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Jewel Bass/Dorothy MooreMalaco Soul Sisters ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Incredible material from a pair of underappreciated queens of Mississippi soul – 70s Malaco material from Jewel Bass and Dorothy Moore – together on this excellent compilation from Soulscape! Jewel Bass started as a session singer in her teen years, and recorded precious little material as a solo star, making these Malaco singles all the more precious! She pulls off a number of styles on a dozen tracks here equally well, from soaringly soulful ballads to funkier numbers, raw groovers to more polished gems. In contrast, Dorothy Moore made a bigger impact sales wise in the mid 70s, but still overlooked by history – and she's another versatile singer who could pull of perfect female southern soul with big choruses and achingly soulful melodies, tearful ballads, and more uptempo numbers. Jewel Bass songs include "All Good Things Must Come To An End", "Sugar Britches", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "It's Been A Long Time Coming", "Seeing You Again", "I'm Worried" and more. Dorothy Moore tracks include "See How They've Done My Love", "Same Old Feeling", "Cry Like A Baby", "Two Of A Kind", "I Know", "Diamonds" and more. 21 tracks in all, plus a cool unlisted track with Dorothy Moore plugging the US Navy, with her hit "Misty Blue" in the background! CD

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Betty & Charles/Eddie HoustonSoul Chant – The Long Lost Malaco Recordings Of Betty & Charles and Eddie Houston ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
Brilliant southern soul from the Malaco scene – slices of work from both the late 60s and late 70s, some of which is previously unissued! The set begins with some great work by the duo of Betty Johnson and Charles Warren – singing together in a mode that has echoes of some of the other southern soul duos of the time, but which also seems to sparkle a bit more – almost a Marvin/Tammi influence which sneaks in nicely on some tracks. Tracks include both Capitol and Crazy Horse singles, plus unreleased tracks – including "Loving & Kind", "It's All Over", "That's Why I Call You Mine", "Can't Find Love", and "Something For Everyone". CD then moves into some solo work by each singer – including "No Good Man", "Sunshine Man", and the funky "Soul Girl" by Betty Johnson – and "I'm Praying" and "Soul Chant" by Charles Warren. The CD then moves into 8 more numbers from Eddie Houston – rare Capitol singles and a few more unreleased tracks, all done with a nicely gritty southern soul groove. Eddie's sides are all from 1968 and 1969 – and feature some great early examples of the Malaco sound in action. Tracks include "I Can't Go Wrong", "Simon Says", "That's How Much I Love You", and "Walk Through This World Without Me". CD

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Chuck Brooks/Joe Wilson/George SouleMalaco Soul Brothers Vol 1 ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
Deep southern soul from vocalists Chuck Brooks, Joe Wilson and George Soule – a both gritty and and some sweeter material cut at Malaco Studios, mostly in the early-to-mid 70s – with some rare 45 numbers, and others that were never issued at all! The Chuck Brooks tracks are wonderful and show a real range, from funky, stripped down numbers to bigger productions that still have plenty soulful grit to them! The Joe Wilson tunes are just as strong – with a heavy bottom end to the rhythms, organ and vamping soul guitar in the mix, and uniquely emotive vocals from Chuck. The set's closed out by a trio of tunes by George Soule, solid, moody, a mix of soul, a bit of southern rock & pop, and Motown ballad influences. Really incredible stuff! Includes "Loneliness (Is A Friend Of Mine)", "Baby Please Don't Set Me Free", "You Can't Be In Two Places At The Same Time", "Once Up A Love Affair" and more by Chuck Brooks, "(Don't Let Them) Blow Your Mind", "Sweetness", "When A Man Cries", "Our Love Is Strong", "Don't Look Back", "Go On And Live", "Walking Away From True Love" and more by Joe Wilson, "Talking About Love", "The Easiest Think I've Ever Done" and "That's Why I'm A Man" by George Soule. 25 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ CP Love/Jimmy DobbinsMalaco Soul Brothers Vol 2 – Rare & Previously Unissued Tracks ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Two rare soul brothers back to back – presented here with rare and previously unissued tracks, all pulled from the Malaco Records archive! First up is CP Love – an artist who never got much circulation up north, but whose talents easily rank with the best of the 70s southern soul generation – a singer with a great way of putting over a mellow tune by often moving with a slightly gentle groove, and doing a good job of avoiding any overdone cliches. Love only ever issued one single with Malaco, but the set features 9 cuts in all – a huge amount of rare material, on titles that include "I Found All These Things", "Never Been In Love Before", "Your Life Without Her", "So Glad You're Gone", "These Uncertain Years", "Every Man's Dream", "Coming Down With Another Heartache", and "You Make Me Feel Like A Man In Love". Jimmy Dobbins is a singer with a nice sort of bite in his vocals – bluesy undercurrents at the bottom, but a bit of a punch on the top – almost a Chicago west side soul approach, which works very well for the Malaco grooves here. A few singles were issued in the 70s, and these are mixed with other unissued cuts on this set – 8 numbers that include "Sweet Love", "Try It Again", "Sugar Bear", "Finally", "Teasin You", "Understanding", "A Quitter Never Wins", and "Wrong Road". CD

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✨✧ Tommy TateWhen Hearts Grow Cold – 20 Previously Unissued Recordings From The Malaco Vaults ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ... $14.99
Beautifully soulful work from Tommy Tate – a bit later than his classic vintage, but excellent material throughout – and a batch of previously-unissued numbers that come from the years when Tate was an in-house songwriter at Malaco Music! A number of these tracks were recorded later by other Malaco artists – such as Johnnie Taylor, Candi Staton, Dorothy Moore, and Otis Clay – but these versions by Tommy have never been heard before – and they're often as good, if not better, than the later takes on the tunes! Tate's voice has really matured wonderfully by the time of these sides – into a smooth, sophisticated take on southern soul – one that's nicely free from some of the blues-based cliches that might creep into more hit-based work at Malaco – and proof that the original fires of deep soul were still burning strong in these later years. As with other Soulscape packages, there's a heck of a lot of music, and some great notes on Tate – and the set list features 20 titles that include "Lonely Lady", "Gonna Take My Heart's Advice", "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind", "When Hearts Grow Cold", "Ain't No Love For Sale", "That's Just A Woman's Way", "Midnight Run", "I Feel So Close To You", "Sunday Afternoon", "Uptown Woman", "I'm In Too Deep", "I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight", and "Nothing Without Your Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnnie TaylorCrazy For You – The Best Of Johnnie Taylor On Malaco ... CD
Malaco/P-Vine (Japan), 1980s. Used ... $16.99
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(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Jewel Bass/Dorothy MooreMalaco Soul Sisters ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible material from a pair of underappreciated queens of Mississippi soul – 70s Malaco material from Jewel Bass and Dorothy Moore – together on this excellent compilation from Soulscape! Jewel Bass started as a session singer in her teen years, and recorded precious little material as a solo star, making these Malaco singles all the more precious! She pulls off a number of styles on a dozen tracks here equally well, from soaringly soulful ballads to funkier numbers, raw groovers to more polished gems. In contrast, Dorothy Moore made a bigger impact sales wise in the mid 70s, but still overlooked by history – and she's another versatile singer who could pull of perfect female southern soul with big choruses and achingly soulful melodies, tearful ballads, and more uptempo numbers. Jewel Bass songs include "All Good Things Must Come To An End", "Sugar Britches", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "It's Been A Long Time Coming", "Seeing You Again", "I'm Worried" and more. Dorothy Moore tracks include "See How They've Done My Love", "Same Old Feeling", "Cry Like A Baby", "Two Of A Kind", "I Know", "Diamonds" and more. 21 tracks in all, plus a cool unlisted track with Dorothy Moore plugging the US Navy, with her hit "Misty Blue" in the background! CD
Also available Malaco Soul Sisters ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousAmerica's Most Wanted Vol 1 – Malaco Soul Fugitives ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant little compilation – despite the title – one that showcases some of the best work from the legendary Jackson scene of the 70s! As the Memphis and Muscle Shoals scenes were beginning to slow down after years of great soul records in the 60s, Jackson, Mississippi picked up the slack – thanks to the mighty might Malaco Studios! And while the Malaco name later became more associated with the label of the same name – and put out some great blues and soul albums in the 80s – back in the early years, the studio was more of an overall crossroads for many different styles of southern soul, and opened its gates to loads of excellent talent that wasn't getting recorded elsewhere. The depth of the set will really surprise you, as there's some tracks that have a straighter southern soul, but others with styles that are a bit more modern, sophisticated, and at times, even sound a bit like work coming out from east coast indie labels of the period. The set's got 21 tracks in all – filled with sublime work that represents some of the best of the indie scene of the south at the time, most of which you've probably never heard before, plus a few more modern numbers that are equally great! Titles include "Don't Matter To Me" by Billy Cee, "Calling For Your Love" by The Enticers, "All The Way In Love With You" by Ray Crumley, "Standing In The Wings Of A Heartache" by Ted Taylor, "I'm Gonna Love You More" by Richard Caiton, "Foot Loose & Fancy Free" by Carolyn Hudson, "Last Minute Plans" by Chuck Brooks, "Get Some Understanding" by Patrick Green, "When We Touch" by Floyd Taylor, "Kiss & Tell" by Stan Mosley, and "What Do We Have To Lose" by Sam Dees. CD

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✨✧ VariousAmerica's Most Wanted Vol 2 – Malaco Soul Fugitives ... CD
Malaco/Grapevine (UK), 1970s/2004. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great side of southern soul that almost never gets its due – work from the mighty Malaco studios in Jackson, Miss – arguably the 3rd great source of southern soul after Memphis and Muscle Shoals! This package goes farther than even the first great set on the Grapevine label – as it pulls together overlooked singles and album tracks from Malaco's first big run in the 70s, plus other previously unissued tracks from the same time, and even a few more recent numbers that show that the sound of southern soul is still alive and doing extremely well! The set features a total of 21 tracks in all – with titles that include "I Can Stand A Little Bit More" by Anita Robbins, "Never Been In Love Before" by CP Love, "You've Got Me" by Right Combination, "So Glad You Happened To Me" by George Soule, "Please Give Your Love To Me" by Chad, "Is That Long Enough For You" by The Fiestas, "Give Me Your Love" by GC Cameron, "I'm So Glad" by Mel Waiters, "I Better Walk Away" by Vick Allen, "Illogical Impossible" by Carol Bell, and "Phenomenon" by Antoinique. CD
 
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James BradleyJames Bradley ... LP
Malaco, 1969. Sealed ... $6.99
A mixed effort from Bradley, with some really nice tracks, and some weaker ones. Side one of the album features some tepid southern soul disco type work – probably trying for the Johnnie Taylor mode, but not hitting any of the right notes. Side two is the real charmer, and features some great mellow tracks done in a southern modern mode – with production by Fredrick Knight that's in that smooth Jackson style, on tracks that include "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love", "Knowing You're My Everything", "Never Too Far Away", and "Let's Do It Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shirley BrownFire & Ice ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. Used ... $11.99
A great later set from Shirley Brown – an artist you might know best for her Stax work of the 70s, but who sounds wonderful here in a completely different mode! The album was done for Malaco at the end of the 80s, but it's got a vibe that's much more contemporary R&B than some of the label's other offerings – less bluesy soul, and more this cool, classy approach to soul music that really offers a new showcase for Shirley's great vocals. A number of tracks have a sweet new jack groove – which works surprisingly well for Brown – and titles include "King Size Love", "Silent Treatment", "What Cha Gonna Do When The Money Runs Out", "Tell Me Something Good", "Take Me To Your Heart", and "Anticipation". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Eddie FloydEddie Floyd Experience ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps plenty of southern soul roots at the core – while also bringing in a modern soul approach that's quite different than the Eddie Floyd sound of a decade before. Production is by Floyd and Mack Rice – and the pair also wrote most of the songs on the set, some great original material that really helps strengthen this new voice of Eddie's. Titles include "Prove it To Me", "Feel My Body", "Take A Chance On Me", and "You're Gonna Walk Out On Me". CD

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Greens IIIRazor ... LP
Malaco, 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Three gals – all named Greene – coming together in a sweet 80s update of girl group modes! There's a style here that's definitely in the same territory as the Mary Jane Girls – lots of catchy lyrics and sweet bubbling electro rhythms – but the girls also have this really stripped-down style that's very much their own – and which makes the whole album feel like finding a batch of obscure indie soul 45s from the period – filled with tunes that might have made the big time, had they gotten a little more push and polish. Yet it's that lack of polish we like the best about the record, and which sets it apart from the mainstream pack – and titles include "Be Mine", "You Want My Body", "3D", "Falling In Love", and "Burn This Place". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few creases.)

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Margaret ReynoldsThink About It Baby ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. Used ... $11.99
Maybe the only full length set we've ever seen from Margaret Reynolds – a singer we know for deep soul work in the 70s, but who's coming across here with a bit more of a contemporary R&B vibe! The approach is filled with some strong 80s touches in the rhythms, which work especially well on the mellow tracks as they set a stepping pace that lets Reynolds then soar over the top in her own sort of way. The album's also got some upbeat numbers with lots of bass pedal riffs next to the keyboards – almost 80s clubby, but a bit more restrained – and titles include "Think About It Baby", "Keep In Touch", "Still In Love", "Natural Love", "Get Ready", "I Want You", and "I'll Do Anything". CD
(Includes obi. Out of print.)

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Marvin SeaseWho's Got The Power ... CD
Malaco, 2008. Used ... $8.99
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Johnnie TaylorThere's No Good In Goodbye ... CD
Malaco, 2003. Used ... $6.99
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Johnnie TaylorThis Is Your Night ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
A real killer from Johnnie Taylor – recorded on a return to the indie underground after years on bigger labels, but done with all of the care and class that Taylor picked up during his late 70s run on Columbia! As with Taylor's best from that time, there's a newfound love of the mellow cut here – delivered with this mature, masculine style that's really Johnnie's own – and which was his greatest contribution during this stretch – a way of blending older southern soul roots with styles that were tight, and often grooving in a laidback way – but never too slick at all. There's loads of great overlooked gems on the set – and titles include "She's Cheating On Me", "This Is Your Night", "A Love To Call Mine", "Lady My Whole World Is You", and "Good With My Hips". CD
Also available This Is Your Night ... LP 1.99

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Johnnie TaylorThis Is Your Night ... LP
Malaco, 1984. Very Good- ... $1.99
A real killer from Johnnie Taylor – recorded on a return to the indie underground after years on bigger labels, but done with all of the care and class that Taylor picked up during his late 70s run on Columbia! As with Taylor's best from that time, there's a newfound love of the mellow cut here – delivered with this mature, masculine style that's really Johnnie's own – and which was his greatest contribution during this stretch – a way of blending older southern soul roots with styles that were tight, and often grooving in a laidback way – but never too slick at all. There's loads of great overlooked gems on the set – and titles include "She's Cheating On Me", "This Is Your Night", "A Love To Call Mine", "Lady My Whole World Is You", and "Good With My Hips". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Is Your Night ... CD 14.99

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Cicero BlakeStand By Me ... CD
Ace/Malaco, 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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(CD has a promo stamp. Out of print.)

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Denise LaSalleRight Place, Right Time ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really great back to basics set from Denise LaSalle – returning to her deep soul roots after some bigger, clubbier records for major labels! There's a nicely down-home vibe to the record – the start of LaSalle's presence on the bluesier underground of the aging chitlin circuit – but still not as fully bluesy as she's be a few years later. The album draws a bit from Miami soul modes of the previous decade, but also really lets that Malaco approach grow into its own with a strong singer like Denise – finding new confidence as the label was fast becoming one of the last soul labels left in America! Latimore does a great guest appearance on the title cut "Right Place Right Time" – and other tracks include "Bump & Grind", "Good Man Gone Bad", "He's Not Available", "Why Does It Feel So Right", "Love School", and "Your Husband Is Cheating On Us". CD

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LatimoreI'll Do Anything For You ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Latimore was one of those singers who never stopped being great – and even here, on a small release that never got him the fame of his 70s albums, he still sounds wonderful! His voice is sublime – easily one of the most distinct in southern soul, with an ability to be raspy and nasty one minute, and warm and smooth the next – set up here in backings that showcase the newer modes of soul that Malaco were forging at the time – which seems to work perfect for Latimore. Titles include a smooth stepping version of "Let's Straighten It Out", plus "We Don't Make Love Anymore", "Take Me Down", "I'll Do Anything For You", and "Hell Fire Lovin". CD

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Johnnie TaylorI Know It's Wrong, But I... Just Can't Do Right ... CD
Malaco, 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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✨✧ Shirley BrownWoman Enough! ... CD
Malaco, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Formula 5On The Rise ... LP
Malaco, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Runnin Right Back", "I Choose You", "Obsession", "Nobody Sleeps When They Sleep With Me", and "Killer Groove 3". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FreedomFree ... LP
Malaco, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the lesser-known albums by Freedom – a really great southern funk group who sounded a lot like Kool and the Gang in their later period! The album's got a really tight sound – much more like the kind of funk set you'd expect to hear from New York at the time, not the underground southern one of which Freedom were a part. There's also a few nice mellow cuts – stretched out and kicked back, with a sweet feel that shows a depth that takes the band past the dancefloor. Titles include "We Were Lovers", "Funny Way", "The After Party", "Funky With You", "Caught", "Time To Get It On", and "The Funktionary". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ ZZ HillGreatest Hits ... CD
Malaco, Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "Cheatin In The Next Room", "Stop You From Givin Me The Blues", "Friday Is My Day", "Someone Else Is Steppin In", "Down Home Blues", and "Right Arm For Your Love". CD

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✨✧ Dorothy MooreDefinitely Dorothy ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dorothy Moore just keeps on getting better and better as the 70s move on – stretching past the more familiar southern soul modes of her earliest records, and picking up this hipper, more sophisticated style that should have easily gotten her much more widespread acclaim at the time! This late 70s album is filled with wonderful touches – some smooth LA-style arrangements at some moments, and some more stripped-down sweet soul styles at others – all at a level that shies away from all the traps that other soul singers were getting stuck in at the time – like soppy adult contemporary ballads or throwaway disco numbers. The record's got this really special, personal feel that seems to bring out a new depth in Moore's approach – and titles include "Lookin For A Lovin", "Rain", "Once Or Twice", "How'd We Ever Get This Way", "Can't Keep A Good Love Down", and "Sleeping Single In A Double Bed". CD
 
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Roger HatcherR&Better (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Guiness/KTI (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Really great work from Roger Hatcher – the much lesser-known brother of Motown singer Edwin Starr – and a Detroit artist with a much more down to earth vibe! This rare album is one of the few ever recorded for the short-lived Guiness Records label – who also gave the world Newban – and it's got a sweet, laidback sort of groove that's almost in a hip southern soul mode – a bit of the best Malaco style, mixed with maybe some of the wonderful Don Davis modes that were coming from Detroit at the time. Hatcher's voice has this wonderful crackle that's even more wonderful on some of the album's more righteous tracks – but it also works well on the mellower ones too – and titles include "I'm A Junkie For Your Love", "Daylight Savings Time", "Struttin", "My Thang", "Kung Fu & You Too", "You Must Have Come From Heaven", and "Your Love Is A Masterpiece". CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonMs Fine Brown Frame ... LP
Erect/Boardwalk, 1982. Very Good ... $1.99
A bit of a comeback for Chicago soul legend Syl Johnson – a set initially recorded for the smaller indie Erect, but picked up for bigger distribution by Boardwalk thanks to a catchy title hit! The sound here is quite different from Syl's Twinight or Hi Records years – still a bit bluesy overall, but also going for a much tighter boogie-based groove – in keeping with the sound of Erect at the time. Johnson's vocals still retain that nice kind of pinch that shows his down home roots, but the instrumentation is much tighter than before – often in an electric mode that's a bit like Malaco in the 80s, only slicker. Syl produced the record with General Crook – and titles include the nice groover "Ms Fine Brown Frame", plus "Sweet Thing", "You Don't Have To Go", "It Ain't Easy", "Groove Me", and "Keep On Loving Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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King FloydKing Floyd ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the best-remembered moments from the mighty King Floyd – a southern soul singer who came into the game slightly later than some of his Atlantic Records contemporaries, but who still packs a punch that's right up there with the best of them! The album's best known for the huge hit "Groove Me" – a slinky, catchy tune that's gotten King plenty of play over the years – but the whole thing is pretty darn great, and shows a new sound and style of southern soul coming into play – as Floyd's working in Jackson, at the Malaco Studios, with Wardell Quezergue producing – in a sound that's a bit free of some of the more obvious Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes, yet without any of the cliches that would later hold some folks back too. King balances things perfectly throughout – and in addition to "Groove Me", the set also features "Let Us Be", "Messing Up My Mind", "What Our Love Needs", and "Don't Leave Me Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover is stained and flaky on the bottom inch, with a split seam.)

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Bettye LavetteTell Me A Lie ... CD
Motown/Reel Music, 1982. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A rare set from legendary southern soul diva Betty Lavette – recorded as a one-off for Motown in the early 80s, but done in a deep soul style that has plenty of 70s touches! The feel here is almost in the Malaco mode – southern soul, but with some more sophisticated modern touches – an approach which takes Betty's great vocals and makes them come across with a warm, sensuous glow that's really great. And if you've got any doubts about the date of the record, or the label it's on, shelve them now – because this is a great record with plenty of wonderful mellow soul numbers that display a whole new side of Betty's talents – every bit as great as her earlier work for rootsier labels, and proof that she was always a shining star in the deep soul scene, no matter what the setting! Titles include "I Like It Like That", "Tell Me A Lie", "Right In The Middle", "Either Way We Lose", "Suspicions", and "Before I Knew Your Name". CD

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Peggy ScottShe's Got It All – Rare 70s Soul ... CD
Shout (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Obscure 70s work from southern soul vocalist Peggy Scott – recorded during some lesser-known years in her career! Peggy's probably best known for her work with Jo Jo Benson on SSS International in the late 60s – and for her recent fame as Peggy Scott-Adams – but here, she's heard on a selection of late 70s sides recorded at Malaco Records, all of which update her older style with a slightly more contemporary vibe! The sessions were produced by Bob McRee, and although a few tracks were issued previously as singles in Europe, this CD presents them as an album for the first time ever – showing a Scott who's much more mature than her early duet soul years, and working in a mix of modes that includes a number of tracks aimed at the dancefloor – a bit like some of her contemporaries at TK Records during the same time. McRee's production is smooth, but never dominates the vocals – and the clubbier tracks still come off nicely thanks to Peggy's handling of the lyrics – in a way that reminds us of some of the deeper soul disco on Prelude. Titles include "Make It Soon", "Let Me Untie You", "Make Me Loose", "You've Got It All", "Your Loving Is Tasty", "Came Down Hard On Me Baby", "Start My Motor", and "Firepower". CD
Also available She's Got It All – Rare 70s Soul ... CD 2.99

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Peggy ScottShe's Got It All – Rare 70s Soul ... CD
Shout (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $2.99
Obscure 70s work from southern soul vocalist Peggy Scott – recorded during some lesser-known years in her career! Peggy's probably best known for her work with Jo Jo Benson on SSS International in the late 60s – and for her recent fame as Peggy Scott-Adams – but here, she's heard on a selection of late 70s sides recorded at Malaco Records, all of which update her older style with a slightly more contemporary vibe! The sessions were produced by Bob McRee, and although a few tracks were issued previously as singles in Europe, this CD presents them as an album for the first time ever – showing a Scott who's much more mature than her early duet soul years, and working in a mix of modes that includes a number of tracks aimed at the dancefloor – a bit like some of her contemporaries at TK Records during the same time. McRee's production is smooth, but never dominates the vocals – and the clubbier tracks still come off nicely thanks to Peggy's handling of the lyrics – in a way that reminds us of some of the deeper soul disco on Prelude. Titles include "Make It Soon", "Let Me Untie You", "Make Me Loose", "You've Got It All", "Your Loving Is Tasty", "Came Down Hard On Me Baby", "Start My Motor", and "Firepower". CD
Also available She's Got It All – Rare 70s Soul ... CD 3.99

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Soul ChildrenWhere Is Your Woman Tonight ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1977. Used ... $19.99
In their post-Stax years, the Soul Children became a trio, and were trying for a smoother group soul sound on the Epic label. Sometimes this meant that the tracks got a little uptempo, in hopes of a crossover hit – but mostly, it meant that they were taking advantage of some of the changing sounds of the south, and turning from a raw soul group into a smoother one. This session features production by David Porter at Malaco studios, with the kind of mellow slightly funky vibe that the studio was perfect at for a few years. Titles include "Take Me Make Me", "Head On Collision", "Where Is Your Woman Tonight", "There Always", and "You Don't Need A Ring". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousSound City Soul Brothers – The Untold Story Of Shreveport Soul ... CD
Alarm/Soulscape (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Incredible southern soul work from Sound City – a lesser-known studio operating out of Shreveport in the 70s, with a groove that's a bit different than some of its bigger contemporaries on the scene! The Sound City approach is a bit leaner than Hi, Jewel, Malaco, or other outfits running at the time – and this collection of tracks issued on its tiny Alarm label show a growing sophistication that moves past some of the more familiar southern soul modes. There's a bit of funk on some of the tracks – almost more New York influenced in approach than down south –and there's also some more personal, mature ballad numbers too – really great tracks that make great use of the more heartbreaking qualities of the vocalists featured here – Ted Taylor, Reuben Bell, and Eddie Giles. The set has a really unified sound – given that there's only these three singers featured on the set – and that all vocalists have a good way of hitting both high notes and rootsier modes. Titles include "Somebody's Getting It", "Steal Away", "I'm Gonna Hate Myself In The Morning", "Looking Back", and "Everybody's Stealing" by Ted Taylor; "I'll Be Your Woman", "Superjock", "One Sided Love Affair", and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" by Reuben Bell; and "Swearing Out A Want", "There Must Be A Place", "You're My Sweet Inspiration", "How Many Times", "I Can't Get Over You", and "Married Lady" by Eddie Giles. CD

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King FloydWell Done ... CD
Chimneyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from King Floyd – post-Stax, post-Atlantic, but still sounding great here – with that undeniable charm that always makes his records sound so great! Floyd's got a way of singing that's deep, but also a bit effervescent too – this crackling sort of energy in the way he puts over a lyric, even bluer one – which really gets some great support here from a small backing combo at Malaco, who can really hit the right sort of "Groove Me" mode at times! The set's a great example of the way that Malaco easily picked up the torch when those other two labels were starting to lose their coverage of the south – and King's very much at home on a sweet set of tunes that include "I'm Gonna Fall In Love With You", "I Don't Think I Could Face It", "I Feel Like Dynamite", "Movin' On Strong", "So True", "Can't Give It Up", and "Try Me". Nice photo of some ribs on the cover, too! CD

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✨✧ Ruby AndrewsRuby ... CD
Goldwax, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly nice later album from Chicago soul singer Ruby Andrews – quite different than her famous work of the late 60s, but proof that she's still a heck of a singer in the long run! The style here is mostly in a modern southern soul mode – the style used by the revived Goldwax label at the time – and in that manner, Ruby brings in a bit more blues than before – yet still goes for a mostly-soul delivery in the end. The album's got the feel of some of those Malaco sessions made by southern soul singers in the 80s – but maybe a bit more Memphis overall – and titles include "Cheaters Can't Be Choosers", "Footprints On The Ceiling", "I Don't Want To Wake Up", "Trying To Love Two", "Dead To Right In The Wrong", "When You Love Somebody", and a mighty nice remake of "Casanova" – almost done as a modern stepper! CD

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✨✧ Soul ChildrenThere Always (Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight) ... CD
Epic/Shout (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The post-Stax, Epic southern soul of the Soul Children – 1976's Finders Keepers and 1977's Where Is Your Woman Tonight back-to-back! Finders Keepers is a strong little album by the group – recorded with a very different sound than the Stax work – but one that's still totally great overall! The grooves are a bit warmer and more modern soul styled – uptempo at times, but never in a throwaway club mode – and in a way, the shift is a bit similar to that taken by The Dramatics at the same point. There's still plenty of nicely rough edges in the vocals – that raspy sense of soul that first made us fall in love with the group – and by this point, the lineup has been reduced to a trio, with more of a focus on male vocals than before. The session's filled with work by great Detroit talents who include Don Davis, Steve Mancha, and Harvey Scales – and tracks include "Finders Keepers", "A Little Understanding", "We Got To Get Our Thing Together", and "I'm Just A Shoulder To Cry On". Where Is Your Woman Tonight is another Epic gem with the group going for a smoother soul sound. Some tracks are a little uptempo, in hopes of a crossover hit – but mostly, just a a solid effort with the group continuing to grow from a raw soul group into a smoother one. This session features production by David Porter at Malaco studios, with the kind of mellow slightly funky vibe that the studio was perfect at for a few years. Titles include "Take Me Make Me", "Head On Collision", "Where Is Your Woman Tonight", "There Always", and "You Don't Need A Ring". CD

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✨✧ Tommy TateHold On – The Jackson Sessions Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of early material from singer Tommy Tate – most of it pulled from demo tapes at the Malaco Studios in Jackson, and some of it previously unreleased! The music here really shows a great evolution in styles – as the earliest tracks show Tate coming off his role as the singer for The Imperial Showband, with a more popular 60s soul style – and the later tracks have Tommy deepening strongly, into the mature southern soul modes of his KoKo Records period. Like so many other releases on the Soulscape and Grapevine labels, this set's way more than a reissue collection – and much more of a discovery in soul – a rare look into the vaults, and a batch of material that really deserved better circulation at the time. The package features some compelling notes on Tate's career, and comes with a whopping 23 tracks that include "The Whole World Is The Same", "Friend Of Mine", "My Wife", "I'd Really Like To Know", "Do You Think There's A Chance", "Cold & Lonely Man", "Solid Straight & Sound", "So Hard To Let A Good Thing Go", "Hold On", "All A Part Of Growing Up", "Get It Over Anyway", and "Peace Is All I Need". CD

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✨✧ Marva WrightDo Right Woman – The Soul Of New Orleans ... CD
Skyranch/Shout (UK), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Down home soul from New Orleans vocalist Marva Wright – an album that was recorded in the early 90s, but with music styles that stretch many years back! Overall, the production and instrumentation is relatively modern – a bit in the Malaco Records mode of later years – but most of the numbers have a R&B approach that's great for Marva's gospel-trained vocals – as full and rich as you might expect from her picture on the cover, and recorded here with a nice sense of grit amidst the more professional arrangements. Titles include "What's Wrong", "Three Times", "Can't Nobody Love You", "It's Gonna Be All Right", "Before I Met You", "Born With The Blues", "The Glitter Queen", and "Been & Gone". CD

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✨✧ Dorothy MooreTime Out For Me ... CD
Volt, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Later work from Dorothy – but not a bad album of modern southern soul, done in a style that's somewhat like her work for Malaco. Tracks include "Walk Through This Pain", "Endless Summer Nights", "He May Not Be Mine", "I Still Get Turned On", "Whatever You Can Do", "Time Out For Me", and more. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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