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Stateside Booty: ZZ Hill, Aaron Neville, Jimmy Holiday and Early Motown

Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

THE FLOOD of soul reissues and compilations continues with four more from the vaults of EMI's Stateside subsidiary. First off, an album of mid-period (early '70s) Z.Z.Hill, the Texas-born growler who died at the peak of his career in 1984. The last of the truly greasy downhome singers. Zee Zee sounded like a fatback version of Ray Charles and had the perfect voice for bluesy, adulterous Southern soul.

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