Album: Maxine Brown, Best of the Wand Years, (Kent)
Sunday 29 March 2009
Revered by Dave Godin and the early aficionados of soul, Maxine Brown – who's still singing – has failed to gain her rightful place in the pantheon, perhaps because her good-time, New York City pop-soul lacked southern sass or tragedy in the-making.
But from the vantage point of Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, this collection of Brown's Sixties singles sounds bang up to date, with big hooks, Bacharach-style orchestrations and Tamla-ish handclaps.
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