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Carleen AndersonUp To Now – The Best Of Carleen Anderson ... CD
Virgin (UK), 1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... $6.99
An incredible collection of work by Brit soul legend Carleen Anderson – born of American parents (and James Brown bandmates) Bobby Byrd and Vicki Anderson, but a key figure in the London soul revival of the 1990s and beyond! The set brings together work from a wide array of sources – not just Carleen's initial solo records for Virgin, but also her more recent indie soul efforts, a few rare singles, and work with groups that include Young Disciples, Brand New Heavies, and Full Flava! Carleen's got an incredible voice that's easily one of the best bits of UK soul in the past 25 years – and the set list really features some of her best work ever, all tied up in one tidy package! Titles include "Apparently Nothin (Circa mix)", "Nervous Breakdown (radio)", "True Spirit", "Sights In The City (with Guru)", "Fortune's Drive (edit)", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Let It Last", "Mama Said", "Leopards In The Temple", "Swinging Big Tom" and "Saturday Nite" (both with Brand New Heavies), "Stories" (with Full Flava)", "Dance In The Rain", and "Don't Look Back In Anger (live)". CD

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleSongs From A Decade – The Best Of Beady Belle (3 CD set) ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $19.99
A stunning collection – one that features all the best bits of this group that we totally love – plus a bonus live set too! Beady Belle are wonderful – a Scandinavian group, but one who've gotten plenty of play over here in the underground soul set for years – thanks to this universal groove in their music, and completely sublime lyrics and vocals from lead singer Beate Lech – an artist we'd rank right up there with one of the best soul singers on either side of the Atlantic! The first 2CDs in the set focus on the standout tracks from the group's all-great albums on the Jazzland label – titles that include "Skin Deep", "Turn Back Time", "Apron Strings", "Saved", "Diamond In The Rough", "Runaway Mind", "Shadow", "Intermission Music", "When My Anger Starts To Cry", "Half Truth", "Big Balloon", and "Touch Of Paradise". Then, CD3 features a live set from Oslo in 2013 – with titles that include "My Name On The World", "Closer", "Shadow", "Skin Deep", "Come Home", and "Every Moment". CD

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Brand New HeaviesSweet Freaks ... CD
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of their roots, but which also expands things a bit too – adding in some fuller backings at points, to give the music more of a 70s funky soul vibe – instead of just a straight funk approach – and occasionally even hitting some early 80s elements in the rhythms, but still with that warm, live instrumentation that's always made these guys a crucial force in keeping real soul music alive and well. Singer Dawn Joseph handles most of the vocals – and titles include "Sweet Freeek", "95 Tonight", "Bring The Rain", "Get On", "We Live For The Summer", "Self Portrait", "Sledgehammer", and "You Are The Fire". CD

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 
 



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