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Melvin Brown & James Matthews

“Crying for your love”(Previously unreleased) “Love stormy weather”(IZIPHO SOUL 45)

I am delighted to announce the latest record release on my label IZIPHO SOUL

Melvin Brown – ‘Crying For Your Love’ is an incredible piece of previously unreleased Soul Music! Recorded in the same 1976 session as the legendary ‘Love Stormy Weather’, which will be on the other side. (clip attached, please excuse movie sound quality and be assured the actual record will be clear and crisp) Continue reading Melvin Brown & James Matthews

Chairmen of the Board

“All I need is you tonight” (Virtuoso Music & Distribution)

With one of Soul Music’s all-time great group names, the Chairmen of the Board has pleased music lovers for over 30 years. Formed in Detroit , the Chairmen were one of the first acts signed by songwriting legends Holland/Dozier/Holland for their Invictus label following H/D/H’s messy divorce from Motown. The group came out of the box strong in 1970 with the wonderful “Give Me Just A Little More Time,” a classic early 70’s radio smash highlighted by lead singer General Johnson’s emotive, plaintive vocals. “Give Me” was the foundation of the group’s excellent debut album, which also featured the infectious “(You’ve Got Me) Dangling on a String,”.

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Gregg Jackson

“One for the Road” / “The Other Side of Me” (ZIP Promotions) 7′

Gregg Jackson has brought the joy and intensity of the Motown/R&B nightclub experience to packed dance floors all over the United States. He has performed lead and background vocals with many well known artists such as James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Herb Reed & The Platters, The Coasters and the Drifters, as well as Otis Redding & The Tramps. Gregg began his music career at a very young age of 6 performing in Gospel choirs, dance troupes and shows.

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“Luxury Soul” 2017

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Various Artists
Release Date: 13th January 2017

Expansion commence each year with one of the label’s most anticipated collections, “Luxury Soul”. The success of the series comes down to the quality of tracks sourced from independent soul music artists, often unsigned or with recordings previously unissued or on limited release elsewhere.This year’s set includes brand new music by Breakwater and Pockets, two major artists from the 70s/80s who appeared at the UK’s Luxury Soul Weekender in January. Both tracks appear on CD for the first time on CD within this collection of other current favourites, exclusives and sought after songs. Compiled by Ralph Tee. Continue reading “Luxury Soul” 2017

A Marvel in Manchester

ASBrownOk ok … Let’s do the Melissa Morgan, Whispers and Patti  Labelle gig we agreed over dinner one midweek evening, I will order the tickets now , after all Melissa and Patti were still on our ‘to see ‘ list.We arrived at a very tired Manchester Apollo, attendance was surprisingly light for these  world class artists.

Melissa was first up and gave us a great set of the old favourites . This included a walk out into the audience performing Fools Paradise.It was great to meet her too in the lobby area after the performance, she was fab and very friendly and eager to chat about old times.

Next up were the Whispers…They performed a very polished ‘Vagas’ type set lasting 30 minutes with many of the uptempo favesThe Whispers Orchestra truly awesum, they oozed quality and composure Warm , rich , professional harmonies the hallmark of the group rattled around Continue reading A Marvel in Manchester

Soul Togetherness 2016 – 15 Modern Soul Room

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Various Artists
Release Date: 30 September 2016

Expansion’s most successful and longest running compilation series returns with a 2016 edition. This is in the label’s 30th anniversary year, “Soul Togetherness” an annual event since 2000. The concept remains the same, fifteen must have modern soul room gems taken from the yeara’s biggest dancefloor spins and revival tracks on the soul scene.

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