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5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly enjoyable 2 disc set chronicling the best of Windy City soul., December 20, 2006
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This review is from: Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 (Audio CD)
If you were listening to Top 40 radio or collecting records in the decade from 1966 through 1975 you surely will recall the outstanding soul sounds of the Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl" and the Jackie Wilson hit recordings of "Whispers" and (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher". Tyrone Davis hit the Top 40 in a big way with the tunes "Can I Change My Mind" and "If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time". And Young-Holt Unlimited had a monster instrumental hit called "Soulful Strut". All of these tunes and dozens more were released in Chicago by Brunswick Records. This was an extremely exciting time in American popular music and the new 2006 release "Brunswick: Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975" recalls that incredibly creative period. While Brunswick records was not really a major player in Top 40 radio in those days, it did produce a plethera of tunes that were big hits on the R&B charts.

Having been duly impressed by the major hits produced by Brunswick during these years, I wanted to sample some of the other Brunswick releases from that period. And believe me I was not disappointed. There is certainly lots to like on this 2 CD set. I have played it a number of times now and I really have come to love the Artistic's 1966 hit "I'm Gonna Miss You" and Barbara Acklin's fabulous number "Am I The Same Girl" which was resurrected in the 1990's by Swing Out Sister. There are also terrific tunes by artists I had never really heard before like Otis Leavill and The Lost Generation. One special moment in this collection is the outstanding recording of "For Your Precious Love" by Jackie Wilson and Count Basie. That one is a keeper!

"Brunswick: Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 comes with an interesting 10 page booklet that would have been much more useful if the print was bigger. There is lots of great information on all of these artists but unfortunately you really need a magnifying glass to read it! Too bad! On the plus side, I loved the cover art and I am very pleased to report that the remastering job is absolutely outstanding! This anthology is a real find for a collector like myself and will be a great addition to my music library. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: Jul 24, 2007 8:16:23 AM PDT
Thank you for the compliment on the mastering, what most don't know is that a great many of the original master tapes have long been lost or destroyed and mastering was done from vinyl!

Sincerely,

Ivan Joseph Goldberg
Miracle Mastering Studios
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