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Album: Various artists, Harmony, Melody and Style (Soul Jazz)


Lover's Rock ought to be a source of pride: it remains one of our few authentic homegrown musical hybrids, comprising as it did elements of American soul, Jamaican rhythm and UK attitude (female).

This "history of" may not include the biggest hits but it does, over its 25-track span, give an account of the focus and grace of the music, from familiar names such as Louisa Mark and Janet Kay to the Sadonians. As ever with Soul Jazz, it is packaged epically.