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  • Byrd Bobby - Help For My Brother: The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-68 (CD)

    18,00

    For twenty years Bobby Byrd was James Brown’s right-hand man. In the latter part of this time he recorded some ground-breaking funk such as the much-sampled I Know You Got Soul produced by Brown. Before that he had spent the 1960s recording a series of 45s, all produced by Brown. This is the first-ever compilation of that work. Byrd’s family helped rescue Brown from his time in prison in the early 50s. Byrd then let Brown join his vocal group which was the starting point for his singing career. Byrd led his backing group the Famous Flames from this point on. When Brown had established himself well enough to make records with members of his revue, Byrd was top of the list of those he wanted to record.

    This compilation shows the power of both Brown as a producer and Byrd as a singer.

    24 songs have Brown pushing the sound of R&B and soul, looking for the next successful direction for his music. These recordings, released on Federal, Smash and King, are the missing links in the development of James Brown’s music and, as such, are historically important as well as fantastically good music.

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  • Carter John / Bobby Bradford - Self Determination Music (CD)

    13,00

    ”Rare West Coast experimental jazz album from 1970, on CD for the first time.”

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  • Guitar Slim Green - Stone Down Blues (CD)

    18,00

    Guitar Slim Green is a bluesman who made just a handful of 45s for West Coast-based labels between the late 40s and 1970. His final recordings were with Johnny Otis, resulting in this perfectly formed album Stone Down Blues, which features a young Shuggie Otis on guitar. Released on Kent it is one of the hardest to find recordings on that label. This is its first ever reissue. The CD includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded around the same time for Johnny Otis.

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  • Various - Soul Of Spanish Harlem (CD)

    18,00

    The mid-to-late ’60s produced an explosion of Latin Soul, emanating a few blocks east of Harlem’s Apollo Theater in East or Spanish Harlem. This compilation features the sweet harmony sounds of artists from the area – including Joe Bataan, Ralphi Pagan, the Lebron Brothers and a host of unknowns who recorded for labels such as Fania, Cotique and Speed. It also includes rare 45s by Parrish and 125th Street Candy Store. It gathers up some of the rarest and most sought after recordings of the era, including three-figure singles by Frankie Nieves, Tony Middleton and Harvey Averne which are collected by dancers, as well as Olivieri and Ralphi and the Latin Lovers which are sought-after by vocal group fans. The booklet features a wealth of rare or previously unseen memorabilia and photographs from the labels and artists. The sleeve notes tell the story of a unique and very brief period in the history of Latin music in America. A story with the sweetest of soundtracks. Beat Goes On.

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  • Various - Hard To Explain – More Shattered Dreams – Funky Blues 1968-1984 (CD)

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    A follow-up to Shattered Dreams (CDBGPD 229), this compilation takes a further look at the underground blues recording scene of the late 60s through to the early 80s when, left behind by the mainstream, blues artists tried to remain relevant by adding touches of soul and funk to their music. Of the 20 tracks, none were hits, although some were issued on bigger labels such as Stax and Modern. Artists such as Smokey Wilson, Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin used these discs as a calling card to help them gain club dates which is how they earned their living. You may not have heard of Obrey Wilson, Finis Tasby, Shakey Jake and Ice Water Slim, but they were typical of artists who musical fashion had left behind. Their struggle to create something relevant to their time created some of the wonderful fusions found on this disc. Four previously unreleased tracks and also some which appear on CD for the first time.

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  • Two Things In One - Together Forever-Music City Sessions (LP)

    22,00

    The Two Things In One are a band that should have been huge. The precociously-talented, soulful quintet were popular in the early 70s in their native San Francisco Bay Area with three local hits in the singles `Silly Song’, `Together Forever’ and `Over Dose’, all sought-after vinyl items today. * With an average age of just sixteen at the time of these recordings, all made for the legendary Music City label, this self-contained unit blended Stevie Wonder-like vocal chops and Meters/JB grooves with a rare ability for transforming unlikely covers such as the Allman Brothers’ `Dreams’ and Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s `Ohio’ into deeply funky workouts. During their time together, the Two Things In One recorded more than an album’s worth of superb, mostly original material, all of which can now be heard on Together Forever”. * Members later played with Tower Of Power, Sly & The Family Stone and other notables, and the Two Things In One story is a fascinating run-down of what could have been. * Produced in full co-operation with the band, ”Together Forever” gives full acknowledgement to a remarkably talented combo.”

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  • Various - Royal Grooves-Funk & Groovy Soul from the King Records Vaults (CD)

    17,00

    CD Description:

    * In the late 60s King Records were buoyed and inspired by their number one artist James Brown. The recordings that went down at their Cincinnati headquarters were a vibrant expression of funk & soul captured in BGP’s 23-track compilation.

    * Many of the tracks BGP have selected had direct James Brown involvement. Productions by him or his team include the super-rare single by the Brownettes, Clay Tyson’s proto rap `Man On The Moon’, the brilliant Wendy Lynn’s `I Can Remember’ – direct from master tape. In addition we’ve included classics by Kay Robinson, Hank Ballard, King Coleman and Leon Austin that have become increasingly difficult to find.

    * Pure funk by Kastle, the Presidents and Bill Doggett show the funk influence went further than James Brown and his crowd. BGP are especially pleased to be able to include a couple of super-rare singles issued on DeLuxe: `Do What You Wanna Do’ by Frank Howard & The Continentals and Barbara Burton & The Messengers’ `Love’s Sweet Water’. This is so rare that it may never have been issued officially and it’s such a great piece of groovy soul.

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  • Doggett Bill - Honky Tonk Popcorn (CD)

    17,00

    CD Description

    * One of the rarest King albums of the late 60s from the organ-playing `Honky Tonk’ hit-maker. Released on CD for the first time.

    * Features both sides of Doggett’s in-demand James Brown-produced single, `Honky Tonk Popcorn’ and a re-recording of `Honky Tonk’ featuring backing by the JBs.

    * The rest of the album sees Doggett’s touring band playing a cross between smoky late-night grooves and lowdown dirty funk. It also features his frenetic cover of `25 Miles’.

    * BGP have enhanced the album by adding six bonus tracks, five of which are previously unreleased, and one a single-only cover version of `For Once In My Life’. The unreleased cuts include some fantastic funk instrumentals that could be future classics.

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  • Various - The Godfather`s R&B – James Brown`s Productions 1962-1967 (CD)

    18,00

    Album Description

    * This compilation collects many of James Brown’s pre funk productions onto one CD for the very first time. These highlight the godfather of soul’s intuitive feel for putting together great records with the members of his revue. It also gives us an insight into a period when, because of contractural disputes, Brown was not making his own recordings. Instead, he was influencing others, changing the sound of records and creating a change of unprecedented importance on how we listen to music.

    * Many of the records are now sought-after club classics: Dizzy Jones’ `I Don’t Care’, Elsie Mae’s `Do You Really Want To Rescue Me’ and Bobby Byrd’s `I’m Lonely’ are long-time club favourites but more importantly are cracking records. The compilation contains 11 tracks that are being made available for the first time since they were issued on 45.

    * Rare early versions of later James Brown classics such as `If You Don’t Work’ and `I Got You’ (later `I Feel Good’) are all present and correct, alongside some amazing and much overlooked recordings such as the beautiful Anna King ballad `That’s When I Cry’ (from her rare LP on Smash), Vicki Anderson’s sensational `Wide Awake In A Dream’ and the Rev Willingham’s gospel stormer `That’s The Spirit’

    * Remastered from original tapes, the full booklet has extensive sleeve notes and sessionography.

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