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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 ... $13.99 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 ... $12.99 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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VariousAmerica's Most Wanted Vol 2 – Malaco Soul Fugitives ... CD
Malaco/Grapevine (UK), 1970s/2004. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
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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✨✧ CP Love/Jimmy DobbinsMalaco Soul Brothers Vol 2 – Rare & Previously Unissued Tracks ... CD
Malaco/Soulscape (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousSouthern Soul Classics Of Malaco – Warm & Tender ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warm and tender sounds from the legendary Malaco Records – one of the few labels to carry the southern soul torch after Atlantic and Stax dropped the ball in the 70s! The cuts here are the cream of the crop of Malaco – and showcase their great way of pushing older deep soul modes forward with a nice dose of modern elements – a style that was never slick or commercial, but which brought a new level of sophistication to the music that kept things going strong well into the 80s. Most of the tracks here are in a midtempo or mellow mode that fits with the "warm" in the title – and tracks include "Gonna Stay In Love" by The Duncans, "Friend Of Mine" by Tommy Tate, "Body English" by King Floyd, "Seeing You Again" by Ruby Wilson, "I Want You Back" by Fern Kinney, "This Is Your Night" by Johnnie Taylor, "Night Like This In Georgia" by GC Cameron, "I Can't Stop" by Power, and "Think About It Baby" by Margaret Reynolds. CD

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✨✧ VariousWardell Quezergue Strung Out – The Malaco Sessions ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Deep deep deep soul from producer Wardell Quezergue – best known for his 60s sides in New Orleans, but equally important for his 70s work at the Malaco Studios in Jackson! The set offers a whole different side of Wardell's work from previous New Orleans-based compilations – and features some incredible southern soul from the 1970s – really sophisticated tracks that move strongly past the cliches of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, into a realm of mature expression that's a greatly under-recognized side of the south! The collection features both obscure tracks by bigger names and killer cuts by lesser-known acts – and the whole thing's put together with the always-essential approach of the brilliant Grapevine label. Titles include "Teasin You" by Jimmy Dobbins, "I Found All These Things" by CP Love, "You Need Me" by Joe Wilson, "Asking For The Truth" by Reuben Bell, "Perfect Love Affair" by Joe Johnson, "You've Got Me" by The Magnificent Four, "I'm Mr Big Stuff" by Mighty Sam, "Do Or Don't You Love Me" by The Enticers, "You're Not The One For Me" by Bonnie & Sheila, and "Loneliness Is A Friend Of Mine" by Chuck Brooks. 20 tracks in all – and a wealth of rare work! CD
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✨✧ Shirley BrownFire & Ice ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. Used ... $14.99
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 ... $19.99
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- ... $9.99
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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✨✧ ZZ HillBluesmaster ... LP
Malaco, 1984. Very Good+ ... $0.99
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Denise LaSalleLove Me Right ... CD
Malaco, 1992. Used ... $5.99

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Denise LaSalleRight Place, Right Time ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Denise LaSalleSmokin In Bed ... CD
Malaco, 1997. Used ... $4.99

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LatimoreI'll Do Anything For You ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Dorothy MooreDefinitely Dorothy ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Floyd TaylorLegacy ... CD
Malaco, 2002. Used ... $4.99

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Johnnie TaylorI Know It's Wrong, But I... Just Can't Do Right ... CD
Malaco, 1991. Used ... $5.99

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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

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorLover Boy ... LP
Malaco, 1986. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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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
(Back cover has a gold promo stamp.)

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✨✧ ZZ HillZZ Hill ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the lasting classics on the Malaco label – and a key album in helping the company take control of the southern soul market in the 80s! ZZ Hill sounds just as great here as he did on earlier records – amazing vocally, with that trademark rasp that comes in at just the best moments – and working with some relatively traditional instrumentation overall. There's few of the contemporary touches that Malaco would later bring to their music – and most of the backings feature just organ burning along nicely in the background with a quality inherited from Memphis and Muscle Shoals. Titles include "Bring It On Home To Me", "Separate Way", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Rolling Stone", "Bump & Grind", and "Please Don't Make Me". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Dorothy MooreMisty Blue ... LP
Malaco, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal moment in the development of southern soul – as the album was one of the first really big hits to come out of the growing Malaco scene in Jackson, Mississippi. The style of the record is a mix of older female southern soul styles, plus some of the warmer mellow production that was coming out of the Alston/Miami scene at the same time. And although Malaco mostly moved into cheesy blues during the early 80s, this one's very much in a popular crossover soul style. Features the title hit "Misty Blue", plus "It's So Good", "Too Much Love", "Ain't That A Mother's Luck", "Enough Woman Left (To Be Your Lady)", and "The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams.)

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✨✧ Margaret ReynoldsThink About It Baby ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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.)

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✨✧ Ruby WilsonRuby Wilson ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great one from Ruby Wilson – a lesser-known soul singer from Texas, sounding great here in an early 80s set recorded at Malaco! Wilson's got this full, rich approach that's right up there with classic deep soul divas – and it's a perfect fit for the mix of modern and southern styles that Malaco was laying down at the times – full on the groovers, which almost feel like late run club tracks that would have hit bigger a few years before – and even more powerful on the straighter soul tracks, which include numbers by George Jackson and Jackie Verdell. Titles include "Love Has Come", "Bluer Than Blue", "Seeing You Again", "Why Not Give Me A Chance", "The Feelin's Still There", and "I Thought I Would Never Find Love". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ PowerPower ... LP
Malaco, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from the early 80s Malaco catalog – a set that's got more of a mid 70s funky soul feel overall, with just the right mix of upbeat cuts and ballads! These guys can actually harmonize wonderfully on the mellow numbers – with a compelling approach that's right up there with the best male groups of a few years before – but they're also tight enough to step out strongly on the groovers, all without losing their sharpness on the vocal tip – with a warm feel that's more indie club from the 70s than you'd guess from the label or the date. Titles include "Hott", "Groovin", "Old Fashioned Girl", "Betcha Didn't Know That", "I Can't Stop", and "My World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, a small tear on the opening, and a bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ Tommy TateHold On ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real killer from Tommy Tate – perhaps the greatest record ever from this overlooked southern soul singer – and a real lost gem in the Malaco Records catalog! Tommy wrote most of the songs himself – and he turns out to be a hell of a writer, too – very much on a par with folks like George Jackson or Sam Dees on the scene at the time – and the production of the album is very laidback and open – allowing Tate's vocals to really grow, flow, and find their own sort of space – the kind of stripped-down deep soul session that was hardly being recorded at the time. The whole thing's great – a real feather in Tommy's cap, and the kind of record that could easily stand next to southern soul classics on Atlantic – and titles include "A Thousand Things To Say", "All A Part Of Growing Up", "Little Boy", "My Wife", "Friend Of Mine", "Do You Think There's A Chance",a nd "Hold On". CD
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Roger HatcherR&Better (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Guiness/KTI (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
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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David HudsonTo You Honey – Honey With Love ... LP
Alston, 1980. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great collection of work by singer David Hudson – a great vocalist who recorded for TK during the end of the label's hit years, and in a mode that was quite different than other artists on the Miami scene at the time! The groove here is sweet and smooth modern soul – done with a great mellow approach that clearly draws from the styles forged by Latimore for TK during the earlier part of the 70s, but which also borrows nicely from some of the work going on up north at the time. There's still some great Miami soul touches in the work – especially in the guitar lines and the way the rhythms flow out in a mellow and warm mode – but the album's also got a mature, sophisticated groove that we really love – and which is a nice contrast to the way that southern soul was changing over at the Malaco studios at the time. Titles include "I Have Never Loved A Woman", "When I'm Loving You", "Let Me Wrap You In My Love", "Scratch My Back", "Ease Up", and the hit "Honey Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot & light wear.)

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Syl JohnsonMs Fine Brown Frame ... LP
Erect/Boardwalk, 1982. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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
(Cover has a promo stamp & a bit of marker.)

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King FloydKing Floyd ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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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King FloydThink About It ... LP
Chimneyville/Atco, 1973. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An excellent album from King Floyd – possibly his best, and proof that the harder side of southern soul sound was still alive and well in the 70s! The record was one of the first few big ones to come out of the Malaco studios in Jackson – which would soon become one of the biggest hubs of southern soul production after the slowdown at Memphis and Muscle Shoals – and Floyd's kicking it hard in a way that would make Otis Redding or Arthur Conley proud. The backings are mighty tight, but in a way that's much fresher than some of the bigger southern studios of the time – and titles include a great cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", which begins with a great breakbeat – plus "Here it Is", "Woman Don't Go Astray", "Do Your Feeling", "You've Got Me", and "Think About It". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a split and flaking top seam due to moisture, with two promo stickers.)

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King FloydWell Done ... CD
Chimneyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
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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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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Dorothy MooreTime Out For Me ... CD
Volt, 1988. Used ... $9.99
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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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

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Soul ChildrenWhere Is Your Woman Tonight ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1977. Used ... $29.99
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
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✨✧ Soul ChildrenThere Always (Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight) ... CD
Epic/Shout (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousSound City Soul Brothers – The Untold Story Of Shreveport Soul ... CD
Alarm/Soulscape (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Jesse JamesI Lost My Baby On Facebook ... CD
Gunsmoke, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Jesse James keeps on going – with a sound that's every bit as good as the old days, even though he's updated his lyrics to include the world of Facebook! James is part of a great deep soul underground – an artist who was a soul singer back in the 60s, but who's moved into more of a bluesy vibe over the decades – but in a style that still has plenty of southern soul in the mix, like some of the excellent 80s material on the Malaco label. The album's issued on the tiny Gunsmoke label, but has a great sound that rivals the bigger indies – as well as a hell of a lot of charm, as you might guess from the cover. Titles include "Can I Still Be Your Friend", "You're All In My Dreams", "Hate Will Destroy The World", "Why Do U Have 2 Lie", "It Doesn't Seem Like Xmas 2 Me", and "I Lost My Baby On Facebook". CD

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✨✧ Tommy TateHold On – The Jackson Sessions Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... 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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