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VA - Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul (2007)

14-10-2015, 11:45
Music | Soul | Funk | R&B | FLAC / APE

VA - Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul (2007)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul
Year Of Release: 2007
Label (Catalog#): Numero Group [NUM016]
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 51:28 min
Full Size: 123 mb / 321 mb

The Jackson 5 were not the first group of kids to sing soul -- teenagers were having hits with R&B stretching back to Frankie Lymon, after all -- nor were they the only band of their kind in the late '60s. Most major metropolitan centers across the United States had a few groups that were like Gary, IN's Jacksons and some even had a hit or two, such as the Five Stairsteps, but most of them never made it out of their hometown and were forgotten to everyone outside of hardcore collectors. Numero's 2007 compilation Home Schooled: The ABC's of Kid Soul rectifies that situation by rounding up 17 of these obscurities from the late '60s and early '70s, all offering proof that The Jackson 5 were an anomaly in no way other way than their sheer talent. There's plenty that's likeable among these 17 songs -- anybody with a fondness for classic soul is bound to enjoy the basic sound and feel of these sides, and it's hard to not be won over by the open-hearted enthusiasm of the kids, who always seem happy to be making music, never possessing any of the crass careerism that characterized kiddie bands after Maurice Starr. So the basic sound of Home Schooled is appealing, but the songs are less so, never quite managing to rise above the generic. Where the Jacksons were blessed with the good fortune to be brought into Motown's hit machine, where there were songwriters sharp enough to write around the group's youth without ever directly addressing it, much of what Numero has chosen to showcase on Home Schooled are songs about being young or in school, songs that aren't so much juvenile as they are cluelessly calculating and bereft of a hook, either melodic, rhythmic, or lyrical. They may not be lost gems -- and the rhythms are too wobbly for sampling -- but they are remarkable cultural artifacts, a portrait of a lost era, and that may be enough for some hardcore soul and pop collectors.


01. Patrizia & Jimmy - Trust Your Child Pt. 1
02. Promise - I'm Not Ready for Love
03. Eight Minutes - Here's Some Dances
04. Jack & the Mods - One is Enough for One
05. Little Murray & the Mantics - Don't Leave Me Mama
06. 3 Simmons - You are My Dream (School Time)
07. 3 Stars - Jersey Slide Pt. 1
08. Cindy & the Playmates - Now That School is Through
09. Man Child Singers - Right On
10. Altyrone Deno Brown - Sweet Pea
11. Atons - Yellow Ribbon
12. Triads - If You're Looking for Love
13. Quantrells - Can't Let You Break My Heart
14. Jr. & His Soulettes - 2009 Cherry Soul Sound
15. Michael Washington - Little Girl
16. Otis the 3rd - Time
17. Step by Step - Time After Time

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