“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.
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→
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→
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!
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.