Bringing together the three albums Laser Love, 80F and Batteries Not Included onto one set, plus all the other tracks they recorded with CBS as a bonus. Almost forty tracks of the highest order of Rock, Included: "Frozen Rivers" ,"Take Me Higher", "Who's Gonna Love You (When You're Old And Ugly And Fat" and "One Rule For You (live)"
Probably Al's best album. Hitting his creative peak in '73 with this effortless ten track album, the soul/gospel singer eases his way through originals and two masterful covers, "I'm So Lonely I Could Die" by Hank Williams and "Funny How Time Sips Away" by Willie Nelson. Beautiful string and Horn arrangements (another brilliant touch by producer Willie Mitchell) accompany Al perfectly, the listener barely noticing when there is a shift in theme or mood. An absolute essential album at mid price.
Yet another fine '70's album from the soul / gospel singer, he was really into his flow during this period. Charismatic pop songs like "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)" and "School Days" could sound twee were it not for Green's sheer charisma and Willie Mitchell's deft production touches. Nine tracks of sheer soulful class, just before he spread his wings and ventured into reworking country standards.
An important album for Al in '72, as this was where he first started to explore country standards that would lead to the masterful Call Me album a year later. An understated album that pleasantly surprises on repeat listens. Featuring an astonishing version of kriss Kristofferson's "For The Good Times", "Oh Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison, "One Of Those Good Old Days" and "I'm Glad You're Mine."
The third and final of these superb Al Green reissues, combining his ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth studio albums and thus effectively rounding off his Hi career. Originally released 'twixt 1976 and 1978, these albums include the Top 10 hits 'Full Of Fire' 'Keep Me Cryin' and 'Belle' (not a song about the drummer of Goth metallers Killing Miranda) as well as great covers of 'I Say A Little Prayer' and 'To Sir With Love'. Notes by Tony Rounce (he washes his clothes in Bounce)
Continuing this fine series of value for money midprice reissues, we present Al Green's fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth albums together on 2CDS. Originally released between 1972 and 1974 (they didn't half churn 'em out back then!!) they include the Top 5 hits 'You Ought To Be With Me' 'Call Me' 'Here I Am (Come And Take Me)' 'Livin' For You' 'Let's Get Married' 'Sha La La (Make Me Happy)' 'L-O-V-E', 'Oh Me Oh My (Dreams In My Arms)' as well as classic tracks such as 'Take Me To The River' and 'Funny How Time Slips Away'. Notes by Tony Rounce and including one non-album B side.
Rarities including extended versions, forgotten tracks and alternative mixes. Nineteen tracks including "Memphis, Tennessee", "Love Ritual (Bwana Mix)", "Beware (Extended Version), and "Highway To Heaven."
Bumper fifty nine track 3 CD set in a beautiful hard backed book presentation. The very best of this giant of Gospel/soul vocals. Featuring: "What Am I Gonna Do With Myself", "Take Me To The River", "Sha La La (Make Me Happy)" and "Nothing TakesThe Place Of You."
A fascinating collection of Green's work that in truth is slightly more interested in long time producer Willie Mitchell. This is due to all of the ten Al tracks (plus bonus Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright and Jean Plum tracks) having subsequently been sampled by Rap and Rock acts in the last fifteen years. It is one of those great guessing games of can you spot the sample? While also enjoying the classiness of the original tracks. Such samples have been made from these songs and used on records by artists like Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes, GZA, Puff Daddy (P. Diddy, whatever), Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Notorious BIG , Ashanti and The Lightning Seeds!
Mid Priced double CD, featuring all of the Al Green 45's produced by Willie Mitchell, over fifty A and B sides in total. Probably Al's most successful period as a gospel/soul singer is covered on this fine album. Features: "Let's Stay Together", "School Days", "Here I Am (Come And Take Me), and "Driving Wheel."
Al Green singing his hits and in Tokyo, '78. Almost eighty minutes of showmanship and classics including: "Tired Of Being Alone", "Let's Get Married", "I Feel Good" and "God Blessed Our Love 1." Features Linda Jones and Johnny Brown as guests.
Two albums on one CD. A mixture between his gospel/religious side and christmas classics. Twenty tracks in all, includes "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Lean On Me", "White Christmas" and "Silent Night."
A twenty track collection of some absolutly legendary tracks, sung in Al's beautifully soulful tones. From pop classics to timeless standards, this is Al's interpretation worthy of the greats. Featuring: "Oh, Pretty Woman", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "I Say A Little Prayer."
The first volume collecting every studio recording the amazing Ann Peebles ever made for Hi Records, featuring the whole of the This Is Ann Peebles, Part Time Love, Straight From The Heart and I Can't Stand The Rain albums plus some bonus tracks. Nearly Forty stellar Willie Mitchell produced tracks. Elegant, sexy and utterly essential, her charisma is all over these fabulous recordings. Bonus tracks include: "I Can't Let You Go" and "Heartaches, Heartaches"
The secondvolume collecting every studio recording the amazing Ann Peebles ever made for Hi Records, featuring the whole of the Tellin' It, If This Is Heaven and The Handwriting Is On The Wall albums plus loads of bonus material. Nearly Forty stellar Willie Mitchell produced tracks. A noticable change in the groove compared to volume one, due to the emergence of disco and Anna susequently having to adapt to the times. Hardly a compromise, as she still manages some superb vocal performances, having lost not a single ounce of her elegant, sexy personality. Utterly essential, it's fascinating to watch a genuine talent adapt to the changing musical landscape and survive happily. Bonus tracks include: ""I'm Leaving You", "If You Got The Time" and "Waiting (featuring Don Bryant.)"
Modern Electric blues, with an energetic, Road trip narrative from '98. Three modern great guitatists of the Blues combine to fine effect on these mostly first take, live studio recordings. Partly jamming, there are also thoughtfull arrangements and well structured songs, highlighting the three players abilities. Features the legendary Ike Turner and members of the BB King band.
Two albums from '74 and '77 on CD. Seventeen tracks of dancefloor soul/funk/disco classics. Masterfully mixed songs, full of party atmosphere vibes and good time for all attitude. A fine mid priced collection that can't be ignored. Includes two million selling singles "Do It (Til You're Satisfied) and "Express", plus "Expose Yourself" and "That's What I Want For You Baby."
Exactly what it says on the tin, all forty tracks of The Belle Stars brief '80's career, including 12" versons, album tracks and all their singles. Only recording for about twelve months, there is a surprsingly high level of quality to their debut studio recordings, successfully mixing New Wave with Dance Pop. Features: "Madness", "The Clapping Song (extended 12" remix and original version), "80's Romance" and "Sun Sun Sun (12" remix.)
Three '70's era Philly International albums from the popular R&B singer who had actually been recording since the '50's. These albums find him in his commecial peak, his highly sophisticated soft, sensual vocal styles winning him many a female fan. It is a surprise to learn of his successful jazz background, as he seems so suited to R&B numbers; like he has never done anything else. Twenty four tracks, with three non album bonus numbers. Includes: "I Think I'll Stay Home Tonight", "One Man's Junk" and "So Glad To See You Again."
A collection of key moments from the early careers of Buddy Guy, Ike Turner's Rhythm Kings, Jesse Fortune and Betty Everett & The Willie Dixon band at Cobra and Artistic Records. Twenty nine tracks that include several alternate versons/takes of classics like "Matchbox", "You Keep On Worrying About Me", "This Is The End" and "Too Many Cooks."
Two albums on one disk. An important collection in the chronology of The Silver Fox's career, as Boss Man was released just before his "overnight success", and Very Special was where it all started to happen for Charlie, reprising some of his earlier recordings with RCA and Sun Records that weren't a hit first time around. Twenty two tracks featuring: "I'll Be More Than Happy (To Set You Free)", "Stay", "Golden Slipper Rose", "I Can't Even Drink It Away."
Twenty eight track compilation of everything Charlie recorded with HI in the mid '60's, including bonus material. A surprising amount of material considering he jumped from label to label four times in that decade looking for consistant hit records. This is when Charlie was concentrating solely on his Country career, after his failed forays into jazz piano and rock (pre his Silver Fox nickname.) Includes: a cover of Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Cold Cold Heart", "Motels, Hotels" and "You Win Again."
Lawd lav a duck, it's wan ov 'em twofer wan CD fings wiv aah very own fave Cockernee kneezap geezahs Chas An' Dave on it!! No, seriously, though, without taking the piss, Freak Emporium has a lot of time for Chas & Dave- after all, these are former menbers of Head Hands And Feet, the Rebel Rousers and Lord Sutch's Savages we're talking about here!! Stalwarts of the UK R'n'B (when it MEANT that) and rock'n'roll scenes, chroniclers of London life, and finally recognised as an influence on Britpoppers everywhere, as much as Ian Dury or Ray Davies. Remastered from original tapes, these were the albums that spawned the hits 'Rabbit' 'Ain't No Pleasing You' 'Margate' and 'London Girls' as well as in-concert faves 'Give It Some Stick Mick' (written about drummer Mick Burt, the third part of the equasion), 'Doesn't Anyone Speak English?' and 'Wish I Could Write A Love Song'. The 'Lahndahn' they talk about is no longer with us, but these fully annotated and illustrated albums will remain. Nine bob to you, mate, or I'll knock you dahn to a Lady if you're FAAAAAAAAHM'LY. . . .
A comprehensive collection, charting the Chi-Lites early career on Brunswick. Includes early singles and the complete albums: Give It Away, I Like Your Lovin (Do You like Mine?), (For Gods Sake) Give More Power To The People, Lonely Man and A Letter To Myself. A superb mid priced CD of '60s/'70's Chicago soul, featuring over forty songs. Includes: "Troubles A Comin", "I Want To Pay You Back", "The Coldest Days Of My Life" and "Price Of Love"
Combining twenty six hits and rarities from the King Records stalwart, who famously died in the same plane crash as Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins. Hillbilly/honky tonk style country with his marvellous mellow vocals made Cowby Copas a big star, the tragic plane crash effectively overshadowing his own legacy. This CD concentrates on his early days when he was King Records biggst selling artist. Features some great backing by guitarists by Roy Lanham and Merle Travis, as well as Copas' own superb picking style.
The father of truck driving music, this CD collects his twenty four Mercury singles during his commercial peak. Lyrically focussing on the lifestyle of truck drivers and their lifestyles, with a honky tonk, rocky backing, he effectively created a new genre and made himself a hero for US long distance drivers. Includes: "Keep On Truckin", "Viet Nam Blues" and "Last Night In The Mines."
Dexter's first two soul albums from '76 and '77. A Jazz/funk masterpiece followed by his more soulful side.The great thing about Philly International was that EVERYBODY involved got to make a record- the singers, the dancers, the drummer, probabaly even the tea lady. Dexter Wansel was the head of A&R, for gawdsakes,but that didn't stop him from writing and producing for every artist on the label's top tabel- Teddy Pendergrass, The O Jays, Billy Paul, Patti Labelle, Lou Rawls and the Jones Girls- or cutting some damn fine solo albums of his own. Features guest appearances from Jean Carn and Terri Wells. Includes: "Together Once Again", "Disco Lights" and "Going Back To kingston Town."
The great thing about Philly International was that EVERYBODY involved got to make a record- the singers, the dancers, the drummer, probabaly even the tea lady. Dexter Wansel was the head of A&R, for gawdsakes,but that didn't stop him from writing and producing for every artist on the label's top tabel- Teddy Pendergrass, The O Jays, Billy Paul, Patti Labelle, Lou Rawls and the Jones Girls- or cutting some damn fine solo albums of his own. This CD contains his third and fourth, originally released in 1978 and 79. 'Voyager' is, as its sci-fi cover will testify, a collection of spacey jazz-funk ( a bit like Earth Wind And Fire without the Earth), whilst 'Time Is Sliipping Away' moves into the realms of smoooooooooth, sweet soul with backing vocal contributions from the aforementioned Joneses and Terri Wells. Expertly annotated (oo-er, missus!!) and repackaged.
Second solo album from the former Orange Juicer, released in 1990. As always, Collins strong lyrical ideas are the keystone to this album, surprisingly backed by a lot of synths and keyboards rather than a full band set up. Eleven tracks, featuring: a cover of Smokey Robinsons "My Girl Has Gone", "You Poor Deluded Fool" and "It Might As Well Be You."
1991 effort from the baggy group most famous for "Altogether Now." Ten track album, expanded with Terry Farley remix EP and a remix CD of the singles. Neo-psychedelic grooves and blissed out pop hooks mark this album out, very much of it's time having been released at the very end of the Madchester scene. At thirty eight tracks, this is as complete as it can get. Features: "Stepping Stone", "Groovy Train", "Don't Let Me Down" and "Higher And Higher."
Fourteen track album, probably the best of Bass's career. A fantastically soulful album that was criminally ignored by the public at the time, comparable with Aretha Franklin for her rootsy, passionate vocal performance. Includes: "Talking About Freedom", "Home Wrecker", "I Need To Be Loved" and "My God. My Freedom. My Home"
Featuring highlights from Hi Records men of Soul, including Otis Clay, George Jackson, Charlie Rich, Lyndon, Don Bryant, O.V. Wright, Bobo Mr. Soul and Billy Davis. Mid price twenty six compilation, mostly made up of Southern soul and dancefloor from the '70's. A superb attempt at re-evaluating the belief that Al Green was the only major Star on Hi records at the time.
Two early '80's albums the duo that emerged from the ashes of 10CC in the late 70's. Excellent production values and pop sensiblities balanced between accessible popular music and avant garde rock in the mode of Frank Zappa. Twenty three track double CD that includes ten bonus tracks. Features: "Worm And The Rattlesnake", "Welcome To Breakfast Television", "The "Dare You" Man", and "Golden Boy (12" mix)."
Seventeen tracks from the duo that emerged from the ashes of 10CC in the late 70's. Excellent production values and pop sensiblities balanced between accessible popular music and avant garde rock in the mode of Frank Zappa. Two albums on one CD. Vastly talented players, producers and singers that excell at this sort of genius. Guests include Consequence stars Peter Cook and Sarah Vaughn.
A cracking compilation of a real boom time for R&B in the US. Thirty one of the finest cuts from the select chicago players, recording for Cobra and ABCO. Featuring Sunnyland Slim, Guitar Shorty, Memphis Slim, Morris Pejoe, Harold Burrage, Boy Williamson and Arbee Stidham. Surprisingly high in quality considering the short period of time and that they all come from the same city! A real capturing of the sheer raw talent of the time.
Twenty three track compilation of one of the original practitioners of Western Swing. A huge success on US TV as a comedic performer in the late '40's, he had been in various bands for over ten years, so the exposure gave him the opportunity to record as a solo artist. This is easily his most commercially successful period, although he would contiue to record into the '70's and briefly experiment with jazz. He achieved hits with the title track and "Bloodshot Eyes" by '50. This album also includes recordings Penny made in the mid '40's with the various bands he was leader of in search of success. Features unreleased alternate versions of his hits and "My Life Ain't No Bed Of Roses" and "Shivers."
The Country vocalist/guitarist's complete recordings on King Records. Slowly working towards a commercial success outside the country circuit after a steady twenty climb and years of popular radio/live shows before he was killed in the same plane crash as Patsy Cline in '63 (having to postpone your career for a stint in the US army for WWII can't have helped much) Not quite his whole career is covered here, as he briefly jumped ship in the mid '50's before returning to King. A deep singing voice and a vast personality makes this twenty one track collection an absolute treat to hear. Includes previously unreleased versions of his popular hits, including: "Back To The Doghouse", "Unwanted", "Everybody's Got A Girl But Me" and "The Life Of Hank Williams."
Fourteen track live album, top draw mid '90's country. Heather's tales of heartbreak and breakup are earnest and essential. Largely featuring fine live versions of tracks from her first two albums and the odd cover recorded in England, really highlighting what an intelligent singer songwriter she is. Includes: "Love Me A Little Longer", "Rum And Rodeo" and "Walk Through This World With Me."
Huge 4 CD compilation from Hi, featuring ALL of their best artists performing ALL of their best songs! Included are numerous tracks by Ann Peebles, the mighty Al Green, Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Syl Johnson, Jean Plum, Willie Walker, O.V.Wright, Eric Tigg, Quiet Elegance,The Masquerades and more! An essential starting point (if you have some money In your pocket) for Hi records and all of the artists involved. Near one hundred songs for your pleasure this really is Memphis Soul as it should be heard.
Comparable with greats like Fats Domino, this is Twenty of the best Huey "Piano" tracks, incorporating his hit singles and rare tracks. A hugely important figure of the New Orleans R&B scene and a skilled song writer, this is a fine guide to his finest moments that never dall below genius. Includes: "Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas-And The Sinus Blues", "I Think You're Jivin' Me" and "Free, Single And Disengaged"
Jean is a queen of most true soul fans' hearts. This two albums on one CD come from 1978 and '79 and demonstrate some more of her fine Philly soul. Sixteen tracks. These albums include the R&B hits: What's on Your Mind", "Was There All It Was" and "Give It Up" as well as her more romantic side with the second albums title track (a duet with Glenn Jones) and "Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things.)" CD booklet contains photos and expert annotation.
Twenty four tracks from the underrated earlier rock n roller, often unfairly included among the studio controlled artists and teen idols that were sanitising rock n roll in an attempt to sell it commercially. Writing most of his own songs and possessing a fine soulful voice, there is a hidden emotional depth and character to these tunes that easily surpasses his contemporaries.
A brilliant double album from the former Ultravox! Frontman, based on Claude Debussy's Cathedral Oceans. This highly evocative soundscape from the late '90's has really captured a magnificent sense of hope and peace. A genuinely pleasant surprise for his fans of old, the use of symhonic synths and samplers are a masterstroke. An overwhelming success, essential chilli out / relaxation music of the highest order. Twenty one tracks.
John's final solo album of the '80's, marking a break from recording for ten years. Released in '85, this is a surprisingly organic album for the former Ultravox! vocalist, guitars and backing vocals are added to the icy synth mix, a notable departure from his sound over the past eight or so years. Ten track album expanded with three bonus tracks.
Having been part of the formation of Ultravox! In 1975, Foxx left in 1979 and soon started releasing solo records. This ten track follow up to Matamatic has been expanded with five bonus tracks. Includes: "Swimmer 1and 2", "Young Man", "When I Was A Man And You Were A Woman" and "Night Suit."
More icy Kraftwerk inspired pop. Fusing experimental synths and technique with popular culture melodies set John ahead of all of his peers with this '83 release. Fascinating and distant, this is among the best of the early '80's synth pop. Ten track album expanded with six bonus songs. Includes: "A Woman On A Stairway", "Sitting At The Edge Of The World" and the stand out "Ghosts On The Water."
Twenty two track double album, combining a live recording from '83 and John's comeback tour in '98. A fascinating chronicle of his career, from icy synth's of the early '80's to… icy synths of the '90's! Omnidelic features guest performances from Louis Gordon. The earlier performances find John preforming his hits of the time in compelling form, while thesecond set makes you wish he hadn't dissappeared from the live/studio scene for ten years. Includes: "The Garden", "Endlessly", "20th Century" and "Systems Of Romance."
A partnership of two of the best figures in electronica on this previously unreleased twenty seven track double album. Ambience is the order of the day and it is of the highest quality. An album you can easily submege into and never come out.
Travelling partne to Robert Johnson, sadly overshadowed by his good friend's vast influence on modern blues/rock/everything. A fine musician/songwriter in his own right who shouldn't be ignored or over looked. Fifteen tracks, including: "Ramblin', "Livin' in The White House" and "Evening Sun."
Sixteen track, two albums on one CD. Featuring the more interesting, playful side of the Girls recorded when R&B was becoming more electronic in the early '80's. A healthy mix of jazzy covers and sensual rhythm and blues tracks, this sees an older, wiser collection of songs that reflects the changing dance scene of the time and the end of their relationship with producer, songwriter duo Gamble/Huff. Includes: "Night Over Egypt", "Better tHings To Do" and "(You Got ) The Right Stuff."
Two albums on the same CD, the Jones Girl's first two highly successful efforts on the charts. Sixteen tracks from Philly International's highly popular producer/songwriter duo Gamble/Huff amongst others.This compilation is probably their best stuff, bringing together their sweet and the rough side,radio friendly singles and jazzy influenced rhythm and blues, poppy lyrics and thoughtful sermons on the inbalance between men and women. Includs the million selling "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else", "Children Of The Night" and the bonus track "Eternally."
Two albums on one disk. One of England's most underrated songwriters and vocalists, a true mistress of her craft. From '79, these two albums represent a real peak for Judie, excellent songs, a brilliant vocal and backing performance as well as a fine mix of tempos and moods means there really is no better introduction to her heavily underrated career. Includes: The great title tracks, "New Friends Again", "Living O nThe Coast" and "Bring The Rain."
Thirty seven track compilation of Jumpin' Gene Simmons (not him from Kiss) complete recordings on HI, the first CD are the singles, the second the Jumpin' album plus bonus tracks. Originally achieving success in '63 with the novelty "Haunted House", Gene quickly moved on to his more favoured roots style rock and country but it achieved little success. A fine performer, his charm is etched throughout these tracks and it is odd that his style didn't latch on with a mass audience, the strength of the teen market, being well known for a novelty song and the British Invasion can't have helped him much. Features: "Teddy Bear", "Hey, Hey Little Girl", "Slippin' And A Slidin'" and "Wedding Bells." With the addition of bonus tracks, this is the complete picture of a forgotten artist.
Covering Wells' output on Chief, Profile and USA between '57 and '63. Twenty four tracks featuring Earl Hooker as a guest on two tracks. Includes: "Two-Headed Woman", "Little By Little (I'm LosingYou)", "The Things I'd Do For You" and "One Day (Every Goodbye Ain't Gone.)"
Twenty five track compilation of the first female country star. Her tales are of a woman who has been tempted outside of her marriage and the men who have led her there, wrestling with the guilt and the remorse of her actions. Gripping stuff, recorded for Decca throughout the '50's into the early '60's. Coming from a transitional time in country, when the rootsy honky tonk sounds were being smoothed over for the growing commercial market, both formats appear on this album, Wells' voice undulled throughout. A hard task trying to cover the best of her career and fit it onto a single disk, this is probably as good a selection as you could ask for.
Two albums on one CD frm '70 and '73. Twenty two tracks of earthy, gritty blues and not a filler in sight. One of the founders of R&B/Blues, this is a mighty fine collection of seminal works in the genres history. A highly mannered, sophisticated, yet passionate performer made this vocalist a big hit for decades and worthy of a re-release of some of his best material. Includes: "You've Got The Love I Need", "You're Not The Only One Baby (Who's Got Someone Across Town)" and "As Long As I Don't Have To See You."
Two albums on one CD, including Little Johnny's '62 debut. Twenty tracks of earthy, gritty blues from '79, with not a filler in sight. One of the founders of R&B/Blues, this is a mighty fine collection of seminal works in the genres history. Includes: "Don't Do It", "I Asked Myself A Question", "When Are You Coming Home" and "I Can't Sell Myself As A Woman Can."
Lou Rawls' death in January 2006 robbed the world of one of popular music's greatest tenor voices. Here we present his sixth and seventh albums for the Philadelphia International label, both issued in 1979. This package includes the hits 'Let Me Be Good To You' and 'Ain't That Loving You' (For More Reasons Than One)' and features the songwriting and production skills of Gamble and Huff, Dexter Wansel and Thom Bell. The booklet is authoritatively annotated (AAARGH! That word again!!) by Tony Rounce.
Record obsessive/Comedian Mark Lamarr's twenty four track attempt to show what Ace records was realy like. Happily this means it isn't just a greatest hits package, but a labour of love that features all the different acts you could hear from the label. Largely obscure acts like Joe Tex, Frankie Ford, Frankie Lee Sims, the Blue Dots and the Supremes make up the bulk of the album, but Mark clearly couldn't resist sticking in Huey "piano" Smith. The blues output of Ace is represented by Sammy Myers, Earl King, H-Bomb Ferguson and Floyd Dixon, while their rockabilly side o gives us rare classics from the Phaetons, Hershel Almond, Eddy Seacrest and Danny Ray. Funny and informative liner notes by Lamarr rounds of a fine package.
Record obsessive/Comedian Mark Lamarr's twenty two compilation of great early Rock n Roll / Rhythm n Blues numbers that have been ignored or lost. Feaetures The Lamplighters, Ruby Ray Moore, Otis Redding, Big John Greer and Ba Ba Thomas. A genuinely superb collection of obscure acts who deliver the goods. Informative / humourous liner notes by Lammarr complete this fine album.
A popular writer, producer combo at Philly International who tried their hand at performing as well on the PIE label. Fine disco, funk, soul that is an essential watermark of the '70's scene. Includes the classic title track, "Do You Want To Dance?", "Don't Feel Bad", "Love Song No 690 (Life's No Good Without You)" and two bonus tracks.
Twenty four tracks spanning '47-'50. Merging his natural country swing seamlessly with blues, rock n roll and honky tonk, Moon was effectively a fore father of modern day rock n roll but has been seemingly forgotten. This collection is certainly not his most heart racing period, this is Mulligan at his relaxed best. His easy vocal style and countrified songs made him a big hit. Includes hit singles, bluesy numbers and lesser known tracks. Features: "I Left Mu Heart In Texas", "I'l Sail My Ship Alone", "Trouble, Trouble" and "My Tears Will Pour Just LikeThe Rain."
A superb vocal harmony group who sadly rarely troubled the mid '70's charts. Gospel influences, occaisionally heavy political lyrics and great production marks these two albums combined onto one CD. Seventeen tracks including: "Desire Me", "We're All In This ThingTogether", "A Prayer" and "Those Lies Done Caght Up WithYou."
Seventeen track 2 albums on 1 CD from one of Philadelphia soul's most popular and long-lived outfits, still considered to be one of the greatest vocal groups in musical history, embodying the Philly soul sound in the 70s. Recorded at the end of the '70's, this is a continuation of their Gamble and Huff (and Thom Bell and Bunny Sigler) produced political anthems/rhythm and blues/heartful ballads. Notable for it's eventual shift away from their political lyrics due to the popularity of disco at the time and the group beginnig to work with other producers, this is a critical group of albums in the O'Jays career.
Sixteen early '80's tracks from one of Philadelphia soul's most popular and long-lived outfits and are still considered to be one of the greatest vocal groups in musical history. Two albums on one CD, sadly ignored by the pop charts during '80 and '82. Featuring the fantastic: "Your Body's here With Me (But Your Mind's On The Other Side Of Time", embraced by the R&B charts as the classic it is, "You Won't Fail" and "The Answer's In You."
The fantastical soulful vocals of O. V. Wright captured here are essential, winning over fans like Otis Redding and attacking the US R&B charts with a passion. Over thirty tracks, incorporating his three albums: Into Something (Can't Shake Loose), The Bottom Line and We're Still Together, plus unreleased bonus tracks. Featuring: "Try To Live My Life Without You", "Since You Left These Arms Of Mine", "I'm Gonna Stay" and "Rhymes."
From 1978, fifty minutes of the incredible impassioned vocals of this R&B/soul giant. Featuring the medley: "God Blessed our Love"/"When A Man Loves A Woman"/"That's How Strong My Love Is"/"You're Gonna Make Me Cry", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled And Crazy", and "Love And Happines."
Classics recorded at the Cobra label by the passionate, gritty and boisterous singer/guitarist. One of the men responsible for the West Side guitar style and had a fabulous tortured vocal technique. Featuring his hits o fthe time and some alternative versions: "My Love Will Never Die", "Groaning The Blues", "Jump Sister Bessie" and "It Takes Time."
Three '80's albums on 2 CD's from the soul/ dance queen. Signing with Philly International in '81, these are her subsequent first three albums for them. Strong production and arrangements combine with Patti's diversification into dance and country as wel as her soul ballads. A surprisingly ignored part of her career that began in the '60's, this is a perfect anthology of her time with Philly. Includes: "Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie", "Love Bankrupt", "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "When Am I Gonna Find True Love."
Every song ever recorded and released on the short lived Soul Subsidary label of Hi Records in the mid to late '70's, when the label was at it's commercia land critical peak. Willie Clayton, Known Facts, Silk Storm, Jimmy Mack, The Memphians and The Jackonians were the only artists who appeared for Pawn Records, their twenty two Soul flavours caught here, six tracks making ther CD debut. Highly collectable soul.
Twenty one track compilation of Peppermint's best electric Texan blues. Arguably his best period was with Jewel, his natural, easy going vocal tones and "drunken" songs never sounding so consistent and relevant . Having scored a few early hits with tales of heavy drinking, Peppermint continued this trend throughout his time with Jewel, although he does reveal far more with these recordings; a natural performer, writer, arranger that excelled when given the chance to work with a big band or a simple blues outfit. Twenty one tracks, featuring an alternative take of one of his biggest hits, "Raining In My Heart.", "Bad Bad Whiskey", "Lonesome As I Can Be", and "Key To The Highway."
More amazing Philly soul grooves, this time from top diva Phyllis Hyman, the belle of the Gamble and Huff ball. This CD, which contains her debut and second albums, both produced by Thom Bell. Sadly Phyllis isn't with us anymore, but the albums are, and now they come repackaged with expert annotation. Go get'em, soul brothers and sisters.
Jewel case vesion with bonus tracks, largely studio outtakes / alternate recordings and instrumental versions of album tracks. Expanded to nineteen tracks. 1971 album with a slightly different line-up from previously, but still concentrating on the twin keyboard and mock classical approach, although the wah-wah Hendrix like guitar of Robin Trower was becoming more noticeable, and the lack of a fulltime organist gave the multitalented Chris Copping more room to play bass. On 'Whisky Train' the band actually sound like Blue Cheer or some other heavy-as-lead power trio, execept that there were four of them (five including lyricist Keith Reid) More importantly, this was the album on which Reid, after a nervous breakdown, really spilled his guts onto the page, replacing the quaint allegories and Lear/Carroll-influenced acid poetry of the preceding three albums (although 'Whaling Stories' continued the maritime theme of 'A Salty Dog') with a collection of songs about rotting corpses, overdosed girls, executions, sloth and decadence, apocalyptic visions of 'streets awash with blood and pus', Manson, alcoholism, drug dependency, suicide and most worryingly, on 'Still There'll Be More', what sound like actual threats to rape and murder people. This was no longer the twee popsike of 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' or 'She Wandered Through The Garden Fence', this was the sound of a band coming to terms with the end of a hippy dream that had become a nightmare. Which makes the playful 'kiddies board game' design of the cover even more unnerving. Now also includes instrumental takes of: "About To Die" and "Still There'll Be More" as well as alternate takes of "Your Own Choice", "Barnward Story" and more.
Twenty one track compilation of the soulful three piece on Hi Records, featuring largely their singles (A and B Sides) output and bonus alternative mixes and album tracks. Always more successful as a serious touring act, these recordings capture some ignored high quality soul gems, produced by Willie Mitchell and Dan Greer. Singing mostly Al Green covers and with a stellar production team behinf them, these were certainly not just another girl group. They quickly disbanded after their unsuccessful Hi contract ran out. Includes: "Love Will Make Me Feel Better", "Mama Said", "Set The Record Straight" and "You Brought The Sun Back Into My Life."
The complete recordings of this early '60's rock n roll band that got forgotten in the explosion of the British Invasion. Notably covering the same songs as the Beatles and most of the many rhythm and blues outfits ("Twist And Shout", "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear") at the same time, their arrival on the scene couldn't have been worse timed and denied them the chance of a long term career they could have had. Twenty three tracks by the four Filipino brothers and their father, including their hit single, "Killer Joe", "She Makes Me Wanna Dance" and "Bye Bye Baby"
A superb selection of all the best artists on J.O.B between '52-'62 with their best songs. Over fifty songs, featuring: Johnny Shines, The Fat Man, Floyd Jones, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Grace Brimm, Little Hudson, Snooky Pryor and more. Includes: "Man Around My Door", "Don't Hang Around", "I'm Looking For A Woman" and "Why Should I Worry?"
Three '60's albums on one CD, thirty three tracks of prime Big O material, including some wonderful reinterpretations of classics such as Chuck Berry's "Memphis Tennessee" , The Bee Gees "Words" and "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. Singing bittersweet tales of poignant yearning as well as good natured, innocent romance songs, Roy always seems to be in his element, absolutely unshakeable no matter what material he is toying with. As always, utterly sublime and essential.
An interesting combination of two of Roy's most contrasting albums. Released one after the other, the first is almost entirely standards and original ballads, while The Big O has some of Roy's best rock n roll performances of his entire career. This really is the two sides of the same coin, a fantastic comparison that really brings into focus his strengths as an emotional or rollicking performer. Includes: "Unchained Melody", "Casting My Spell", "Heartache" and "Help Me Rhonda."
Two albums from '67 and '71, The Big O lending his remarkable vocal talents to songs by two of the biggest Country stars. He is in his element here, singing bittersweet tales of poignant yearning as well as good natured, innocent romance songs. Twenty three tracks, including: "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (surely one of the most covered classics of all time), "Far Far Away", "Blue, Blue Day" and "(Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep."
Twenty Seven tracks of quite naïve, gentle country pop. Seen as a novelty at the time and almost completely ignored in the US, her work has a really enjoyable charm with hindsight (and the listener not having to much of a cynical heart.) Includes her tribute to the Buddy Holly plane crash "Three Stars", "Toddle-Loo To You", "Pigtails On Parade" and ""Rummy Dumb Bunny."
Ten track debut album from the former Jones Girls lead singer, first released in '86. Featuring the writing/production genius of Gamble/Huff, Dexter Wansel, Bunny Sigler and Larry Davis, this is classic Philly International grooves, comparable with the best of the Jones Girls output. A fine mix of ballads and uptempo dance sonhs, thisis prime '80's material. Plus! features two bonus tracks. Includes: "Last Night I Needed Somebody", "We Can Work It Out" and "I'l Do Anything For You (Remix)."
53 track double CD compilation, mastered from the extensive tape vaults of the legendary Ace Records. Featuring top names like Earl King, Lightnin' Slim, Big Boy Crudup, Fred Mc Dowell, Sammy Myers and H-Bomb Ferguson and more. An unusual feature on this attractive package is the inclusion of eight tracks by we don't know who, they are listed as Unknown Male/Female singer. Although their name has been lost in the mists of time, their music is still with us. These two CDs combine a host of rare tracks as well as alternate takes of some of their best known songs. Includes: "Feeling So Low" by Dave Dixon, "She's 19 Years Old" by John Littlejohn, "Standing At The Crossroads" by Bad Smitty and "Whiskey And Women" by by unknown.
CD reflecting the US Beat group's their most prolific and successful period - 1964 to '66. Influences ranged from Beatles beat through Tex-Mex dance to jazz garage rock and swing. Always more popular in their native US, this Beat Rocket extended collection compiles the hits and more of the late Doug Sahm led combo. Features: "In The Jailhoues Now #2", "When I Sing The Blues" and "You're Out Walking The Streets Tonight (versions 1 & 2.)"
Seminal Post War Chicago Blues. Snooky Pryor's rowdy, intense recordings on The Planet and J.O.B labels, also featuring tracks by Moody Jones, Floyd Jones and Johnny Young. Includes: "Uncle Sam Don't Care My Man", "Let Me Ride Your Mule", "RoughTreatment" and "Walking Boogie."
Digitally remastered classics from the Jewel / Paula Records Vaults. Most of this prime Soul / R&B material was previously only available on 7" Singles. Twenty seven tracks featuring Larry Houston, Willie Rodgers, Ernie Johnson, Billy Keene, Johnny and Jon and Buddy Ace.
More digitally remastered classics from the Jewel / Paula Records Vaults. Most of this prime Soul / R&B material was previously only available on 7" Singles. Twenty six tracks featuring George Perkins, Merle Spears, Jackie Day, Stabley Winston, Tommy Ridgeley and Lee "Shot" Williams.
Along with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, the greatest bluegrass artists of all time, the genre wouldn't be anywhere near as relevant without the Brothers. Lonesome mountain harmonies, unique banjo playing and great songs. Covering only three years of recordings, these classics of bluegrass indicates what level of song writing genius we are dealing with here. Mixing simplicity with pure unadulterated beauty was their forte. Twenty four tracks including: "Love Me Darling, Just For Tonight", "The Drunken Driver", "Shackles And Chains" and "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow."
Early recordings of the blues man on The Cobra and J.O.B labels, featuring alternate versions, incomplete sketches and some previously unreleased tracks. Featuring contributions from Floyd Jones and Robert Jr. Lockwood. Includes: "Highway 61. (alternate takes 1-4)", "Bassology", "Big World" and "Dust My Broom (takes 1-2)"
Eighteen track compilation of two '70's albums from one of the few great characters/eccentrics of music. Having worked as a producer, engineer, and occasional songwriter with Atlantic Records in the '60s, he moved onto his slightly bizarre soul. Lyrically he mixes his lust for women with the odd political rant and attacks on capitalism (surely some sort of holy trinity?) Includes: "Lady Madonna", "I'm Gonna Keep On Lovin' You #9", "Mind Over What's The Matter" and "Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home?"
2 disc set of prime glam rock containing preformances from the London Rainbow 1977, and the Portsmouth Locarno (Marc's last ever UK show) with special guests The Damned. Features: "Dandy In The Underworld", "Visions Of Domino", "Token Of My Love","I Love To Boogie." and the storming 11 minute version of "Get It On" where the Damned join Marc on stage.The second disc includes Marc in conversation and playing acoustic versions of songs in between, which until now has been previously unreleased.
Ted Taylor - 30 years of recordings on some 20 different labels, including half-a-dozen R&B hits, yet still a 'great unknown' of the soul world! Forty nine tracks of his golden Jewel and Ronn period of '65-'74; this has to be his most consistant period, his lengthy career has numerous hits littered throughout but this nine year period is razor sharp. A sophisticated, stylish Soul singer much admired by the Southern Soul fraternity, capable of a trully beautiful falsetto that can turn heads. Includes: "I Need Your Love So Much", "Something Strange Is Going On In My House", "This Is A Troubled World" and "Cummins Prison Farm."
Two superb Teddy albums on one CD, both from the early '80'. These albums were released just before his near fatal car crash and show him in a hot streak. A mixture of fine soul ballads like "Turn Off The Lights" and "you’re my Latest, My Greatest Inspiration" and kicking, party time Rhythm And Blues numbers: "If You Know Like I Know," one of Pendergrass' best ever disco tracks and "Life Is a Circle." Understandably Philly International's top selling artists at the time, this is essential funk/disco.
After leaving Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes, this was Teddy's two debut solo album from '78. Sexy, playful and romantic is his style, performing either uptempo numbers of which he was a huge success, or the ballads that he was soon to master. Two brilliant efforts combined here, totalling fifteen tracks.
A superb singer who briefly left her gospel background to release a few 45's and an LP in '73, collected here. It is a real shame this is her only venture outside gospel as she is a real natural talent, lifting these subtly structured funk songs to a higher level, all through her spot on vocal phrasing and charisma. Comparable with the best of any of the soul queens of the '70's. Includes five bonus tracks. Sixteen tracks, including: a fine reinterpretation of Percy Sledge's "Take Time To Know Him", "You Came Just In Time", "Hit And Run Lover" and "She Don't Have To See You (To See Through You)."
1985 release from Toyah, alternating between new wave and pure pop songs. Original nine track album now has five bonus tracks. Includes: "Broken Diamonds", "Baptised In Fire", "Laughing With The Fools" and "Dreamscape."
More Gamble and Huff-based shennanigans from one of the Philadelphia scene's funkdoobiest, mostboogiest, grooviest bands, you know, the ones wot done 'Disco Inferno' 'Hold Back The Night' 'Stop And Think' and 'Oh Waa Hey' ( possibly an inspiration for Martin Clunes?) Originally released as a compilation for Philadelphia International in 1975, featuring different mixes to the single versions: now rereleased on CD with even more from famed mix-em-up merchant Tom Moulton. Boogaloo and do that funky thing!!
Compilation of the absolute best in Hi's female Soul output, featuring Ann Peebles, Quiet Elegance, Donna Rhodes, Joint Venture Imported Moods, Duncan Sisters and more. Twenty six tracks of high class from a golden period of Soul from start to finish. Includes: "Stepchild", "Hurting Over You Boy", "What Have You Done With My Heart" and "He's Got It."
Likely to cause outrage with your neighbours if played too loud, this is a comedy/parody record dealing with the English' attitude to the native people of the colonies they were invading during the Victorian era. Almost entirely spoken word, it is extremely hard to follow due to Viv's constant and fantastically skilled word play, stream of consciousness style. If people manage to keep up, they might notice the tongue in cheek attack on Empire era racism, that could easily be taken the wrong way. More fool them!
Having been hugely successful for Capitol records for ten years, Faron switched to Mercury and continued where he left off, with yet more country chart success. This collection sees him move away from his original roots and introduces more string arrangements and Despite this, Faron never lost that edge, a beautifuly emotive voice delivering any material with a high level of passion. Twenty Four tracks of notably diverse country/rural honky tonk, making him one of the few to have such a wide taste in arrangements/styles and still have a consistantly successful career. A fine compilation of Young's twelve years at Mercury.
An interesting testament to the way country music was developing and early rock n roll emerging from the mist. Heartfelt vocals and super guitar work from the ex-sessioner help the switch from traditional country and western to a Bill Haley esque rock n roll rhythm a full year before Bill was doing it! Includes: "Jersey Rock", "A Drunkards Confession", "Chew Tobacco Rag" and "I Got Loaded"