Various – 20 Original Mod Classics (Spectrum)

81ag2CPr+uL._SL1416_Following on from the Northern compilation reviewed last month, here we have a Mod inclined collection of tracks on a CD that’s ideal for keeping in your car, or in my case next to the portable player in the garage. Kicking off with Tin Soldier by the Small Faces from my point of view this CD has quite a good spread of tracks, not all of them obvious, some even a little curious, but nonetheless adding to the worth of the compilation.

The classic Circles by Fleur De Lys is expected, I’m Rowed Out by The Eyes a spot-on period track from 1965 and James Brown’s Night Train reminds you of that Mod themed film, what’s it called…?

I don’t think I’ve heard David Bowie with The Lower Third before, but here they are with Can’t Help Thinking About Me, while Rod ‘the Mod’ Stewart offers some blues with I’m Gonna Move to The Outskirts of Town. More soul comes courtesy of The Supremes, Martha Reeves, The Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye, and all in all while this may not be the pinnacle of Mod, it is equally refreshing to find such a compilation that has avoided all of the cliché Mod tracks you usually find. Which is nice.

Listen to: David Bowie & The Lower Third – Can’t Help Thinking About Me

• Scootering magazine – October 2010

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