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The Spirit Records Anthology

by Carolina Soul

17 track anthology jam-packed with all of the charted soul/R&B/blues singles from Charlotte, NC's Spirit Records' first 20 years - all of the Debby Dobbins & Sonja Grier US and Northern Soul classics and the early Bradford & Bell hits.
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1. She's Sixty (But She Still Looks Good) The Pelicans
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2. Good Rockin' Woman Bradford & Bell
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3. Can't Help This Feelin' (Instr. Remix) Debby Dobbins
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4. Somethin' You Got Maria Howell
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5. Glad I Found You Debby Dobbins
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6. (They Call It) Mr. Dollar's Bradford & Bell
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7. Fallin' So In Love With You Debby Dobbins
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8. Love Flight 109 Maria Howell
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9. I Didn't Know The Pelicans
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10. Can't Hold Back Sonja Grier
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11. How You Gonna' Feel Debby Dobbins
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12. (Talkin' Bout) The Cakes My Baby Makes The Groove Doctors
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13. Misconstrue Maria Howell
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14. Popsicle Pusher Bradford & Bell
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15. Take Another Chance Sonja Grier
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16. Can't Help This Feelin' Debby Dobbins
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17. (They Call It) Mr. Dollar's (Remix) Bradford & Bell
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"CAROLINA SOUL: The Spirit Records Anthology"

This anthology contains all of the soul/R&B/blues singles from Spirit Records’first 20 years (1980-2000).

Represented are all of the Spirit artists from this period including Debby Dobbins, Sonja Grier, Maria Howell, The Pelicans, Bradford & Bell, and the Groove Doctors. In short, this is a “jam-packed” compilation of all of the singles that charted with radio and club play.

The early Spirit Records singles by Bradford & Bell and The Pelicans have a “roots” R&B/blues feel that enjoyed much success with radio/club DJ’s on the Carolina’s & southeastern US coast. In fact, “(They Call It) Mr. Dollar’s”, the label’s debut 1980 release by Bradford & Bell, became Spirit's first regional hit.

The the evolution of Spirit Records’ sound then took a big leap later that year with the release of Debby Dobbins’ debut single, the smooth and soulful “How You Gonna’ Feel”, which charted first in the southeastern US, then jumped “across the pond” to remain a UK “northern soul” classic to this day. 1981 saw the second Debby Dobbins release, “Glad I Found You”, which promptly charted on over 100 stations. Her third release, “Can’t Help This Feelin”, considered her biggest hit, charted on 165 stations and propelled her to Hollywood and worldwide TV performance of the song on Star Search.

1987 brought international success to the Charlotte, NC based label with the release of “Love Flight 109”, a blistering dance floor classic delivered here by Maria Howell, which became a top twenty international dance hit for Sonja Grier.

These are just a few highlights from the 17 songs included on the CD which can be sampled by clicking at the left of this page. With this anthology, the musical evolution, and geographical reach of the Spirit label is evidenced and documented over it’s first 20 years.

For more info., and to check out Spirit's new “Soul Project - Reconnection” CD release, visit (link at left of page)

"Carolina Soul: The Spirit Records Anthology is a product of Spirit Records, Charlotte, NC USA
All music written & produced by Bill Bradford/Bradford & Bell
All tunes copyright Stoney Point Music/BMI
All rights reserved


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Maybe right, if you want a survey
Good parts. - It is a music history lesson on this part of the country. It is nice a company can stay in business for twenty years and put out music for their fans. Bad Parts- Bell and Bradford wrote most of the material and it has the same feel. That feel? Think classic Motown. NIce as a historical document but you should look further for the hidden diamond that was forgotten by time.

John Fenlason

I enjoyed the CD very much. I'm a fan of beach music, and missed many of this CD's tracks the first time they were issued. I think Debby Dobbins has a wonderful relaxing voice. I had tuned into a station from the UK that featured Northern Soul, and discovered that "Can't Help This Feeling" is a hit all over again there. Beach music stations here would do well to revive that great song. Is Debby Dobbins still recording? I'd love to hear some recent material from her. But I do agree with the other reviewer that the Bradford/Bell style is fairly much the same throughout. Still, it's a style I'm enjoying listening to.