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.

Starfire

The other well known 7” from STARFIRE, titled “Almost Insane”, was initially meant to be the “flagship” single for the Long Player “Get Off With Us” released in 1976 on the Dynamic Artists label. Almost no one was aware of the existence of this ultra rare biscuit, once simply thought to be just an LP track.

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Charles Buddy Smith

“When you lose the one you love” (Prev. Unissued. Alternate Take) / “You get what you deserve”

Label:Cannonball Records  
Catalog: CBLL037
Release Date: March 2022
Format:  7’

While sailing safe towards the glorious shores of release number 60 across the whole catalogue, we are proud to present you a previously unissued alternate take of the immense recording that saw the light on Brute in 1967, and earned a well deserved induction in the hall of fame of the greatest rare soul records of all times by becoming a steady classic at all major worldwide soul events starting from Stafford.

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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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