Compilation and liner notes by Alec Palao. Fully remastered audio featuring rare and unissued cuts. In-depth notes on artist and label history with rare ephemera items. From late 1964 until late 1968, Loma stood as the subsidiary of Warner Brothers Records aimed directly at the singles market. During it's four year lifespan, the label released over 100 singles and a handful of albums, the vast majority of which reflected the collective taste of the men that guided Loma and thereby the evolution of a distinctive artform: soul music. Viewed objectively, it would be incorrect to compare Loma to the other great R&B repositories of the mid-1960s. It was strictly an adjunct of a bigger label, a commercially-minded operation that threw product at the wall hoping for a hit to stick. But the choices made by those three main participants in charge of the Loma roster-Bob Krasnow, Russ Regan, and Jerry Ragovoy-have gone on to become cherished totems to legions of music aficionados around the globe, for whom chart statistics say little, while a simple 45 with a burnt yellow label can shake them to the very core. What was once regarded as failure has, in the years since, paradoxically become a story of soulful success. The four volumes of Loma: A Soul Music Love Affair are the result of several years of in-depth research into the Loma vault. This first installment concerns itself with the category that has made Loma such a celebrated imprint to fans: Northern soul aimed strictly at the dancefloor. Acknowledged floor-fillers like Ben Aiken's "Satisfied" and Ike & Tina Turner's "Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You" nestle with sought-after rarities by The Soul Shakers, Marvellos, and Voice Box. There are classics from The Olympics and Apollas, overlooked gems by The Jammers and Paul Days, an unissued stomper from Bobby Freeman, and the legendarily withdrawn single by Bob & Earl.
Ben Aiken - Satisfied
Bob & Earl - Everybody Jerk
Charles Thomas - the Man with the Golden Touch
The Apollas - Pretty Red Balloons
Bobby Freeman - I'm a Lover
The Soul Shakers - I'm Getting Weaker
Delilah Kennebreuw - Bright Lights
The Jammers - Where Can She Run to
Ike & Tina Turner - Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You
The Voice Box - Baby, Baby Don't You Know (That I Love You)
The Marvellos - Something's Burnin'
Tony Amaro & the Chariots - Running Around
The Apollas - You're Absolutely Right
Paul Days - Wake Me Up Baby
The Olympics - Good Lovin'
Linda Jones - My Heart Needs a Break
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