Category Archives: Record Labels

Cotswold Cream Cuts – March 2018

A little late into the month but with Soul Essence just around the corner, I’m motivated to get some reviews onto the website. Enjoy!!.

First off, the deeper side: 

Paul Williams; “Once you had a heart”
We all know that feeling, you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks but you can’t find out a great deal more about it, so it was for me when Richard Searling played this on his Sunday morning show for Jazz FM up in Manchester many, many moons ago. It was only listening to some Temptations tracks on You Tube that I finally found it. Many of you will know it can only be found on The Temptations Anthology “One by one” (the best of their solo years). Williams grew up with Eddie Kendricks and with Kell Osbourne they formed the Primes and when Otis Williams was looking to bolster his group the Distants. Eddie & Paul were recruited. However things were not to stay good for Paul as he started to take less of a presence as lead singer and then his drinking habits caused the group to bring in Richard Street. This track seems so reflective of the hurt he was going through at the time as he sings about the lost love of his life, a beautiful arrangement and a great song for us to remember his life and contribution to our music, such a pity it never made it onto vinyl.

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El’ Willie

“Shardarp II” ( CB11018 Cannonball) 7’

Another musician, another great voice who wants his music to be listened and danced to
overseas. And here we gotta thank Yann Vatiste big time for the great help in making this possible. Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Sax & Keyboard Player, Singer William Travis aka “El Willie” began his professional career in the early 70’s, when he joined The Original Drifters as a sax player. After playing with the Original Drifters for about 4 years, Karl Knighton, Larrice Byrd , Stan Travis, and El Willie decided to get off of the road for a while.

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Chuck Stephens

“Paying For Your Love/Let’s Get Nasty” (Soul Junction SJ1011) 7′

Release Date: Monday 9th April 2018

Chuck Stephens originally hailed from upstate New York reputedly Buffalo. He was during the mid 1970’s one of the leading disc jockey’s on the popular New York radio station WWRL AM. Chuck had always hankered with the aspiration of being a recording artist and in the pursuit of his dream approached the respected New York songwriting team of brothers Richard and Robert Poindexter.

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Mr. Wonderful Band

“We ain’t got no $$$” (CBLL017 Cannonball Records) 7’

After the deep funk, the raw funk, the street funk, the modern funk, the jazz funk and the prison funk, here we go with the first example of dollar funk ha ha ha. Jokes aside, some of you may recall a little post I did a couple of weeks ago about old school american soul artists who are still doing their music. So, this one is the first of our 2 todays releases. The first version was recorded last year at a studio in Louisville (Kentucky) by a band that gathered together again after several years and privately released it on a 45 which has been brought to me by my pal Dave.

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The Nu-Rons

“All My Life” / “Disco Hustle”  (Soul Junction SJ1010)

Release Date: Monday 12th February 2018

The Nu-Rons, were a family group consisting of two sets of brothers and cousins, the four young men in question being brothers Daryl Howard and Raymond Gibson (Daryl’s mother registered him under his father’s surname of Howard and Raymond under her maiden name of Gibson) together with Otho Bateman and Charles Bateman. They were all born and raised in Salem, New Jersey and from the age of ten and eleven began singing with a fifth member and Gibson brother Rudolph in a group called The Gospel 5. They eventually decided to crossover to secular music and as a group known for their energetic dance routines they came up with the new performing name of ‘The Nu-Rons’ (taken from the word ‘Neuron’ which is a cell that transmits nerve impulses). However Rudolph was soon to leave the group due to physical illness. Also Daryl Howard and Charles Bateman had also been part of a working group known as The Devotions prior to becoming The Nu-Ron’s.

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Between The Two

“Take a little time/”My next step” (Right Combination) 7’

Between The Two was the creation of the late great fashion designer Bill F. Whitten, whom is highly known for his remarkable designs for the following Artist: Michael Jackson, The Jackson’s, E.W.F., Stevie Wonder, etc The band originated from his home town of Bessemer
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Soul Junction CD

We Got A Sweet Thing Going On Volume THREE Catalogue #SJCD5014

The third volume of our “We Got A Sweet Thing Going On” series returns with yet another esoteric mix of sweet and group harmony soul. This compilation features both sides of The Scott Three’s in demand rarity “Running Wild (Ain’t Gonna Help You)/Gotta Find A New Love” they are joined by fellow Georgian Robert Montgomery (check out his two recent Soul Junction 45’s) with his previously unissued recording “Love Song About You”. The City of Brotherly Love is heavily represented in this compilation with acts such as The Toppiks with both sides of their desirable Larsam 45 “Give It A Chance To Grow/Surrender” and their previously unissued track “Win All Your Love” a recent release on a Soul Junction 45 (SJ1009) as the flip to The Cooperettes version of the same song, a double dose of Philly soul heaven.

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Ann Franklin

CBLL015P – “Movin’ On” (Cannonball Records) 7′

This is the second production in the pipeline we have mutually set up with master Rob Sevier at Numero Group. Like all the raw material we have lined up to this project, this recording comes from a reel tape and look, the original demo version (B side, 2nd half of the video) is a 75 bpm example of what soul vocals are all about, Depth & Vibe Inc.

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Andrew Smith and Friends

CBLL016 –  “You came into my life” (Cannonball Records) 7′

The story goes like this. Many years ago Dave Thorley was mooching round in the basement of Ernest Kelly in Detroit and came across a bunch of acetates. Most of them were 10” acetates from his Geneva releases, plus a few others including a five track 12” acetate credited to Andrew Smith.

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