Album: Various Artists, True Soul Vols 1&2 (Stone's Throw)

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This labour of vinyl devotion rescues for posterity the best productions of Lee Anthony's True Soul label from Little Rock, Arkansas, a DIY enterprise specialising in Seventies psychedelic funk.

The hardest stuff is on Vol 2 and, while there's some duplication of sleeve notes, both volumes (plus bonus DVDs) provide essential access to raw yet vital 45s that ran to editions of no more than a couple of hundred. "Springtime Smile" by Portrait shows off a softer side.