VARIOUS ARTISTS: Souvenirs of the Soul Clap Vol. 3: LP

Gotta admit, this is the first time I’ve heard of Jonathan Toubin or his respected “Soul Clap” dance parties. My loss, ‘cause if this is an indicator of what he’s spinning at his shindigs, they are something to go gaga over. Fourteen tracks of obscure, bone-deep, boogie-in-your-deepest-recesses, raise-the-roof-and-holler ‘50s and ‘60s soul music are etched into the grooves of this platter that are good for your feet and heart. Like Toubin, I can’t say I know much about the groups presented here—Dusty Wilson, Eldridge Holmes, Jessie Mae, Jasper Woods, The Rubies, and many others—but I do know that not a millimeter of vinyl here is wasted on chaff. Every track knocks it out of the park, like all the best comps should. There are apparently four volumes in all. I’m gonna start searching for the other three, and I highly suggest y’all do the same. 

 –jimmy (Norton)