Category Archives: Kent Records

Southern And Deep Soul From Louisiana

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.

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Various Artists (Vietnam Soul)

Label: Kent – Catalog: CDKEND 474 – Release Date: 28th May 2021 – Format: CD

This month sees the release of the last in Kent’s trilogy spotlighting black America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. It’s been a long wait but we feel that the 23 tracks here more than uphold the high standard of its predecessors – “A Soldier’s Sad Story” (CDKEND 226) and “Does Anybody Know I’m Here” (CDKEND 245).

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Little Ann

Detroit’s Secret Soul
Catalog: CDKENT495

Release Date: December 2020

In the last two decades, Little Ann’s music has gone from being almost unheard to celebrated widely across the world. Initially known only as a footnote for having one side of a Ric-Tic single in 1968, the discovery of her acetate of ‘What Should I Do’ at Wigan Casino in the late 70s led to her name becoming important to rare soul fans.

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Kenny Carter


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Featured Track: ""Don’t go ”/“What’s that on your finger”/ “You’d better get hip girl ”/ "I've gotta find her"…"
Release Date: 25th Sept 2020

Showdown – The Complete 1966 RCA Recordings
Catalogue: CDKEND 491

The massively admired Kenny Carter had three singles issued on RCA in 1966 but actually recorded 22 sides. Those singles and some previously unreleased tracks have made him a cult figure among soul connoisseurs. At last, we have the complete RCA sessions for you

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George Jackson In Memphis

Catalogue: KENT 521

The great singer/songwriter’s essential 70s recordings for Sounds Of Memphis.

In many ways, George Jackson’s early career was always in Memphis. When he decided to leave his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi, he moved there. It was in Memphis that he first hooked up with Dan Greer and began to write songs for Goldwax Records, where the pair also recorded as George & Greer.

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Soul Voices – 60s Big Ballads

Catalogue: CDKEND 490

Majestic male vocalists singing over subtly orchestrated arrangements of superb songs were the pinnacle of 1960s black music sophistication

Male soul balladeers from the 60s have always been particularly admired. Roy Hamilton, Walter Jackson, Lou Johnson and Ben E King – some of the A-listers featured here – epitomise the genre and have devoted followers. This grand sound evolved from the first soul records which emanated in the early 60s mainly in New York, where three quarters of the tracks here were recorded.

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Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

Detroit’s black music scene 1961-64 – about to spread soul music across the world.
Kent Records

Detroit gave the world soul music through the success of Motown, which was scoring big hits from 1959. The Motown sound would be studied and aped by hundreds of acts and dozens of labels around the city. “Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition” features several Motown connections, including a previously unheard Martha Reeves song and an unissued number from Berry Gordy’s first wife, Thelma. Graham Finch’s 8,000 words in the booklet are exemplary and tell the tale of Detroit’s long-neglected soul roots with authority and style. Continue reading Birth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961-64

More From The Other Side Of The Trax

Stax-Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960-1968 (Kent Records) – Various Artists (Stax)

Two dozen rare B-sides from Stax Records’ “blue” period, many reissued for the first time.

An enormous and impressive undertaking, “The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-68” box set was issued in 1991. While pleased with its content, hardcore collectors were nevertheless disappointed that it was not as “complete” as it claimed to be, as it featured all the A-sides and only selected B-sides. While highly welcome, its release left more than 100 of approximately 225 “blue period” Stax and Volt B-sides un-reissued in any form. Several of those sides have since featured on CD compilations, either as individual tracks here and there or on Kent’s recent “The Other Side Of The Trax”, but that still left many awaiting reissue. Fortunately, the success of “The Other Side Of The Trax” has warranted this second volume. The 24 tracks here span almost the whole of Stax Records’ blue period, as far back as when the label was still called Satellite. Continue reading More From The Other Side Of The Trax