Southern soul gold
The second volume of Kent/ACE 's The Goldwax Story - an informatively annotated 24-track document of the great Southern soul label's superb mid-60s output - shifts focus from their best-known stars, James Carr and the Ovations , to less celebrated talents like Spencer Wiggins , Wee Willie Walker , O.B. McClinton and Barbara Perry . Along with O.V. Wright 's mid-tempo swinger There Goes My Used To Be, the real treasures here are the Percy Milem numbers like his masterful reading of Little Richard's I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) and the cheatin' classic Crying Baby Baby Baby, where he can't help wondering if he'll be the one left crying next. Deep.
The new Licorice Soul reissue label launches in stellar fashion with a numbered 7-incher boasting two big-band funk joints, Leagueliner and Organ Grinder's Swing, from the rare Terry Cavendish Orchestra LP. Sound library hounds will know it's really the work of Brit session stars Ray Davies (not the Kinks geezer) and Hammond heavyweight Alan Hawkshaw . There are only 700 copies, so unless your mom already owns the original Pye LP, grab this quick before the eBay bid price rockets beyond reason.
Chicks on Clarke
You won't typically find me trawling through the techno section of your neighbourhood record shop, but I couldn't resist the lure of Dave Clarke 's hot-pink vinyl single What Was Her Name? from his Devil's Advocate disc. Fortuitously enough, the fab Chicks on Speed collabo - cleverly built around the Bauhaus She's In Parties hook - sounds nothing like Clarke's usual dance-floor drudgery. Fans of 80s Deutsche disco dementia will be delighted.
The giveaway CD that comes stuck to the March issue of UK music and movies glossy Uncut might look like a dull Nonesuch label sampler, but it does have a few unreleased tracks worth checking. In addition to a world-beaty number, Glass, Concrete & Stone, from David Byrne 's puzzling new popera dalliance, Grown Backwards, there's an intriguing string-enhanced hymn called Allah from Youssou N'Dour 's forthcoming Egypt disc (out May 25), while guitarist Bill Frisell hits a breezy groove on Del Close that suggests he's been listening to George Benson. The Wilco demo, Handshake Drugs, sounds like fearless leader Jeff Tweedy is playing all the instruments, which could be the shape of things to come on their A Ghost Is Born album, due June 8.