - 2:04
  2. 2. Sweetest Girl in the World - 2:12
  3. 3. Judy - 3:43
  4. 4. That's Loving You - 2:15
  5. 5. I'm Not Your Regular Woman - 2:54
  6. 6. Since I Met You Baby - 3:40
  7. 7. Don't Let Our Love Fade Away - 3:35
  8. 8. Even If the Signs Are Wrong - 3:42
  9. 9. Childhood Days - 3:52
  10. 10. Just Another Guy - 3:49
  11. 11. Bigger and Better - 2:23
  12. 12. Cryin' Days Are Over - 3:59
  13. 13. Save a Foolish Man - 3:31
  14. 14. That's My Man - 2:23
  15. 15. No More Tears - 2:47
  16. 16. Set Your Soul on Fire - 3:40
  17. 17. Our Love Is Getting Better - 3:53
  18. 18. Crystal Blue Persuasion - 3:28
  19. 19. What Price for Love - 3:35
  20. 20. Thanks a Lot - 2:55
  21. 21. I Would If II Could - 3:30
  22. 22. Keep on Running Away - 3:48
  23. 23. Running Away from Love - 5:52
  24. 24. Just the Other Day - 2:29

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9/3/02 

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