Pied Piper: Follow Your Soul Various Artists (Pied Piper)


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A second serving of the outstanding talent created by this Detroit production team from 1965-1967.

Pied Piper Productions was a group of Detroit arrangers, writers, artists and musicians who unwittingly defined the Northern Soul style in their short 1965-1967 span. The main musicians – Jack Ashford, Mike Terry, Joe Hunter and Herbie Williams – were original members of Motown studio crew the Funk Brothers.

“Pied Piper – Follow Your Soul” features some of the biggest Northern Soul discoveries of recent times. Nancy Wilcox provides the pounding ‘He’ll Be Leaving You’ and the equally classy ‘More Than A Memory’. September Jones’ ‘Voo Doo Madamoiselle’, previously available only on one of our newly-minted Pied Piper singles, is one of the biggest dancefloor records of the past two years. Her previously unissued ‘You Better Know Why’ is more soul perfection, while the equally captivating ‘No More Love’ made it onto 60s vinyl.

Lorraine Chandler’s original take of the James Bond-themed ‘You Only Live Twice’ is even more urgent than the version we revealed in the 90s, while her ‘Lost Without You’ shows Pied Piper was also capable of mesmerising ballads. The Cavaliers are represented by the finished version of ‘Ooh It Hurts Me’ (featuring Jack Ashford’s rhythm track, missing from all previous versions) and the stunning ‘Without Someone To Tell Me’ (the acetate of which famously sold for a small fortune). Fellow Detroiters the Metros have a previously unheard number and one with a convoluted history.

There are established Northern classics by the Dynamics and Sharon Scott, plus newly discovered photos of both acts in the booklet. Harry Gates’ haunting ‘Love Will Find A Way’, which utilises the backing of Tony Hester’s ‘Just Can’t Leave You’, is a terrific find. Hester’s own ‘Watch Yourself’ is also included. The Pied Piper Players, the musicians on the sessions, can be heard uncluttered by any pesky singers on ‘Hold To My Baby’ and ‘Love Sick’. There are super mid-tempo ballads from Freddy Butler and the Hesitations, both of whom also provide a dancer apiece, plus cameos from Sam E Solo and Mikki Farrow.

All in all, this second collection of Pied Piper productions is at least as strong as the first, 2013’s “Pied Piper Presents A New Concept In Detroit Soul”.

Ady Croasdell


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Voo Doo Madamoiselle - September Jones

  • 02 Preview He'll Be Leaving You - Nancy Wilcox

  • 03 Preview You Only Live Twice (alternate version) - Lorraine Chandler

  • 04 Preview Could It Be You - Sharon Scott

  • 05 Preview Ooh It Hurts Me (Alternate version) - The Cavaliers

  • 06 Preview I Need Your Love - The Dynamics

  • 07 Preview Watch Yourself - Tony Hester

  • 08 Preview Love Will Find A Way - Harry Gates

  • 09 Preview They Say I'm Afraid (Of Losing You) - Freddy Butler

  • 10 Preview Lost Without You - Lorraine Chandler

  • 11 Preview Wait A Minute - The Hesitations

  • 12 Preview Love Sick - The Pied Piper Players

  • 13 Preview No More Love - September Jones

  • 14 Preview Set My Heart At Ease - Mikki Farrow

  • 15 Preview More Than A Memory - Nancy Wilcox

  • 16 Preview Without Someone To Tell Me - The Cavaliers

  • 17 Preview It's Right Now - The Metros

  • 18 Preview Love Is Not A Game - Sam E Solo

  • 19 Preview What Can I Do - Lorraine Chandler

  • 20 Preview You Better Know Why - September Jones

  • 21 Preview You Don't Know Me Do You - The Metros

  • 22 Preview Hold To My Baby - The Pied Piper Players

  • 23 Preview That's What Love Is - The Hesitations

  • 24 Preview Give Me Lots Of Lovin' - Freddy Butler

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