Wrapping up this series today, it's been a great run. I love these comps, and the manner in which they were curated only makes them more appealing. Revisiting old favorites in the series (Barbara Lynn and Barbara Lewis each make repeat appearances, for example), casually dropping straight classics from James Brown and Etta James amongst uncovered gems from Brenton Wood and THE JIVE FIVE. The cassette versions are decidedly DIY in sound look and feel, so much that it can seem like you're pumping a mix slipped in your pocket be a would be lover on a summer afternoon....and you're just cruising through town, listening. Dreaming. These comps are brilliant, these comps are soundtracks to a completely different world. The links to the entire East Side Story series should all still be live, and all are recommended.
And I'll use the vibe as an excuse to cheat a little bit and add this mix from Maricon Collective. This CDr was handed off to us on tour years ago, and I dare say we listened to essentially nothing else for the rest of the trip. There's some overlap with the East Side comps, but classics are classics, and no one should mind listening to THE ELGINS sing "Darling Baby" just one more time....
The world is actual shit.
Steal moments for happiness, joy and freedom whenever and however you can.