Afterschool Special: 123s of Kid Soul by Various


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Double vinyl LP pressing. The formula was simple: marry bubblegum and soul to the absolute sincerity of an enthusiastic child, cross your fingers and pray for airplay. But while the youthful sums of that formula may have grown up and walked away from their illusions of stardom, their permanent records remain. By 1973, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie were as hip as kids could get – household names, with lunchboxes, coloring books, a Saturday morning cartoon, and an Alpha-Bits cereal commercial pushing the J5 brand onto any kid with television reception. Their impressive run of four consecutive #1 singles playing on both pop and R&B stations cemented their appeal to both whites and blacks, prompting MGM to launch the Osmonds as the safer (read: white) alternative. And parents? Well Michael had that wrapped up with his impossible-not-to-love mini-James Brown thing. Even their song selection straddled both sides, with “Zip A Dee Do Dah” and “ABC” for kids, and contemporary standards “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” and “My Cherie Amour” for the older crowd. This extreme marketing and merchandising juggernaut created the kid soul explosion. A decade removed from Numero’s acclaimed Home Schooled compilation comes a fresh batch of talent show titans. With enterprising parents, neighbors, and teachers turning play dates into recording dates, groups likeMagical Connection, Little Man and the Inquires, and Five Ounces of Soul emulated the Jacksons, who’d made grade-school stardom appear easy as ABC. Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul contains 19 tiny tunes ranging from bilingual D.A.R.E. anthem, to James Brown bio, to young love and life beyond the playground.


1Bethlehem Center Children's Choir - I'm a Special KidVarious
2Scott Three - Runnin' Wild (Ain't Gonna Help You)Various
3Jimi Hill - Guessing GamesVarious
4Leonard (Lil' Man) Kaigler - You Got Me BelievingVarious
5Cash - I Love You StillVarious
6Brighter Side of Darkness - Because I Love YouVarious
7Next Movement - Every Where You GoVarious
8The Bennett's - I Want a Little GirlVarious
9Future Kind - Simon SaysVarious
10The Dynamics - I'm Free, No Dope for MeVarious
11The Brother's Rap - the Revolution Will Not Be TelevisedVarious
12The Greer Brothers - We Don't Dig No Busing (The Busing Song)Various
13Little Man & the Inquires - Funky BreakdownVarious
14Five Ounces of Soul - Love Got a Piece of Your MindVarious
15Magical Connection - Girl Why Do You Want to Take My HeartVarious
16Soul Emotions & Co. - It's Time for LoveVarious
17Brotherly Five - Losing My GirlVarious
18The Mighty Mustangs - the Other GuyVarious
19Nancy Dupree with a Group of Youngsters - James BrownVarious


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