This total obscurity has a real charm to it. Partly it’s the simplicity of the backing – just a guitar, bass and drums – partly it’s the straightforward melody, but mostly it’s the voices. Which are always the most important aspect of any deep soul disc. The lead voice on Soul Love is really first rate, gliding around the tune, and when he’s joined by the background harmony group as the song reaches its climax the effect is exhilarating. I love the way they build the tension at this point and then let it all go to start revamping it again.
This group must have been a gospel quartet – does anybody know anything further about them? Has the label any connection with hard voiced singer Johnny Acey who was certainly active in New Jersey in the 60s? It isn’t him singing lead – too pure a tone.
Show me / Soul love ~ ACEY 101/2