Edwin Starr - The Edwin Starr Story. DVD. Edwin Starr was an integral part of the soul, Motown and dance floor scene from the mid 50’s until his untimely death in 2003. With a string of major UK hits to his name including S.O.S, Twenty Five Miles, War, Happy Radio, Contact and I Have Faith In You, Edwin Starr remained a hero on England’s Northern Soul circuit, where his energy and dedication to delivering a quality performance was greatly appreciated.Here on DVD , narrated by Edwin himself together with valued contributions from Lillian Kyle (Edwin’s Manager), Angelo Starr (his brother and leader of the band) and Ian Levine (top Northern Soul DJ and songwriter). This 108 minute music rockumentary weaves the tale of Edwin Starr’s life through music and words, from his early Motown days to the UK disco and Northern Soul scene, from Wigan Casino to the Twisted Wheel.. Tracks:Twenty Five Miles,War, I Get The Sweetest Feeling, My Girl, Let’s Stay Together, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Backstreet, S.O.S, (Stop Her On Sight) I Have Faith In You, Headline News, Time Darling, Darling Baby, Where Is The Sound, Smooth Contact, Happy Radio. Region 2, Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Full FrameSound: Dolby DigitalRunning Time: 108 minutesMain Language: English.
(Label: Wienerworld Ltd, Cat.No: WNRD2432)
Larry Bank's Soul Family Album - Various. CD. Twenty four track collection of songs written by Larry Banks a performed by many. In 1964 Dave Godin was captivated by Bessie Banks´original recording of ‘Go Now’ and was incensed by the Moody Blues´ usurping of the song and what he considered an unduly hasty campaign by the British record company to pass their version off as the original and best. As a result, he decided to push Larry himself, championing his releases on Select, Kapp and Spring and his composing and production work with artists such as The Exciters, Kenny Carter, Milton Bennett, Jaibi, The Shaladons and The Geminis. This is the sum of Dave's work, bringing together various barely heard or unreleased Banks number as well as better known Northern Soul and Deep Soul classics.
(Label: Kent Soul, Cat.No: CDKEND 284)
Jackie Lee - End Of A Rainbow - A Pye Anthology. CD. As well as frequently working at EMI's Abbey Road studios (singing backing vocals on Tom Jones' "Green Green Grass Of Home", and Englebert Humperdinck's "Release Me), the voice of Jackie Lee was also heard in many cinema and TV commercials including an award-winning campaign for Fablon with John Barry, BOAC, Lilt and the famous Martini. Achieving only two solo chart hits during the 60's, Pye records stuck with her until her retirement in 1973, this is a twenty seven track collection of her best recordings from the period.
(Label: Poker, Cat.No: DECKCD 107)
Graham Bond Organization - I Met The Blues At Klook's Kleek. CD. Graham Bond’s importance as a key figure in the development of Rock music is annotated at length in numerous books. But there can be no substitute for hearing his legendary Organization for yourself! The stunning power of the band, compared to other groups of the time, is in aural evidence on this album. Whether or not you are a fan of early British R & B, to truly understand the roots of modern Rock, and hear why the Graham Bond Organization were so highly regarded at the time, this recording is a must have, an electrifying document of a sexy time when R&B, and Blues happily flirted with Jazz.
(Label: Music Avenue, Cat.No: 250175)
Barbara & The Browns - Can't Find Happiness. CD. A greatest hits for one of the strongest voices to sing Memphis soul. Starting out on stax in 1966, the recordings here come from her time on XL in the same year; over three years Brown (alongside her sisters) recorded five phenomenal singles which are included here alongside some unreleased tracks from the same sessions. The remaining tracks come after her brief hiatus from recording, there is a noticeable mellowing to her usually impassioned vocal delivery that act as a startling counterpoint of her early raw work. Taken from the original master tapes, this is the first proper compilation album for this soul star. Twenty tracks in all, it includes the Northern Soul stomper "I'm Gonna Start A War." Booklet features in epth notes and archive photos.
(Label: Kent Soul, Cat.No: CDKEND 278)
Tempests - Would You Believe. CD. First ever re-release of this highly sought after classic '60's soul album by the North Carolina ten piece. Originally issued in 1968 their one and only album is a great example of the Carolina Beach sound and a favourite amongst the Northern Soul scene. This remastered and repackaged release features a full colour booklet crammed with entertaining and informative info and bonus tracks: the four sides from their two non album 45's. Includes the monsters "Someday", "I Don't Want To Lose Her" and an exhilarating version of "You Don't Know Like I Know."
(Label: Poker, Cat.No: DECKCD100)
Hide And Seek - Various. CD. Twenty hard to find UK floor-filling, mod soul stompers from the1960s. These songs are aimed strictly at the feet, not the head, these brass and Hammond numbers set dancehalls,discos and clubs alight. Featuring tracks by Johnny & John, Johnny Carr, Cinnamon, The Carrolls, The Carrolls and Owen Gray; the names may not be familiar but the tunes are absolute top draw. Some ignored classics are here. The original album artwork has been designed to reflect the musical content, comes with an informative 8-page booklet researched,compiled and written by Nick Saloman.
(Label: Psychic Circle, Cat.No: P C C D 7 0 0 4)
Keeping The Faith - 40 Years Of Northern Soul - Various. 4-CD Box Set. Carefully compiled 100-track set celebrating 40 years of Northern Soul with the recordings that have packed the dance floors for decades. The only four Cd set available in the genre at the moment, it features several recordings new to CD plus a hidden bonus track comprising a previously unreleased demo. In-depth companion book by Neil Rushton features rare photos and memorabilia.
(Label: Castle, Cat.No: CMXBX1423)
Willie Hutch - The Willie Hutch Story. DVD. Willie Hutch is a soul music legend, and this DVD tells the story in his own words. Filmed just before his death in 2005, Willie recalls growing up in LA and early songwriting success as a solo artist and with Northern Soul icons before his time as Producer with The Fifth Dimension and then Motown where he worked with The Jackson 5 on "I’ll Be There", "Got To Be There" and "Never Can Say Goodbye". In the 70s and 80s he was a prolific recording artist at Motown. His albums included two ‘blaxploitation’ soundtracks "The Mack" and "Foxy Brown", while his biggest Billboard hits included "Brother’s Gonna Work It Out", one of the many classics caught live in concert on this DVD. With Willie’s passing soon after the making of this project, "The Willie Hutch" story offers unique insight into one of black music’s greatest all round artists with exclusive live performances.
(Label: Expansion, Cat.No: XEDV100201)
For Dancers Only - Various. CD. Special edition release commemorating nearly 25 years of the soul label Kent Dance. This was their first release from 1982. This CD version is housed in replica LP packaging and includes facsimilies of the original limited edition coloured vinyl release. Featuring the delights of Mary Love, Z Z Hill, The Saints, Ike & Tina Turner and Danny Monday. Fifteen track in all.
(Label: Kent Dance, Cat.No: CDHP 019)
Soul Of Spring Vol 2 - Various. CD. Twenty four track follow up compilation that celebrates the Spring records label that was in operation from the '60's to the '80's in New York. This collection includes tracks from their two offshoot labels as well Event and Posse. Featuring esteemed artist like Vernon Brown, Prince Harold, Millie Jackson, The Determinations, Ronnie Walker and Leroy Randolph. The tracks cover the labels evolution from '60's dance tracks, '70's ballads and pre-Disco tracks. Few of these tracks have never found their way onto CD before (only on long deleted compilations), many only ever had one vinyl pressing before disappearing altogether. A great seet for collectors of NYC soul.
(Label: Kent Dance, Cat.No: CDKEND 268)
Eddie Boyd - Complete Blue Horizon Sessions. CD. Born in Mississippi in 1914, the Blues pianist Eddie Boyd grew up surrounded by musical influencesduring his early childhood days, including his ownfather who was a blues guitarist and his school friend McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a ‘Muddy Waters’ whowould later record a cover version of one of Eddie’s songs ! Eddie experimented with various instruments during his early teens, influenced notably by Roosevelt Sykes and Leroy Carr, he eventually found the keys of the piano to be where his talents really shone.This collection includes 18 re-mastered tracks from histime with the label, including two which werepreviously unreleased.
(Label: Blue Horizon, Cat.No: 82876769682)
Gigi & The Charmaines - Gigi & The Charmaines. CD. A collection of all of the recordings this popular R&B / Soul girl group recorded for the Columbia, Date and Fraternity labels. A well respected Black trio from Cincinnatti, their run of hits in the early '60's as a three piece and as backing singers to some of the stars of the day are all included here. Twenty eight tracks, including three unreleased soul gems. Featuring tracks lead by by Lonnie Mack, Carl Edmonson, Kenny Smith and Max Falcon.
(Label: Ace Records, Cat.No: CDCHD 1135)
Don Fardon - Coventry Boy. Dble CD. In between his time as lead singer for cult freakbeat/R'n'B band The Sorrows, and, the mega (but novelty) hit Indian Reservation in 1970, Fardon cut some very exciting pop beat records, what one would have termed at the time "real hip groovy music". This is a compilation of just some of them. . .
(Label: Castle, Cat.No: CMQDD 1340)