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Various - Out In The Streets Again: The Soul Sounds Of Scepter Records (LP)
A vault’s worth of solid gold treasures! Nearly all the cuts included here are legendary, high-dollar 45s, presented in their original—and danceable!—mono mixes. The sound of thousands of dollars’ worth of revered R&B, from Sundazed! The legendary Florence Greenberg was one of very few women who envisioned, launched and ran a hugely-successful record company. She liked to say that she was “a white woman in a black business who couldn’t carry a tune!” But, she sure knew talent: talented artists, songwriters, producers, sales and promo people. For many amazing years, Mrs. Greenberg helmed a label comparable in size to Motown: not quite a major, but much more substantial than most indies. Scepter Records grew and flourished by cultivating an amazing network of independent writers and producers: Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Luther Dixon, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Van McCoy, and many, many others. And now, compiled here are 15 exhilarating Scepter recordings – all incredible dance-floor sides (nearly $3k of original wax!), lovingly pressed onto one glorious album. Viva, Florence! Viva, Scepter Records! Dim the lights, turn this soulful platter up and get ready to move!!!
On red vinyl!!!
Stant Barbara - My Mind Holds On To Yesterday (clear) (LP)€35,00
”Shiptown Clear Vinyl” = clear seafoam green.
Barbara Stant launched her career at Norfolk, Virginia’s own, Shiptown Records. Starting as one of the Idets (the labels own version of Motown’s Adantes), Barbara found herself singing in sessions for a variety of artists. But her own talent didn’t go unrecognized, and Noah Biggs (Shiptown’s mogul), soon realized it was time to feature Barbara (who entered the company as Barbara Holmes) as a feature artist in her own rights.
Also, In Groups: The Idets
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.
Franklin Aretha - Queen In Waiting (3LP, Gold&black marbled) (LP)€45,00
180g/Columbia Years 60-65/2000 Cps Gold & Black Marbled
Before Aretha Franklin rose to fame, she was signed to Columbia Records. This 3LP compilation album is a collection of some of Aretha’s most notable songs during her time at Columbia from 1960 to 1965. The Queen in Waiting highlights Franklin’s jazz and big-band recordings, and includes the songs ”Won’t Be Long”, ”Walk On By”, ”Today I Sing The Blues” and ”Try A Little Tenderness” a.o.
Turner Ike & Tina - A Fool In Love (LP)€20,00
Ike & Tina Turner Rediscover the most magnificent Soul, R&B duo of all time according to the Rolling Stones. This vinyl shocases 16 key tracks including the hits with their early recordings that created their popularity ”A Fool In Love”, ”It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”, ”I Idolize You”, ”Poor Fool”, and ”Tra La La La La”.
Sunny And the Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul Vol.2 (LP)€29,90
Sunny Ozuna is a living legend and a man worthy of praise on many levels. In the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than Sunny is. He became a star right out of high school in the late ’50s and hasn’t looked back in the seven decades since. Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s ”American Bandstand” (in 1963). He penned ”Smile Now, Cry Later,” a hit for him and The Sunliners, which along with the theater masks that grace the album’s cover, became staples in the Chicano Soul and Lowrider Soul cultures.
We have been fans of Sunny & The Sunliners’ music for a long time. We first got in touch with Sunny to try to reissue some of his records in 2013 but we didn’t sign a deal until 2015. It took a trip to San Antonio and then two years of steady phone calls before they decided ”if you have been chasing us for this long, you must be serious.” With Sunny’s blessing we started getting everything mastered, scanned, and planned. First we released 2017’s Mr Brown Eyed Soul Vol. 1 compilation that put rare 7″ sides next to some of his biggest hits and mixed in some choice album cuts for good measure. In the wake of that, we released three of Sunny’s full lengths with their original track lists and art: Smile Now, Cry Later, Little Brown Eyed Soul, and The Missing Link – all of which were Record Store Day releases that raised money for the victims of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. For the 7″ collectors, we reissued five 45s, making some very hard to come by sides widely available again and pressing some tunes on the format for the first time. In 2020, as an homage to Sunny, we released Dear Sunny… a compilation of Big Crown artists covering Sunny & The Sunliners songs. Through all of this we were able to do what we set out to do: get Sunny’s music to a new audience of people and make it all accessible and available again to his existing fanbase. Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His music and the music that it directly influenced are seeing a resurgence in popularity in the last few years. With any luck at all, our efforts played some small part in that, and on that note, we present Mr Brown Eyed Soul Vol. 2 – another compilation curated by us, where we dig a little deeper into Sunny’s catalog and pull some lesser known gems that hold court with his hits. Hats off again to Mr Brown Eyed Soul himself, San Antonio’s own, Sunny Ozuna, we are sure you will enjoy the music.
Peebles Ann & The Hi Rhythm Section - Live In Memphis (Ltd) (LP)€29,90
Live archive release.
This live performance by soul queen Ann Peebles features backing by many of the same musicians with whom she recorded the jewels of her catalog. The album, produced by David Less, is the only known live recording of Peebles and Hi Rhythm, the ensemble numbering a total of nine players behind Peebles as she offered her best known repertoire on the night of February 7, 1992 on a program billed An Evening of Classic Soul. Ann Peebles & the Hi Rhythm Section Live in Memphis includes such hits as ”Part Time Love, ” ”Straight From The Heart, ” ”(You Keep Me) Hangin’ On, ” ”I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” and her pop crossover hit ”I Can’t Stand The Rain, ” among others.
Franklin Aretha - Aretha (LP)€27,50
Uusintajulkaisu Arethan ekasta levystä vuodelta 1961.
High Quality , 2000cps Translucent Red
Aretha is an album by Aretha With The Ray Bryant Combo Franklin, released in 2022. Aretha includes a.o. the following tracks: “Won’t Be Long”, “Love Is The Only Thing”, “Maybe I’m A Fool”, “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and more. The album is a Coloured Vinyl, High Quality soul LP.
Watson Johnny Guitar - A Real Mother For Ya (180 gram, crystal clear) (LP)€25,00
The multi-talented Johnny “Guitar” Watson was known for his guitar skills and was one of the hottest blues artists during the 1950s. His 1977 funk album A Real Mother For Ya produced the same titled international hit song and features “Nothing Left To Be Desired” and “Lover Jones”. Also included is the 2020 Ben Liebrand Oldskool mix as a bonus track, which was not available on the original album. During his career, Johnny “Guitar” Watson influenced Jimi Hendrix amongst others and earned a Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album. Sadly Johnny “Guitar” Watson passed away while touring Japan in 1996. A Real Mother For Ya is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on crystal vinyl
Various - Motown Collected 2LP (White, Ltd,Numbered) (LP)€33,00
• 180 GRAM AUDIOPHILE VINYL
• PVC PROTECTIVE SLEEVE
• INCLUDES INSERT WITH PHOTOS AND CREDITS
• COMPILATION OF ARTISTS AND GROUPS FROM THE LEGENDARY MOTOWN RECORDS LABEL FOUNDED BY BERRY GORDY JR., IN 1960, DETROIT, USA
• CELEBRATING OVER 70 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH A SELECTION OF EARLY RECORDINGS, NO#1 HITS AND CLASSIC SOUL SONGS
• FEATURING MARVIN GAYE, THE SUPREMES, STEVIE WONDER, THE JACKSON 5, THE COMMODORES AND MANY MORE
• LIMITED EDITION OF 3000 INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED COPIES ON WHITE VINYL
Motown Collected brings together the biggest names in the rich history of this legendary label. From very early singles to the artists that made Motown a household name for decades to come and the cross-over pop success of the late 70’s and 80’s. Featuring legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson and The Commodores, as well as gems from the likes of Marv Johnson, Barrett Strong, The Marvelettes and Tom Clay and pop superstars Rick James, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and Debarge: just a selection of the 33 incredible tracks featured on Motown Collected.
The documentary Hitsville: The Making Of Motown’, featuring Motown founder Berry Gordy and many of this artists, will premiere in cinemas across Europe this summer as well.
MOV proudly presents new Collected compilation albums in collaboration with Universal Music. Motown Collected is the first one, available as a limited edition of 3000 numbered copies on white vinyl. It includes an insert with photos and credits.
Franklin Aretha - Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972 (2LP) (RSD) (LP)€30,00
Recorded Live at the National Association of Television & Radio Announcers Convention, Philadelphia, PA (1972)
Record Store Day exclusive release, part of the July 17th drops. Hype sticker says pressing is limited to 10,000 copies, meanwhile the United States Record Store Day websites states that this release is limited to 5,050 copies.
King Elizabeth - Living In The Last Days (LP)€27,00
Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. Memphis soul gospel queen Elizabeth King recorded her first single in 1970, and if all had gone as planned, she would have made her first album a few years later. Instead, it took another half century, but Living In The Last Days, the latest sacred soul long player from Memphis’s Bible and Tire imprint, captures King at the height of her powers, with the intervening decades only serving to stoke the flames of one of the most memorable voices in modern gospel music. Living In The Last Days is a triumph from the very first intimate vocal notes of the arresting opening track, ”No Ways Tired,” to the similarly moving closer, ”You’ve Got To Move,” dual studies in intensity that each build to a burning climax, bookending a searing selection of songs burnished by the down-home grooves of the Sacred Soul Sound Section. Additionally, the Sensational Barnes Brothers are on board for harmony vocals as are King’s old D-Vine Spirituals label mates the Vaughn Sisters and the D-Vine Spiritualettes.
Wilson Jackie - Nobody But You (LP)€29,00
From the mid-’50s through to the early ’70s, Jackie Wilson was a consistent hit-maker and master showman, known as one of the most dynamic singers in American R&B. Jackie Wilson has a dazzling record of 54 US Hot 100 and 49 R&B singles chart entries. ’Nobody But You’ is the final studio album by the soul great and is the first vinyl reissue of the 1976 album. Highlight includes ’Don’t Burn No Bridges’.
Various - Brunswick Northern Soul (LP)€29,00
From the mod 60s the legendary Brunswick label had the cream of Chicago soul, with the hits by Jackie Wilson and The Chi Lites to go with it. But beyond that, in the cracks and crevices they has some of the greatest and most influential rare soul, and this compilation brings you the best of that. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with new artwork and printed inner sleeve. So we have the classics which defined the genre by the likes of the Adam’s Apples with their Don’t Take It Out On This World, Marvin Smith with the Have More Time, Leroy Taylor with Oh Linda and of course Jackie Wilson’s opener The Who Who Song. We have more recent discoveries such as Tony Drake’s spectacular Suddenly, The Sweetest Thing by Channel 3 Billy Butler’s pounding George Clinton written ’I’ll Bet You’, and Jackie again with the swaying Because Of You. In between we have rare and collectible records by The Artistics, Gene Chandler, Jackie Ross and more. Together original copies of the records contained on this LP would cost you thousands, all gathered here for the price of a round of drinks.
Cropper Steve - Fire It Up (LP)
Steve Cropper was one of Stax Records main producers, songwriters and guitarist their house band Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Cropper was also a member of the Blues Brothers band
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him in the top 40 of its 100 all-time greatest guitarists
Steve Cropper has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, John Lennon, Jimmy Buffett, and many more