Category Archives: The Preservation Project

The Preservation Project is an independent organization based in Austin, Texas, specializing in recovering and curating obscure 60s, 70s and 80s music.

Featuring a variety of carefully-chosen sides from all soul genres, we invite you to explore the sonic beauty you’ll find here that’s lived in obscurity until now.

We’re friends with a shared passion.

We’re here to resurrect and showcase recorded material that may have otherwise gone unheard.

Most of the musicians TPP will feature recorded a single acetate or tape, leaving their work unknown to the general public. It is a great pleasure to now present these fully-restored recordings from the cutting room floors of studios — many of which are no longer in operation.

These artifacts tell us something about the time and place in which they were made, and about the people who made them. Though we gather as much information as we can before each release, little is known about many of the recordings we offer.

We invite you to contact us with any additional insight or information you have about any of our releases.

We’re grateful to share our passion with you.

We wish to express our deepest thanks to our friends, families and fellow record collectors who helped bring The Preservation Project to life.

Special shoutout and thanks to Chris Reisman for his invaluable contributions to the Project.

Thank you to Kevin Jones for creating our logo, packaging and this beautiful website.

We especially wish to thank the artists and musicians who poured their passion out onto tape or acetate — blessing and inspiring us with these recordings that we now enjoy together. We celebrate this music with the greatest love and respect.

And to you, the listener — thank you for your time and attention. This project is ultimately for you. Please enjoy.

Unreleased, 1970s psychedelic deep funk double-break double-sider

“This is me” – Pt1 & 2

Label: The Preservation Project 
Catalog: MS003 
Release Date: 15th October 2021  
Format: 7’ Silver Vinyl  / White Label Test Press

Welcome to Masters Series – for people who understand that some things just can’t be tamed. (Read: these are scratchy, poppy, and rough recordings from busted acetates.   These are cleaned up as best we can get them – if that’s not going to work for you, don’t order!)

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“Because you’re you” /“Love I lost”

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.

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Preservation Project 010 Unknown Artist

‘How do you do what you do’/‘Tell me’

Label: The Preservation Project – Catalog: PP010 – Release Date: 9th April 2021 – Format: 7’

Thick and funky as the swamps of Louisiana, PP-010 is a double-sider with plenty of Soul. Both sides of this wicked 7″ are credited to an Unknown Artist. Signs point to this being Dennis Landry, but we just can’t confirm this as we go to press. “How Do You Do What You Do” on Side A is a Funk number with a hot pants intro bubbling bass, and a funky breakdown. Lots of fun, and super danceable. Although it’s hard to pick a side on this 7″, the ballad “Tell Me” may just be the winner. This track has it all – starting slow and building, falsetto, screaming and wailing, and heartfelt lyrics about trying to convince a woman to love the singer and not another man.