Wednesday, May 23, 2018

VA - The Renfro Soul Story (2004)


R&B, Soul | FLAC | 235 Mb

Los Angeles-based Renfro Records was the brainchild of owner Tony Renfro, a frustrated R&B vocalist who formed the label after both Sam Cooke and James Brown told him he was in fact a terrible singer. Undaunted, he channeled his earnings as a grocery store bagger into making records with an ace staff who included songwriter Ronald Saunders and arranger Arthur Wright, and while Renfro never cracked the charts, today its output is widely celebrated among connoisseurs of classic soul. The first volume in Kent's Renfro Soul Story series concentrates on the label's uptempo soul efforts -- these two dozen cuts are ebullient, shimmering efforts in the classic L.A. soul tradition, and while there are a few duds, it's a mystery that the highlights (among them the Sequins' "A Case of Love," the Stunners' "Nobody But Me," the Attractions' "Why Shouldn't a Man Cry," and Morris Chestnut's "Too Darn Soulful") didn't make a huge splash.

1. Bobby Wisdom - Handwriting On The Wall (2:19)
2. Carl Henderson - That Girl (2:26)
3. The Attractions - Why Shouldn't A Man Cry (2:51)
4. Morris Chestnut - Too Darn Soulful (2:33)
5. The Stunners - Whithout You (2:20)
6. The Sequins - He's A Flirt (2:20)
7. Young Brothers - What's Your Game (2:35)
8. Viola Edwards - Love Me Baby (3:01)
9. Helen Moore - Get Away Blues (2:19)
10. The Stunners - Nobody But Me (2:57)
11. The Attractions - New Girl In The Neighborhood (3:07)
12. Morris Chestnut - You Don't Love Me Anymore (2:03)
13. The Sequins - A Case Of Love (2:21)
14. Carl Henderson - See What You've Done (3:02)
15. Sam Cox - Life Is Love (2:22)
16. Buddy Mcknight - Everytime Part 1 (2:15)
17. Ronald Saunders - The Skate Part 2 (2:22)
18. The Attractions - Destination You (2:57)
19. The Sequins - That Boy (2:25)
20. Luke Day - Love Line (3:45)
21. Tender Loving Care - My World Is Falling (3:02)
22. Carl Henderson - I'm Scheming (2:03)
23. John Westley - Just Believe (2:38)
24. Little Tony - The Tears (2:38)


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