Monthly Archives: November 2016

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)

Joshie Jo Armstead in Brooklyn

CB & PT in NYC for NYE . . . 2015 ! 64

As I’ve got older, the thought of another night spent listening to time warped oldies on New Year’s Eve drives me crazy, so imagine how my pulse jumped when I saw that Chicago Soulstress, Joshie Jo Armstead was going to perform in Brooklyn at the rather fine Dig Deeper.  From then there was only one course of action – get the flights & hotel booked, check the credit card has a few $$$’s still left, promise Clare that New York at this time of year is very special & go . . . !

I had missed Joshie when she ‘joined the caravan’ & visited the UK back around 1990, performing to backing tapes at Southport & The Kilt in Scotland. It probably wasn’t her finest hour, but having the opportunity to sing in front of a real band, supported by a brass section & top drawer backing singers must have turned the lady, as it was her first live show in the US since 1981.

Dig Deeper has been keeping Brooklyn Soulful for the last 6 years constantly bringing wonderful acts to the stage at Littlefield. Run by Richard Lewis & Michael Robinson, this is a pretty up-front venue & when you factor in it was New Year’s Eve then it was only ever going to be electric. Continue reading Joshie Jo Armstead in Brooklyn

Melton Boltons

Melton Boltons Mighty Fire”Love”/”I wanna talk to you about loving me” (BOL-TON) 
Wow, stuck on the reels from 1979. Here is Mighty Fire before they recorded material for Elektra in 1982. Two brilliant tracks. A side is a lovely feel good modern dancer, worthy of any dancefloor called “Love” But wait until you flip the 45, for an amazing 2 step song that’s making waves with the jocks at the moment. And you can tell why, has all the right ingredients. Melton Boltons writing credentials go back as early as the 1970’s. Writing for Motown and penning songs for Marvin Gaye and the Four Tops amongst a host of others. He even recorded for Motown subsidiary Mowest under the group name of Nu Page. And his playing credentials on guitar are a who’s who of soul artists. A man of incredible talent. So now you can grab his work on these previously un-issued songs Coming out on the newly created label BOL-TON label.

Arnold Blair

“Finally made it home” / “I won the big deal (this time)”(Triumph)
From the incredible pen and production skills or LeRoy Hutson comes this amazing slice
of unissued soul music.

Taken from the same studio session as the now legendary “trying to get next to you” Super Disco Edits is proud to release “Finally made it home”. On LeRoy Hutsons producton company of Triumph records
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