77 MB 256+ VBR LAME mp3 Vinyl rip & scans from Kent 050
Seeing as this is the 50th music post on Soundological, it seemed appropriate to use it to post this LP in homage to not only the Northern Soul scene (which IMHO was the real blueprint for modern clubbing, rave, after-hours and DJ culture) but also Kent Records, one of the first labels to pop up in the early 80s in order to keep the torch burning while the flame dwindled in the clubs. With copious liner notes by Harboro Horace (now known as Ady Croasdell), they were also great primers on labels and artists that didn't break out of their regional success for one reason or another.
I lucked out in '91 or '92 when passing through Saskatoon. I went to Rockin' Rod's Records where there was the whole run of Kents from 001 to 070 in mint condition. Turns out the fellow who originally bought them in the 80s had a history of mental illness. He only purchased them because he liked their colourful covers. He took them home, catalogued them in his list and never played a single one. That was their condition when his family sold them to Rod to assist with the costs of sending the poor soul back to a hospital for long-term care. I was able to scoop up about 20 of them for $10 a pop and if you ask me, it was one of the best investments any soul lover could make. I'll be putting up some of the better ones in later days but until then I've noticed that Soul Comes Home has posted a great assortment of Kents including one of my faves, Shoes. Essential listening if you want to dig deeper into the Northern Soul sound!