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Various: Doré - L.A. Soul Sides Vol.1 (CD)

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Lew Bedell’s Doré label only occasionally dabbled with black music in its early years. It was not until the British beat invasion of 1964 that soul acts were consciously sought out, so the company’s releases would not have to compete with those limeys for radio plays, on black stations at least. The Superbs were Bedell’s main act throughout the soul era. He stuck with the group, despite them scoring only one hit from over 20 releases, some of which he composed. They later produced offshoots the Whispers, who would become a major soul act in the 70s, the Entertainers IV and Natural Resources. Group members Bobby Swayne, Kennard Gardner and Lawrence Lockard would all return to the label years after their first efforts and spoke highly of the eccentric but inspired Bedell. 

The nascent soul scene is represented here by Slim & the Twilites and Tommy & Leon, whose releases have a New Orleans feel but were most likely recorded in Los Angeles. Bedell also cut deals with independent producers such as Lou Baretto, whose ‘Gone With The Wind Is My Love’ by Rita & the Tiaras sold poorly at the time but became a northern soul classic in the UK in the mid-70s. Bedell’s deal with New Orleans singer-songwriter Toussaint McCall produced a very worthy ballad 45 and the unreleased ‘I’ll Laugh Till I Cry’, which has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by the modern soul fraternity. 

That breed of soul fan will also be enamoured of Natural Resources’ unissued ‘If There Were No You’, an upbeat 70s soul dancer. Ultra-rare 45s by Milton James and Little Johnny Hamilton were cut by a tight outfit of musicians who would eventually become War. Other high quality rarities include Ray Marchand’s ‘Your Ship Of Fools’ and Betty Turner’s ‘The Winds Kept Laughing’, a co-production with the Crescent label. Better-known Los Angeles acts the Fidels, Shades Of Jade and Vel-Vetts were happy to get singles issued on a respected label in their quest for fame, while for Eddie Kool and Friday’s Child’s their Doré 45s were to be their sole releases.  

Having purchased the Doré label, we have access to documentation that sheds light on some of these revered records. Interviews with several of the participants have further increased our knowledge, making the notes extensive and illuminating, while the music is presented in the best possible sound quality, with half the tracks being new to CD. Previously thought of as a Northern Soul or ballad outlet, this compilation shows there was more to Doré. By Ady Croasdell

Article properties: Various: Doré - L.A. Soul Sides Vol.1 (CD)

  • Interpret: Various

  • Album titlle: Doré - L.A. Soul Sides Vol.1 (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2014
  • Label Ace Records

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  • EAN: 0029667241526

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Various - Doré - L.A. Soul Sides Vol.1 (CD) CD 1
01 It Only Hurts For A Little While The Whispers
02 Baby's Gone Away The Superbs
03 I'll Laugh Till I Cry Toussaint McCall
04 If There Were No You The Natural Resources
05 Do It Right Now The Entertainers IV
06 Your Ship Of Fools Ray Marchand
07 My Lonely Feeling Milton James
08 Your Love Belongs To Me Tommy & Leon
09 Family Man Slim & The Twilites
10 The Winds Kept Laughing Betty Turner & The Chevelles
11 Why Does It Feel So Right (Doing Wrong) The Shades Of Jade
12 Take Away This Loneliness The Fidels
13 You Really Never Know Till It's Over The Vel-Vetts
14 Sunshine Starbright!
15 I Would Rather Have All Of Nothing Toussaint McCall
16 On A Day When It's Raining The Superbs
17 Gone With The Wind Is My Love Rita and the Tiaras
18 Do The Skin Kenard Gardner
19 Oh How I Love You Little Johnny Hamilton & The Creators
20 Doctor Love The Whispers
21 Where There's A Will There's A Way Eddie Kool
22 Temptation Walk (People Don't Look No More) The Entertainers IV
23 Hold Back The Dawn Frances Lark (& The Superbs)
24 As I Sit Here Friday's Child
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Various - Doré - L.A. Soul Sides Vol.1 (CD) CD 1
01 It Only Hurts For A Little While
02 Baby's Gone Away
03 I'll Laugh Till I Cry
04 If There Were No You
05 Do It Right Now
06 Your Ship Of Fools
07 My Lonely Feeling
08 Your Love Belongs To Me
09 Family Man
10 The Winds Kept Laughing
11 Why Does It Feel So Right (Doing Wrong)
12 Take Away This Loneliness
13 You Really Never Know Till It's Over
14 Sunshine
15 I Would Rather Have All Of Nothing
16 On A Day When It's Raining
17 Gone With The Wind Is My Love
18 Do The Skin
19 Oh How I Love You
20 Doctor Love
21 Where There's A Will There's A Way
22 Temptation Walk (People Don't Look No More)
23 Hold Back The Dawn
24 As I Sit Here