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: 23rd November 2021

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 !!

Essence “I’ll give you the sunshine” / “ Deep in my eyes” (Tac Town Records) 1983 A superb midtempo tune from 1983. Hard to believe it is on the A side, of this super rare solid center 45. Totally brilliant tune, with classy vocals. Flip it over and it is a very in demand 45 for the French & German collectors, who are more into the frantic soul tunes that came out in 1983. Well worth tracking down, as I was told that 500 copies were pressed at the time of the records release !!

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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. Wigan Casino and the Blackpool Mecca remained as twin towers of the nightlife however. Television, radio and newspapers were fascinated by the ultimate underground music scene and this book analyses their interest.

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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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Paul Tillman Smith

A Small Sample of Paul’s Work

When your father hands you a pair of drumsticks at the age of four, chances are you’ll wind up a drummer. Paul Tillman Smith’s father, George Smith (Kansas City Smitty) played drums during the big band era with many well-known bands including Count Basie, Trummer Young and the Harlem Aces. He was also a mentor to singer Pearl Bailey‘s husband drummer Louie Bellson. 

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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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Ortheia Barnes

Despite never having a major national hit record, the late great Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly is one of Detroit, MI’s most beloved singers. She started singing in church, made some solo singles, and toured with Motown artists, though she never signed with the label. Barnes has enjoyed a full career, but unlike J.J. Barnes, her older brother, it hasn’t been scrutinized much, and a chronological discography of her work does not exist.

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