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A rare early album by the Staple Singers – cut in 1963 for the Vee Jay label, back when the group was an all-gospel ensemble with a very soulful sound. All the tracks are either originals written by Roebuck Staples or traditional numbers arranged by him – and titles include "Don't ... LP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard to imagine a cloud in the sky with music this brilliant – early work from The Staple Singers, done in a bluesy blend of gospel and roots – with some pretty soulful undercurrents too! Most numbers are virtually acapella – but have this wonderful guitar from Roebuck staples ... LP, Vinyl record album
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler certainly are delicious together – and the pair have more than enough great energy to hold on strong throughout this entire album of duets! Although Motown is probably best remembered as the home of the male/female duet mode of the 60s – Vee Jay certainly ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Johnny Otis Show is still going strong – pulling together west coast R&B talents, with Mighty Mouth Evans, Barbara Morrison, Charles Williams, and Johnny himself on vocals – plus Shuggie Otis on guitar and Plays Johnson on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album
Mad Dog Sheffield/Bon Ton Garlow/Ivory Lee Jackson
Nice stuff from one of our favorite R&B bandleaders of the 50s! These excellent tracks pop along with a tight rolling groove and a lively sense of rhythm that was often unmatched by some of the other sleepier groups of the time – and Bradshaw did a good job of recruiting some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice compilation of tracks that features some fine (and famous) moments from one of our favorite Chicago soul singers, recorded for the Vee Jay label, when they were one of the leading lights on music row. Most of these songs are pretty had to get a hold of on vinyl any more, and though the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Clyde McPhatter work from the post-Drifters years – 16 great Atlantic recordings! Tracks include "Thirty Days", "Treasure Of Love", "Just To Hold My Hand", "Come What May", "A Lover's Question", "You Went Back On Your Word", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice compilation of tracks that features some of Jerry's finest (and famous) moments for the Vee Jay label. Lots of this stuff is darn hard to find on vinyl, and although the packaging's kind of boring, the music is excellent. Tracks include "Find Another Girl", "Make It Easy On ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gil Scott-Heron's first album – and his angriest! Unlike some of Gil's other albums – which have a sweet jazzy vibe and a mix of mellow soul styles – this one's a lot rawer, and features Gil rapping loud over very heavy percussion backing. All the work is his own, and the album's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly mystical soul from Rotary Connection! If you know the group, you know the deal already: Minnie Riperton sings vocals on a number of cuts, and the great Charles Stepney's producing and arranging, with a super-baroque style that's still light years ahead of most producers in pop! The ... LP, Vinyl record album