Energy MC2

“If You Break It/Other Side Of The Mirror” SJ536

Release Date: Monday December 12th 2016

‘Energy MC2’ began as an energetic bunch of 10 and 11 year old neighborhood kids, who initially formed a band under the name of ‘Congressional Funk’ while still attending elementary school. The founding members were Vincent Bonham, Opelton Parker (the brother of Ray Parker Jr) and brothers Ufuomo and Eric Wallace, with the later addition of a further member Fred Gordon. A little over a year later, Continue reading Energy MC2

Listeners Reviews 1st January 2017

Peter Churchill….Stockholm Sweden
My name is Peter Churchill, I’ve been Collecting and listening to soul for 40 years, I’ve listened to your show for many years and it just gets better, you just Keep finding tracks that blow me away for ex Karan Clarke “He loves me” Willie Hutch, “I can sho can give love” Sandra Richardson, Madeleine Bell etc, I’m hard to please but you just about knock it on the Head for me. I was a regular tourer in the 80s seeing and enjoying all the top artist , Jean Carn, Maze, Patti, Shirley Brown, Bobby Womack, Barry W, Incognito, PAZ the amazing Jazz Q, LSG, Gladys, Luther V and many more amazing gigs with a lot of goosebumps and fantastic memories. Continue reading Listeners Reviews 1st January 2017

A Marvel in Manchester

ASBrownOk ok … Let’s do the Melissa Morgan, Whispers and Patti  Labelle gig we agreed over dinner one midweek evening, I will order the tickets now , after all Melissa and Patti were still on our ‘to see ‘ list.We arrived at a very tired Manchester Apollo, attendance was surprisingly light for these  world class artists.

Melissa was first up and gave us a great set of the old favourites . This included a walk out into the audience performing Fools Paradise.It was great to meet her too in the lobby area after the performance, she was fab and very friendly and eager to chat about old times.

Next up were the Whispers…They performed a very polished ‘Vagas’ type set lasting 30 minutes with many of the uptempo favesThe Whispers Orchestra truly awesum, they oozed quality and composure Warm , rich , professional harmonies the hallmark of the group rattled around Continue reading A Marvel in Manchester

Linda Jones

Precious – The Anthology 1963-72
Soul music has never had a singer with the extraordinary vocal power of New Jersey’s Linda Jones. Her arsenal of vocal shrieks, wails, passion, sanctity and full-on fire has enthralled soul fans since she burst onto the scene with her breakthrough hit ‘Hypnotized’ in 1967. Those who know and love her work will vociferously tell you she is, simply, the greatest female soul singer of all time. At the very least, she is up there with any of her internationally famous peers, yet her catalogue remains largely unrecognised outside of soul’s inner sanctum.

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Azymuth

“Dear Limmertz” / “Maracana” (Far Out Recordings) 12′

Following the recent release of Azymuth’s new album Fênix, we’re proud to announce a 12” reissue of two of the Brazilian mavericks’ heaviest dance cuts, remastered from the original Outubro tapes.

Alex Malheiros’ earth-shaking slap bass in the first few seconds of ‘Dear Limmertz’ makes up an iconic moment in jazz-funk history. Next to their groundbreaking disco hit ‘Jazz Carnival’, it’s one of the heftiest of Azymuth’s dense and still growing catalogue of floor fillers Continue reading Azymuth

Lady Wray

“Smiling” / “Make me over”
Big Crown Records is proud to present the second single from Lady Wray’s Queen Alone album “Smiling”.An instant feel good anthem, “Smiling” finds Lady Wray reminding us to keep our heads up and keep a smile on our faces through whatever life deals us.

With production from Leon Michels & Thomas Brenneck that rides the line between bubblegum pop and lo fi tough grit, Nicole lays out with a voice as encouraging as the lyrics she is singing. Continue reading Lady Wray

Collectors Soul

Dan Greer “Masquerade” Masquerade” (Sound Of Memphis 45)

One question? Why isn’t this a massive and well respected tune on the Northern Soul Scene? After all, the so called “modern scene” is having its playlists of the last 20yrs plundered by Northern Jocks, so I wonder, what’s wrong with this gem of a dancer? Dan Greer is of course a much respected southern soul icon amongst collectors world wide on this tune his vocals are a power house of emotion over Continue reading Collectors Soul

Super Duper Love

Mainstream Hits & Rarities 1973-76 Various Artists (Mainstream Records)
For a few years in the mid-70s the Mainstream label and its subsidiaries offered a constant stream of high quality black American music. Veteran record man Bob Shad’s company quickly established itself with soul collectors and sold lots of singles in a relatively short period of time. Only a handful of those 45s were issued in the UK but import specialists did brisk business with Mainstream repertoire until Shad suddenly closed down the label in 1976.
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Rozetta Johnson

A Woman’s Way – The Complete 1961-1975

Birmingham, Alabama singer Roszetta Johnson created marvellous southern soul, particularly when collaborating with songwriter Sam Dees, also from that city. (Note the spelling of her name; her records were usually issued as by Rozetta or occasionally Rosetta.) This CD features all her known recordings from the 60s and 70s; only some much later CD tracks are absent.

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The Coalitions (a.k.a Rheel Menn)

 “Nothin’ left 2 do/ Didn’t we almost make It” SJ535

Return with a brand new song entitled “Nothin’ Left 2 Do” a song recorded and produced in collaboration with Soul Junction Records during 2015 under the auspices of some of the City of Brotherly Loves finest musicians. We begin with the songwriters Lavern Bynum, Bruce Fauntleroy and Leroy ‘Shu-Baby’ Shuller. With the songs recording and mixes have been expertly done by producer, Craig White at Sound Doctor Productions LLC. Craig was the former studio manager at the world renowned Gamble & Huff studios. The mastering was done by Peter Humphrey’s at Masterwork Recording (USA). Continue reading The Coalitions (a.k.a Rheel Menn)