Various – Northern Soul Floorshakers

Enjoyable, rarities-stuffed collection. Pass the talc

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Part of the appeal of the Northern Soul scene is its tireless pursuit of the obscure, its brilliantly sustained snobbery. Curious, then, that this compilation, drawn from the RCA archives, comes with a sticker bragging, “Includes Laura Green ‘Moonlight, Music And You’ as featured in the fast food ad”. Diehards may run appalled as a result, but the rest of us?marketing execs included?will find plenty to cherish amid the bracing, unpretentious Floorshakers. Lost NYC girl group The Exciters’ “Blowing Up My Mind”, especially, captures the sense of intense, life-changing emotion being packed into a transient pop moment typical of the best ’60s R&B.

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