A retrospective, two-CD set by much-admired, little-known Motown artist Blinky is due for release November 1, under license from Universal Music to Second Disc Records/Real Gone Music. The 46-track package is entitled Heart Full of Soul: The Motown Anthology.
The first disc presents Blinky’s never-released 1970 album, Sunny and Warm, in complete form, along with singles, rarities and live tracks by the singer. The second disc introduces more than 20 previously-unheard recordings, both in original Motown stereo mixes and new mixes by Kevin Reeves.
Heart Full of Soul: The Motown Anthology has been compiled with the full cooperation of Blinky, and produced and annotated by the team of The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese and Universal Music’s Andy Skurow. The deluxe booklet is housed in a six-panel digipak and features rare photographs, extensive liner notes (drawing on a new interview with Blinky) and commentary from such Motown creatives as Janie Bradford, Raynard Miner and the late Clay McMurray.
Blinky joined Motown Records in 1967, but despite recording dozens of tracks from 1968-73, she secured only a handful of releases: four singles, an album of duets with Edwin Starr, two live cuts, and a couple of one-off recordings, including a moment on the soundtrack of Motown-produced movie, Lady Sings The Blues. The new compilation is partly the result of a long campaign by Motown fans to “Free Blinky from the Vaults.”