Album: Various artists, Northern Soul's Guilty Secrets (Kent)

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The secrets in question are the less than "authentic" pop or simply perverse tracks that somehow made a brief splash on the dancefloors of Wigan or wherever in the days of Northern Soul.

It's an obscure but interesting premise, only held back by the inescapable fact that at least two-thirds of the 24 songs here are dreadful. On the plus side, "I Struck it Rich" by Len Barry stands revealed as a masterpiece, while Kiki Dee's "On a Magic Carpet Ride" bats for psychedelic-lounge in a UK style.