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Al King & Arthur K Adams - Together - The Complete Kent And Modern Recordings
It’s true that we don’t release as many CDs of R&B and blues as we used to, for a variety of reasons, but Ace’s commitment to those genres remains strong. We’ll be stepping up our schedule in 2011 with several releases already planned for the early months of the year, including a further volume in the well-received “Mellow Cats & Kittens” series and a package of rare and unreleased 60s and 70s Ted Taylor material from Ronn. The next volume of material from John Dolphin’s tapes will also appear this side of next summer. Meanwhile, as a real end of year treat, we bring you, for the first time in once place, the complete Kent and Modern recordings of two west coast bluesmen whose work for the Bihari brothers has long been ripe for reappraisal – Al King and Arthur K Adams.

“Together” contains at least one version of every track that the two recorded for Kent-Modern between 1966 and 1969. Although Arthur’s tracks lean more towards soul than those of his CD mate, there is synergy between the two groups of recordings, in that Adams is also the lead guitarist on most if not all of the Al King sides. Neither man cut enough solo material to fill their own CD but the sum of their work for Kent-Modern does that in a most satisfying manner.

Al’s sides include the classic ‘My Name Is Misery’, its even better sequel ‘Get Lost’ and a slew of fine tracks that showcase his Percy Mayfield-influenced lyrics and delivery – many appearing in stereo for the first time ever. Arthur’s reputation among blues collectors was initially forged by his spellbinding ‘She Drives Me Out Of My Mind’, which first gained UK release on Blue Horizon. Here it’s also in stereo, taken from the mastertape that runs almost a minute longer than the original 45. Between the two of them they cook up a fine mess of blues and proto-bluesoul, aided by the fabulous arrangements of Maxwell Davis (who co-produced the sessions), musicians that number another west coast legend, Big Jay McNeely, among their ranks and – in Arthur’s case - duet partners of the calibre of Modern’s own Mary Love and Darlene Love’s sister Edna Wright (future lead singer of the Honey Cone).

It’s a shame that Al’s and Arthur’s singles for Kent and Modern didn’t meet with the sales that they deserved at the time. That they didn’t is not due to the quality of repertoire or performance, which is first rate in every instance, as you’ll hear yourself, when you invest your money – wisely – in “Together”.

By Tony Rounce (ACE Records)
Ace Records 2010 CD 18.00 €
Allen Toussaint - Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky 2CD
The Hit songs & productions 1957-1978
Charly Records 2011 2-CD 17.00 €
Alvin Cash - Windy City Workout - The Essential Dance Craze Hits 2CD
Chicago soul music is one of the many regional variations that proved nationally popular during the 1960s and this unique collection celebrates one of the city’s many stars Alvin Cash. An often overlooked sub-genre is the almost never-ending stream of dance craze records which caught the national imagination, and Alvin Cash was among the leading exponents.

Windy City Workout is the first ever legitimate CD release devoted entirely to Cash’s recordings. Disc 1 opens with his sole album release Twine Time, named after his biggest hit, and continues into Disc 2 with all of his single releases in chronological order. This deluxe memorabilia-laden package features notes from the eminent Chicago blues and soul expert Robert Pruter, and the track listing denotes all the chart placings he secured on America’s pop and R&B charts.

Cash’s recordings for Mar-V-Lus, Toddlin’ Town, Seventy-Seven and Sound Stage Seven are all included. Also featured are three tracks which only ever appeared on the now ultra-rare Toddlin’ Town LP, Wilson Pickett’s ‘Funky Broadway’ and two Arthur Conley hits, ‘Funky Street’ and ‘People Sure Act Funny’. Dances with instructions include The Twine, The Boo Ga Loo, The Bump, The Barracuda, The Boston Monkey, The Penguin, The Freeze, The Charge, The Popcorn and, second only to The Twine, The Ali Shuffle, a dance which Alvin dedicated to Mohammed Ali.

Alvin Cash passed away in 1999 but his music still resonates on today’s soul scene, as a quick visit to YouTube will attest. This carefully compiled 2CD set is the first comprehensive retrospective of his work and is testimony to the power of dance music; get up and get down is all you can really do to this collection.
Charly Records 2012 2-CD 18.00 €
Andre Williams - Detroit Grease Vol. 2
Detroit LP 15.00 €
Andre Williams - Detroit Soul Vol. 4
Detroit LP 15.00 €
Andre Williams - Holland Shuffle
Andre takes the show on the road in the land of cheese, chocolate and relaxed vice laws with local B-3 driven soul monsters Green Hornet providin’ the throttle! Mr. Rhythm is at his best, deliverin’ a rampage montage of his soul and R&B rippers with bits of philosophy and advice thrown in for all big bootie girls and associated minions! Superb sound, sensational performance! Recorded live at Vera, Groningen, Holland, Dec. 19, 2001
Norton Records 2003 LP 13.00 €
Andre Williams - Holland Shuffle
11 biisiä live Hollannista 2001
Norton Records 2003 CD 17.00 €
Andre Williams - Red Beans And Biscuits
16 biisiä vuosilta 1966-70, joista 8 ennenjulkaisemattomia
Soul-Tay-Shus Records 2004 CD 15.00 €
Andre Williams Blues Explosion - Lap Dance 12"
Jim Waters / Scott Benzel remix
jim thirlwell remix
In The Red Records Maxi 12.00 €
Anna King - Back To Soul
Smash Records LP 15.00 €
Aretha Franklin - All Time Best
Sony Music 2012 CD 12.00 €
Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now
180 gram vinyl
4 Men With Beards LP 22.00 €
Aretha Franklin - Just A Matter Of Time - Classic Columbia Recordings 1961-65
If Aretha Franklin and Jerry Wexler had never met, and instead of signing with Atlantic Records in 1966 Aretha had retired, on the strength of the sides she cut in the first half of the 1960s alone, she would still be one of my favourite female soul singers. That’s how much I love her Columbia work.

Admittedly, Jerry Wexler was among the greatest record producers that ever lived, but so were the men who supervised Aretha’s Columbia sessions – John Hammond, Robert Mersey, Bob Johnston and Clyde Otis. And granted, it is the magnificent body of work Aretha recorded for Atlantic that earned her the soubriquet the Queen Of Soul, but her dues-paying Columbia tenure produced its fair share of classics and provided her with nine entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 and a further eight that bubbled under.

Aretha recorded in a variety of styles in her early years and some fans of her Atlantic sides don’t care for the jazz and show tunes that litter her Columbia catalogue. They can relax. “Just A Matter Of Time” – compiled for us by pioneering black music maven and author David Nathan – focuses entirely on the soul and R&B tracks she cut for the company, of which he has been a champion since before she contracted with Atlantic.

The majority of the tracks here stem from three albums. ‘Rough Lover’, ‘It’s So Heartbreakin’’, ‘Just For You’ and ‘I Told You So’ are from 1962’s “The Electrifying Aretha Franklin”. All four songs were written by a legendary eccentric said to have stalked naked the corridors of the Brill Building, John Leslie McFarland. Aretha’s tremendous “Runnin’ Out Of Fools” set of 1964 was the original home of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’, ‘One Room Paradise’, ‘Two Sides Of Love’, ‘I Can’t Wait Until I See My Baby’s Face’, ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am’ and ‘It’s Just A Matter Of Time’. ‘Remember Me’, ‘Deeper’, ‘Only The One You Love’, ‘Her Little Heart Went To Loveland’ and ‘Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket (Make It For The Door)’ are from her 1966 LP “Take It Like You Give It”.

Other highlights include the very collectable (and much sampled) ‘One Step Ahead’, a wild Bo Diddley-styled update of the Jay McShann-Priscilla Bowman hit ‘Hands Off’ and ‘Follow Your Heart’, a beautiful song written by Van McCoy. Whenever Aretha sang McCoy it was a joy to behold.

It’s not every day the chance arises to hear something new by Aretha. On this CD the opportunity knocks twice. ‘When They Ask About You’ was taped in 1961 when she was just 19 and is the earliest track featured. ‘I Still Can’t Forget’, one of three inclusions penned by the lady herself, dates from 1965. Both are released here for the first time ever. What a rare treat.

by MICK PATRICK (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2009 CD 17.00 €
Aretha Franklin - Sparkle
originally released 1976. Soundtrack album produced and composed by Curtis Mayfield
Atlantic Recording Corporation LP 13.00 €
Aretha Franklin - The Electrifying
After releasing the Aretha Franklin deluxe set (out of print) last year, Music On Vinyl are reissuing one high in-demand LP that was included in that set: The Electrifying Aretha Franklin.

Newly mastered from the original analog tapes, The Electrifying Aretha Franklin indeed electrified audiences when it was released in 1962, winning Aretha top honors in DownBeat magazine's prestigious listeners' poll.

Aretha's brief output for Columbia set the stage for her ascendance as the Queen of Soul at Atlantic Records. One can easily hear her divinely inspired soul fire, emerging interpretative grace and vocal sophistication.

• 180 gram audiophile vinyl
• Remastered audio
Music On Vinyl Records 2011 LP 20.00 €
Arthur Alexander - Monument Years
28 long-lost treasures by the stylish country-soul artist whose songs were recorded by the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. These tracks come from the vaults of Nashville's Monument and Sound Stage 7 labels, and were recorded between 1965-1972.
Ace Records 2001 CD 17.00 €
Arthur Conley - I'm Living Good - The Soul Of Arthur Conley 1964-1974
Like several of his 60s peers, Arthur Conley’s career was damned by the success of one record – in his case, ‘Sweet Soul Music’. For many on the periphery of soul music, that song was the beginning and the end of Arthur’s career and overexposure may have coloured their judgement of quality of the other records he made before and after it. Happily, the soul hardcore has always been able to see beyond a hit and Arthur has long been a hero to collectors for the kind of music that makes up this great new Kent compilation

“I’m Living Good” showcases a side of Arthur’s catalogue those familiar with his funky dancefloor favourites don’t always know – that of a Premier League deep soul man. Not every track is down-tempo, but each one is a representation of Southern Soul at its most forthright and creative. If you only know, say, ‘Sweet Soul Music’ or ‘Funky Street’, it will be a revelatory experience.

We have left no stone unturned in our attempts to bring you 100% top quality Conley. Almost every phase of the man’s solo career is represented, over a span of almost 10 years across the Ru-Jac, Jotis, Fame, Atco and Capricorn labels. These tracks were produced by Otis Redding, Booker T Jones and Stax boss Jim Stewart, Rick Hall, Tom Dowd, Johnny Sandlin, Clarence Carter and Swamp Dogg – which itself is all the qualification anyone should need as to their superiority. Many are being reissued here for the first time.

Highlights abound, from both sides of the ultra-rare Ru-Jac 45 (of which there are less than five documented copies) to the intense ‘If He Walked Today’, previously only available on a South African LP and 45. Those who turn their 45s over will not need to be sold on the virtues of ‘Let’s Go Steady’, ‘Love Comes And Goes’, ‘Put Our Love Together’ or ‘Is That You Love’, which were all first released as flips to massive club hits. My favourites include ‘Otis Sleep On’, an emotional salute to Arthur’s then-recently demised mentor and chief career booster Mr Redding, and the wonderful ‘Walking On Eggs’, one of the best examples of a Swamp Dogg song (and title!) ever to find its way out of the ever-active brain of Jerry Williams Jr. Really, though, this is a CD you can pluck anything from and come up with a winner.

As always, we’ve gone to town on the booklet, which contains label shots and picture sleeves from all over the world and previously unpublished photos taken inside FAME studios in the 60s and London in the early 70s. Even those who already have some of these tracks on the CD issues of Arthur’s albums will find plenty to get excited about here. The overdue public reappraisal of this important soul brother begins here. Do you like good music? Yeah, yeah!

By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2011 CD 17.00 €
Arthur Conley - Soul Directions
Collector's Choice Music 2008 CD 13.00 €
Ballads - Sweet Soul Sensation - The Ballads Are Coming
24 biisiä
Famous Groove Records 1997 CD 17.00 €
Barbara Lynn - Here Is Barbara Lynn
originally released 1968.
Warner Music Japan 2012 CD 17.00 €
Barbara Lynn - The Jamie Singles Collection 1962-1965 2CD
2CD = 32 tracks
Jamie Records 2008 CD 30.00 €
Barry White - Can't Get Enough
sleeve EX-, record VG+
Philips 1974 LP 7.00 €
Ben E. King - Beginning Of It All
album from 1972
Castle 2002 CD 15.00 €
Ben E. King - The Very Best Of
16 tracks
Warner Music 1998 CD 10.00 €
Bettye Lavette - Do Your Duty
Sundazed Music 2009 CD 17.00 €
Bettye LaVette - Do Your Duty
Prior to her recent rediscovery by a new generation of admirers, Detroit-bred soul diva Bettye LaVette spent nearly four decades building a thrilling body of music that her new fans now have the pleasure of discovering. For many longtime LaVette devotees, her recordings for the Silver Fox label, and its parent company SSS International, rank with the artist’s finest work. Do Your Duty collects the 11 classic solo sides that LaVette cut for Silver Fox and SSS in 1969 and 1970, including her beloved R&B hits “He Made a Woman Out of Me” and “Do Your Duty.”
Sundazed Music 2006 LP 20.00 €
Bettye Swann - The Complete Atlantic Recordings
Real Gone Music 2014 CD 18.00 €
Big Dee Irwin - Another Night with..
his complete Dimension Recordings and more.
25 tracks
Westside CD 15.00 €
Bill Curtis & Friends with The Fatback Band - Bill Curtis & Friends with The Fatback Band
Ace are proud to announce another addition to the occasional series of releases curated by Fatback’s Bill Curtis. “Bill Curtis & Friends with The Fatback Band” reworks tapes from the Fatback vaults with the assistance of some choice friends including Robert Damper, Warren Daniels, Willie Bridges, David “Bubba” Brooks and Gerry Thomas.
Ace Records 2010 CD 17.00 €
Bill Doggett - Honky Tonk Popcorn
James Brown has never really been portrayed as a sympathetic man, but for a short period in the late 60s he was suddenly taken by a sense of duty to artists who had been fixtures at King Records when he was first signed there over a decade earlier. First up was his tribute album “Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things”, which mixed originals with versions of songs John had first sung. Next he began working with Hank Ballard, who had been signed to King since 1953; the collaboration produced the LP “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”. He then produced a couple of sides with organist Bill Doggett, who’d reached #1 R&B/#2 Pop with his 1956 instrumental ‘Honky Tonk’.

A hit of that size meant that Doggett was never short of gigs, and in its aftermath he reached the R&B Top 20 five more times. In 1960 he left King, signing to Warner Brothers, then with Columbia in 1962 and Sue Records in 1964. In the meantime, King kept up a steady release schedule of Doggett records and he re-signed with them in 1965, staying for two years. 1969 saw him back again at King for another couple of years.

Doggett’s recordings from this period took two distinct paths: some were almost cheesy easy listening sides, while others suggested he was keeping up with modern trends. The most obvious manifestation of this was his collaboration with James Brown and his JBs, who were incredibly tight on the top-side of the super-rhythmic ‘Honky Tonk Popcorn’. The popcorn was Brown’s dance rhythm of the year: he had made #1 R&B with ‘Mother Popcorn’, #2 with ‘Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn’. The B-side of the single was Doggett’s funk update of ‘Honky Tonk’, which worked even better than Brown’s own 1972 remake.

King then gathered up a bunch of recent Doggett recordings to make the “Honky Tonk Popcorn” album. It was marketed as a James Brown production but, other than the two single sides, it contained no cuts produced by Brown. Instead it featured a fascinating mix of grooves that evoke smoky clubs and juke joints. ‘Mad’ and a scorching version of Edwin Starr’s ‘Twenty Five Miles’ were released as singles.

For this reissue we’ve turned up five bonus tracks. Of these, ‘Before Lunch’, ‘Short Stack’ and ‘Some Kind Of Head’ were lined up for inclusion on an album to be called “Take Your Shot”, but we’re pretty sure this did not make it past the planning stage and was replaced by “Honky Tonk Popcorn”, with these three dropped to make room for the two James Brown-produced cuts and ‘Twenty Five Miles’. ‘Before Lunch’ sounds like the finest record Booker T & the MGs forgot to make, while ‘Short Stack’ ups the pace to frantic. Best of all is the brilliant ‘Some Kind Of Head’, which takes the feel of a Stax instrumental.

The other bonus tracks, ‘Sassy B’ and ‘Wet And Satisfied’, offer a fascinating insight into the history of Funkadelic. In the time between recording Funkadelic’s first two albums guitarist Eddie Hazel and bass-player Billy Nelson left the group. Nelson joined Doggett’s band for a short time. Until now Eddie Hazel’s participation on a Doggett session was unknown. However, the songwriting credits and the guitar style suggest that he too was working alongside Nelson and Doggett.

The ‘Honky Tonk Popcorn’ single and album did not return Doggett to the charts, but he remained active. He kept recording and toured until the year he died. He tended to revert to the style which made him famous: the 50s boogie shuffle that had been the basis of his defining hit. When he died on 13 November 1996 his short sojourn into funk was largely forgotten except by a few clubbers around the world who coveted this in-demand LP.

By Dean Rudland (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2012 CD 17.00 €
Billy Bland - Let The Little Girl Dance
Ace Records 1992 CD 18.00 €
Billy Butler - The Right Tracks - The Complete Okeh Recordings
29 tracks 1963-1966
Ace Records 2007 CD 18.00 €
Billy Storm - This Is The Nite
From wild rockers to pop, and from early soul dancers to classic group harmony songs, Billy Storm was able to perform all those styles and more. Always with a top notch tenor voice that could scream Little Richard and send cold chills like Clyde McPhatter. This anthology of most of his best recordings will show you all this and even more. It was time to have a career spanning album of Storm starting way back on the beginning of his career arriving to the early days of soul music. You are going to love it!
El Toro Records 2013 CD 15.00 €
Billy Wade / The Korvals - Loop De Loop / Walk Right In
nice 60s original Swedish pressing. VG+ condition. BLUE VINYL
Karusell Single/EP 15.00 €
Blues & Rhythm No. 41 - Christmas 1988
Sonny Boy, Kenny Neal, Son House...
Blues & Rhythm 1988 Lehdet 2.00 €
Bob Vidone And The Rhythm Rockers / The Rhythm Tones - Weird / Wobble Wickie
Norton Records Single/EP 6.00 €
Bobby Bland - Here's The Man LP + CD
180 gram vinyl LP featuring a free bonus CD of the album, so that you can have the "analog" and the "digital" for the price of one. BEAT THAT !

Here's The Man! was originall yreleased in 1962 on Duke Recoreds - Houston's legendary R&B label run by the infamous Don Robey - and is the second LP from Bobby "Blue" Bland. Featuring one of his most enduring and classic hits, "Turn On Your Love Light", along with 10 other smoking R&B numbers - Here's The Man! is a fine showcase of one of the most influential and important R&B / soul albums of the 1960s. Essential !
Doxy Music 2013 LP 22.00 €
Bobby Bland - Voice - Duke Recordings 1959-1969
26 tracks
Ace Records 1991 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Freeman - C'mon And S-W-I-M
25 tracks froom 1964
Ace Records 2000 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Freeman - Give My Heart A Break
It’s true to say that most of the major rock’n’roll and R&B names from the 1950s have had the majority of their work digitised by now – many of them several times over. It’s always nice, therefore, to be able to bring you something relatively unknown by someone who’s anything but. And this month it’s a real pleasure to premiere the complete King recordings of the Bay Area’s best loved R&B rocker, Mr “Do You Wanna Dance” himself, the one and only Bobby Freeman.

Bobby joined King in 1960 and stayed until 1961, recording a total of 18 sides under Syd Nathan’s personal supervision. For reasons best known to Syd, he issued only one 45 during that time – the Top 40 hit ‘(I Do The) Shimmy Shimmy’ – and left the other tracks in the can for some years. In fact, no further King material was issued until Bobby had signed to Autumn Records and had hits with ‘S-W-I-M’ and ‘C’mon And Swim’, at which point King issued two more 45s and a stupendously rare album called “The Lovable Style Of Bobby Freeman”. Neither the singles nor the album sold, leaving several more tracks unissued.

For some reason, the golden age of vinyl reissues left this material completely undisturbed. “Give My Heart A Break” marks the first occasion of its reissue (and, in several cases, its issue) in a package with appeal for all fans of Bobby’s early work, and of his Josie recordings in particular.

Recorded in King’s studios, with the accompaniment of the label’s exceptional house band, the tracks demonstrate every facet of Bobby’s talent. Many of the songs had been previously recorded by other King artists, but in the likes of ‘What Can I Do’, ‘Somebody, Somewhere (Hear My Plea)’, ‘Good, Good Lovin’’, ‘Please, Please, Please’ and ‘Fever’ our man proves himself to be more than a match for Donnie Elbert, James Brown and Little Willie John.

Freeman’s talents as a balladeer are also beautifully demonstrated by the previously unissued ‘Please Stay By Me’ and Bobby’s personal favourite ‘You Don’t Understand’ – and even though he doesn’t actually remember recording the doo wop standard ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight’, the performance itself is highly memorable. An added bonus for anyone who has any of this material on vinyl is that the majority of the issued tracks were faded or edited for single and album release. Here we’ve let them run for as long as Bobby’s singing on the tape, in some cases up to 45 seconds longer than any previously issued version.

Beautifully illustrated with a full set of label shots and a selection of previously unpublished full colour publicity shots from King Records’ own archives, this excellent compilation comes to you with the full approval and co-operation of Bobby himself. He’s as proud of these recordings as he is of any he’s made through a long and, happily, still ongoing career and is delighted that they are at last seeing issue on CD. So are we!

By Tony Rounce (ACE RECORDS)
Ace Records 2009 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Lewis - Tossin' & Turnin'
18 tracks
Collectables 2005 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Marchan - Get Down With It - The Soul Sides 1963-67
Many of the biggest names in 1950s R&B and rock’n’roll enjoyed careers that sustained well into the soul era. Little Richard and Larry Williams both did, of course, as did Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke and Joe Tex, who, let’s face it, didn’t really hit their stride until soul came along to reveal their full capabilities.

You can also include Bobby Marchan in that number. The former front man of Huey “Piano” Smith’s Clowns was quick to embrace the coming changes in black American music, via a series of classic singles for Bobby Robinson’s Fire label that included, if not the first then certainly the finest version of, ‘There’s Something on Your Mind’ in 1960.

As the decade progressed, Bobby got even more soulful. After leaving Fury he hooked up with Stax and then Dial Records, for whose boss and producer-in-chief, Buddy Killen, he recorded frequently, and always with splendid results. Many Killen-produced sessions ended up on Cameo, giving the Philadelphia label a welcome if unlikely foot in the door of the house that Southern Soul was building below the Mason-Dixon line.

The recordings Bobby made between 1963 and 1967 found him recording at three of the premier locations for soul music: Stax and American in Memphis and FAME in Muscle Shoals. Almost all of his recordings of the period bear the stamp of those studios, and almost all are truly great. “Get Down With It” finally brings them all together in the same CD, and not before time.

The floor-friendly 1964 title track, which Bobby’s friend Little Richard later revamped into a template for UK group Slade’s breakthrough chart-topper, is probably Marchan’s best-known track here (albeit not the biggest hit, surprisingly). Other strong uptempo highlights include the FAME-recorded groover ‘Funny Style’ and, from a later period, Bobby’s remake of ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia’ (now with added Boogaloo Flu!).

We’re also delighted to finally premiere the remaining two unissued sides from Bobby’s second Volt session (after a mere 48-year delay) and feel that Marchan aficionados will get a huge belt out of his version of Paul Perryman/Clyde McPhatter’s ‘Just To Hold My Hand’, just as I did when I heard the tape for the first time not so long ago.

Wonderful as these are, it’s the ballads that really bring the set home and underscore Marchan’s relevance and importance to 60s soul. He was simply born to sing songs such as Joe Tex’s ‘Meet Me In Church’ and Paul Kelly’s ‘There’s Something About My Baby’ over those sublime rhythms laid down in Muscle Shoals and Memphis. This music is simply timeless and it’s a pleasure to be able to have it all in one place for the first time ever.

Some still believe that all there was to Bobby were his novelty hits with the Clowns. “Get Down With It” disproves any such notions immediately and confirms his standing as a true great of Southern Soul.

By Tony Rounce (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2011 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - Go Ahead And Burn
24 biisiä vuosilta 1966-1970
RPM 2004 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Sheen - Anthology 1958-1975
At last a Bobby Sheen anthology! Comprising recordings that stretch from Sheen’s debut lead vocal via his Phil Spector period to his final single, this sweeping collection covers a variety of styles that range from doo wop and the Wall of Sound to Northern and Southern soul.

The earliest tracks here were cut by Bobby as the lead vocalist of the Robins, the group he joined as a 16 year-old in 1958. The influence of Clyde McPhatter is very evident on these sides, especially ‘Live Wire Suzy’ (a Belgian popcorn favourite) and the group’s lively take on ‘The White Cliffs Of Dover’.

By 1962 Sheen was working with Spector, initially on a one-off 45 for Liberty Records. Sharing lead vocal duties with Darlene Love, he reached the Top 10 later that year with ‘Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah’, released as by Bob B Soxx & the Blue Jeans on the producer’s Philles logo. He also contributed a soaring version of ‘The Bells Of St Mary’ to Spector’s classic “A Christmas Gift For You” LP.

The McPhatter influence is still evident on ‘I Want You For My Sweetheart’ and ‘My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You’, released as a one-off single on the Dimension label in 1965. A contract with Capitol resulted in a handful of singles including the Northern Soul favourite ‘Dr Love’ (released in the UK in the now very collectable Capitol Discotheque ’66 series). This compilation also boasts two previously unissued Capitol sides: ‘Baby I’ll Come Right Away’ (the wonderful Ashford/Simpson song well-know to soul fans via Mary Love’s reading) and the slow blues ‘Don’t Pass Me By’.

As the 60s came to a close, Bobby switched from his high tenor to a more contemporary lower register, cutting great tracks for Warner Bros in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with producers Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford. His superb recordings of Philip Mitchell’s ‘Something New To Do’ (another Northern anthem) and ‘I May Not Be What You Want’ are among his best work. He sounds totally different again on ‘Don’t Make Me Do Wrong’. The Ivey/Woodford team also produced Bobby swansong single, issued on the Chelsea label in 1975.

The performances collected here are proof that Bobby was a singer who deserved a much higher profile than he achieved. Despite his great looks, obvious talent and strong music business connections, he never registered a hit record in his own name. This CD redresses the balance and proves that all Bobby lacked was good luck.

Years spent as a member of the Coasters kept him in work until his untimely death from pneumonia in November 2000. His son Charles has become the custodian of his father’s legacy and contributed the wonderful photographs that illustrate the CD’s accompanying booklet, which features an essay by Dennis Garvey built around exclusive interviews with many of Bobby’s friends and colleagues.

By Simon White (Ace Records)
Ace Records 2010 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street 2CD
Charly Records 2012 CD 18.00 €
Bobby Womack - Facts Of Life
United Artists Records LP 13.00 €
Booker T & The MG's - That's The Way It Should Be
Evangeline Records 2007 CD 10.00 €
Booker T & The MGs Meet The Mark-Keys - Memphis Soul Beat 2CD
Featured over these two CDs is the first flowering of the 'Stax' sound, a sound that would develop throughout the '60s to become one of the most predominant sounds of American R&B and soul around the world.

Included are three complete albums, two from The Mar-Keys and one from Booker T & The MGs plus bonus singles. These were the first acts to break on Stax Records with hits like, 'Last Night' and 'Green Onions'.

Here then are three of the earliest albums released out of Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton's legendary label and the genesis of one of the most important house bands in recording history.

Fully detailed liner notes with career achievements and history.
Jasmine Records 2013 CD 15.00 €
Booker T. & The M.G.'s - The Booker T. Set
The funkier side of the band is represented here with cool readings of Cliff Nobles' 'The Horse' and the Isley classic 'It's Your Thing'.

On this 1969 outing, we have a mixed bag of pop hits reworked in Booker T's own inimitable style and some real soul classics by the group that gave Stax Records and Memphis its sound. The soul selections concentrate on the funky side with a cool reading of Cliff Nobles "The Horse" and The Isleys "It's Your Thing" opening and closing the proceedings. Motown gets a look in with covers of The Supremes"Love Child" and "You're All I Need To Get By", the Marvin Gaye, Tammy Terrell classic and closer to home, stable mate Eddie Floyd's sublime "I've Never Found A Girl". First European release on CD.
Ace Records 1986 CD 13.00 €
Booker T. & The MG's - And Now !
And Now!, Booker T. & the MG’s third album, marked a major change in the band’s lineup with Donald “Duck” Dunn replacing Lewie Steinberg on bass. The addition of Dunn’s funkier style is in full evidence on tracks like “In the Midnight Hour” and “Think,” the latter song also featuring blistering Telecaster licks from six-string stalwart Steve Cropper. The balance of the album includes original songs , like Top Twenty R&B single “My Sweet Potato,” and current chart hits, done in that inimitable MG style. With Booker T.’s evocative keyboard lines and Al Jackson’s propulsive percussion, this was a band of individual virtuosos that became an even greater whole. And now…get ready for the soul jam!

This magnificent, made-in-Memphis LP is sourced from the original analog Stax Records master tapes, pressed High-Definition vinyl and outfitted in original artwork so sharp and clean that you would swear it just came off the rack at Lansky Brothers Department Store!
Sundazed Music 2000 LP 20.00 €
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