A similar title to some that have gone before, but This Is Mod 1964-1968 is an all-new set from BGP via Ace Records.
According to the label, This Is Mod is ‘part of a new series aimed at vinyl buyers who want a genre-specific compilation to excite their ears’.
Two sides of music at an affordable price, with tracks ‘cherry-picked’ from Ace and its associated catalogues. Which, judging by the subject matter and compiler, sounds pretty fantastic.
That compiler is Dean Rudland, who also writes the liner notes. According to the This Is Mod pre-publicity:
This Is Mod takes you to the darkened cellars of Soho, where everyone is wearing the sharpest clothes and dancing to the finest, most danceable sounds from Black America. Soul, R&B and a touch of jazz are the order of the day.
Within the grooves, we have gritty southern soul from Clarence Carter and Jimmy Hughes, the sound of Memphis courtesy of James Carr, Danny White and Timmy Thomas, and R&B from Lowell Fulsom and Richard Berry.
There’s also nascent northern soul from, amongst others, Mary Love and Darrow Fletcher, making This Is Mod perfect intro for those who want the best music to go with their mohair.
Fancy it? You can check out the tracks below, and you can pre-order now, ahead of the 29th March 2024 release date. Expect to pay around £18.
You can get a copy from Ace Records, with pre-orders likely at other outlets later, too.
Looking For A Fox – Clarence Carter
Money (That’s What I Want) – Lonnie Mack & The Charmaines
Hi Heel Sneakers – Jimmy Hughes
Camel Walk – The Ikettes
Have Love Will Travel – Richard Berry & The Pharaohs
Sundown – The Merced Blue Notes
Talkin’ Woman – Lowell Fulsom
The Pain Gets A Little Deeper – Darrow Fletcher
Lay This Burden Down – Mary Love
Keep My Woman Home – Danny White
Elijah Rockin’ With Soul (45 Version) – Hank Jacobs
Coming Back To Me Baby – James Carr
I Can’t Stop (No, No, No) – Arthur Conley
It’s My Life – Timmy Thomas