Category Archives: Cannonball Records

We unearth original unissued lost recordings on reel tapes or acetates to release them on our label. When a recording is just an uncomplete studio demo, a vocal take or a raw session, we strive to arrange it respecting the original sound. We do our best to track down the songwriters and performers involved in the recordings and royalties are paid straight away. When this is not possible, royalties are saved aside until we find out who the original artists are. Please have a look at The Context vid here below and browse around the site to know more about the background of each release.

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.

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FUNK INVESTIGATORS

Alberto Zanini (preface by Antonio Bacciocchi, translated by Mark Windle)

In addition to the story of a professional rebirth in difficult circumstances, this book contains everything you could ask for in a modern on the road adventure between present times and distant past. You will read words like Funk, Motown, and Philly, or artist’s names like Lonnie Liston Smith, Gil Scott Heron and The Drifters. You will meet unknown artists, wonderful characters, ordinary and unique at the same time; instruments from another era such as the Revox, magnetic tapes, Sound Burgers and ribbon microphones. Yes, there is music, but there are also Art, History, Metropolitan Ghettos, Emotions and even the Italian American mafia, in a tasty cocktail from which it is impossible to separate.

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Gail Lou

‘I still love’ /‘Instrumental’ 

Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Catalog: QQT004 – Release Date: May 2021 – Format: 7’

A pumping ground-to-air dance missile written and produced at the dawn of the new  century by a duo with some huge music background. Hailing from Montclair State University, Gail Lou is an acclaimed performer, musical director and vocal coach. Her vocal performances in Tri-State’s recording sector, as both lead singer and background vocalist, span from R&B, Gospel, Jazz, to Soul and electronic Dance.

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Coco Collier

‘Here Comes The Rain’ / ‘Instrumental’ 

Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Catalog: TSL011 – Release Date: May 2021 – Format: 7’

The amazing singer from our best selling artists duo The Swans of New England delivers this stunning soul take on the Eurithmycs classic from the 80’s givin’ evidence that soul music can turn everything from average limestone bricks to precious gold bars.

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Steve Mancha

‘That’s Why I Love you’

Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Catalog: CBLL033 – Release Date: May 2021 – Format: 7’

Here we go with another little number within our Detroit series. There’s not much more we can say about Steve Mancha and his career that was not not already said by folks way more knowledgeable than us in the scene. Just the little detail about this one, which was recorded short after he left Motown to work with Don Davis after several troubled attempts to hit the charts with quite a few songs and performing combos.

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ZANINI & LEMONS

“Tomorrow glory”

Label:Tesla Groove International Recordings
Catalog: TSL01OA
Release Date: March 2021
Format: 7”

First output of the year for Tesla Groove once again out of the team work with West Side’s finest singer Layfara Lemions on a completely different take of pour classic “Glory” released over a year ago. No strings synths or Roland 808 beats here, just Fender Rhodes, driving basslines and a smooth analog Kick / Snare combination, just as we like it.

The Words of Wisdom and Truth Review

“Don’t need your love” / “What you do to me”

Label: Tesla Groove International / Cannonball Records / 4Quarti
Catalog: CBLL034
Release Date: Early March 2021
Format: 7” – 45rpm – Core Black Vinyl – Limited Edition 250 + 20 TP’s

It all started when Herman “Butch” Slaughter whose technical training in music came from being First Chair/First Chair Baritone in a few school choirs. He had several attempts at putting a group together eventually leading to the creation of The Words of Wisdom with Karen Slaughter, Robert “Buck” Vaughn, Rosa Lunderman and Mabel Heart. 

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Mike James Kirkland

“Love Scenario” /  “Alberto’s Groove

Catalog: CBLL032
Release Date: November 2020
Format: 7” – 33rpm – 4 tracks Mini E.P. Picture Sleeve w/Booklet

Mr. Mike James Kirkland, a legend who’s dear to our european Soul Community having performed live in Bilbao to a packed Kafe Antzokia in 2015 and counting several tunes in the top list of many great djs. MJK sent us a collection of demos written and produced by himself, his brother Robert and a few other Artists at the dawn of the 90’s which never made to the stage of arrangement/production/release. He said he would have been pleased for us to present our vision and, if the ideas we would submit to him were good enough, then a real project would take off.

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JAY “MACHINE” STOVALL

“Get On Out There”/”Why” (Cannonball Records) 7′

Catalog: CBLL031
Release Date: Out Early October 2020

Two amazing early 80’s modern disco/soul unissued tracksJay Machine Stovall, now available to pre-order from Cannonball New York! The original voices that brought you the club hit: There But For the Grace of God Go I. I hooked up early this year with Jay Stovall via his really good friend Paris Ford who told me he had some unreleased material for us to listen to.I was a bit nervous when I first call Jay the first time, It’s not everyday you talk to someone who had a Hit record. We’ve spent hours on the phone and we’ve connected immediately, like when you talk to someone who knows you for years.

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Zanini, Lemons & Cobby
Cannonball Records / 4Quarti Recordings TSL007
A: Zanini & Lemons Tesla BeatsSide / B: Steve Cobby Lockdown MixOut
7”/33rpm – Out September 2020

It was mid march and Italy was about to face what turned out to be a 4 months long pandemic lockdown. I remember I was in Uk that weekend when our government started to shut down the country progeressively and my area was among the first ones regulated by a strict nobody-in nobody-out rule. Short after China, Italy has been the first country to get involved in this massive international pandemic control effort, followed by Spain, Uk and Usa. At that time the information filtering out was uncertain, uncomplete to say the least. I really didn’t know whether I would have been allowed to come back home.

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