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Soul — Coming Soon 📣

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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Asha Puthli

Devil Is Loose
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About March 5, 2021
A masterpiece of spacey soul by the great Asha Pulthi – a singer who recorded mostly in Europe, with funky maestro Dieter Zimmerman! Asha's got vocals that are somewhere in the range of Minnie Riperton or Sylvia Striplin or Sylvia Robinson – as you'll hear on the album's standout break ... LP, Vinyl record album

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie
Espacial (Spain), (reissue)
LP ... About February 16, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Chequers

Check Us Out
Creole/Survival Research (Australia), Mid 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About January 29, 2021
Excellent little album of funky tracks, with a tight choppy guitar sound, a polished studio drum sound, and some weird sax and synth bits. There's lots of nice groovers here that you wouldn't expect to be great – like "Check It Out (At the Disco)", which has a good rolling bassy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1960. (reissue)
LP ... On April 16, 2021
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, Mid 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 26, 2021
You can't get anymore classic 70s soul than this! Once the Spinners moved to Atlantic, hooked up with the Philly soul of Thom Bell, their career really took off – as you'll hear on this all-hit set of tracks that virtually defines the sound of AM radio soul. Titles include "One Of A ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
Hard heavy soul from The Wicked Pickett – and virtually a blueprint for the heavier sound of Muscle Shoals to come! Rick Hall and Tom Dowd produced the material, and tracks include classics like "Mustang Sally", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "Funky Broadway", "Soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atco/Friday Music, 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About February 19, 2021
A tasty set that compiles tracks from Donny's three albums on Atco, plus a single, and two tracks from his work with Roberta Flack. The latter includes successful AOR ballads "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love", and Donny album cuts include "The Ghetto", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, 1960s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 12, 2021
Great work from one of the tightest acts of 60s soul – the always-energetic Sam & Dave, working here with an excellent batch of tracks by Isaac Hayes & David Porter! Titles include "Hold On, I'm Comin", "May I Baby", "Soul Man", "I Thank You", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1981. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
It's always a sign of how huge Frankie Beverly was during the 80s that Capitol let him cut not one, but two double live albums during the early part of the decade. This one, his first, has the band grooving wonderfully before a crowd going mad in the Crescent City! The songs retain all the charm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brunswick/ORG, 1970. (reissue)
LP ... On February 5, 2021
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mighty Tom Cats

Soul Makossa
Winley/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
A great lost bit of funk – and a pretty mysterious record, too! The record came out hot on the heels of Manu Dibango's big original version of "Soul Makossa" – and while it's got a groove that definitely leans towards Afro Funk, it's also got plenty of Caribbean touches too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 2LP Gatefold
LP ... On February 5, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK),
LP ... On March 26, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1980s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 26, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino,
LP ... On February 26, 2021
Titles include "Hard Times", "Rockhouse", "Sweet Sixteen Bars", "Doodlin", "How Long Blues", and "Blues Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

 


Upcoming Releases

Young-Holt Unlimited

Beat Goes On
Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About January 25, 2021 (delayed)
The beat goes on, and just keeps getting better and better too – thanks to the growing sophistication of the Young/Holt duo, once they broke away from Ramsey Lewis! The bass and drums share equal space in the spotlight – and the production has the former really up high in the mix, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackie Wilson

Soul Galore
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1966. (reissue)
LP ... About January 25, 2021 (delayed)
Soul Galore from Jackie Wilson – and easily one of his hardest-hitting albums of the 60s! The set's got Jackie really stepping out with his best sort of groove – that raw power that really unlocks his vocal range, set to some of the funkiest backings he'd had on record so far – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brunswick/Demon (UK),
LP ... About January 25, 2021 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Chequers

Check Us Out
Creole/Survival Research (Australia), Mid 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About January 29, 2021
Excellent little album of funky tracks, with a tight choppy guitar sound, a polished studio drum sound, and some weird sax and synth bits. There's lots of nice groovers here that you wouldn't expect to be great – like "Check It Out (At the Disco)", which has a good rolling bassy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brunswick/ORG, 1970. (reissue)
LP ... On February 5, 2021
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 2LP Gatefold
LP ... On February 5, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, Early 70s.
LP ... On February 5, 2021
All classics – with 15 cuts that include "The Ghetto", "Where Is The Love", "Giving Up", "Someday We'll Be Free", "To Be Young Gifted & Black", "This Christmas", "You've Got A Friend", "Back Together Again", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, 1960s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 12, 2021
Great work from one of the tightest acts of 60s soul – the always-energetic Sam & Dave, working here with an excellent batch of tracks by Isaac Hayes & David Porter! Titles include "Hold On, I'm Comin", "May I Baby", "Soul Man", "I Thank You", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Curtom/Rhino, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... On February 12, 2021
A great album by Curtis Mayfield – filled with some excellent lesser-known gems! There's No Place Like America was Curtis' scathing testament to the State Of The Union – and it's got a hip political tone that's right up there with the best of his early 70s songwriting – perhaps ... LP, Vinyl record album
Curtom/Rhino, 1971. (reissue)
LP ... On February 12, 2021
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mighty Tom Cats

Soul Makossa
Winley/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
A great lost bit of funk – and a pretty mysterious record, too! The record came out hot on the heels of Manu Dibango's big original version of "Soul Makossa" – and while it's got a groove that definitely leans towards Afro Funk, it's also got plenty of Caribbean touches too ... LP, Vinyl record album

Linda Jones

Let It Be Me
Turbo/Pleasure For Music, Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
A rare Turbo set issued after the untimely early passing of Linda Jones – with tracks that include "I Do", "When Hurt Comes Back", "Fugitive From Love", "Things I've Been Through", and "I'm So Glad I Found You". LP, Vinyl record album

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie
Espacial (Spain), (reissue)
LP ... About February 16, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Danny Dee

Movin In
P-Vine (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About February 17, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
Hard heavy soul from The Wicked Pickett – and virtually a blueprint for the heavier sound of Muscle Shoals to come! Rick Hall and Tom Dowd produced the material, and tracks include classics like "Mustang Sally", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "Funky Broadway", "Soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atco/Friday Music, 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About February 19, 2021
A tasty set that compiles tracks from Donny's three albums on Atco, plus a single, and two tracks from his work with Roberta Flack. The latter includes successful AOR ballads "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love", and Donny album cuts include "The Ghetto", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol, 1981. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
It's always a sign of how huge Frankie Beverly was during the 80s that Capitol let him cut not one, but two double live albums during the early part of the decade. This one, his first, has the band grooving wonderfully before a crowd going mad in the Crescent City! The songs retain all the charm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1972. (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock ... LP, Vinyl record album
Paisley Park/Rhino, 1984. (reissue)
LP ... On February 19, 2021
A strong debut of more commercially oriented material from Coke Escovedo's daughter, hooking up with Prince and Jesse Johnson after stints with George Duke and others. The vibe here, as you probably well know, is very Prince influenced, but infused with a wonderful Latin vibe that really set it ... LP, Vinyl record album
Music On Vinyl (UK),
LP ... About February 21, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Friday Music, Mid 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 26, 2021
You can't get anymore classic 70s soul than this! Once the Spinners moved to Atlantic, hooked up with the Philly soul of Thom Bell, their career really took off – as you'll hear on this all-hit set of tracks that virtually defines the sound of AM radio soul. Titles include "One Of A ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1980s. (reissue)
LP ... On February 26, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino,
LP ... On February 26, 2021
Titles include "Hard Times", "Rockhouse", "Sweet Sixteen Bars", "Doodlin", "How Long Blues", and "Blues Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album

Nat Turner Rebellion

Laugh To Keep From Crying
Philly Groove/Chrysalis, 1969.
LP ... About February 26, 2021
The never-issued full length album from Philly funk combo Nat Turner Rebellion – a group led by Joseph Jefferson, who'd later write great songs for others – but who here is standing strong at the head of a very righteous group! Nat Turner Rebellion issued a few singles on the Philly ... LP, Vinyl record album

Asha Puthli

Devil Is Loose
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About March 5, 2021
A masterpiece of spacey soul by the great Asha Pulthi – a singer who recorded mostly in Europe, with funky maestro Dieter Zimmerman! Asha's got vocals that are somewhere in the range of Minnie Riperton or Sylvia Striplin or Sylvia Robinson – as you'll hear on the album's standout break ... LP, Vinyl record album

Moonpie

Moonpie
P-Vine (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 17, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors
P-Vine (Japan),
LP ... About March 17, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK),
LP ... On March 26, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1960. (reissue)
LP ... On April 16, 2021
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... LP, Vinyl record album

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 2LP Gatefold
LP ... On July 30, 2021
A collection of rare material and alternate tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. (reissue)
LP ... About January 22, 2021 (delayed)
A searing debut from Black Heat – one of the best funk acts to record for Atlantic during the 70s, and a tight little group with a sound that's a mixture of New Orleans funk and New York heavy! The album's got a bit of vocals – figuring in on about half the tracks – but the main ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, Early 80s. (reissue)
LP ... About January 22, 2021 (delayed)
A fantastic little record from Jerome Brailey and Mutiny – a set cut after their 2 famous albums for Columbia, but arguably even better! The groove here is still heavy on the P-Funk of Brailey's roots, but is delivered in a way that's even more stripped down, and almost with less cliche than ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bubbha Thomas

Life & Times
Tidal Waves, 1985. (reissue)
LP ... On January 22, 2021 (delayed)
Drummer Bubbha Thomas lays down a set of modern funk tracks, most with a drum machine providing the backing, and with a lot of slap bass in that 80's funk style. Some cuts have vocals by a male or female singer, but most of the groove is instrumental. Cuts include "Livin On Love", " ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ultrafunk

Ultrafunk
Contempo/Trading Places (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About January 15, 2021 (delayed)
A rare bit of funk from the mid 70s UK scene – cut with a groove that's got plenty of blacksploitation soundtrack touches! UltraFunk were most likely a studio group assembled for the session – but they've got a tight sound that makes them perfect for serving up the mix of grooves in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. 3LP
LP ... About January 15, 2021 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Patrick Cowley

Some Funkettes
Dark Entries, Mid 70s.
LP ... About October 23, 2020 (delayed)
Unreleased soul, funk & disco era covers by Patrick Cowley in the mid 70s! LP, Vinyl record album
Harvest/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About January 29, 2021
A group so great and so groovy, they ended up having a huge influence on the early sound of hip hop – thanks to a wonderfully funky sound at the core of their progressive rock groove! Babe Ruth have this rhythmic impulse that's really amazing – a way of working bass, drums, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1976. (reissue)
LP ... On February 5, 2021
A super huge hit for George – the record that took him from being a funky jazz guitarist into an R&B superstar! The album features George playing and singing over arrangements by Claus Ogerman – some of Ogerman's best of the 70s, ones that mix together his trademark pillow of sound ... LP, Vinyl record album

David Axelrod

Seriously Deep
Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... On February 5, 2021
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

Condry Ziqubu

Gorilla Man
Afrosynth (Netherlands), 1986.
LP ... About February 15, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

PVP (Patience, Violet, Pinky)

Malende
La Casa Tropical (Netherlands), 1992.
LP ... About February 15, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Terri Rae

It's Raining
Audio Fidelity/Pleasure For Music, 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Light In The Attic, 1990.
LP ... About February 19, 2021
Raw and riveting gospel-folk-soul from Johnnie Frierson – only ever issued as a self-released cassette before this vital re-discovery by Light In The Attic! Johnnie is one of the vital, though relatively unknown voices in the Stax/Volt universe, working with a his sister Wendy Rene and in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. 2LP
LP ... About March 12, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 2021.
LP ... On March 12, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Manu Dibango

Africadelic
Survival Research (Australia), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About March 19, 2021
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Prince Billy Mahdi Wright

You Got Dat Wright
Raenii/P-Vine (Japan), 1982. (reissue)
LP ... About March 25, 2021
A wonderful bit of lost spiritual soul jazz from Chicago – recorded in the early 80s, but with a progressive and righteous feel that's very much in the 70s Strata East vein! The group's led by Billy Mahdi on tenor, soprano, and flute – and features Corky McClerkin on piano, Eldee Young ... LP, Vinyl record album

Roy Porter

Jessica
Vistone/Mo Jazz (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About April 2, 2021
A wonderful mix of soul jazz, funky rhythms, and even more experimental moments – a truly tremendous effort from LA drummer Roy Porter, and the first set issued under the name of his Sound Machine group! The groove here is really unconventional – filled with unusual timings, phrasings, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Roy Porter

Inner Feelings
Vistone/Mo Jazz (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About April 2, 2021
A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album's got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that's highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Max Romeo & The Upsetters

War Ina Babylon (180 gram pressing)
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About April 6, 2021
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bernard Purdie (Pretty Purdie)

Soul Is...Pretty Purdie (clear vinyl pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Tidal Waves, 1972.
LP ... About April 16, 2021
A wild one! After the straight hard funk of some of his earlier recordings as a leader, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie breaks out here in a compelling album of soul jazz tracks done in a number of styles. The approach is sort of big studio funk – with some cuts that have a harder sound, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nina Simone

Very Rare Evening
Tidal Waves, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... About April 16, 2021
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazzaggression (Finland), 1971.
LP ... About January 15, 2021 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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