A stunning early set from The Artistics – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were one of the best Chicago soul groups at the end of the 60s! The harmonies are wonderful – smooth, but with a rough undercurrent too – balanced at a level that few groups could touch ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some light wear, and a cutout hole in one corner.)
Wonderful work from our favorite stretch of music from the legendary Gene Chandler – an artist who started out on Vee Jay Records, but really hit his prime here at Brunswick! Chandler was a key singer in the early years of soul – and some of his first recordings had strong appeal to ... (Soul) read moreCD
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 ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the most heavenly of all the Chi-Lites albums, with soaring harmonies leaping all over beautiful Chicago soul production, and loads of great heartbreaking stories unfolding as the whole thing spins away! A true masterpiece from the Chicago scene – and filled with loads of wonderful ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One side of work by Gibbs' sextet – with Don Elliott on mellophone, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Horace Silver or Billy Taylor on piano. One side by the orchestra of Mary Lou Williams – with Morris Lane on tenor! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing with deep groove! Vinyl is great – and cover has one small mark from a sticker on the opening edge, but is great overall too.)
Rare Brunswick work from Terry Gibbs – a groovy 10" LP, split with the group of Milt Buckner! Side one and part of side two feature Terry leading a very cool group – a combo with Gibbs on vibes, plus piano, bass, and drums – and a young Don Elliott on mellophone, making a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Henderson & The Soul Explosions —
Funky Chicken ... LP Brunswick, 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer work from one of the funkiest leaders on the Chicago scene – the mighty mighty Willie Henderson, force behind some of the city's greatest soul tracks and funky 45s! This album's like a stack of lost funky nuggets laid back to back – with lots and lots of bass-heavy grooving from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive! This is probably the best-ever album of rollerskating grooves – and is the most famous entry into a short-lived funk genre that sprung up around the rollerskating craze of the late 70s and early 80s. The rollerskate sound took a tight stepping funk groove from earlier years, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This title is scheduled for release about Friday, August 27.
Rosie is Rosalie Hamlin – an unusual singer for the time, in that she wrote all the tunes herself! Backing is by Dick Jacobs – and titles include "My Darling Forever", "We'll Have A Chance", "The Time Is Near", "Cloud Nine", and "It's Time ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bumped corner.)
Tight funky soul from this really great 70s combo – a group with a sound that's much more like the funky 45 underground of the early part of the decade than you might guess from the date of the record! The style is a mix of deep soul with funky undercurrents – and some vocals are by an ... (Soul) read moreCD
Quite possibly the greatest soul band ever to come out of Milwaukee – and a tight little ensemble who've got a really great sound! The overall feel of their work is a bit hard to peg – as the group are equally great at mellow midtempo group numbers as they are at tighter, clubbier ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird record that has Jackie singing a bunch of different stuff, from a bunch of different sources, but still staying mostly in his Brunswick soul bag. Dick Jacobs did the arrangements, and the tracks include "Pianissimo", "Forever And A Day", "My Empty Arms", and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black spectrum label pressing with deep groove.)
Jackie Wilson —
Soul Galore ... LP Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
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 ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful collaboration between two very unlikely partners – and a great album that really stands out as some of the best work from both artists in the 60s! Count Basie's group gets hard and soulful on the record – and even a little funky on the best cuts – and Jackie ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff from bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac "Red" Holt! At the time of this release, the pair had already risen to great fame as the rhythm backing for Ramsey Lewis in his first trio – but broke out on their own as a solo act, with a real focus on rhythmic piano ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing – nice and clean!)
Young-Holt Unlimited —
Beat Goes On ... LP Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
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, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work from one of the greatest soul labels ever – the mighty mighty Brunswick Records, home to some of the greatest work coming out of Chicago in the 60s and early 70s! The set really does a great job of moving past the hits – bringing together an assortment of hard to find ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Readymade crew turn their talents to a host of tracks from the legendary Brunswick Records – serving up a really joyous mix of Chicago soul that definitely lives up to the best side of their sound! Brunswick soul is usually a lot more upbeat and positive than that of some of their ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD