Cracking mod anthology from former NME receptionist and erstwhile chum of Paul Weller

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Various Artists – Gary Crowley Presents… Where The Action Is!

Regular listeners to his BBC London show will know of Mr Crowley’s impeccable ear for vintage soul, R’n’B and ska. Let loose to compile his own fantasy all-nighter soundtrack from vaults as rich as those of Pye, Immediate and Trojan, he’d be hard pushed to disappoint. Across both discs?the first consisting of white beat-boomers, the second black soul and reggae?the balance of obvious mod anthems (Dobie Gray’s “The In Crowd”) and discerning purist favourites (Fleur De Lys'”Circles”, Timebox’s “Soul Sauce”) has been brilliantly measured.