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

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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.

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