Breakin' Away is a great follow-up of Soul crooner Al Jarreau to his previous album This Time. The album was released on in 1981 andbecame the standard bearer of the L.A. Pop and R&B sound. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Breakin' Away assumes its own identity with brilliant results. "Closer To Your Love" comes off as a tougher, more confident version of the songs from the previous album. "Easy" with its gorgeous and subtle Latin flourishes has Jarreau's purposeful delivery coming off oddly poignant in its joy and beauty. The hit "We're in This Love Together" is on the album, just as the bittersweet "My Old Friend". Jarreau brings new life to "Teach Me Tonight" and it has a sweeping, dreamy arrangement. But the album of course contains the biggest hit of all, "Roof Garden", with Al's inimitable vocal delivery.
The album was created with an amazing producer/artist chemistry, and top-level players like George Duke, David Foster, Dean Parks, and Steve Gadd can be heard on this record.
1. Closer To Your Love
2. My Old Friend
3. We're In This Love Together
5. Our Love
6. Breakin' Away
7. Roof Garden
8. Blue Rondo A La Turk
9. Teach Me Tonight
Fitz & the Tantrums will release More Than Just a Dream, the follow up to 2010's Pickin' Up the Pieces, on May 7. Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, Phoenix) at The Sound Factory, Studio B in Los Angeles, the forthcoming album will be the band's debut release for Elektra Records.
The album takes its title from the chorus of the release's first single, "Out Of My League." The song is an exhilarating slice of pop-soul. "The way our fans embraced us and made Pickin' Up the Pieces such a success has been far beyond anything we could have imagined," says Fitz.
1. Out of My League
2. Fools Gold
3. The Walker
6. Keepin Our Eyes Out
7. Last Raindrop
8. Break the Walls
9. House On Fire
10. The End
11. Get Away
"During the early '70s, Womack was one of the most prolific and talented artists. With albums like Communication and Lookin' For a Love Again, Womack quickly became one of the most prolific and talented singers in R&B/pop. ... Safety Zone finds Womack getting a sonic overhaul whether he needed it or not. Produced by David Rubinson who was behind the boards for everyone from the Pointer Sisters to Herbie Hancock, it creates a slick, up to the minute style that may be too "perfect" for Womack's core fans. The album's first track, "Everything's Going to Be Alright," meanders and sets the standard for this album's pursuit of style over substance. The two covers, "Something You Got" and "I Wish It Would It Rain," both feature eccentric arrangements but Womack's vocals seem facile around the edges. As an album like the Facts of Life scored on his honesty throughout, Safety Zone only has two instances that come within striking distance. "Trust in Me," a self-written gem first recorded by his friend Janis Joplin, has Womack's gritty and wry vocal finally breaking free from the Rubinson's glossy production and arranging style. "Daylight" is one of Womack's best tracks. As Womack sings "The real set don't get started/'Til every one else is in," you hear him conflicted, but not bothered enough to stop. For the track, Rubinson's offhanded grace made the song even stronger."
- Jason Elias (All Music)
2. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
3. I Feel A Groove Comin' On
4. I Wish It Would Rain
5. Love Ain't Something You Can Get for Free
6. Something You Got
7. Trust In Me
8. Where There's a Will There's a Way
"Lead singer Joe Harris was the only constant in the Undisputed Truth lineup. This LP bears no resemblance to the group's first two sets on Gordy. The sounds run the spectrum from rock ("Brother Louie") to pop ("Our Day Will Come") to a jazzy version of the Temptations' "The Girl's Alright With Me." A couple of singles charted from this diverse collection."
- Andrew Hamilton (All Music)
1. Help Yourself
2. Big John Is My Name
3. Brother Louie
4. I'm a Fool for You
5. Our Day Will Come
6. Just You 'N' Me
7. Love and Happiness
8. Law of the Land
9. The Girl's Alright With Me
10. Save My Love for a Rainy Day
Expanded To Include 30+ Additional
Minutes Of The Original Church Service
Includes 7 Previously Unreleased Tracks
Liner Notes By Renowned Author And
Documentarian Robert Gordon
Freedom Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth
Church is a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live
concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support
and celebration of that year’s historic civil rights marches from Montgomery
to Selma, Alabama. In this stirring collection you will find the fervent
emotions and depth of feeling that only the most inspired gospel, folk and
handclapping music can provide.
First released on Epic Records as an LP in 1965 the original Freedom
Highway album was constrained by the time limits of 12” vinyl and the full
service was edited down to only include key performance tracks. Freedom
Highway Complete: Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church
is newly expanded to include 30+ additional minutes of the original
performance and church service.
The exultant title song, “Freedom Highway”, was written in March, 1965, at
the time Rev. Martin Luther King led the momentous freedom march from
Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “He’s
All Right” and “We Shall Overcome” are other songs of a jubilant nature. In
the last selection, The Staple Singers are joined by the great choir of the
New Nazareth Church under the direction of Miss Ora Lee Hopkins.
1. Intro by Pops Staples*
2. When The Saints Go Marching In
3. The Funeral
4. Build On That Shore
5. We Shall Overcome
6. Freedom Highway
7. What You Gonna Do?
8. Precious Lord, Take My Hand
9. When I’m Gone
10. Help Me Jesus
11. Rev. Hopkins/Offering*
12. Jesus Is All*
13. Samson and Delilah*
14. View The Holy City*
15. Tell Heaven
16. He’s All Right
17. Pops Outro*
18. Benediction Save the Last Dance for Me*
Brown Sugar is the debut album from D'Angelo, originally released on July 3, 1995. Brown Sugar features a fusion of contemporary R&B and traditional soul music, along with elements of funk, quiet storm, and hip-hop music. Upon its release, Brown Sugar received acclaim from music critics and earned D'Angelo several accolades. In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of this classic album, Universal will be reissuing it back on vinyl for the first time in almost 10 years.
1. Brown Sugar
3. Jonz In My Bonz
4. Me and Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
5. Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
3. When We Get By
In Philadelphia is the eleventh studio album by Wilson Pickett released in 1970. In 1970, Pickett decided to move with the times and headed to Philadelphia to work with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The result was Wilson Pickett In Philadelphia.
It may not have seemed like an ideal match on paper, but in the studio the results were inspiring. Gamble and Huff kept the studio band on the good foot at all times and Pickett's always passionate and forceful performance added whatever grease that might have been missing from the Philly session cats. Good and popular songs on the album are "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", "Get Me Back On Time", and "Help The Needy".
The album reached number 12 on the soul albums chart in the United States. "Engine Number 9" (the long version includes the massive drum break) charted at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 3 on the R&B Singles chart. Amongst others, credits go to Ron Baker, Roland Chambers, Ugene Dozier, and Bobby Eli.
1. Run Joey Run
2. Help The Needy
3. Come Right Here
4. Bumble Bee (Sting Me)
5. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
6. Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9 (Part 1&2)
7. Days Go By
8. International Playboy
9. Ain't No Doubt About It
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
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
Universal Music will release Marvin Gaye‘s first seven studio albums in a new vinyl box set titled 1961-1965.
The collection kicks off with the soul legend’s Motown debut The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961) which is full of jazz/pop standards from the like of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, while the second album, That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962) moves into R&B with Gaye co-writing many tracks including the song that launched Paul Young‘s career, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home).
When I’m Alone I Cry (1964) is a product of Gaye’s early battles with Berry Gordy over direction, with the singer again reluctant to embrace a soul/R&B sound and instead focusing on being a jazz vocalist. Together (1964) with Mary Wells was Gaye’s first top 40 album in the US pop charts and the collection of show tunes and standards did provide a couple of top 20 singles. Hello Broadway was a third album in that year and a switch back to soul/R&B for How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1965) gave Marvin Gaye his first really big hit single, thanks to the Holland-Dozier-Holland penned title track. This vinyl box is completed by Gaye’s Tribute To Nat King Cole which was released in November 1965 just nine months after Cole’s death.
Marvin Gaye expert Harry Weinger has overseen this set which sees many of these early records back in print on vinyl for the first time in quite a while.
Track Listing: Albums included:
The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961)
That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1963)
When I’m Alone I Cry (1964)
Hello Broadway (1964)
Together – Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells (1964)
How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1965)
A Tribute to the Great Nat “King” Cole (1965)
The Spinners Spinners On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity
Spinners' Silky Smooth 1972 Self-titled Record Birthed The Philadelphia Soul Sound: Includes Top 5 Hits "I'll Be Around" And "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Presents Groundbreaking Soul Album With Pristine Detail, Soothing Warmth, And Involving Emotionalism
Sweeping Strings, Funk Rhythms, Brassy Rejoinders, Immaculate Harmonies, And Satiny Lead Singing Fill Thom Bell's Melodic Arrangements: Few Albums Sound Creamier Than This Watershed Effort
The timeless music and expert arrangements are about the only things smoother than the powder-blue suits sported by the Spinners on the cover of their resplendent self-titled 1972 record. The band's first album for Atlantic after departing Motown, Spinners ranks as an all-time soul classic – a filler-free set boasting immaculate harmonies, sweet melodies, and impeccably matched vocals. Thom Bell's flawless production puts it all over the top. Yielding an ideal balance of lushness and grit, the collaboration between the Detroit-based group and studio veteran yielded a record that birthed the celebrated Philadelphia Sound. Now, you can finally experience it in audiophile-grade sonics.
Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited-edition 180g LP of Spinners presents the quintet's magnum opus with pristine detail, soothing warmth, and involving emotionalism. Free of previously constraining ceilings, highs soar to their intended heights. Each singer's voice can be distinctly heard amidst the expert mix. Superb dynamics, soundstaging, and imaging highlight Bell's gorgeous orchestrations as well as the Spinners' pillow-soft mellifluousness. Backing instrumentation, ranging from rolling bass lines and punctual horns to swaying strings and crisp high-hat beats, unfolds with reference-caliber purity and transparency. Not many 1970s albums of any genre sound silkier, creamier, or more tonally rich than this LP.
While the career-defining performances within the grooves cannot be overlooked, Spinners remains equally notable for its historical importance. At the dawn of the 70s, Motown still held sway as the dominant soul style. Yet the Spinners' decision to move to Atlantic – prompted by a suggestion by Aretha Franklin – and refashion their approach with Bell signaled a sea change that ushered in a smoother, sweeter variety of R&B punctuated with sweeping strings, jazzy flourishes, brassy replies, and funk rhythms. Few, if any, vocal groups mesh these traits more convincingly, pleasingly, and naturally than the Spinners on this watershed effort.
Anchored by Top 5 smashes like "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," Spinners signaled the beginning of a partnership with Bell that lasted seven years and elevated the band to stardom. Indeed, even in spite of the four hit singles, the record remains defined by an artistic consistency, watertight focus, and collective unity that make everything here deserving of close attention. Flush with catchy hooks and pop accents, each song is treated as a potential anthem. Laden with depth and richness, Bell's savvy, wide-open arrangements frame the Spinners' satiny singing with sensual class and refined delicacy.
Heaven-sent voices do the rest. Making his first appearance on record as a member, Philippe Wynne treats the carefully honed material as a breakout session for his dulcet tenor on tracks such as "One of a Kind (Love Affair)." Not to be outdone, the equally measured Bobbie Smith mesmerizes with his deft phrasing, reedy timbre, and sparkling clarity, never finer than on the million-selling "I'll Be Around." Solo or paired together, Wynne and Smith's glorious leads run the gamut from upbeat and optimistic to sad and forlorn, forming the backbone of a masterwork that addresses romance ("Just You and Me Baby"), regret ("How Could I Let You Get Away"), and social ills ("Ghetto Child") with consummate passion.
1. Just Can’t Get You Out of My Mind
2. Just You and Me Baby
3. Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You
4. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
5. I’ll Be Around
6. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
7. We Belong Together
8. Ghetto Child
9. How Could I Let You Get Away
10. Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
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
For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago
Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs
with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies,
magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry,
and lip-synched singles by a rising regime of local post-disco
casualties. Unfettered nightlife and outlandish
humor poured out of oddball outpost The CopHerBox
II and onto TV screens, presented here as a 100 minute
video mixtape on DVD. Its companion compilation
features five previously unreleased tracks, joined by
music culled from a trove of self-released 45s and
small-time 12”s. Die-cut cathode-ray jacket and six in-package
stills put the Party at your fingertips.
Each edition of Ultra-High
Frequencies: The Chicago Party will arrive in one of six
cover configurations, all of which are interchangeable
via printed inner sleeves and enclosed booklet. It also includes our entertaining DVD mix tape,
isolating the most absurd and outrageous moments from
the original broadcasts. Play functions enable viewers
to enjoy 23 unique musical performances, as well as a
mini-documentary about the creation and realization
of The Chicago Party. For fans of electronic soul with
a public access aesthetic, Ultra-High Frequencies: The
Chicago Party is the place to be.
1. The Chicago Party Theme - Jesus Wayne
2. Girl You’re Too Cool - Magnum Force
3. Love Explosion - Donnell Pitman
4. Rush - Jesus Wayne
5. Garden Of Eve - Yvonne Gage
6. Think - Rahmlee
7. Master’s Plan - Central Power System
8. Burning Up - Donnell Pitman
9. Let Yourself Go - Closencounter
10. Pull Up - Universal Togetherness Band
11. Blow Me Away - MC2
12. Another Day - Keni Rightout
13. Into New Dimensions - IND
14. Freedom (Sweet) Freedom - Ken Allison
15. Say Yes - New Testament Band
16. This Is Our Love Story - Harvey-Allison Experience
The 1969 debut album by R&B legends the Ohio Players reissued on gorgeous vinyl with the original artwork and detailed liner notes!
1. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
3. Stop Lying To Yourself
4. Over The Rainbow
5. Find Someone To Love
6. Cold, Cold World
8. Bad Bargain
9. The Man That I Am
10. Lonely Street
11. Street Party
This Best Of Sam Cooke album was the beacon that kept Cooke's most popular songs in the public eye. Between 1957 and his death seven years later, Cooke recorded an average of one Top Ten single every four months! And now on this single LP, you can relive the timeless best known and best-loved Sam Cooke classics.
For a couple of generations this was the first - and often only - Sam Cooke album they owned. Although there are more ambitious collections that show Cooke's remarkable range and diversity, this is still the best starting place. These are Sam Cooke's biggest commercial hits. This is the message in a bottle that brought his gifts to millions of people.
What is it that makes Cooke's music so irresistible? Well, first the voice, of course. So good, in fact, was Cooke as a vocalist that Atlantic Records vice president Jerry Wexler said matter-of-factly, "Sam Cooke was the best singer who ever lived, no contest." But beyond just his voice, it's the phrasing that makes these songs so timeless and memorable. Cooke himself explained it this way: "You just talk the story. That's how you get people to come to you - because it's not like a song, it's like two people rapping, only with a melody attached. But then when you come to the hook ('That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang'), then you're free, everybody's gonna sing that part, you want to get everybody to sing along." And they're still singing along.
So we all know the songs. We all know they're great. But nobody's known not unless you were there when it was recorded just how incredible these recordings actually sound. Now, cut at 45 RPM with every detail tended to and no expense spared, we've got The Best of The Best of Sam Cooke.
This title not eligible for discount.
1. You Send Me
2. Only Sixteen
3. Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha
4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
5. (What A) Wonderful World
7. Chain Gang
9. Twistin' The Night Away
10. Sad Mood
11. Having A Party
12. Bring It On Home To Me
13. Another Saturday Night (Alternate Take)
The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
Their 1973 Masterwork Album!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation
Manufactured At R.T.I. – Mastered By Joe Reagoso
The Isley Brothers are truly a worldwide gift to soul, rock and
pop music enthusiasts everywhere. Over five decades in the music
business and still going strong, their hit albums and top charting
singles continue to captivate millions of fans all over the globe.
In 1973, brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O’Kelly Isley expanded
their band and hit making sound into new stratospheric heights. With
the addition of brothers Ernie, Marvin and cousin Chris Jasper, The
Isley Brothers 3 + 3 was born.
With this new sound and band change also began their new
long-term association with Columbia Records bringing an initial
handful of new songs which ultimately became their first platinum
plus selling LP 3+3.
The sound was new and exciting, solid street soul fused with
rock, a brand new kind of soul, as The Isley Brothers’ 3+3 LP
soared to the top rungs of all the soul and pop album charts.
This masterpiece smash included enough hits to be called a
greatest hits album in its own right. Especially when you get smash
hit singles with That Lady, James Taylor’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
Tonight, the brilliant Isley sound of What It Comes Down To, and of
course their legendary interpretation of Seals and Crofts’ Summer
Breeze. All in all, making this amazing platinum smash one of the
most revered in their long-lasting and huge catalog of Isley Brothers’
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Isley
Brothers. That is why we are so very proud to announce our first
installment in The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl Series with their legendary masterpiece 3+3.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Donny Hathaway/Aretha
Franklin) for the first time on audiophile blue vinyl, The Isley Brothers
3+3 LP will truly become one of the most important and historical
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
We further enhance this limited anniversary edition with the
original stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork
elements. The Isley Brothers… 3+3….Impeccable first time
audiophile translucent blue vinyl + gatefold cover presentation……
From your friends at Friday Music.
Who’s That Lady!
1. That Lady
2. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
3. If You Were There
4. You Walk Your Way
5. Listen To The Music
6. What It Comes Down To
7. Sunshine (Go Away Today)
8. Summer Breeze
9. The Highways Of My Life
Born and bred in Berkeley, California, Darondo (given name William Daron Pulliam) first played professionally at the age of 18 in The Witnesses, a blue-eyed soul troupe resident at East Bay teen club the Lucky 13 in the 60s, but it wasnt until the early 70s that the singer-guitarist hit his stride.
When Darondo signed with Ray Dobards Music City label in August of 1973, he brought along a superb stash of self-penned tunes, arranged by musical mentor John Al Tanner, and all cut in two marathon all-night sessions. Even with overdubbed strings, horns and keyboards, the results were righteously funky; Memphis-tinged, for sure, but equal in its conveyance of the urgent street vibe of the East Bay.
The album offers the complete sessions while the special vinyl edition approximates the album that Darondo should have issued in 1974, but Ray Dobards notorious parsimony and hubris meant singer and label parted company far too quickly, leaving only the Music City 45 of Didnt I as evidence of their brief association.
In interviews Darondo often references the lost Music City album. And with good reason: he was at the top of his game, focused, creative, and moving exceptionally fast to use a cherished phrase, cuttin up! Thus, Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions provides some closure as well as indisputable evidence, should you need it, that Darondo is one of the greats.
1. I Don't Understand It
2. I'm Gonna Love You
3. Didn't I
4. Luscious Lady
5. Saving My Love
6. Gimme Some
7. Get Up Off Your Butt
8. I'm Lonely
9. Do You Really Love Me
10. Listen To My Song
In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene – Bob Marley and The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound – from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings made in Jamaica in the late 1950s, as the artists emulated their American rhythm and blues idols – Louis Jordan, Roscoe Gordon, Fats Domino – through to the early Rastafari rhythms of Count Ossie, the righteous Baptist beat of Toots and the Maytals up to the joyous excitement of Ska with tracks by Studio One’s young protégées Bob Marley and The Wailers and the all-mighty Skatalites. Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first began recording music in the late 1950s, making one-off records to play on his Downbeat Sound System. These ‘exclusive dup-plates’ enabled him to reign supreme in the regular dancehall soundclashes of Kingston, fighting off the competition from rivals including Duke Reid the Trojan and Prince Buster. This new album traces the roots of the legendary label as it created the sound of the young independent Jamaican nation going into the early 1960s. Sir Coxsone used only the finest musicians in Jamaica for these recordings, including those players that would later become known worldwide as the Skatalites, Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriguez, Cluett Johnson and others. As fans clamoured to get a copy of these ‘one-off’ exclusive records, Clement Dodd eventually decided to start making them available commercially starting in 1959, and so began the birth of an empire.
1. Basil Gabbidon - Mr. Landlord
2. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - Milk Lane Hop
3. Derrick Morgan - Wigger Wee Shuffle
4. Aubrey Adams & Rico Rodriguez - Stew Peas And Cornflakes
5. The Mello-Cat Count Ossie & His Warickers - Another Moses
6. Neville Esson - Wicked And Dreadful
7. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - Proof Run
8. Derrick Morgan - Leave Earth
9. Lord Creator - Rhythm Of The Blues
10. The Jivin' Juniors - Hip Rub
11. Lascelles Perkins - Little Joe
12. Don Drummond & Roland Alphonso - Heaven And Earth
13. Owen Gray - Walk All Over
14. David Brown - Pretty Baby
15. The Maytals - He Will Provide
16. Lester Sterling And The City Slickers - Whale Bone
17. Jackie Opel - Sit Down Servant
18. Roland Alphonso - Bongo Tango
19. Bob Marley And The Wailers - Go Jimmy Go
20. Clue J And His Blues Blasters - The Slider
This is the fourth album by the Soul Queen Etta James and this is her tribute to love and lovers.
Here, also on CD for the first time ever, this rare gem of a collection of love songs in the soul style, is one of the best records of entertainment music ever made. You cannot believe it was recorded more than 50 years ago so clear and real is its message.
1. Don’t Take Your Love From Me
2. How Do You Speak To An Angel
3. Fools Rush In
4. Don’t Blame Me
5. Someone To Watch Over Me (Ira & George Gershwin)
7. I Want To Be Loved
8. It Could Happen To You
9. These Foolish Things
10. Prisoner Of Love
Cut By Bernie Grundman On All Analogue Tube Cutting System Using All Upgraded And Modified Vintage Sculley Cutting Lathes
Mastered Direcly From The Original 30 ips 1/4 Inch Analogue Master
The album introduces and throws the spotlight on the fantastic voice of Singaporean vocalist Vanessa Fernandez. The song selection includes tunes by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Al Green and others. Top musicians playing on the album include the great bassist Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett), acoustic guitars Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Roger Waters, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton), electric piano Jim Cox (Willie Nelson, BB King, Aaron Neville, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett), drums Victor Indrizzo (Macy Grey, Marianne Faithfull, Meatloaf, Emmylou Harris), percussion Rafael Padillo (Julio Iglesias, Celine Dion, Pavarotti, Gloria Estefan), and harmonica Stanley Behrens (Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Ruth Brown).
This is a great group of top LA musicians backing superlative performances by a great new singer!!!
Test Pressings of the album were demo-ed extensively at the Munich High End Show as well as at THE Show in Newport Beach and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
There are many records and labels who declare themselves to be of "audiophile quality". Groove Note records all of their albums at the best studios in Hollywood (Oceanway, Record One, Cello, Sunset Sound) using a top Grammy nominated recording engineer, Michael C. Ross. All of our albums are recorded 100% analogue and the production masters are also mixed by 100% analogue by MC Ross. All albums are cut by one of the greatest mastering engineers in the world, Bernie Grundman, on an all analogue tube cutting system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes. All LPs plated and pressed by RTI on 180g audiophile vinyl.
1. I Just Wanna Be With You
2. Be Thankful For What You Got
3. Distant Lover
4. Hard Times
5. That Loving Feeling
6. Simply Beautiful
1. Use Me
2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3. Cool Cat
4. Here But I'm Gone
5. Be Thankful For What You Got (Alternate Mix)
Ranked 486/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1971 on Westbound Records. It was the last album that featured the original Funkadelic lineup; shortly after Maggot Brain was recorded, Tawl Ross, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood left the band for various reasons. The album incorporates musical elements of psychedelia, rock, gospel, and soul music, with significant variation between each track. Pitchfork Media named it the seventeenth best album of the 1970s.
1. Maggot Brain
2. Can You Get to That
3. Hit it and Quit It
4. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
5. Super Stupid
6. Back in Our Minds
7. War of Armageddon
"When an act called Sisters Love were offered a cameo in the blaxploitation film The Mack, their manager suggested that Willie Hutch do the soundtrack. It came to be one of the great '70s film scores, including a pair of classic funk tunes, "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" and the title cut. The results proved to be another soundtrack that far surpassed the quality of its film."
- Ron Wynn (All Music)
2. Theme Of The Mack
3. I Choose You
4. Mack's Stroll/The Getaway (Chase Scene)
6. Mack Man (Got To Get Over)
7. Mother's Theme (Mama)
8. Now That It's All Over
9. Brother's Gonna Work It Out
Marvin Gaye’s classic soundtrack to the 1972 motion picture Trouble Man starring Robert Hooks, Paul Winfield and Ralph Waite. The album reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #12. The title track was released as a single in November 1972 and became a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100,
peaking at #7. The song became one of Marvin's signature songs for the remainder of his life. More recently, the soundtrack was referenced positively in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) calling it the most important thing Captain America (Chris Evans) missed during his cryogenic slumber.
1. Main Theme From Trouble Man Part 2
2. "T" Plays It Cool
3. Poor Abbey Walsh
4. Break In (Police Shoot Big)
5. Cleo's Apartment
6. Trouble Man
7. Theme From Trouble Man
8. "T" Stands For Trouble
9. Main Theme From Trouble Man Part 1
10. Life Is A Gamble
12. Don't Mess With Mister "T"
13. There Goes Mister "T"
Hailing from the soggy streets of New Orleans, the Meters essentially invented the second line groove, influencing Funk music like no other artist (OK, aside from a singer by the name of James Brown). These cats are essentially one unified rhythm section, with expertly timed drum breaks, bass driven grooves, bluesy chicken scratch guitars and Southern sing along choruses.
Their 1975 album Fire On The Bayou established once again that The Meters were still the undisputed masters of Funk. Tracks like "Can You Do Without", "Out In The Country" and the title track have become staples in the Meters' songbook.
1. Out In The Country
2. Fire On The Bayou
3. Love Slip Upon Ya
4. Talkin' 'bout New Orleans
5. They All Ask'd For You
6. Can You Do Without?
8. You're A Friend Of Mine
9. Middle Of The Road
10. Running Fast
11. Mardi Gras Mambo