Celebrating 40 years of these wonderful compilations is For Dancers Forty LP – Kent Records 1982-2022.
Specifically, it is 40 years since the Kent label released For Dancers Only as Kent LP 001, setting off a much-loved series of dance floor soul compilations as well as some other amazing collections from the Kent arm of Ace Records.
I know that might make you feel old as you look back, but it’s also a time to celebrate this new album, which doesn’t just rehash old territory. On the contrary, most tracks are new to Kent vinyl.
It’s the same ‘broad church’ as the first volume, although this is essentially the rhythm and soul sounds from Los Angeles’ Kent and Modern labels.
As I said, most tracks are new to Kent LPs, and there’s a brand new 1966 soul recording from 50s Modern R&B artists Aaron Collins & The Teen Queens.
On top of that, long-time Kent favourites Jackie Day, Z. Z. Hill and Johnny Copeland are included with some of their ‘underplayed’ tracks. With Copeland, it’s the first vinyl outing for his dancer ‘I Was Born To Love You’.
But there’s room for some lesser-known acts, too, with contributions from the Sims Twins, the Marvellos, the Intentions and the in-demand (due to the Kent 45 being deleted) ‘I Got Love’ by the Other Brothers.
You can see the full track listing below, and if you want the vinyl (it is vinyl only), you can pre-order ahead of the 28th October 2022 release date. Expect to pay around £22.
Long As I Got My Baby – Jackie Day
Down In The City – The Marvellos
I Got Love – The Other Brothers
I’ve Got To Win Your Love (For Me) – The Simms Twins
My Love She’s Gone – The Intentions
This Couldn’t Be Me – The Sweethearts
The Sun Don’t Shine (Everyday) – The Saints
Tobacco Road North – Tommy Youngblood
Stand Up Straight And Tall – Jackie Shane
Walk The Chalk Line – Aaron Collins & The Teen Queens
I’m Tired aka Love Line – Billy Watkins
Tired Of Walkin’ – Little Joe Hinton
That’s It – Z.Z. Hill
I Was Born To Love You – Johnny Copeland