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XGreat music in many modes -- northern soul, deep soul, harmony soul, modern soul, and group soul -- plus disco, funk, club, electro, rare groove, and more!

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Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s.
CD ... On September 10, 2019
Stunning sounds from the legendary Prisonaires – the important Memphis vocal group that first formed in prison, but was able to release a fair bit of commercial recordings over the years! The package is a great companion to previously-issued material on the group – as it features rare ... CD

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About September 13, 2019
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978.
CD ... About September 13, 2019
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK),
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Athens Of The North (UK),
CD ... About August 30, 2019
... CD
EMI (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... On November 2, 2019
Finnish soul, by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost ... LP, Vinyl record album

Funkproof (George Semper)

Revival (colored vinyl pressing)
Tidal Waves, (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
Sublime soul from the mighty Laura Lee – one of the best deep soul singers of the 70s, even though she recorded with the mostly-northern team of Holland Dozier Holland! The set shows that the trio really knew how to change it up after leaving Motown – and although Lee had recorded for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall ... LP, Vinyl record album
BRC/Demon (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chairmen Of The Board

Gold (3CD set)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 3CD
CD ... About August 30, 2019
... CD

Captain Sky

Moon Child/Hero
AVI/Past Due, 1979.
12-inch ... About August 30, 2019
A great little groove from Captain Sky – a cut that steps along nicely with a sweet disco glide! There's some bubbling moogy bits underneath the vocals – and the Captain himself comes across like a smooth soul singer throughout – quite possibly the best side of his talents on wax! ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Dr John

Mojo Of Dr John
Sunset Blvd, 2CD
CD ... On August 30, 2019
... CD

Kool & The Gang

As One (with bonus tracks)
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1982.
CD ... About September 5, 2019
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great ... CD

Jade

In Pursuit
Tidal Waves, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

 


Upcoming Releases

Liston/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
LP ... About August 21, 2019
A great set of mellow soul from the start of the 80s – not the Positive Force of "We Got The Funk" fame, but a different groove that has a nicely smooth groove! The style here is halfway between soul and AOR, but handled with an indie charm that really keeps things compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Athens Of The North (UK),
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Athens Of The North (UK),
CD ... About August 30, 2019
... CD

Funkproof (George Semper)

Revival (colored vinyl pressing)
Tidal Waves, (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
Sublime soul from the mighty Laura Lee – one of the best deep soul singers of the 70s, even though she recorded with the mostly-northern team of Holland Dozier Holland! The set shows that the trio really knew how to change it up after leaving Motown – and although Lee had recorded for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall ... LP, Vinyl record album
BRC/Demon (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chairmen Of The Board

Gold (3CD set)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 3CD
CD ... About August 30, 2019
... CD

Captain Sky

Moon Child/Hero
AVI/Past Due, 1979.
12-inch ... About August 30, 2019
A great little groove from Captain Sky – a cut that steps along nicely with a sweet disco glide! There's some bubbling moogy bits underneath the vocals – and the Captain himself comes across like a smooth soul singer throughout – quite possibly the best side of his talents on wax! ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Dr John

Mojo Of Dr John
Sunset Blvd, 2CD
CD ... On August 30, 2019
... CD

Jade

In Pursuit
Tidal Waves, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About August 30, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace/Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s.
CD ... About August 30, 2019
... CD
Sussex/Universal, 1971. (reissue)
LP ... On August 30, 2019
An amazing second set from Sixto Rodriguez – recorded in the legendary Landsdowne Studios in London, with a groove that's a great extension from his debut! All of Rodriguez's best elements are in place here – his folksy guitar, personal lyrical style, and surprisingly biting approach ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sussex/Universal, 1970. (reissue)
LP ... On August 30, 2019
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano, but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sussex/Universal, 1971.
CD ... On August 30, 2019
An amazing second set from Sixto Rodriguez – recorded in the legendary Landsdowne Studios in London, with a groove that's a great extension from his debut! All of Rodriguez's best elements are in place here – his folksy guitar, personal lyrical style, and surprisingly biting approach ... CD

Rodriguez

Cold Fact
Sussex/Universal, 1970.
CD ... On August 30, 2019
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano, but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production by ... CD

Cues

Why
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
CD ... About September 1, 2019
Fantastic work by a group who recorded some tremendous work for Capitol Records in the late 50s – but who hardly got the same exposure as other vocal groups of the time! The Cues came about at a real turning point in vocal styles – in the late years of those postwar quartets who were ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
CD ... About September 5, 2019
... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
CD ... About September 5, 2019
... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
LP ... About September 5, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
BGO (UK),
CD ... About September 5, 2019
... CD

Kool & The Gang

As One (with bonus tracks)
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1982.
CD ... About September 5, 2019
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great ... CD
ABC/Concord, 1962.
LP ... On September 6, 2019
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums in a single package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freeway

Freeway
Peoples Potential/P-Vine (Japan), Late 70s.
CD ... About September 6, 2019
Not the famous Freeway, of aughties hip hop fame – but instead an obscure 70s group, and one who are equal parts jazzy soul and AOR! Despite their indie roots, these guys have a tight sound that could easily compete with the bigger blue-eyed acts of the time – sharp songs, catchy ... CD
Virgin (UK),
CD ... About September 10, 2019
... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s.
CD ... On September 10, 2019
Stunning sounds from the legendary Prisonaires – the important Memphis vocal group that first formed in prison, but was able to release a fair bit of commercial recordings over the years! The package is a great companion to previously-issued material on the group – as it features rare ... CD

Leon Ware

Rainbow Deux
Be With (UK),
LP ... About September 13, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About September 13, 2019
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978.
CD ... About September 13, 2019
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... CD

Billy Martin

Strawberry Soul
Return To Analog (Canada), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About October 1, 2019
One of those lost funk classics that you'll never find in the original! Billy Martin leads a tight little instrumental combo – with a strong brassy finish, and lots of good wah wah guitar – through a set of originals and funky soul covers, all with a nice little groove, and kind of a ... LP, Vinyl record album
EMI (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... On November 2, 2019
Finnish soul, by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cadillacs

Cadillacs Rock
Bear Family (Germany),
CD ... About July 1, 2019 (delayed)
... CD

Leroy Hutson

Soothe You Groove You
Acid Jazz (UK),
LP ... About June 1, 2019 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Cook County

Released
Greedy/Everland (Austria), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019 (delayed)
A rare funk album with a prison pedigree – a set created by inmates at Chicago's Cook County prison in the 70s, following a tradition of cellblock soul that includes groups like The Escorts and Power Of Attorney! These guys get help from Chicago soul legend Cash McCall – who arranged ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gift Of Dreams

Mandroid
Jam Power/Everland (Austria), (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019 (delayed)
The rare second album from Gift Of Dreams – and that's saying a lot, because their debut was already pretty darn rare! This set follows strongly in the mode of that classic – tight boogie soul with a great 80s vibe – lots of basslines, plenty of keyboards, and beats that crackle ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddy Butler

With A Dab Of Soul
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019 (delayed)
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lyman Woodard Organization

Live At JJ's Lounge 1974
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
LP ... About August 20, 2019
A rare live performance from the legendary Lyman Woodard Organization – captured here at the height of their powers in the 70s! The Organization has a really unique approach to their groove – one that starts in jazz, but moves quickly into funk – with a spirit that you'd find in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 2000.
CD ... On August 30, 2019
The quirky 80s downtown club scene lives again in this chilling post-disco collection from Strut! The set's got a similar feel to the 9 O'Clock Drop set on Nuphonic – and fits in nicely with the rediscovery of groups like ESG and 23 Skidoo. The cuts are extremely hard to pin down – a ... CD
Reprise/Strut (UK),
LP ... On August 30, 2019
Although South African vocalist Miriam Makeba had been cracking the American scene for the better part of the 60s, this was the album that really put her on the map – as her hit version of the song "Pata Pata" forever guaranteed that African-tinged grooves would have a place in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise/Strut (UK),
CD ... On August 30, 2019
Although South African vocalist Miriam Makeba had been cracking the American scene for the better part of the 60s, this was the album that really put her on the map – as her hit version of the song "Pata Pata" forever guaranteed that African-tinged grooves would have a place in the ... CD
Strut (UK), 2000. (reissue)
LP ... On August 30, 2019
The quirky 80s downtown club scene lives again in this chilling post-disco collection from Strut! The set's got a similar feel to the 9 O'Clock Drop set on Nuphonic – and fits in nicely with the rediscovery of groups like ESG and 23 Skidoo. The cuts are extremely hard to pin down – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On September 6, 2019
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Sundazed, 1962. (reissue)
LP ... On September 6, 2019
Hardly the surf album you might expect from the title – although the set is a killer batch of guitar instrumentals – with more than enough power to blow any west coast groups right off the beach! At this early point in his career, Freddie King is way more than just a blues guitarist, ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Sundazed, 1962. (reissue)
LP ... On September 6, 2019
A well-titled record, as Albert King here plays with the large sound and big tone that would make him one of the best up-and-coming bluesmen of the 60s – a key player in the already-electrified generation, and possibly the greatest example of the new confidence that was coming into the genre ... LP, Vinyl record album
Luaka Bop, 1970s.
CD ... On September 13, 2019
... CD
Luaka Bop, 1970s.
LP ... On September 13, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls

D-Vine Spirituals Recordings
D-Vine/Bible & Tire, Late 60s/Early 70s.
LP ... On September 20, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
RCA/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About September 20, 2019
Weldon Irvine's last album for a major label – and a key set that marks the debut of the legendary Don Blackman! Irvine's still very much in charge of the session, but Blackman's emerging here with the strength that would show up on his later soul sessions – singing lead vocals on some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dome (UK), 2000.
LP ... About September 20, 2019
One of the strongest artists on the UK-based Dome label – home to some of the most consistently strong modern R&B we've heard in years! Hil's got a sweetly jazzy style – a bit like some of the underground NuSoul singers in the US in recent years – and she sings here with some ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kapingbdi/Kpa'kpingbdi

Take A Look Outside
Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. (reissue)
CD ... About September 27, 2019
... CD

Kapingbdi/Kpa'kpingbdi

Take A Look Outside
Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About September 27, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK),
CD ... About September 27, 2019
... CD
Ace (UK),
CD ... About September 27, 2019
... CD
Motown, 1994.
LP ... On September 27, 2019
Pretty great Christmas sounds from Diana Ross – very different than her famous Motown Holiday work with The Supremes – and instead a record that balances her nicely between jazz styles and more sophisticated vocal sounds! There's relatively full arrangements on most tracks – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Louie Vega presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band featuring Patrick Adams

Barely Breaking Even
BBE (UK),
LP ... About September 27, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Louie Vega presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band featuring Patrick Adams

Barely Breaking Even
BBE (UK),
CD ... About September 27, 2019
... CD
Dome (UK),
CD ... About October 4, 2019
... CD
Gospel Friend (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. 2CDs
CD ... About October 8, 2019
... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
CD ... About October 11, 2019
... CD
Monument/Run Out Groove, Late 60s/Early 70s. 3LP
LP ... On October 12, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Treasure Isle/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About August 15, 2019 (delayed)
Seminal Duke Reid productions from the key rocksteady years – and a set that shows just how much the rhythm was changing things on the Jamaican scene, both at a vocal and instrumental level! There's a slow-loping vibe to most of these tracks – an approach that really sets the scene for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), 2CD
CD ... About August 5, 2019 (delayed)
... CD

Musical Breed

Save The Little Children
Dig This Way (Italy), (reissue)
LP ... About August 2, 2019 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Motown Disco
Motown (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
CD ... About July 30, 2019 (delayed)
... CD

David Axelrod

Seriously Deep
Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About July 26, 2019 (delayed)
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBQ (Japan), 2CD
CD ... About March 14, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
 



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