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Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label - Various Artists

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In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown's touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor's Forte label back at full fighting strength. She'd calmed aching crowds the day after MLK's death, and she'd lived the life, despite its rigors – to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including "I've Lived The Life" and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," which made national rounds in 1972.

By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who'd stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago's RCA studios on "Baby Be Good." In '68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding "Give Me Love." Progressing in the middle '70s, Everyday People got "Super Black" on Forte's pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco funk with Sharon Revoal's "Reaching for Our Star."

Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman's work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans detailing all iterations of Forte's logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike – though what moves "The Hen" required remains anyone's guess.

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LP1
  1. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
  2. Lee Harris - I Am Gonna Get Your Thing
  3. Tear Drops - I'm Gonna Get You
  4. Louis Chachere - The Hen Part 1
  5. The Fantasticks - Cry Night And Day
  6. Marva W. Taylor - I've Lived The Life
  7. The Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Mini, Mini Afro Twist
  8. Tony Ashley - I'll Never Be Satisfied
  9. The Rayons - You Confuse Me Baby
  10. Four Darlings - Baby Your Love Is Amazing
  11. Lee Harris - Lookin' Good
  12. Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
  13. Gene Williams - Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
  14. Everyday People - Is It Really That Bad
LP2
  1. The Rayons - Baby Be Good
  2. Tony Ashley - All Along I've Loved You
  3. Lee Harris - I've Got To Have Somebody's Love
  4. Everyday People - Super Black
  5. James Whitney - With Fun In My Life
  6. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
  7. Marva W. Taylor - Nothing I'd Rather Be
  8. The Four Darlings - Give Me Love
  9. Unknown Artist - Dearest Lover
  10. The Fantasticks - Live And Let Live
  11. The Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Ya Gotta Be Doing It
  12. Lee Harris - Skate, Boogaloo And Karate Too
  13. Tear Drops - Don't Fade Away
  14. Marva Whitney And Ellis Taylor - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

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