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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The Sue Story

Sue was a fine soul label of the '50s and '60s, most famous as the home of Ike and Tina Turner.  For the most part, originality was not the label's forte.  Many of the songs here, great as they are, are a slightly distorted xerox of what someone else was doing for another label.  What you end up with, then, is an alternate reality history of black music of the era, with rock 'n' roll, girl groups, Motown and Bacharach-esque pop among the styles mirrored in the Sue catalogue.  Particularly enjoyable are 'Graveyard' by The Blenders, 'In My Tenement' by Jackie Shane, big hit 'Mockingbird by Inez and Charlie Foxx, and 'Loop de Loop' by the Soul Sisters.  'I'm Going For Myself' by Eddie & Ernie, meanwhile, is an acknowledged deep soul classic, on a different level to pretty much everything else here, and most music generally.  'Psycho' by Bobby Hendricks is magnificently odd.


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