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Unreleased, 1970s psychedelic deep funk double-break double-sider

“This is me” – Pt1 & 2

Label: The Preservation Project 
Catalog: MS003 
Release Date: 15th October 2021  
Format: 7’ Silver Vinyl  / White Label Test Press

Welcome to Masters Series – for people who understand that some things just can’t be tamed. (Read: these are scratchy, poppy, and rough recordings from busted acetates.   These are cleaned up as best we can get them – if that’s not going to work for you, don’t order!)

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Ira Raibon

“Shake it off”(live performance)  / “You’re my dream” (live performance)  

Label: Epsilon Records
Catalog: EPS007 
Release Date: 4th October 2021 
Format: 7’

Lead vocalist and saxophone player for Fabulous Souls Ira Raibon has been a Newport Beach/Irvine/South Orange County, USA, resident music teacher/writer/performer over decades. In 1974, as Woodwind Instructor he was an original faculty member of the now defunct, Newport Institute of the Arts in Corona Del Mar. 

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Mary Gresham

“Just me and you” / “Stay there and try to be strong”

Label: Hit & Run Records
Catalog: HR 1533
Release Date: September 2021
Format: 7’

Mary Gresham has always been a special artist for this label and for Soulscape.  It was her great ‘I’ll Never Let You Walk Alone’ from the CD  that convinced me to restart the label back in 2009; since then she’s become a much-loved lady amongst collectors worldwide and so I’m really pleased to be able to commit to vinyl another 2 of her unreleased cuts from the CD.  

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Sounds of Oakland

The highly reputable and influential jazz drummer and record producer Paul Tillman Smith noted that the ‘Sounds of Oakland’ CD was inspired by a comment made by a former President of the United States, who called Oakland the worst city in America. “He said it twice on national TV,” said Smith. “Hearing those words from a sitting President was unbelievable to me.” The comment prompted Smith to share the truth as he knows it: “Oakland has been a creative hotbed for beautiful, original music for decades.” 

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Derek Damian

“Whatcha wanna do” / “In my life” 

Label: Izipho Soul Records 
Catalog: ZP68 
Release Date:30th September 2021
Format: 7’

In 2011, Dallas based singer, songwriter DEREK DAMIAN recorded the anthemic Whatcha wanna do”. Izipho aficionados will know that we released “Whatcha wanna do” in January 2019 and it sold out in 48 hours! On the flip ‘The Baritone of Love’ keeps the bar raised high with In my life” from 2013, this mid tempo winner glides along with soulful ease. Don’t spend £100 on the only copy on Discogs, grab this new release for the different B Side and label colours. 
Patrick Biggerstaff

Lady Blackbird

“Blackbird” Foremost Poets Remix
“Beware the stranger” Matthew Herbert’s Wanted Remix
Black Acid Soul:
“Blackbird” / “It’s not that easy” /“Fix it” /“Ruler of my heart” /“Nobody’s sweetheart” /“Collage” /“Five feet tall”
“Lost and looking”/“It’ll never happen again”/“Beware the stranger”/“Black Acid Soul”

Whilst reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, Los Angeles-based Lady Blackbird (aka Marley Munroe) possesses a style and emotional intensity that is very much her own. Her debut album Black Acid Soul presents a wholly fresh take on the jazz vocal idiom from an artist blessed with a bold, unmistakeable voice. 

Micky Gynn

Mickey Gynn began his career with his hometown club, Peterborough United, where he scored 39 goals from 188 appearances in all competitions, before joining First Division club Coventry City for a fee of £60,000.He spent ten years and accumulated almost 300 appearances at the club, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1987. Mickey then moved on to Stoke City in August 1993 where he played in 29 matches in the 1993–94 season before retiring.He became a postman in the Coventry area, and works as a match statistician for the Press Association.In 2005, Gynn held his testimonial match at Coventry City’s former ground of Highfield Road, the penultimate game played there before its demolition.

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Al Miller “ Trust is a must” / “ Let’s get away from it all” (Golden Wheels) 1975 
The only 45 he did, this is quite stunning soul music from 1975.Written and produced by Horace Ott  a top Soul & Jazz musician in his own right.Trust Is A Must  is a superb vocal performance and the flip side is also well worth a spin.When you hear the soul in his voice, it makes you wonder why he never did anything else. Sadly, another class act that could never get a deal to go with his talent.

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