The Soul Of Minit Records – Various Artists

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Album Review by EDF

How many of you have ever heard of the Minit Records label? Thought so, so here’s the quick history lesson. Minit Records, during the early years of the label, was home of the best doo-wop and R’n’B to come out of New Orleans between 1958 to 1963. The songs recorded for the label turned into hits, thanks to the song writing and production talent of Allen Toussaint. Things changed when Toussaint was recruited to the army in 1963 and so three years later Minit re-launched itself, concentrating on soul and R’n’B. The tracks featured on this compilation were released during the second half of the 1960’s.

From the offset, you get a warm feeling that you are about to experience something special. CLYDIE KING’s ‘Shing A Ling’ sets off on a steady soul groove and is followed by the party in progress TRENSATIONS’ ‘Soulin’ And Rollin’ and THE PERSUASIONS’ ‘Party In The Woods’. Some of the artists appear more than twice here but when the music is this good, it just does not matter.

As with any decent soul compilation album, you should find some decent funky tracks such as TINA BRITT’s ‘Sookie Sookie’ and the MEMPHIS SOUL BAND’s near instrumental track ‘Testify’. It would seem that those at Minit Records knew a great tune and going by the quality of the songs, you would be hard pressed to find a finer collection of not too well known tracks.

5 stars