Monthly Archives: April 2017

Chairmen of the Board

“All I need is you tonight” (Virtuoso Music & Distribution)

With one of Soul Music’s all-time great group names, the Chairmen of the Board has pleased music lovers for over 30 years. Formed in Detroit , the Chairmen were one of the first acts signed by songwriting legends Holland/Dozier/Holland for their Invictus label following H/D/H’s messy divorce from Motown. The group came out of the box strong in 1970 with the wonderful “Give Me Just A Little More Time,” a classic early 70’s radio smash highlighted by lead singer General Johnson’s emotive, plaintive vocals. “Give Me” was the foundation of the group’s excellent debut album, which also featured the infectious “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling on a String,”.

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The Holidays

“Getting Kind of Soulful” CD – Soul Junction Records SJCD5012
Release Date: Monday May 1st 2017

Press ReleaseThere were several groups within the Detroit music scene of the 1960’s that shared the performing name of ‘The Holidays’. But this cd compilation is dedicated to the one whose main protagonists are the brothers Jack and James Holland. Both sides of their excellent and highly collectable Soul Hawk 45 apart, it is their own productions for the Marathon, Ron-Hol and Rob-Ron labels both issued and previously unissued that has been included in this compilation.

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Lee Fields & The Expressions

“Never be another you”/”Lover man” (Big Crown Records) 7′
Release date: 5th May 2017

Lee Fields & The Expressions continue to radiate heart and soul on this latest essential two sider.
Described as “a first among equals” from the acclaimed ‘Special Night’ album, ‘Never Be Another You’, a special version of which Fields performed live on Gilles Peterson’s 6 Music show, is a low tempo ballad with a head nodding drum track, sparse piano lines, and all the space Lee needs to lay down what is sure to be one of the flyest love songs of 2017.

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Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

Detroit’s black music scene 1961-64 – about to spread soul music across the world.
Kent Records

Detroit gave the world soul music through the success of Motown, which was scoring big hits from 1959. The Motown sound would be studied and aped by hundreds of acts and dozens of labels around the city. “Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition” features several Motown connections, including a previously unheard Martha Reeves song and an unissued number from Berry Gordy’s first wife, Thelma. Graham Finch’s 8,000 words in the booklet are exemplary and tell the tale of Detroit’s long-neglected soul roots with authority and style. Continue reading Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

More From The Other Side Of The Trax

Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968 (Kent Records) – Various Artists (Stax)

Two dozen rare B-sides from Stax Records’ “blue” period, many reissued for the first time.

An enormous and impressive undertaking, “The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-68” box set was issued in 1991. While pleased with its content, hardcore collectors were nevertheless disappointed that it was not as “complete” as it claimed to be, as it featured all the A-sides and only selected B-sides. While highly welcome, its release left more than 100 of approximately 225 “blue period” Stax and Volt B-sides un-reissued in any form. Several of those sides have since featured on CD compilations, either as individual tracks here and there or on Kent’s recent “The Other Side Of The Trax”, but that still left many awaiting reissue. Fortunately, the success of “The Other Side Of The Trax” has warranted this second volume. The 24 tracks here span almost the whole of Stax Records’ blue period, as far back as when the label was still called Satellite. Continue reading More From The Other Side Of The Trax

The New Jersey Connection feat Cynthia Wilson

“Red light Green light ” (Soulnival Promo) 7′

New jersey connection are pretty much set in stone in the disco hall of fame. There 1981 smash “love don’t come easy” on carnival records became a hit all around the globe. Move on a few years and band leader Eddie Saunders had many other musical groups and acts going on. Here in the late 1980’s he teamed up with Cynthia Wilson to record this lovely modern disco cut. For some reason the project got shelved and they returned to it only last year. With a few tweaks here and there they deliver another beautiful slice of New York Soul. So grab yourself a very limited demo copy 6 weeks or more before the issue comes out!