Label: Monument – Catalog: SDE58 – Release Date: out now – Format: 7′
This is a pre order. Expected release date is August 16th. The Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign evolved from four musicians who were best friends and all left high school together to play in a band back in early 1970. Matthew Watson, Tony Roberts, Boobie Townsend and Ricky Jackson were soon joined by Lester Johnson after his tour of duty with the US Army came to an end. Shortly after that they added Pam Tanner, Henry Leon Miles and Ron Hedricks to complete the original Funk Campaign.
Crystal ball originally recorded in 1990 by Frankie Gaye (RIP) and now totally reconstructed by maestro Nigel Lowis – the ‘Marvinesque flavas’ on this composition are outstanding! On the flip is WHAT GOES AROUND, the superior remix of this song by the late Clive Scott. Limited to 300 copies. A donation from sales of these records will be made to a local charity PSDS who provide support for children with down syndrome and their families. To find out more about this amazing charity copy and paste this link https://psds.info
Label: The Preservation Project – Catalog: PP011 – Release Date: 30th July 2021 – Format: 7′
We are back with two Soul sides for you for our 11th regular 7″ release.
Both are a perfect fit for the Soul scene. Side A features Maggtapp’s previously unreleased “Because You’re You.” This is a strong female vox lead sublime Modern Soul groover. It features a steady beat and a spacious arrangement – just drums, bass, electric piano, and organ – that lets the vocals float on top of it. It definitely could be a demo or a temporary mix down, as it could be a bit more fleshed out, but it is really quite good as is.
The Decisions are a group from Atlanta, Georgia comprising of Hildred Thomason, Fred White, Henry Little and Howard Simpson and Harvey Poole. Harvey Poole went on to join the US Military. They formed at S.H. Archer High School and graduated in 1965. Over the years these 5 young men went on to start their own Record Label – York Records in the late 60s.
“If a man ever loved a woman (Baby I love you)”/ “I don’t want a divided love”
Label: Soul Junction Records – Catalog: SJ544 – Release Date: Monday 12th July 2021 Format: 7”
Jesse James returns with the follow up to his hugely acclaimed previous release “(The Girl In) Clinton Park” SJ543. Once again, it’s another previously unissued recording found and taken from the same 1971 Searra Sound Studio session tape as “Clinton Park”. The title of this latest offering is “IF a Man Ever Loved A Woman (Baby I Love You)” which is a splendid cover version of a song previously recorded by Dallas, Texas recording artist Bobby Patterson.
North Broad Street (NBS) #5 is two previously unissued tracks brought to you from two reels NBS where very lucky to receive from Cali with 4 wonderful tracks.
NBS are on their 4th sell out release. Their mantra is simply good soul music, which undersells their product to date, which has been nothing short of sensational soul music. Their previous release, the first going under the banner of Detroit Soul Renaissance releases is gaining worldwide acclaim, bringing exposure to Cynthia Girty and Arenita Walker who until now had been unsung heroes to all but the most knowledgeable soul fans, their lineage only relatively recently been exposed by some of the best soul sleuths out there, a great example of these crazy collectors.
Released in 1973 on a Motown Promotional only release to support the Mayoral election campaign of Coleman Young. The Originals consisted of C.P.Spencer, F.Gorman, W.Gaines and H.Dixon were known as Motown’s best kept secret and never really had the success they should have. In the third of the series, we move to 1973 Detroit. But to really appreciate the story of this release we first need to step back to 1969 when Richard Austin ran for Mayor of Detroit. This was a turning point for the city although Richard Austin was defeated at the general election it was becoming clear that the populace of Detroit wanted change.
After the release of the charts hitter “Don’t Need Your Love” earlier this year it’s now time to follow up with the last two songs out of the reel to reel tape recorded by The Words at Talun & Trc Studios in Indianapolis in 1982. I feel I really need to explain what went on with the original recordings though. Please be patient and ber with me.
Label: Kent Catalog: – CDKEND 501 – Release Date: 28th May 2021 – Format: CD
South-West Louisiana is rightly famous for its homegrown music, Cajun, and its black Creole cousin, Zydeco. There is a romanticism to the area with its exotically named towns and a feeling that it has been cut off from the world. Yet, however much it may seem removed from America, it is still a part of it. Since the birth of the car, Route 90 and then the Interstate 10 have connected New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas, running straight through the region, opening it up to the world. The local industry that grew up to record the indigenous music was perfectly placed to document local versions of country, blues, funk, soul and pop, as musicians and live bands came through to play in the most important towns.
It was around 1999 and a stack of Del-Val and related studio reels lay in Joe Stevenson’s basement gathering dust and at the same time slowly deteriorating with the possibility of being lost forever. Looking back now I am so glad someone had the foresight to transfer them onto DAT tapes before they were damaged beyond all hope. Some of the tracks were then used for a “Best of Del-Val” CD release around 2000 by the guys at Philly Archives. This was a blessing in disguise as a few years later all the masters were lost to a huge flood in Joe’s basement destroying them beyond any repair.