Expected Release: 11 April 2017 | ℗ 2017 Top Drawer Records
Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic Gospel According to Jazz series,(Chapters 1, 2 and 3). Continue reading Kirk Whalum #LoVECoVERS→
The Delights “Listen To Me Girl / Tearra “Just Loving You “ (Soul Junction) 7’ Release Date: Monday March 6th 2017
The Delights “Listen To Me Girl” was a previously unissued 1968 Philadelphia recording that has been licensed from the stable of veteran record producer Emanuel (Manny) Campbell. Although the track has been featured on one of Manny’s Coastal records cd projects this is the first time that this track has received a release on a vinyl format.
Secret Stash releases will be available directly in the UK, there are some
exciting new releases coming soon of previously unissued material from the vaults of One-derful, M-Pac, Mar-v-lus, Toddlin’ Town and Midas, all material released is totally legit taken from the original studio master tapes, there is some amazing stuff including alt takes, previously unissued material etc. This group I hope will basically keep everyone up to speed with release dates, news etc. Continue reading Secret Stash Records→
Robert Montgomery is a Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Producer, Keyboard and Organ Instrumentalist, who began his music career in his early teens jamming with local bands in his small hometown of Rome, Georgia. The most notable being “The Sons of Aries”. Performing their own blend of rock, soul, and jazz, kept them very busy throughout the southeastern states. Continue reading Robert Montgomery & Chain Reaction→
Various Artists – Kent Records
These New York labels were at the inception of soul music and continued to release excellent tracks until the disco era.
Scepter/Wand and Musicor/Dynamo were quintessential New York soul labels. Their common link was Luther Dixon, who set Scepter on the right path with the Shirelles and followed up with success for Tommy Hunt, Chuck Jackson, Dionne Warwick and Maxine Brown. He split for Musicor in 1966 where he got the Platters, Tommy Hunt and Inez and Charlie Foxx back into the charts. Continue reading Manhattan Soul Volume 3→
“One for the Road” / “The Other Side of Me” (ZIP Promotions) 7′
Gregg Jackson has brought the joy and intensity of the Motown/R&B nightclub experience to packed dance floors all over the United States. He has performed lead and background vocals with many well known artists such as James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Herb Reed & The Platters, The Coasters and the Drifters, as well as Otis Redding & The Tramps. Gregg began his music career at a very young age of 6 performing in Gospel choirs, dance troupes and shows.
The last and final instalment of the brilliant mighty fire unissued reels. And again two beautiful sides straight from the pen of Melton Bolton. These tracks were sitting around before they cut a deal with Elektra records.
Welcome, to a partnership that will be a medium for quality music, live, by radio and with various music media.
Soul music is away of life, real ‘SOULIES’ don’t have a fad…they adore the music and by their religion.
Soul Discovery has a fantastic reputation and City Slicker Music are very proud to support their worldwide musical offering, promoting new comers and existing heavy weights.
Expansion commence each year with one of the label’s most anticipated collections, “Luxury Soul”. The success of the series comes down to the quality of tracks sourced from independent soul music artists, often unsigned or with recordings previously unissued or on limited release elsewhere.This year’s set includes brand new music by Breakwater and Pockets, two major artists from the 70s/80s who appeared at the UK’s Luxury Soul Weekender in January. Both tracks appear on CD for the first time on CD within this collection of other current favourites, exclusives and sought after songs. Compiled by Ralph Tee. Continue reading “Luxury Soul” 2017→