Category Archives: Collectors Soul

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.

Soulful Football Update: 30th January 2022

Lonnie & Cutis  “Here to stay” (Churchill Records Ltd) 7’ 
A superb ballad out of Brookfield- Chicago. Only downside, is this wonderful tune is only 2.34 mins long. The only record they brought out and written along side a top vocalist himself, Billy McGregor. If you like classy soul, this is one to treasure.

Desire “Love toll” / “I’ve never turn my back on you” (Red Robin Records)  1977
Again the killer tune on this rare 45 is the flip side.This is my type of soul.Wonderful midtempo floater, with the female group Desire, sounding just so good.I never tire of playing this 45, it always sounds so fresh.A year I always cherish, 1977 the year I left school and started my soul collection,with records like this gem. Sadly their only release, on this Disco label.Would love to know why they never did anything else. Desert Island Disc for me !!

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Dave Thorley – December 2021

Thought I’d write this to debunk a few things. As a youn’un growing up I feel in love with a track by World Column, called ‘So is the sun’ The epitome of black consciousness, lyrically speaking, over a hard edged funky beat. A few years into this love affair, I started to hear dismissive comments referring to it as nothing more than a white rock record masquerading as such

This started one of my obsessive quests to get to the bottom of this, something didn’t add up. Let’s start with the track, as I said lyrically it’s the story of a people’s struggle, musically, ‘psych funk’ in that black way that is hard to mimic. On to production and here we are with minor soul music royalty including Leo Graham and Floyd Smith, which in turn gave me a jump off place for my search, Chicago

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The first ever detailed look at a specific year in the life of Northern Soul focuses on its most important year. It was the year when seventies soul was embraced to sit alongside traditional sixties stompers in all dancehalls and venues such as Cleethorpes Pier and The Ritz ,Manchester as all-dayers took a hold on the scene.

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Label: Last Bastion Records
Catalog: LB01 Release
Date:  Friday 25th February 2022
Format: 7’ Vinyl 

Over last year or so you long time member Andy Bellwood has been working on a new label, looking like it’s all coming together as we have just had details of the first release for 2022!

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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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Josi Dias and The Kevin Fingier Collective

“Um Brilho Novo / Rua Nova Barão”

Label:  Fingier
Catalog: FNGR-004
Release Date: 1st October 2021
Format: 7’

Acid Jazz are excited to share with you the new 7” by our subsidiary label Fingier Records. So far The Kevin Fingier Collective (Argentina) has sold out the first three singles they’ve released (Last one sold 1500 copies in just one month) and we’re very excited with this new one which is with the Brazilian singer Josi Dias. Um Brilho Novo is available for radio play if of interest. Please do let me know what you think.

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Don Brown –07/06/21

Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.

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Crystal Motion

“Crystal Motion” was a singing group from “New Bedford” Massachusetts. The group was formed in 1974 and the original members were “Kevin Gomes”(lead vocals),” Rodney (Skeeta)Santos”(and cousin to Kevin), Daniel(Buddy)Monterio” (A lifelong friend),and “John Paris”. The group was managed by”Carter Management”(Eddie Carter) Of Onset, Mass., who now resides in Orlando, Fl.. They had a brush with stardom in 1975 with a recording called” You’re My Main Squeeze”, which was on the “Sound Gems” record label, and was a small hit in the Boston, Mass. and Providence, R.I. area. It also was played on radio stations in Philly, Atlanta and Houston, Texas.

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