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Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted and Black | Album of the day 1st March 2021

Released in January 1972 ‘Young Gifted and Black’ is rightly regarded as one of the Queen of Soul’s best and most successful albums. It includes the magnificent ballad ‘Oh my oh my’ , the superb floating mid tempo ‘Day Dreaming’ and ultra funky gem ‘Rock Steady’. Her gospel drenched cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Young gifted and black’ became an anthem for Afro American pride. Her version of the Gamble and Butler song ‘Brand new me’ is definitive and really swings along. Her uptempo take on the Bacharach David song ‘April Fools’ is uplifting and has become popular on the Modern...
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New releases and pre-orders 26th February 2021

It's a massive week for new releases this week. We have brand new albums from Sheree Brown, Adrian Younge (Cd out now Lp in May), The Menahan Street band, Invisible Session and Richard Elliot. Matthew Hasall brilliant Into Forever lp gets a limited edition Clear Vinyl run and BBE's J -Jazz series a third volume spread over a 2cd or 3LP set, there is also the second volume of Wamono Japanese Jazz series. There are some great vinyl reissues with Aretha Franklin's brilliant 'Young Gifted & Black amongst 5 in Rhino Coloured Vinyl Black History month limited editions. Some of...
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Collector’s soul albums just in

Check out this new batch of Original Soul LPs from the large collection that we are processing. This week we have The Temptations, Fantastic Four, Delfonics, Detroit Emeralds and more. Most of these records are in, hardly played near Mint condition as individually graded. All records are one off's apart from a couple of doubles, so please order early to avoid disappointment. You can combine with other Soul LPs from the same collection to optimise postage costs. See here  Records can be ordered on-line or over the phone for delivery, or use our click and collect service to collect from...
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Collector’s 12″ singles just in

Check out this latest batch of original 12" singles from the large collection that we are processing. These are all priced at £10 each and in a 4 for £30 deal until 1st April. You can mix with other titles from the same collection here to make as many deals as you like. Almost all of these records are in hardly played near mint condition (as individually graded) and all are one off's, so please order early to avoid disappointment. You can order on-line or over the phone on 020 8875 1018 for delivery or use our click and collect...
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Brighter days Ahead | Album of the day 23rd February 2021

Immaculately curated set of releases from the Colemine stable, this 22 track offering gives us a broad span of styles and moods, from the Budios band-like Ironsides' brooding 'Sommer' to the pleading Low Rider gem 'What's His Name' from Thee Sinseers. The other era sounding 'Standing With You' from the Reasonaires, the pulsating Afro-Funker (albeit with a bit of surf thrown in) 'Adonai' from Ikebe Showdown, the driving thumping dancer 'More Than A Memory' from Ben Pirani and the rubbery funk of The Winston Brothers' 'Winston Theme' further highlight how diverse the styles are under the broad umbrella of the...
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Curtis Mayfield – Roots | Album of the day 22nd February 2021

Curtis Mayfield’s second solo album ‘Roots’ is from 1971. It has a similar feel to his fantastic debut ‘Curtis’. ‘Get Down’ and ‘Beautiful Brother of mine’ have his familiar heavy grooves. ‘Underground’ is an atmospheric and deeply funky mid tempo track. ‘We got to have peace’ has Curtis naturally optimistic message. ‘Now You’re Gone’ and ‘Love to keep in mind’ are beautiful string laden Chicago Soul. BUY CD here  BUY LP here     Listen Get Down Keep On Keeping Up Underground We Got To Have Peace Beautiful Brother Of Mine Now You're Gone Love To Keep You In My...
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New releases and pre-orders 19th February 2021

Will Downing returns with a really nice album on his own label 'Song Garden' great to hear his voice again. The Colemine label have introduced many good new Soul artists and their new compilation Brighter Day Ahead highlights many of them, available on CD, Lp and limited Coloured vinyl. Curtis Mayfield's brilliant 'Roots' 1971 album gets a welcome vinyl reissue as part of Rhino' s Black history month series of limited Coloured Vinyl releases, watch out for more next week in the pre-order section. The long lost New York Disco Orchestra 'Reverie' album from 1978 is reissued on CD and...
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New release* Will Downing – The Song Garden | Album of the day 18th February 2021

The ‘Prince of Sophisticated Soul’ Will Downing returns with another grown folks’ album in the form of ‘The Song Garden’. Immaculately produced smooth soul abounds on this, his first release in two years on his own Sophisticated Soul imprint. The infectious ‘Stand Up’ opens the set with an easy flowing vibe that rides on a driving B-line, the slower ‘Say Yes’ finds Will at his most romantic while ‘Chocolate’ ramps up the romance on a spoken word slow burner aimed at the ladies. ‘Love You Better’ is another mid-tempo ballad that contrasts with the soulful house groove of ‘Right Where...