A treasure trove of rare southern soul – and a brilliant compilation that finally gives
the Birmingham scene its due! Birmingham may not have been as famous as other southern soul scenes like Jackson, Memphis, or Miami during the 70s – but thanks to the efforts of producer/
studio owner Neal Hemphill, the city had a great studio with a tight house band – all that was needed to capture some of the best work that was bubbling under at the time! Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham was a well-run outfit with an approach that was a bit like that of fellow Alabamian Rick Hall's Fame Studios – a place with players who could shift into just the right groove to match the styles of the songs and the artists they worked with, but with enough of a trademark feel to leave their imprint on the tunes. This beautifully-done set is the first to unearth Hemphill's mighty productions of the 70s – and it's put together with the same depth and care as some of the titles on the Numero label – with notes that really tell the stories behind the music, and help illuminate the scene behind these long-lost recordings! CD features 23 tracks in all – including "I Got Married Too Soon" by Chuck Strong, "Train To Tampa" by Sam Dees, "Specify" by Little Lois Barber, "Believe In Me" by David Sea, "Even If You Got Love" by Blue Notes, "Love Keeps Hanging On" by Bill Butterbean Flippo, "Set Me Free" by Ralph Soul Jackson, "Let Me Be Myself" by Roscoe Robinson, "Here After I'm Hereafter" by Frederick Knight, "Funky Soul" by Cold Grits, "Psychedelic Explosion" by Broadneck, "You Gonna Reap It" by Pat Peterman, "Let's Just Get Together" by David Sea, and "Self" by Eddie Steele.