• popcorn exotica  (CD, £9.75)

    label: Croydon Municipal

    R&B, SOUL & EXOTIC ROCKERS FROM THE 50s & 60s. On Bob Stanley's label, following up the acclaimed Popcorn Girls (“this enchanting... enlightening collection is an indispensable window on a rarely celebrated scene” - The Arts Desk) here is a truly exotic mix of soul R&B doo wop and atmospheric instrumentals. This is Croydon Municipal's third retrospective of the Popcorn scene that has run parallel to Northern Soul since its inception in Europe in 1969. It's a delicious and unique blend of sounds from the US, France, Italy based around a moody, shuffling cha cha beat that has recently developed an international following on the mod and soul scenes.  Most tracks available for the first time on CD  Gorgeous artwork  Thorough sleeve notes by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley  In demand mod, soul and 60s club favourites Track listing: 1. CALL OF THE JUNGLE – Carl Stevens 2. THE RIDDLE OF THE PAPAWHOS – Danny Staton 3. COCCODRILLO – Ornella Vanoni 4. FORBIDDEN ISLAND – The Islanders 5. PU-CHUN-GA – Elena Madera 6. TIME OLE STORY – Gary US Bonds 7. ANGELINA – Eddie Calvert 8. ARABIA – The Delcos 9. MAINTENANT IL TELEPHONE – Gillian Hills 10. VOODOO DRUMS – Les Elgart 11. AMICI MIEI – Don Powell 12. UMBE – Jack Medell 13. AHBE CASABE – Marti Barris 14. TOUT LES GENS – Sylvie Vartan 15. CAFE BOHEMIAN – The Enchanters 16. CAT WALK – Jack Costanzo 17. LITTLE INDIAN GIRL – Billy & The Moonlighters 18. THE WEB – Abie ‘Available’ Baker 19. UN P'TIT BEGUIN – Caterina Valente 20. TABOU – The Jokers 21. ON A TROPICAL ISLAND – Anna Valentino 22. TAKE MY LIPS - Mr Acker Bilk

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