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Album: Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just Say the Word - Jerry Townes
2)    Never More - Little Ben & Cheers
3)    Fall in Love Again - The Voices
4)    You Are My Sunshine - Jerry Townes
5)    Do the Pearl, Girl, Pt. 2 - The Matta Baby
6)    Why Do You Want to Make Me Sad - The Norvells
7)    Forever Is a Long, Long Time - The Voices
8)    (I'm Not Ready To) Settle Down - Little Ben & Cheers
9)    Three Sides to a Triangle - Jerry Townes
10)    Mighty, Mighty Lover - Little Ben & Cheers
11)    Little Old Lovemaker Me - Jerry Townes
12)    I'm Gonna Get Even with You - Little Ben & Cheers
13)    Without You - The Norvells
14)    Never More - Jerry Townes
15)    This Love of Mine - Extensions
16)    I've Got to Find a Way - The Hallelujah Chorus
17)    Shadows - South Shore Commission
18)    Instrumental #1 - Richard Terry
19)    First Thing I Do in the Morning, The - Joyce Williams
20)    You Got Me Hummin' - South Shore Commission
21)    Don't Let 'Em Tell You - Brothers & Sisters
22)    This Is the Woman - Sidney Pinchback
23)    Sign of the Zodiac - South Suburban Electric Strings
24)    Ember Song, The - Sidney Barnes
25)    [Untitled]
 

Album: Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just Say the Word - Jerry Townes
2)    Never More - Little Ben & Cheers
3)    Fall in Love Again - The Voices
4)    You Are My Sunshine - Jerry Townes
5)    Do the Pearl, Girl, Pt. 2 - The Matta Baby
6)    Why Do You Want to Make Me Sad - The Norvells
7)    Forever Is a Long, Long Time - The Voices
8)    (I'm Not Ready To) Settle Down - Little Ben & Cheers
9)    Three Sides to a Triangle - Jerry Townes
10)    Mighty, Mighty Lover - Little Ben & Cheers
11)    Little Old Lovemaker Me - Jerry Townes
12)    I'm Gonna Get Even with You - Little Ben & Cheers
13)    Without You - The Norvells
14)    Never More - Jerry Townes
15)    This Love of Mine - Extensions
16)    I've Got to Find a Way - The Hallelujah Chorus
17)    Shadows - South Shore Commission
18)    Instrumental #1 - Richard Terry
19)    First Thing I Do in the Morning, The - Joyce Williams
20)    You Got Me Hummin' - South Shore Commission
21)    Don't Let 'Em Tell You - Brothers & Sisters
22)    This Is the Woman - Sidney Pinchback
23)    Sign of the Zodiac - South Suburban Electric Strings
24)    Ember Song, The - Sidney Barnes
25)    [Untitled]
 
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  • Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
  • Nickel and Penny were two Chicago-based soul labels that existed in the late '60s, labels that never had a hit outside of the Great Lakes but nevertheless amassed a pretty impressive roster of regional hits and soul curiosities, most rounded up on Numero's 2011 collection Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels. Annotated by R&B scholar Bill Dahl, Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels saves this cool-grooving pop-R&B from the dustbins of time, and its extensive documentation helps place these sides in context of the times. As music, these 24 tracks are often better than many of the other singles featured elsewhere in Numero's catalog, although there are still a fair number of sides that get by on feel rather than song, with the grooves sounding appealing due to their alluring, thin cheapness. Most of these songs emphasize harmonies and smooth shimmering surfaces over hard, funky rhythms, which is typical of Midwestern soul in the '60s, and if there are no outright stunners here, everything is appealingly melodic and sweet. It's music meant to satisfy a specific local market and never reach beyond it, which is why it's more interesting decades later than it was at the time; it's an unwitting cultural artifact that fully embodies its time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's treasure among deep-soul slowies like The Extensions' 'This Love Of Mine' or Jerry Townes' 'Nevermore'."
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