Three gals and a guy from New York, the Exciters were one of the most fabulously soulful acts to emerge from the 1960s girl group explosion, thanks in part to Brenda Reid, their lulu of a lead vocalist.
The group’s early 60s recordings have been reissued in recent times. This collection spotlights their subsequent more uptown sides for the Bang, Shout and RCA labels.
Bang and Shout were owned by genius songwriter Bert Berns, who produced the quartet’s four singles for the logos, released in 1966 and 1967. These include their hit version of ‘A Little Bit Of Soap’ and ‘Weddings Make Me Cry’, a Northern soul favourite of yore.
Not long after Berns untimely death, the Exciters landed a new deal with RCA, where their recordings were overseen by another legendary producer, Larry Banks. Their spell at the label yielded another Northern pick, ‘Blowing Up My Mind’, plus the album “Caviar & Chitlins”.
1. A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP
2. I’M GONNA GET HIM SOMEDAY
3. YOU BETTER COME HOME
4. WEDDINGS MAKE ME CRY
5. NUMBER ONE
6. YOU GOT LOVE
7. SOUL MOTION
8. YOU KNOW IT AIN’T RIGHT
9. TAKE ONE STEP (I’LL TAKE TWO)
10. IF YOU WANT MY LOVE
11. BLOWING UP MY MIND
12. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE MISSING (TIL IT’S GONE)
13. GIVE IT ALL
14. FIGHT THAT FEELIN’
16. I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY (NO MORE)
17. YOU GOT ME
18. MOVIN’ TOO SLOW
19. IF I COULD SEE INTO TOMORROW
20. A YEAR AGO
21. TURN ME ON