Various Artists Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg

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Think of soul and you think of certain cities: Detroit, Chicago, Memphis. For a stretch of the late '60s and early '70s, "Mighty" Mike Lenaburg, producer, promoter, and DJ, did his best to put Phoenix, AZ on the soul map with a run of one-off labels, bands, and records that documented the fringes of soul's evolution from R&B to heavy funk. Eccentric Soul is Lenaburg's legacy, starting with the doo wop-influenced R&B of the Soul Blenders and peaking with Ronnie Whitehead's drop-dead James Brown impressions. Phoenix never flew as a soul town, but it didn't melt in the sun either.