Various Artists Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace
- Words: Chris Sabbath
- Label: Numero Group
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
From 1963 to 1975, Smart’s Palace was a soul shack in the heart of Wichita, Kansas where, on any given night, it wasn’t uncommon to see Baby Neal & the Smart Brothers or Tim Jacob shaking up the house from center stage. Just as it has done so many times before, Numero Group directs our ear streams to another unknown, yet thriving scene from the past and administers a little bump and rattle to the hips along the way. Fred Williams & the Jewels Band has got a deep-fried spoonful of Southern, bluesy soul on its 1969 hit “The Dance Got Good,” and Theron & Darrell’s take on “I Was Made to Love Her” is no slouch either.
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