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Cogan Alma - The Very Best of Alma Cogan – He Just Couldn’t (CD)€15,00
Universally known as ’The girl with the laugh in her voice’, ALMA COGAN was The UK’s very first Princess of Pop.
She cut her very first record, ’To Be Worthy Of You’, on her 20th birthday in March 1952, and was rewarded with a Top 5 hit.
Alma topped the UK charts with ’Dreamboat’ in 1955, and during the 1950s she registered twenty-three hit Records in Britain, far more than any other female singer.
This is the first compilation to include all her UK hits, including further ’signature songs’ like ’Bell Bottom Blues’, ’I Can’t Tell A Waltz From A Tango’, ’Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo’ and ’Last Night On The Back Porch’, alongside the pick of her other singles.
Also featured are a number of her celebrated R&R covers, e.g. ’Tweedle Dee’, ’Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, ’Lucky Lips’, ’Fabulous’, ’This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin” and ’Pink Shoelaces’.
She enjoyed considerable international success, notably in Japan, where ’He Just Couldn’t Resist Her With Her Pocket Transistor’ topped the charts.
Alma died in 1966 at the tragically young age of thirty-four, at more or less the peak of her popularity, following a battle with ovarian cancer.
Presley Elvis - Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) (DVD)€20,00
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Paradise, Hawaiian Style is a 1966 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was the third and final motion picture that Presley filmed in Hawaii. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly box office chart, earning $2.5 million in theaters. In agreeing to do this film, Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was hoping to replicate the success of Presley’s 1961 film, Blue Hawaii.
Rick Richards (Presley) returns to his home in Hawaii after being fired from his job as an airline pilot. He and his buddy Danny Kohana (James Shigeta) go into the helicopter charter business together. But Rick’s reckless flying and his careless flirting with local women may cost Rick the business and Danny his home. This tendency seems to get in the way of their secretary, Judy ”Friday” Hudson (Suzanna Leigh) and Rick getting together.
Disaster looms as Danny becomes overdue on a flight after Rick has been grounded by government officials. Rick must decide if he should risk losing his license forever by going to look for his friend.
Elvis Presley as Rick Richards
Suzanna Leigh as Judy ”Friday” Hudson
James Shigeta as Danny Kohana
Jan Shepard as Betty Kohana
Philip Ahn as Moki Kaimana
Donna Butterworth as Jan Kohana
Marianna Hill as Lani Kaimana
Irene Tsu as Pua
Linda Wong as Lehua Kawena
Julie Parrish as Joanna
Red West as fighter in bar (uncredited)
Grady Sutton as Mr. Cubberson
Bland Bobby "Blue" - Further On Up The Road: The Duke Recordings 1955-1962 (2CD) (CD)€29,00
This all-new import compilation
(available on 2CD or 2LPs) from Southern
Routes presents a powerful set of
Bobby Blue Bland’s sublime recordings
for Don Robey’s Houston TX-based, Duke
Records, originally released from 1955
through the end of 1962. During this
term his music was a Tour de Force,
Bland’s powerhouse vocals backed by
savage, slashing guitars. He delivered
hit after hit and by 1961 with the release
of his legendary LP ”Two Steps From
The Blues” (included herein) Bobby
Bland had redened Texas Electric
Blues and Southern Soul simultaneously.
This is Excellent, Essential Music
— without a doubt, some of the greatest
Blues and Soul material ever recorded…
Various - Shrine Northern – The 60s Rarest Dance Label (LP)€35,00
Ace Records is proud to announce the purchase of the Shrine label and Eddie Singleton’s independent productions.
To celebrate we have compiled an album of the very best dance recordings the label made in 1965 and 1966, primarily in Washington DC.
The business’s failure made this music incredibly hard to find for record collectors and Shrine is rightly known as the rarest soul label.
It is much more than that though. The music was made by some one of the original founders of Motown, Raynoma Liles Gordy and her Motown-schooled cousin Mike Ossman, New York music business luminaries Eddie Singleton and Harry Bass and the up-and-coming talents of Washington’s Keni St Lewis and Maxx Kidd. The acts included the hugely respected Ray Pollard and fellow New Yorker J.D. Bryant, talented and established Washington and Baltimore acts Eddie Daye & The 4 Bars, Bobby Reed and the Enjoyables. Importantly, they discovered and developed the local talent of the area in the shape of the Cautions, Les Chansonettes, the Prophets and Shirley Edwards.
It took decades for UK Northern Soul fans to realise the significance of the label. It finally clicked for Stafford’s Top Of The World all-nighter DJs who searched out the incredibly hard to find later releases and played them to the cult-following of the rare soul scene. The scarcity was caused by Shrine pressing up a batch of fourteen future singles but only getting a handful released before they folded. The vast majority of the later releases were destroyed in a warehouse fire or simply binned as stillborn commercial failures.
• Such was the scarcity that when the first Shrine compilations were issued in 1990, the Prophets tracks from Eddie Singleton’s master tapes were assumed to be unreleased – until Shrine sleuth Andy Rix later obtained one from a group member.
The music captures the exuberance of soul music in its peak years. The rhythms are pounding, the vocals soaring and the songs positive and cleverly composed. Undeniably Motown-influenced, they never copy others’ songs but feature the group harmonies of New York City on the Counts, Enjoyables and Prophets singles, while the Ray Pollard and J.D. Bryant tracks have that city’s big ballad soul sound. Les Chansonettes and the D C Blossoms are shimmering femme group sounds at their most tantalising.
The label produced soul in many shades but here we’ve concentrated on its in-house dance specialties. Don’t worry about the price-tags; just listen to that quality.