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regional garland - Mixed Sugar: The Complete Works 1970-1987
**Double vinyl with 16-page booklet fully annotated and researched by Egon, liner notes by Ronnie Reese** "Although Michigan's Regional Garland toiled in regional obscurity for years, he managed to pen, sing and produce a series of 1970s soul songs that have been appreciated for decades in various musical circles around the world. Some - like The Perfections' 'Girl, You Better Hurry' and the 21st Generations' 'I Need Love' - have been lionized byt he soul-collecting cognoscenti. Others - such as Mixed Sugar's 'It's A Bad Feeling' and 'Fifteen Ain't Young No More' - were played in the hallowed halls of Northern Soul sanctum Wigan Casino in the mod-'70s and helped anchor the '80s Modern Soul scene. Still relevant in 2011, Garland's songs have inspired a second generation of fans, many of whom weren't even born when they were originally recorded. This anthology pieces together the disparate elements of Garland's recording arc; it spans from his earliest songwriting efforts for local vocal combos who released their music on independent imprints, to his demos recorded for Chicago soul impresario Jerry Butler, through to music he produced and released on his proprietary imprints throughout the late 70s to mid 80s. As such, this is a varied album, which encompasses symphonic soul, heavy funk, pleading ballads, proto-disco and boogie. Much of the audio contained on 'Mixed Sugar: The Complete Works, 1970-1987' came from Garland's own well maintained master tapes, and is previously unreleased."