The San Remo Golden Strings occupy a unique place in the history of Detroit soul. A revolving group of local session musicians (among them members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra) assembled by the fledgling Ric-Tic label to create easy listening-style instrumental renditions of contemporary pop hits, what should have been bland, cookie-cutter records instead tapped into the universal Motown groove -- there is a genuine soulfulness and swagger to their recordings that is completely unexpected, and entirely welcome. Not only was 1965's Hungry for Love a Top 30 pop hit, but for a while, the San Remo Golden Strings even included moonlighting members of Motown's own legendary house band the Funk Brothers -- in fact, this incarnation of the ensemble backed singer Edwin Starr on his classic "Agent Double OSoul," and when Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. discovered the ruse, he fined each guilty Funk Brother $1,000.00 for the transgression. Not surprisingly, given the music's Motown-wannabe roots, there's a pronounced Northern Soul vibe hanging over the proceedings, and some of these renditions are even more eminently danceable than the originals.
01 Hungry For Love 02 Downtown 03 Festival Time 04 A Child's Prayer 05 Lonely One. 06 Blueberry Hill 07 I'm Satisfied 08 People 09 Old Man River 10 Joy Road 11 Everybody Loves A Lover 12 Some Things You Never Get Used Too 13 I Second That Emotion. 14 I'm Leaving This Old Town. 15 Reach Out I'll Be There 16 Day By Day Or Never 17 It's Not Unusual 18 I Was Made To Love Her 19 Born Free 20 Up,up And Away 21 To Sir With Love 22 Alfie 23 My Girl 24 Home Coming 25 Quanto Sei Bella (You Are So Beautifull) 26 All Turned Up 27 Still Hungry