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Given the current fascination for classic soul and the shing-a-lingers who twitch tuchuses to these funked-up syncopates, the latest (and supposedly final) Deutschaphonic collection from the compulsively eclectic Marina Records is a Teuton's treasure trove. "My soul is black," sings Gene Williams, immediately translating it into guttural German, a miscegenation that will thrill lovers of cross- cultural oddity, of which there is schnitzelbank a-plenty here. Go directly to the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra: "The World Is Gone," never to return. Instead, you have a lost planet of inspired producers, great session musicians and bizarro music meant to fill a slot — many of these cuts originated from soundtrack factories — or interpret trends heard over Armed Forces radio or the local import shop.
Sometimes you can be seduced by the professionalism and off-the-cuff solos that inhabit these well-chosen tracks: Ambros Seelos '"Hangman's Rope" has all the attack and precision of Chicago, while the hotshot clavinetist, Sylvester Levay, would later go on to direct the Silver Convention's "Fly Robin Fly." I'd sure like to hear the Hammond-eggs organ player of Certain Lions & Tigers ("Fever") work out with the Dap-Tones. Session Meister Pierre Cavalli takes a wicked fuzz guitar ride in the… read more »