Catalog: CLMN-12041 Release Date: 19th February 2021
We are very excited to present Brighter Days Ahead! A 22 track compilation featuring many of the digital singles we released in 2020 during the pandemic. The indie-exclusive is limited to 1500 copies and is pressed on beautiful random colored vinyl. If you purchased Monophonics’ It’s Only Us earlier this year, you know how cool the random pressings can be 🙂
Happy new year everyone, we now have the eagerly awaited Frankie, two previously unissued tracks for us to share with you guys, the part we get lots of pleasure from, as you are all aware by now the label is based around frank virtue studios in Philly, we are honouring this great man with this track for everything he was responsible for and all contributed for the music coming out of Philly the man and his associates gave us thousands of memorable tunes and here is another, with your dancer on one side with its gill Scott heron feel to the moody deep soul masterpiece sounding like teddy pendergras on the other am sure NBS003BL is another smash, born in Philly evolving in Scotland. North Broad St Records
Label: Albina Music Trust Release Date: January 22nd, 2020 Catalog: AMT-003 Genre: Soul/Jazz/Funk from 1975 (previously unreleased) Format: Vinyl Only
Next up from Albina Music Trust is a previously unreleased reel-to-reel session by Slickaphonic, a nine-piece powerhouse in Portland’s lost funk scene. Recorded in 1975 at Recording Associates by engineer Bob Stoutenberg (The Wipers, Baba Yaga, Mel Brown), this carefully restored collection places the listener in the thick of a watertight disco-funk session done the Albina way.
Label: Albina Music Trust Release Date: October 16th, 2020 Catalog: AMT-002 Genre: Soul/Jazz/Funk from 1977 (previously unreleased) Format: Vinyl Only
For over fifty years, The Legendary Beyons have delighted Portlanders with their music. And now, for the first time, their work has been documented in this high fidelity LP accompanied by a detailed oral history of the group. The album’s well-designed booklet features a range of archival photography, serving as a period piece for the uninitiated.
John Howard Anderson; Born 30thAugust 1949 and raised in the Pollok district of Glasgow to parents John (Snr) and Jeanie Anderson, one of two sons the other being Elliott. John never let his humble beginnings hold him back as he continued his education and, in later life, often commented that he was the only dustman (a short lived occupation) in Glasgow with A-levels. Following a brief period working for Collins the Publishers, John was to follow his dream (job) and true vocation as a Record Dealer. He later married Marisa (pronounced Mar-ee-sa) Anne Macdonald on the 10thof November 1973 who would become his rock and lifelong soulmate. Together they had a son, Stuart born in King’s Lynn during 1980.
Until recently this unknown Virtue acetate was unearthed from the belongings of legendary Philly producer/musician/songwriter John Stiles. Recorded around the same time as “Stay Mine For Heaven Sake” at Virtue Studios in Philadelphia. Eddie’s rendition of “Ready, Willing and Able” was something that was thought to have been written potentially for another singer which was to be determined but he sang on the track as a reference point to whoever this might be, which was not an unusual practice. His piercing vocals added to a pounding “Northern soul” style beat lends itself to a packed and sweaty dancefloor.
In the last two decades, Little Ann’s music has gone from being almost unheard to celebrated widely across the world. Initially known only as a footnote for having one side of a Ric-Tic single in 1968, the discovery of her acetate of ‘What Should I Do’ at Wigan Casino in the late 70s led to her name becoming important to rare soul fans.
“I have no choice” / “My destination” (Hit & Run Records) 7′
Our 2nd release this time we’re entering classic territory. Simply an all-time iconic record which sounds as bright today as it ever did. For me, this is the best version of the wonderful Sharon McMahan song. The world-weary delivery from JM almost makes this a deepsoul wonder set at a mid-tempo dance pace.
“Cloudy days” / “Just a touch of your hand” (Hit & Run Records) 7′
One of what will be occasional deep soul 45s on the label. In 1967 Detroit’s Wheelsville group of labels took some artists down to Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studio in Memphis. Willie had the Hi house band in, he produced and Don Bryant guided the Detroit artists with his vocals.