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Boomkat Product Review:
One of Detroit's lesser known imprints, Big Mack was set up in 1961 by Ed McCoy, who is billed by Numero as "the accidental Alan Lomax". The reason he's given that billing stems from Big Mack's unusual policy as a recording company. For a fee of $14.95 anyone could walk into the label's studio off the street and lay down a single-take, one-off track that they could pick up as a 45 acetate a few days later. Despite this rather haphazard, indiscriminate approach to A&R, there's no short supply of good stuff on offer on this disc. For example, the sweet, string accompanied harmonies of Bob & Fred surely deserve a proper audience. Their track, 'I'll Be On My Way' is a genuine delight to the ears. Also, just check out the frantic, bluesy psych-soul of Soul President or the faintly pornographic vocal delivery of Ms. Tyree 'Sugar' Jones on 'If You Feel It'. It all contributes to a sense that you're getting to hear a secret history - or at the very least an alternative side - of the first city of soul.