Get Ready: UK Floor Fillers Vol. 3 (Psychic Circle Records)


The third volume in this series collects another twenty previously un-comped tracks from the UK Soul scene. As with others in this series, Vol. 3 is filled with funky good-time music built on rock-solid grooves. Although these mostly white performers often sound like a stiffer version of Motown/Stax artists – play Graham Bonney’s cover of The Temptations “Get Ready” next to the original for further proof – they still had what it takes to soundtrack a good dance party. The number that stands out among the funky minions is Barry St. John’s cover of “Cry Like A Baby”. Although she had a strong career in the ’70s as a session singer for Pink Floyd and Elton John among others, her two songs featured in this series (she also had the best track on Vol. 2) indicate she should have been a star in her own right. Other top-notch numbers include “Take Your Time” by Swinging Soul Machine and “Have You Ever Had The Blues?”, a rare groove-monster by the mysteriously obscure Ray Gates. Good tunes, good liner notes, a winning package all around.

Tracklisting:

  1. GRAHAM BONNEY: Get Ready
  2. LEE DRUMMOND: Baby I Know
  3. BARRY ST. JOHN: Cry Like A Baby
  4. HOUSE OF LORDS: Aint Gonna Wait Forever
  5. HERBIE GOINS & THE NIGHT-TIMERS: Coming Home To You
  6. SWINGING SOUL MACHINE: Take Your Time
  7. THE WARREN DAVIS MONDAY BAND: I Dont Wanna Hurt You
  8. MIGHTY DODOS: Honey (I Need Your Love)
  9. LOS BRAVOS: Save Me, Save Me
  10. DAVE WALTON: Love Aint What It Used To Be
  11. FRANKIE & JOHNNY: I Wanna Make You Understand
  12. THE TREETOPS: Without The One You Love
  13. HARLEM JONNS RESHUFFLE: Good Lovin
  14. TONY RICH: See-Saw
  15. SAROLTA: L.O.V.E
  16. IAN & THE ZODIACS: Come On Along, Girl
  17. P.P.ARNOLD: A Likely Piece Of Work
  18. LEE TOMLIN: Save Me
  19. RAY GATES : Have You Ever Had The Blues
  20. BOBBY SANSOM: Handbags & Gladrags
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