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!)
“Shake it off”(live performance) / “You’re my dream” (live performance)
Label: Epsilon Records Catalog: EPS007 Release Date: 4th October 2021 Format: 7’
Lead vocalist and saxophone player for Fabulous Souls Ira Raibon has been a Newport Beach/Irvine/South Orange County, USA, resident music teacher/writer/performer over decades. In 1974, as Woodwind Instructor he was an original faculty member of the now defunct, Newport Institute of the Arts in Corona Del Mar.
“Just me and you” / “Stay there and try to be strong”
Label: Hit & Run Records Catalog: HR 1533 Release Date: September 2021 Format: 7’
Mary Gresham has always been a special artist for this label and for Soulscape. It was her great ‘I’ll Never Let You Walk Alone’ from the CD that convinced me to restart the label back in 2009; since then she’s become a much-loved lady amongst collectors worldwide and so I’m really pleased to be able to commit to vinyl another 2 of her unreleased cuts from the CD.
The highly reputable and influential jazz drummer and record producer Paul Tillman Smith noted that the ‘Sounds of Oakland’ CD was inspired by a comment made by a former President of the United States, who called Oakland the worst city in America. “He said it twice on national TV,” said Smith. “Hearing those words from a sitting President was unbelievable to me.” The comment prompted Smith to share the truth as he knows it: “Oakland has been a creative hotbed for beautiful, original music for decades.”
Label: Izipho Soul Records Catalog: ZP68 Release Date:30th September 2021 Format: 7’
In 2011, Dallas based singer, songwriter DEREK DAMIAN recorded the anthemic Whatcha wanna do”. Izipho aficionados will know that we released “Whatcha wanna do” in January 2019 and it sold out in 48 hours! On the flip ‘The Baritone of Love’ keeps the bar raised high with In my life” from 2013, this mid tempo winner glides along with soulful ease. Don’t spend £100 on the only copy on Discogs, grab this new release for the different B Side and label colours. Patrick Biggerstaff
Whilst reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, Los Angeles-based Lady Blackbird (aka Marley Munroe) possesses a style and emotional intensity that is very much her own. Her debut album Black Acid Soul presents a wholly fresh take on the jazz vocal idiom from an artist blessed with a bold, unmistakeable voice.
Label: Kent Records Catalog: CDKENT497 Release Date: 29th October 2021 Format: CD
It’s been almost three years since Sean Hampsey and the Southern (California) Soul Spinners created “This Is Lowrider Soul” for Kent Records, and the ensuing acclaim and enjoyment have made this second volume essential.
Mickey Gynn began his career with his hometown club, Peterborough United, where he scored 39 goals from 188 appearances in all competitions, before joining First Division club Coventry City for a fee of £60,000.He spent ten years and accumulated almost 300 appearances at the club, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1987. Mickey then moved on to Stoke City in August 1993 where he played in 29 matches in the 1993–94 season before retiring.He became a postman in the Coventry area, and works as a match statistician for the Press Association.In 2005, Gynn held his testimonial match at Coventry City’s former ground of Highfield Road, the penultimate game played there before its demolition.
Soulful Football Update: 27th September 2021
Al Miller “ Trust is a must” / “ Let’s get away from it all” (Golden Wheels) 1975 The only 45 he did, this is quite stunning soul music from 1975.Written and produced by Horace Ott a top Soul & Jazz musician in his own right.Trust Is A Must is a superb vocal performance and the flip side is also well worth a spin.When you hear the soul in his voice, it makes you wonder why he never did anything else. Sadly, another class act that could never get a deal to go with his talent.
This quarter from Washington D.C. formed while students at Francis Cardoza High Schoolwhere they used sing their sweet style around the school corridors, honing their craft until a faculty member spotted them.
Was born 9/29/1960 and I started singing in church in the choir around the age of 10. I also played drums, clarinet and saxophone in school. I served 5 years in the United States Air Force. I am the father of 2 amazing daughters. I started singing professionally in 2011 in local venues in Nashville.