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SONIA ROSS

‘Let me be free’ / Don’t go breaking my heart’ 

Label: Hit & Run Records – Catalog: HR1527 – Release Date: Out Now – Format: 7’

A coupling here of 2 ultra rare and brilliant dance tracks from Atlanta Ga.1969s ‘Let me be free’ is possibly the rarest Tragar 45 with reputedly only 100 being pressed to fulfil a contractual obligation; the flip was originally recorded in 1968 and destined for a Tragar release but delayed as considered too sensual for a Southern audience and released one year later.

‘Open your eyes’ / ‘Where’s your smile’

Label: North Board Street Records – Catalog: NBS004 – Release: May 2021 – Format: 7’

Cynthia formerly of Cynthia and the Imaginations gives us truly superb 5 minutes of pure soul from the heart, showcasing her out stand out vocals. A beautiful modern soul ballad that you will playing on rotation for sure.

Arenita formerly of the Lollipops gives us a modern soul masterpiece and without doubt a future classic. Written by Girty/Walker and produced by Don Davis all three great friends, with Tony Green on drums, Ruby Robinson on keyboard with Cecil Womack arranging.

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Mary Gresham

‘Use me’ / ‘Nobody’s going to turn me against you’

Label: MD Records – Catalog: IRSC GX3HE2100003 / ISRC GX3HE2100004 Release Date: End of April 2021 – Format: 7’

Mary, Jimmy Gresham’s sister, was recording for Fame, Broadway and Wishbone studios. These 2 tracks come from an album recorded in 1973 that did not see the light of day until 2008 on a CD release “Voice from the Shadows”. Despite some other tracks also making it onto 45 release from this labium, these 2 tracks never did. Mary is a full-on Southern Sister funk bomb on these outings, “Use me” is mean and moody, deep and funky, flip it over for something lighter but packs the soulful punch of a classic mid paced southern crossover dancer. She is still recording and playing to this day and expect to see more of her work on future MD releases.

Bottom and Company

‘You’re messing up a good thing’ / ‘I’m Sorry’

Label: MD Records – Catalog: IRSC GX3HE2100001 / ISRC GX3HE2100002 Release Date: End of April 2021 – Format: 7’

Following the discovery and purchase of a mixdown master tape for Wishbone Studio in Muscle Shoals, USA. Led to a search to talk to former studio owner Terry Woodford.

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Jo Ann Hamilton & The Kevin Fingier Collective

‘September’ / ‘I love without a love’

Label: Fingier (An Acid Jazz Group Label) Catalog: AJX591S Release Date: 23/4/21 Format: 7’

After the stunning success of ‘Latin Dynamite / El Basement’ by The Kevin Fingier Collective, which sold out 15 days before the release date, the Argentinian producer has discovered a new talent: Jo Ann Hamilton. Jo Ann Hamilton, from Georgia – USA, was born and raised around Soul and R&B music, Motown Records was the soundtrack of her childhood. Inspired by Diana Ross & The Supremes, she started to sing at the age of 7 and became part of the Gospel Choir from the ‘Melton Chappel’ church.

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Mark IV

‘I knew it wouldn’t last’ / ‘How I feel for you’ (Ourra remix)

Label: Cordial Recordings – Catalog: CORD7024 – Release Date: 26th April 2021 – Format: 7’

The final release from our Mark IV catalogue is the midtempo version of ‘I Knew It Wouldn’t Last,’ which is a truly wonderful piece of soulful excellence. On the flip we’ve chosen the Ourra version of ‘How I Feel For You,’ because we believe that it deserved a wider audience after being included on our ‘Signs Of A Dying Love’ 12″. We also have a limited run of 50 litho printed picture sleeve. There are 20 Test pressings available.

The Edwards Generation

‘Get Up, Get Up’

Label: Cordial Recordings – Catalog: CORD7025 – Release Date: Out Now – Format: 7’

We decided at the beginning to release it as a single and not to include it on the vinyl release album. It is included on the CD version. It’s a sprightly energetic warm song that’s lifts your spirit on listens. We’ve also included ‘Get Up On The Dancefloor’ on the flip because we’ve had a lot feedback on this being the best cut on the vinyl album.

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The Chestnut Brothers

The Chestnut Brothers (Al and Ty) are a very talented singing, songwriting, production team born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They have entertained audiences in major U.S. cities, throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East. In addition to major label affiliation with Paramount, Mercury and MCA Records, they have been privileged to perform and record with a vast array of artists such as Luther Vandross, Grover Washington, Jr., Najee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Harry Connick, Jr., James Ingram, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Trammps, Billy Paul, Nile Rogers, Phil Perry, B.B. King, L.L. Cool J, Cheap Trick and Pete Seeger to name a few.

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