Back in early 1970's, the Jackson 5 became household names with their number one singles "ABC" and "I'll Be There" and record labels were jumping on the bandwagon, trying to sign the next big kid star in music. While none of them ever became as big as the Jackson 5, many of them have made an impact on soul music in the seventies. A new compilation being released in September by The Numero Group includes 19 of these great hidden soul gems titled "Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul."
Beginning with the playground sing-along of "I'm A Special Kid," by the Bethlehem Center Children's Choir, you instantly fall in love with the innocence of this release. The soul of the seventies hits the right chords with the Scott Three delivering "Runnin' Wild (Ain't Gonna Help You)" and Cash's "I Love You Still." The heart of the Jackson 5 is heard in the smooth vocals of Next Movement's "Every Where You Go" and the drug free message of "I'm Free, No Dope For Me" from The Dynamics is so simple you find yourself singing it to yourself in English and in Spanish. The kids know how to get down with the dance rhythms of "Funky Breakdown" by Little Man & The Inquires and "It's Time For Love" from Soul Emotions & Co. The album closes with Nancy Dupree With A Group Of Youngsters telling us the story of "James Brown" as if they were in a school choir. To find out more about "Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul," please visit numerogroup.com.