THEESatisfaction’s EarthEE is the follow up to awE naturalE, the alternative
R&B group’s critically acclaimed debut. EarthEE was recorded in Seattle and
Brooklyn, and features guest appearances from Shabazz Palaces, Meshell
Ndegeocello, Porter Ray and Taylor Brown. EarthEE was produced by
THEESatisfaction and Erik Blood at Protect and Exalt Studios: A Black Space and
mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering in Seattle.
“Igbo beaded mail, Dinkan Scarification, Ashanti repetitive leaping. It all
bounces. So too should you"
Neo-Ancient Nubian aphorism.
Once in Time, in an emerald veld of near solitude, Two met.
One Cat and One Stas. Born under different signs. Destined to shine under
the same moons.
They agreed, upon meeting, that the old force fields rooted in sonics were
necessary once again.
They commenced to make.
It was cold out. They made. It became warmer. They continued. The orb
shone from above with intensity. They continued to make. The trees shifted
hues and shed...They made.
In this din, this mantra of making, they became Sisters of a very specific rite.
Ethereal. The foundation of empires lost and regained.
In this din the force field grew.
The first time I saw them they glowed. They were palpable amongst the flat.
Regal in a manner that is now mostly forgotten.
Not generic in that description either. Specific.
As in the Queens of some Where. The Queens of some Thing.
Sorceress Queens who dealt in aural incantation architecture.
Possessors of keys to deeper feelings. Unlockers of healing.
I became a devotee to the sonic altars they had, and continue to construct.
One Cat. One Stas. Past Lovers. Present Friends. Future Deities.
THEESatisfaction. Exalted heavenward (outward, spaceward) upon the aurally
blood price of heavily scented continuum.
They made me for you.
P.S. Change is inevitable and necessary. It is the precursor to transcendence.
by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes
1. Prophetic Perfection
2. No GMO (feat. Taylor Brown)
3. Planet for Sale
4. Blandland (feat. Ishmael Butler)
5. Fetch/Catch (feat. Taylor Brown)
6. Nature’s Candy
7. EarthEE (feat. Ishmael Butler, Porter Ray, Erik Blood)
8. Post Black Anyway
9. Universal Perspective (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
10. WerQ (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
11. Sir Come Navigate (feat. Tendai Maraire)
12. Recognition (feat. Shabazz Palaces, Erik Blood)
13. I Read You (feat. Erik Blood)
Ranked 202/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The era of BAD represented Michael Jackson’s creative peak as a solo artist. BAD was the first album on which nearly all of the songs were written
by Michael and also was the first album in history to produce FIVE consecutive #1 singles – a success that took 2 ½ decades for another artist to
match. BAD produced nine chart-topping singles, nine ground breaking short films and to date, the Bad album has generated over 45 Million units in sales. BAD was nominated for six Grammys and won two; the album earned Michael the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs. It was also the first time Michael would tour the world as a solo artist. The enormous success of the BAD album and tour was a pivotal moment in Michael’s growth as a composer, performer and producer cementing his role as the King of Pop.
Now, twenty-five years after the phrase “Who’s Bad” became a generation’s cultural catchphrase, the legendary album will be celebrated with the release of Bad (25th Anniversary Edition) (LP Version)
LP version features:
3 180 Gram LPs in a triple gatefold jacket with full picture sleeves
LP1: The remastered original BAD album
LP2 & 3: Rare and previously unreleased material recorded as a part of the BAD sessions in Michael Hayvenhurst studio, including early demo versions of songs from the album as well as outtakes from sessions.
2. The Way You Make Me Feel
3. Speed Demon
4. Liberian Girl
5. Just Good Friends (featuring Stevie Wonder)
6. Another Part of Me
7. Man in the Mirror
8. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You
9. Dirty Diana
10. Smooth Criminal
11. Leave Me Alone
LP 2 & 3
1. Don't Be Messin' 'Round
2. I'm So Blue
3. Abortion Papers
5. The Price of Fame
6. Al Capone
8. Fly Away
9. Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, sung in Spanish)
10. Je Ne Veux Pas La Fin De Nous (I Just Can't Stop Loving You, sung in French)
11. Bad 25 Afrojack Remix (feat. Pitbull - DJ Buddha Edit)
12. Speed Demon (Nero Remix)
13. Bad 25 Afrojack Remix (Club Mix)
Bundled With A 22”x 22” Poster Of The Cover Art & Bonus 7”
James Brown had several incredibly talented “funky divas” in his late ‘60s and early ‘70s stable, including Vicki Anderson and Marva Whitney. But as great as those two powerhouse singers were, Lyn Collins was the strongest hit maker of that funky JB era.
Her strong voice and commanding stage presence – which earned her the nicknames “The Female Preacher” and “Mama Feelgood” – quickly proved to be a potent addition to the People Records universe. In the spring of 1972 her second single, the driving and ridiculously funky “Think (About It)” hit the R & B music world like a ton of bricks. As fans young and old know, thanks to its
timeless, relentless groove and powerful vocals, “Think” gained a powerful second life in the 1980s thanks to the hip-hop generation, fueling the platinum
smash “It Takes Two,” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock in 1988 and additionally sampled by dozens of hip-hop and dance music artists up to the present day.
But Collins was far from a One Hit Wonder: she was as vocally adept on ballads as she was with full-blown funk. She proves this throughout her debut album, which was released in 1972 on James Brown’s new People Records label – the imprint’s second full-length release. To wit, aside from the title smash: a powerful and emotional cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”; the socially progressive “Women’s Lib”; the Gamble & Huff-penned “Never Gonna Give You Up” (originally done by Jerry Butler); and even a daring, muscular take on the song “Fly Me To The Moon,” made famous by, among others, Frank Sinatra.
All throughout Think (About It), Collins shows that she was a vocal force to be reckoned with. Backed by a James Brown-assembled musical crew that included Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and, of course, James Brown himself, the platter was bound to impress and succeed. And that it did. Included in this special Get On Down deluxe package is a 22” x 22” poster of the album cover, and a bonus 7-inch of Collins’ 1973 People single, “We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty” with the B Side “You Can’t Beat Two People In Love” which is unavailable on any Lyn Collins full-length.
1. Think (About It)
2. Just Won’t Do Right
3. Wheels Of Life
4. Ain’t No Sunshine
5. Things Got To Get Better
6. Never Gonna Give You Up
7. Reach Out For Me
8. Women’s Lib
9. Fly Me To The Moon
A-SIDE - We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty
B-SIDE - You Can’t Beat Two People In Love
Back To Oakland is the fourth album by Bay Area based band Tower of Power, released in spring 1974. Tower of Power followed their self-titled gold album with (as said by many critics) an even better album.
This record had tougher, funkier and better-produced cuts, stronger vocals from Lenny Williams (who was more comfortable as their lead singer), and included an excellent ballad in "Time Will Tell," and a rousing tempo in "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)". The Tower of Power horn section reaffirmed its reputation in both Soul and Pop circles.
Back To Oakland was voted by Modern Drummer Magazine as one of the most important recordings for drummers to listen to.
1. Oakland Stroke...
2. Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
3. Just When We Start Makin' It
4. Can't You See (You Doin' Me Wrong)
5. Squib Cakes
6. Time Will Tell
7. Man From The Past
8. Love's Been Gone So Long
9. I Got The Chop
10. Below Us, All The City Lights
11. ...Oakland Stroke
Released during the height of Stax Records’ prominence, 1972’s Fillet of Soul compiled the brightest stars and biggest hits to emerge from the Memphis soul powerhouse. A fantastic collection for fans of “The Memphis Sound,” Fillet of Soul includes such funky favorites as “Never Can Say Goodbye” by Isaac Hayes, “I’ll Take You There” by the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor’s “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” and the Bar-Kays’ “Son of Shaft.” Can ya dig it?
1. Isaac Hayes: Never Can Say Goodbye
2. The Staple Singers: Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)
3. The Dramatics: Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
4. Mel & Tim: Starting All Over Again
5. The Bar-Kays: Son of Shaft
6. Frederick Knight: I’ve Been Lonely for So Long
7. Isaac Hayes: The Look of Love
8. The Staple Singers: I’ll Take You There
9. Johnnie Taylor: I Don’t Wanna Lose You
10. Rufus Thomas: The Breakdown (Part 1)
11. Mavis Staples: Since I Fell for You
12. Little Milton: If That Ain’t a Reason (For Your Woman to Leave You)
No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.
''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.
Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA “For best results, listen at maximum volume” should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?
The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
*Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds
* Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson
* Mixed by Russell Elevado
* Additional Mixing by Ben Kane
* Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane
* Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo
* Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios
* Mastered by Dave Collins
1. Ain't That Easy
2. 1000 Deaths
3. The Charade
4. Sugah Daddy
5. Really Love
1. Back to the Future (Part I)
2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
4. Betray My Heart
5. The Door
6. Back to the Future (Part II)
7. Another Life
From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of
disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all.
Persisting through changing trends and
technologies, on major labels and minor
ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and
Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the
Notations from representing Chicago’s
Southside for decades. The first overview
of their indie label golden age, Still Here
1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical
crossroads, turning from simmering
R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul.
Offering up a platter of golden-dipped
harmonies, inventive arrangements,
and super-powered soul, the Notations
survived as unheralded legends in their
1. A New Day
2. I’m Still Here
3. Trying My Best To Find Her
4. Just You And Me
5. This Time I’m For Real
6. What More Can I Say
7. I Can’t Stop
8. That Girl
9. At The Crossroads
10. Leading Lady
11. Now I Know How It Feels
12. Gonna Get Ready
13. I’ve Been Trying
14. I Don’t Want To Be Late
Includes Two Bonus Tracks "People Say" And "Hey Pocky A-Way"
Funk masters The Meters influenced many groups in Soul music, with their as-tight-as-a-metronome grooves, exciting interplay and infectious vocal group shouts.
The band released Rejuvenation in 1974, their best album to date. The crystal clear production was an improvement on the band's earlier works, maintaining their stripped down song structures and impeccable interlocked grooves while still leaving space for inspired jamming. Contains the hits "Just Kissed My Baby", "People Say" and "Hey Pocky-A-Way". The latter two songs are included as bonus tracks in their Single Version edits.
1. People Say
2. Love Is For Me
3. Just Kissed My Baby
4. What’c Ha Say
5. Jungle Man
6. People Say (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
7. Hey Pocky A-Way
8. It Ain’t No Use
9. Loving You Is On My Mind
11. Hey Pocky A-Way (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO is the second release by Canadian recording artist PARTYNEXTDOOR; it was released on July 29, 2014 by OVO Sound and Warner Bros. Records. The record was supported by the promotional singles "Her Way" and the Drake-assisted single, "Recognize."
1. East Liberty
3. Sex On The Beach
4. Her Way
5. Belong To The City
6. Grown Woman
8. Recognize (feat. Drake)
11. Bout It
Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana enter into the game, 21-year-old August Alsina. With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins, August is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. Alsina’s first official NNTME/Radio Killa/ Def Jam release, an 8-song EP titled, ‘Downtown: Life Under the Gun’, which offers collaborations between Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ , Kidd Kidd, along with NOLA veteran Curren$y, and Atlanta newcomer Rich Homie Quan. With the August 20th release of his highly anticipated EP August Alsina made 2013 his official coming out party.
2. Make It Home (featuring Jeezy)
3. Right There
4. You Deserve
5. No Love
6. Porn Star
7. FML (featuring Pusha T)
8. Grind & Pray / Get Ya Money (featuring Fabolous)
9. Ghetto (featuring Yo Gotti)
10. Kissin' on My Tattoos
11. Ah Yeah
13. Benediction (featuring Rick Ross)
14. I Luv This Shit (featuring Trinidad James)
15. Numb (featuring B.o.B and Yo Gotti)
The debut album by the American rhythm and blues/jazz-funk fusion group, The Blackbyrds, this eponymous release is the product of six full-time Howard
University students taking the direction of department head and jazz great Donald Byrd into the Fantasy Studios along with the aid of production wizard
Larry Mizell (Jackson 5, Gary Bartz). The end result is nothing less than stunning as the band lays down some of the tastiest groove-oriented jazz music
ever recorded. With Joe Hall on bass and Keith Killgo on drums, the rhythm section anchors a solid foundation capable of keeping the dancefloor full and
providing a base for the rest of the band’s soulful explorations. Kevin Toney supplies supple keyboard work and Barney Perry keeps it funky on the guitar,
setting the pace for what would be a genre-defining LP and a breakthrough in jazz-funk crossover. Essential listening for all fans of jazz, funk, and feel good pop music.
1. Do It, Fluid
2. Gut Level
4. The Runaway
5. Funky Junkie
6. Summer Love
7. Life Styles
8. A Hot Day Today
Ranked 74/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Nobody burrowed more deeply into a song than Otis Redding--hands down, the most emotive, soulful singer the '60s ever produced. Redding's impassioned, sweat-soaked delivery kept him straddling both pop and soul charts until his untimely death in 1967. Here is a 180-gram vinyl exact reproduction of 1965's Otis Blue. Everything is taken from the absolute master tapes in the original mono. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fabulous!
1. Ole Man Trouble
3. Change Gonna Come
4. Down In The Valley
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long
7. My Girl
8. Wonderful World
9. Rock Me Baby
11. You Don't Miss Your Water
Tower Of Power is the third album release for the Oakland-based Funk band Tower of Power. This is their most successful album to date, which was released in May 1973. The album peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and received a Gold record award for sales in excess of 500,000. The album spawned their most successful single, "So Very Hard to Go". The single peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other singles from the album also charted on the Billboard Hot 100: "This Time It's Real" and "What Is Hip?".
It marked the debut of Lenny Williams being the lead vocalist (though Williams had a solo career prior to joining T.O.P., plus he co-penned the song "You Strike My Main Nerve" from the previous album Bump City [MOVLP1244]). Tower Of Power also introduced the world to saxophonist and future Saturday Night Live band leader, Lenny Pickett, who was the youngest member of the band at the time, replacing original lead sax player Skip Mesquite. Also joining the lineup was organist/keyboardist Chester Thompson and guitarist Bruce Conte, who replaced original guitarist Willie James Fulton.
1. What Is Hip?
2. Clever Girl
3. This Time It’s Real
4. Will I Ever Find A Love?
5. Get Yo’ Feet Back On The Ground
6. So Very Hard To Go
7. Soul Vaccination
8. Both Sorry Over Nothin’
9. Clean Slate
10. Just Another Day
From Sam Cooke's teenage debut as a full fledged member of the legendary Soul Stirrers in 1951 through his career as a rhythm and blues phenomenon
thanks to the recordings for which he is acknowledged as the progenitor of soul music. His hit songs, most of which he wrote, went on to become pop
standards, enduring to this day. Sam Cooke's amazing body of work is encapsulated in Sam Cooke: Portrait of A Legend 1951-1964, the ultimate Sam
Cooke greatest hits package.
1. Touch The Hem Of His Garment
3. You Send Me
4. Only Sixteen
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
6. Just For You
7. Win Your Love For Me
8. Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha
9. I'll Come Running Back To You
10. Nothing Can Change This Love
11. Sugar Dumpling
12. (Ain't That) Good News
13. Meet Me At Mary's Place
14. Twistin' The Night Away
16. Tennessee Waltz
1. I'll Come Running Back To You
2. Nothing Can Change This Love
3. Sugar Dumpling
4. (Ain't That) Good News
5. Meet Me At Mary's Place
6. Twistin' The Night Away
8. Tennessee Waltz
9. Another Saturday Night
10. Good Times
11. Having A Party
12. That's Where It's At
13. A Change Is Gonna Come
14. Jesus Gave Me Water
15. Soul (Hidden Track)
One of Esther Phillips finest '70s releases, From "A Whisper To A Scream" is the first of seven albums the singer recorded for CTI offshoot Kudu. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, the December 1971 session also involved principal players such as bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Bernard Purdie, percussionist Airto, guitarists Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, and saxophonists Hank Crawford and David Liebman. Setting the tone for Phillips' Kudu era, "Whisper" offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit. It's a definite point of departure from the likes of "Esther Phillips Sings" and "And I Love Him!", her field of contemporaries closer to Al Green and Aretha Franklin than before. She grabs onto "Home Is Where The Hatred Is," Gil Scott-Heron's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. (It’s meaning was only compounded by her death in 1984.) Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive "From A Whisper To A Scream" (Allen Toussaint) and a staggering "Baby, I'm for Real" (Marvin and Anna Gordy, made popular by the Originals) so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.
Esther Phillips (vocal)
Pee Wee Ellis (arranger, conductor)
Hank Crawford (alto saxophone)
David Liebman (bassoon, flute)
Eric Gale (guitar)
Gordon Edwards (bass)
Airto Moreira (percussion)
Bernard Purdie (drums)
Recording: December 1971 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Production: Creed Taylor
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s – or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
2. From A Whisper To A Scream
3. To Lay Down Beside You
4. That's All Right With Me
5. 'tTll My Back Ain't Got No Bone
6. Sweet Touch Of Love
7. Baby, I'm For Real
8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
9. Scarred Knees
Otis Redding 'Dock of the Bay' on MONO LP here for the first time in a very, very long time. Old school heavy 180g vinyl as well!
This album has both "(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay" and "Tramp" - true classics.
1. [Sittin' On] The Dock Of The Bay
2. I Love You More Than Words Can Say
3. Let Me Come On Home
4. Open The Door
5. Don't Mess With Cupid
6. The Glory Of Love
7. I'm Coming Home To See About You
8. Tramp - By Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
9. The Huckle-Buck
10. Nobody Knows You (When You're Down And Out
11. Ole Man Trouble
The Clarence Carter/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Celebrate 4 Decades Of Clarence’s Greatest Atlantic Records Hits
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl And Original LP Artwork
#11 R&B Album In 1971 • Recorded At The Legendary Fame Studios With Producer Rick Hall
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes
Clarence Carter will be forever known as one of the original classic soul pioneers like Ray
Charles, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett who had a knack of mastering funk grooves drenched in
gospel, soul, rock and pop. Along with Fame Studio legendary producer Rick Hall, Clarence Carter
created some of the greatest sides ever for Atlantic.
In 1971, Clarence was honored with his first greatest hits collection by Atlantic simply titled
The Best Of Clarence Carter. This stunning array of his top charters includes Patches, Slip Away and
Snatchin’ It Back and other smash hit singles, like Too Weak to Fight and I Can’t Leave Your Love
Alone. Most of them feature the legendary musicianship of folks like Duane Allman, Spooner Oldham
and Barry Beckett. This top charting collection hasn’t been available on vinyl for many decades…
that is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl release of The Best Of Clarence Carter. Mastered from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe
Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach
sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork elements by
Haig Adishian and the classic photos by Rayburn Sparks, not seen in LP cover form in years!
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original pioneering
soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and others, we feel
this stunning Clarence Carter 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed
release to all the soul, funk and rock audiophile vinyl fans.
Can You Just Slip Away…
1. Slip Away
2. I Smell a Rat
3. Too Weak to Fight
4. Making Love (At the Dark End of the Street)
5. Snatching It Back
7. I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone
8. Funky Fever
9. Doin’ Our Thing
10. The Feeling Is Right
11. Take It Off Him and Put It On Me
12. You Can’t Miss What You Can’t Measure
Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness
Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling
songbook for bewildered students in Columbia
College’s audio engineering program. Storming the
gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the
erudite party band explored permutations of soul,
jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard
for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape.
Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest,
never-before-heard moments from this visionary
group’s 5-semester recording bender.
Universal Togetherness Band: The
attractive gatefold LP edition boasts magnificent
reproductions of never-before-seen images from
the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E.
Gross. Meticulously mixed from the original multi-track
sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap
Band), Universal Togetherness Band is presented
in peak fidelity.
1. Ain’t Gonna Cry
2. Real Thrill
3. Try Try Try
4. My Sentiment
5. Once In a Lifetime
6. Taken By Love
7. Call For Love
8. I Want You
There were so many competent records coming out of Memphis that any burgeoning greatness can only be detected by a careful listening. Ann Peebles deserves that kind of extra care.
Her style is so subtle and economical that the fi ner qualities of her talents might be passed
over as being merely competent. This would be a crime because little Ann has so very much
Ann stresses the melody (rather than rhythm for its own sake). This is not to say she can’t
sing funky; she can and does very effectively. It just means Ann shines extra brightly on the
slower bluesy numbers. For example “Give Me Some Credit” is such a moving lament, filtering faint traces of early Smokey Robinson and the album’s two most tender cuts, “I Still Love
You” and “Steal Away” are the places where Ann Peebles makes such a great impression.
These are the kinds of song that become “personal” classics.
Ann sings seven up-tempo numbers on which she illustrates her tight, full-bodied voice and
shows why she’s presently way up on R & B charts all over the country. Her renditions of “It’s
Your Thing,” “Part Time Love,” and “Make Me Yours” are unfettered delights.
Ann Peebles goes past the apparent and into the sublime. She stands beyond the predictably
competent. And you know that’s where it’s at.
1. Part Time Love
2. I’ll Get Along
3. I Still Love You
4. Make Me Yours
5. It’s Your Thing
6. Generation Gap Between Us
7. Crazy About You Baby
8. Give Me Some Credit
9. Steal Away
10. Solid Foundation
William Onyeabor is a box set of four of the albums elusive Nigerian synth-funk pioneer William Onyeabor self-released between 1977 and 1985 — remastered and officially available for the first time. His music represents the epitome of the golden era of Nigerian funk, before he gave up a life in music to become a devout Christian. Luaka Bop released the critically acclaimed compilation Who is William Onyeabor’s in October of 2013, and has since seen the release of the documentary Fantastic Man, which was fabricated around the myth of the musician, attempts to unearth the man behind the music, which is also now a full blown live show touring the world, paying tribute to the music of William Onyeabor featuring a supergroup of Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, the Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark, Pat Mahoney and Sinkane. To this day, William Onyeabor has not spoken about his music in one single interview.
Box Set Includes:
Crashes in Love (2nd Version)
Body and Soul
7" of William Onyeabor's "Body & Soul" by Peaking Lights
16 Page 5" x 7" booklet with text by Michael Rubin
Crashes in Love (2nd Version)
Body and Soul
7" of William Onyeabor's "Body & Soul" by Peaking Lights
A collection of soulful holiday tunes. This festive compilation includes yuletide songs from the likes of Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Booker T & The MGs, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and many others.
1. Merry Christmas, Baby [take 1] - Otis Redding
2. Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas - The Staple Singers
3. Winter Wonderland [take 2] - Booker T & The MG's
4. The Mistletoe And Me (Album Version) - Isaac Hayes
5. Black Christmas - The Emotions
6. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' (Album Version) - Albert King
7. White Christmas - Rance Allen Group
8. I'll Be Your Santa Baby - Rufus Thomas
9. Please Come Home For Christmas - Little Johnny Taylor
10. What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas - The Emotions
11. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' (Album Version) - Mack Rice
12. Winter Snow (Album Version) - Isaac Hayes
13. It's Christmas Time Again (The Christmas Song) - The Temprees
14. Christmas Comes But Once A Year - Albert King
15. That Makes Christmas Day - Rufus Thomas
One of the most anticipated holiday albums of the year, Motown Christmas is shaping to be an epic release. Full with unique collaborations, artists from
Capitol Records, Motown Gospel, and Motown Records join forces on classic holiday tunes such as “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, “Have Yourself A Merry
Little Christmas”, “Silent Night” and more. Produced by multiple award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Motown Christmas features performances by
India.Arie, Ne-Yo, Gregory Porter, Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett and others. It is the first collection of new Christmas recordings from
Motown in 46 years. This is sure to be a memorable album that will endure the test of time and have something for everyone.
1. It’s Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson and Kevin Ross
2. This Christmas - Brian Courtney Wilson and Gene Moore, Jr.
3. Go Tell It on the Mountain / Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Gregory Porter and Anita Wilson
4. Angels We Have Heard On High/Glory In The Highest - Kierra Sheard and Chrisette Michele
5. Little Drummer Boy - Tye Tribbett
6. The Christmas Song - Ne-Yo and Tasha Cobbs
7. Christmas Overture (Carol of the Bells/My Favorite Things) - the Aaron Lindsey Orchestra
8. Joy to the World - Micah Stampley and Sheri Jones-Moffett
9. Bethlehem - Kem and Janice Gaines
10. O Come All Ye Faithful - Tasha Cobbs
11. Silent Night - VaShawn Mitchell
12. Mary Did You Know - India.Arie and Gene Moore, Jr.
13. Mary’s Revelation Interlude
14. O Holy Night - Smokie Norful
The Booker T. Set finds Booker T. & The M.G.’s putting their twist of organ-driven soul on classic tracks, paying homage to some of the biggest hits of the
1960s (The Beatles’ “Michelle” and “Lady Madonna,” The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” and Simon & Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson,” to name a few). The
album features M.G.’s Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums and the legendary Steve Cropper on guitar.
1. The Horse
2. Love Child
3. Sing A Simple Song
4. Lady Madonna
5. Mrs. Robinson
6. This Guy’s In Love With You
7. Light My Fire
9. You’re All I Need To Get By
10. I’ve Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)
11. It’s Your Thing
Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole.
ART OFFICIAL AGE is a classic Prince album, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton. Sonically the record is a contemporary concoction of soul, R&B and funk. The melodies are immediate and prominent as ever and Prince’s vocals are rich and solid, taking full advantage of his vocal range with decidedly, seductive lyrics.
1. Art Official Cage
4. The Gold Standard
5. U Know
6. Breakfast Can Wait
7. This Could Be Us
8. What It Feels Like
9. Affirmation I & II
10. Way Back Home
13. Affirmation III