Faithful vinyl reissue of the J5 1970 Motown album featuring“Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town,” “Give Love At Christmas,” “Up On TheHousetop,”
“Someday At Christmas” and many more! Truly a soulful &funky holiday classic!
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
3. The Christmas Song
4. Up On The Housetop
5. Frosty The Snowman
6. The Little Drummer Boy
7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
8. Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year
9. Give Love On Christmas Day
10. Someday At Christmas
11. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Formed in the early ’50s under the watchful eye of
Tuskegee, Alabama, transplant Charles Chambliss, the
Sensational Saints were handpicked from a Cleveland
clothing store, a pool room, and from a group of friends
singing from a third story window. After years spent
rotating members and issuing stray singles for assorted
non-denominational imprints, the group connected
with the vocally inclined Reverend Melvin Kenniebrew at
the close of the ’60s, making good on their “Sensational”
boast. “With God in their hearts and singing on their
minds,” the Sensational Saints mounted their crown
jewel in 1973 with “You Won’t Believe It” (Try It You’ll
Like Us). Pressed in conservative quantities by local
gospel magnate James Bullard on his King James label,
the group’s lone long-player perfectly encapsulates the
intersection of funk and gospel as only the religious
conversion of a Bill Wither’s tune can do.
1. I Feel The Spirit
2. Get Some Business About Yourself
3. That’s All I Need
4. How Great Thou Art
5. I’m Glad He Knows My Heart
6. The Fool
7. Don’t Let Me Fall
8. I Know The Lord
9. Don’t Take My Sunshine
Funk’s answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama,
Florida’s Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads
of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened
dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in
their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP
was cut in 1972 for Orlando’s Dove label, then reissued
on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually
steered clear of soul music and anything remotely
commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into
Folkways’ Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve.
“My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music.
I’ve been involved in supernatural things,spoken with
spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know
I’ve heard it.” —Paul Montgomery
1. Montgomery Movement
3. Steal Away
4. Precious Wing
5. Party Fever
6. I’m Standing by
7. Gotta Make A Come Back
8. Left Me With A Memory
The Bo Diddley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
Bo Diddley’s Masterwork Album!
First Time Official Audiophile Vinyl – Stunning First Time Gatefold Cover
Mastered From The Authorized Chess Records Mono Tapes By Joe Reagoso
Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniel) was truly an American original. There will never be another Bo Diddley nor anyone in the music
industry who could influence generations upon generations of aspiring rock ’n rollers like Bo Diddley has and continues to this
day, even years after his short time on earth.
Celebrating six decades in the music business, this Mississippian native initially captivated millions of kids in the fifties
with his first recordings like Bo Diddley and Say Man. He drove the rockers mad with his famous guitar riffs and boogie beat,
filled with poetic lyrics and a thrilling presence on the stage.
Bringing his original “Bo Diddley Beat” to Chess Records in early 1955, the Chicago based label and the pioneer rocker hit
a goldmine immediately with his arsenal of tunes that he presented to Phil and Leonard Chess. A lot of these great songs became
top charting singles which culminated in his masterwork album Go! Bo Diddley.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits Cracking Up, Bo roars through a treasure trove of 11 more champions
which made this one of the most important and emulated albums of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics
Dearest Darling, Say Man, Don’t Let It Go and The Clock Struck Twelve. Noted for his stellar guitar work, pretty much introducing his Bo Diddley Beat riff to a whole new generation of guitar players, Go! Bo Diddley was truly a primer for a ton of rock and
blues artists for years like Eric Burdon and The Animals, George Thorogood, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and
Bo Diddley opened the doors for millions of music fans around the world to enjoy rock and blues, making him along with
Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard as one of the first pioneers of the popular recording business that we all enjoy to
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Chess Records arsenal of fine recordings. That is why we are so
very proud to announce our first installment in The Bo Diddley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his legendary
masterpiece Go! Bo Diddley.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry) for the first time on audiophile vinyl
from the Chess monophonic tapes, Bo Diddley’s Go! Bo Diddley will truly become one of the most important and historical 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time audiophile vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning gatefold
cover featuring the original artwork elements as well as two classic rare inside gatefold photos of the man who helped start
rock and roll.
Bo Diddley…Go! Bo Diddley…Impeccable mono from the AUTHORIZED Chess Records tapes! Go Bo Diddley!
1. Crackin’ Up
2. I’m Sorry
3. Bo’s Guitar
4. Willie and Lillie
5. You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care)
6. Say Man
7. The Great Grandfather
8. Oh Yea
9. Don’t Let It Go
10. Little Girl
11. Dearest Darling
12. The Clock Strikes Twelve
UK based record label Tiger’s Milk Records once again team up with Strut Records to release their long anticipated second compilation album, Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych from Peru’s radical decade. Peru Bravo tells the whirlwind story of a culture in flux. During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Lima boasted dozens of young bandsfull of ideas,spontaneous and unfazed by the instability in Peru. Featuring alternative heroes Traffic Sound and Laghonia alongside a selection of unheralded short-lived groups, Peru Bravo is a funk-fuelled ride through a radical decade. Like its predecessor, Tiger’s Milk’s debut LP ‘Peru Maravilloso’, Peru Bravo digs deep. It unearths the full spectrum of incendiary underground funk, soul and psych sounds that emerged following the first TV performance by the Peruvian Grand Daddies of garage punk, Los Saicos in 1965. By ‘66, there were dozens of guitar based groupsin Lima playing a mix of instrumental surf, rock ‘n roll and garage punk. With the growing influence of West coast American rock, funk and soul and British psychedelia and rock, the underground music scene in Peru diversified rapidly. It would, however, be only a matter of years before this burgeoning movement disappeared just as quickly as a new, uncompromising military dictatorship led by General Juan Velasco Alvarado, took hold. Artists on Peru Bravo include psychedelic ensembles Laghonia&TelegraphAvenue, both heavily influenced by American West coast bandslike Santana & Jeerson Airplane. Also featured are Black Sugar’s hard funk, Traffic Sound’srock-edged boogaloo and the raw-but-sweet harmonies of Thee Image, all under-pinned by a deep soulfulness that pervaded much of the music of the time. The album also features three dynamite cover versions of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’, Steppenwolf’s ‘Sookie Sookie’ and the Meters’ ‘Cissy Strut’. In Peru, the word ‘bravo’ has a double meaning. It can refer to something that is‘edgy’ or ‘dangerous’ but can also be a celebratory exclamation like in English. This collection celebrates a wonderfully brave and creative period that lasted just a few years during the coercive and fear inducing reign of Velasco’s government. Compiled by Duncan Ballantyne, Andrés Tapia del Rio & Martin Morales Tiger’s Milk Records is run by Martin Morales & Duncan Ballantyne. Martin is a producer, author,top chef and restaurateur. He overseesthe award winning Ceviche and Andina Peruvian Restaurants in London and has released a best-selling cookbook Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen , which has been translated into eight languages.
1. Laghonia - Bahia
2. Traffic Sound - La Camita
3. Jean Paul "El Troglodita" - Everything's Gonna Change
4. Cacique - Cacique
5. Los Holy's - Cissy Strut
6. Thee Image - Outasite
7. Black Sugar - Checan
8. Los Belking's - Sabata
9. Telegraph Avenue - Sungaligali
10. Los Texao - Sookie Sookie
11. Jeriko - Hey Joe
12. Los Destellos - Onsta La Yerbita
13. Los Nuevos Shains - The Mad's
14. The Mad's - Aouh Aouh
15. Los Comandos - El Sermón
For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans Funk. Now they turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans Soul.The main force behind New Orleans Soul is Allen Toussaint, a virtual one-man hit-making machine in the 1960s, writing, arranging and producing hit after hit for an unending list of unbelievably talented local singers such as Eldridge Holmes, Maurice Williams, Betty Harris, Ernie K Doe and Diamond Joe all of whom are featured. New Orleans is also a city of great musical families. Vocalist Aaron Neville was the brother of Art Neville (who formed The Meters) and later in the 1970s joined with brother Cyril to form The Neville Brothers. Soul vocalist supreme Willie Tee is also known as Wilson Turbinton, who alongside brother Earl, formed the super-heavy funk band The Gaturs and backed the Mardi Gras Indian group The Wild Magnolias. Also included here are rare, lost and killer soulful tracks from New Orleans artists Eddie Bo (and protégée vocalist Inell Young), Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks, Francine King and more!
1. Caught You in a Lie - Robert Parker
2. First Taste of Hurt - Willie Tee
3. Don't Pity Me - Curley Moore
4. Steppin' Out - Lionel Robinson
5. What's So Wrong With You Loving Me - Irma Thomas
6. You Can Give But You Can't Take - Aaron Neville
7. What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will - Jean Knight
8. Worried Over You - Eldridge Holmes
9. Congratulations Baby - Barbara West
10. Back Street Lover - Ernie K. Doe
11. I Don't Wanna Hear It - Betty Harris
12. She's On My Mind - Aaron Neville
13. She'll Never Be Your Wife - Irma Thomas
14. Lovely Woman - Eldridge Holmes
15. Tell Her That I Love You - Jimmy Hicks
16. The ABC Song - Diamond Joe
17. Gone, Gone, Gone - Eldridge Holmes
18. Two Fools - Francine King
19. Don't Turn Me Loose - Eddie Bo
20. A Hard Nut to Crack - Aaron Neville
21. I've Never Considered - Inell Young
“Hey Jude” is the classic 1969 release by Wilson Pickett cut with the Muscle Shoals session crew while Duane Allman added his intense, bluesy guitar to the mix. This album of hard Southern soul features Pickett in top form with his powerful vocals featured on soul tunes such as “A Man And A Half” and “Toe Hold” alongside choice rock covers including the title track and “Born To Be Wild”. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with tip on jacket by 4 Men With Beards.
1. Save Me
2. Hey Jude
3. Back In Your Arms
4. Toe Hold
5. Night Owl
6. My Own Style Of Lovin'
7. A Man And A Half
8. Sit Down And Talk This Over
9. Search Your Heart
10. Born To Be Wild
11. People Make The World
Jhené Aiko's full-length is a testament to the power of patience. Though she's only 26, the Los Angeles native has been at it for more than a decade — first, inauspiciously, as a satellite artist hovering in the orbit of prefab new-jack teens B2K. When pretending to be Lil' Fizz's cousin didn't bring her R&B domination, she took time off to finish school, start a family, and develop her songwriting chops, which led to increasingly high-profile collaborations with the likes of Drake, Miguel, and Kendrick Lamar.
Much of Souled Out is far more pop-friendly than last year's Sail Out EP (which yielded ''The Worst,'' her first Billboard Hot 100 moment), but Aiko's lush, glowing compositions do take time to reveal themselves. Take ''W.A.Y.S.,'' which opens with a lazily strummed guitar, then welcomes in a distant, ominous drum march. Slowly, everything widens and deepens as Aiko croons like a millennial shaman, ''You have got to lose your mind/Just to find your peace of mind.''
That process repeats itself throughout Souled; the more you give in to tracks like the hypnotic, undulating ''To Love & Die'' and the gently lapping ''Eternal Sunshine,'' the more they take hold. Had Aiko followed the muse she was chasing as a teen, ''The Pressure'' would probably have been turned into a disposable piece of Hot 100 radio bait. Instead, like much of Souled Out, it's an otherworldly neck-snapper — the coolest party soundtrack for a parallel dimension where the future of R&B arrived a long time ago.
- Kyle Anderson (Entertainment Weekly)
2. To Love & Die (Feat. Cocaine 80s)
3. Beautiful Ruin
4. It’s Cool
5. Lyin King
7. The Pressure
8. Eternal Sunshine
9. Limbo Limbo Limbo
12. Pretty Bird
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
The Donny Hathaway/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Celebrate The Soulful Singer & Songwriter’s Greatest Hits
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe “Philly Soul” Reagoso From The Original ATCO Records Tapes.
Featuring The Rare Appearances Of This Christmas And You Were Meant For Me On Vinyl.
Featuring Chart Topping Duets With Roberta Flack
Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the
70’s soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his
short lifetime. Thanks to today’s respect and care given to his music by a whole new
generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul’s
pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him,
Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting
acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres
Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he
spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music
In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled
The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles
and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin,
Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree,
continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four
The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like
the funk infused The Ghetto, the definitive balladry of Leon Russell’s A Song For You,
and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack Where Is The Love, which truly
opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.
Even more classics abound as you’ll hear the only vinyl release versions of
his beautiful last top charting r&b ballad You Were Meant For Me and his standard
holiday gem This Christmas. The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs
of our time Someday We’ll All Be Free which is truly a milestone song for this artist.
This 1978 Greatest Hits LP 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 Donny Hathaway. Mastered impeccably
from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe “Philly Soul” 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 Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman
Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information 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 Donny Hathaway 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock
audiophile vinyl fans.
Take It From Me….Someday We’ll All Be Free
1. You Were Meant For Me
2. A Song For You
3. You’ve Got A Friend (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
4. Someday We’ll All Be Free
5. Giving Up
6. Where Is The Love (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
7. The Ghetto
8. Valdez In The Country
9. This Christmas
“The Godfather of Soul.” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” “Mr. Dynamite.” “Soul Brother Number One.” For more than 50 years, these and
other honorifics have described American music icon James Brown.
GET ON UP: The James Brown Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features studio and standout live versions of many of Brown’s top soul/funk
hits—from his first, 1956’s “Please Please Please” to “Out Of Sight,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Try Me,” “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “It’s A Man’s
Man’s Man’s World,” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.” Also included are two previously unreleased concert recordings heard in the new
film that is in theaters nationwide on August 1. These live, spine-tingling performances of “Please Please Please” and “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
were recorded at the historic Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida on April 23, 1966.
In 1986, James Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a charter member. A multiple GRAMMY® Award winner, Brown was honored
with the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, and in 2003 he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. Brown died on
Christmas Day 2006 at the age of 73.
1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
2. The Payback. Pt. 1
3. Out Of Sight
4. I Got You (I Feel Good)
6. Please Please Please (Live)
7. Night Train (Live)
8. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, Pt. 1
9. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (Live)
10. Cold Sweat, Pt. 1
11. Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1
12. I Got The Feelin’ (Live)
13. I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (Live)
14. Say It Loud-I’m Black And I’m Proud, Pt. 1
15. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Live)
16. Super Bad (Live)
17. Soul Power (Live)
18. Try Me (Live)
19. Please Please Please
20. Get Up Offa That Thing
Extension of a Man is an album released by the R&B/Soul singer Donny Hathaway in 1973. It was his last studio album. It's noted for including a young Stanley Clarke of (then) Return to Forever on a couple of tracks, as well as drummer Fred White, brother to Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White (who worked with Hathaway in Chicago in the early days).
1. I Love The Lord; He Heard My Cry (Parts I & II)
2. Someday We'll All Be Free
3. Flying Easy
4. Valdez In The Country
5. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
6. Come Little Children
7. Love, Love, Love
8. The Slums
10. I Know It's You
Amazing Grace is the third live album by American singer Aretha Franklin. Released on June 1, 1972 by Atlantic Records, It ultimately sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. As of 2013, it stands as the biggest selling disc of Aretha's entire fifty-plus year recording career. The double album was recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles during January 1972. It won the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance. The LP is the biggest selling live gospel album of all time.
1. Mary, Don't You Weep
2. Precious Lord, Take My Hand/You've Got A Friend (Medley)
3. Old Landmark - By Aretha Franklin with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community
4. Give Yourself To Jesus
5. How I Got Over
6. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
7. Amazing Grace
1. Precious Memories
2. Climbing Higher Mountains
3. Remarks By Reverend C L. Franklin
4. God Will Take Care Of You
5. Wholy Holy
6. You'll Never Walk Alone
7. Never Grow Old
Includes 22” X 22” Poster Featuring The Original Cover Art
Bonus Purple 7" Flexidisc Of The Rare “Unrubbed Version” (Without Moog) Of Fred Wesley & The Jbs’ 1973 Single “Blow Your Head”
"To me, happiness is Fred Wesley playing his horn." - James Brown
In 1974 one of James Brown’s most important band-leaders and sidemen – trombonist Fred Wesley would release not one but two albums as a leader including Damn Right, I Am
Somebody. Starting with an evocative cover it was clear to fans that this album wasn’t all about a party. Deep messages abound in the songs here, such as the nearly 10-minute
workout “I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying.”
Social messages aside, Fred and his assembled JBs were a party-moving funk machine at heart, as heard on “If You Don’t Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again Paarty” and the laid-back groove of “Same Beat” (with prototypical sampling of Jesse Jackson exhorting an audience to chant “I am / Somebody”). Nestled among these raise-your-fist classics is one of the most experimental funk cut ever made: “Blow Your Head,” known to relatively modern listeners as the backbone of Public Enemy’s “Public Enemy #1” (from 1987). Get On Down pays reverent tribute to this classic by pressing it on 150-gram vinyl, housed in a 1970s style Stoughton jacket in an 8-gauge custom polybag emblazoned with an embossed People Records logo. In addition, the package comes with a 22” x 22” poster featuring the original cover art, as well as a 7-inch flexidisc of the rare “Unrubbed Version” (without Moog) of Fred Wesley & The JBs’ 1973 single “Blow Your Head.” This version was only available previously on 2000’s James Brown’s Funky People Part 3 compilation.
1. Damn Right, I Am Somebody
2. Blow Your Head
3. I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'?
4. Same Beat (Pt 1)
5. If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back It Up And Try Again, Parrty
6. Make Me What You Want Me To Be
7. Going to Get A Thrill
8. You Sure Love To Ball
Part of the New Orleans musical dynasty whose offshoots include The Meters and The Neville Brothers,
vocalist Aaron Neville began his solo recording career in 1960. Throughout the 60s and into the 70s,
he built up a substantial catalogue of soul and funk, most of which was recorded under producer Allen
Toussaint’s guidance for Joe Banashak’s Minit and Instant labels, or for Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn’s Sansu Enterprises.
This 180 gram vinyl compilation draws from that period and comprises some of Neville’s best-loved recordings including his first hit ‘Over You’ (US R&B No.21), ‘Hercules’ and a mid-70s re-recording of his
1967 No.1 ‘Tell It Like It Is’, plus a selection made for Bell, and for Toussaint’s album label Bandy.
1. Over You
2. Get Out Of My Life
3. Let's Live
4. I'm Waiting At The Station
6. Wrong Number (I'm Sorry, Goodbye)
7. For Every Boy There's A Girl
8. All These Things
9. (Between) The Ticks Of The Clock
10. You Can Give But You Can't Take
11. Speak To Me
12. She's On My Mind
14. Tell It Like It Is
“If a smile had a sound it would be the sound of Lee Dorsey’s voice. No wonder he inspired so many of
my favourite songs”. A mainstay of the New Orleans music scene, Lee Dorsey’s funky and infectious
sound was an essential party ingredient during the 60s and 70s. During this time he charted some ten
singles, most of which were recorded under the aegis of producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint and often
featured funk supremos The Meters.
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, this collection includes a selection of Dorsey’s biggest US singles including
‘Ya Ya’ (R&B No.1), ‘Ride Your Pony’ (R&B No.7), ‘Get Out Of My Life, Woman’ (R&B No.5), ‘Working
In The Coalmine’ (R&B No.5) and ‘Holy Cow’ (R&B No.10), alongside other classic tracks plus Toussaint’s signature song ‘Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)’.
1. Lottie Mo
2. Ya Ya
4. Messed Around (And Fell In Love )
5. Ride Your Pony
6. Can You Hear Me?
7. Get Out Of My Life, Woman
9. Working In The Coalmine
10. Holy Cow
11. Yes, We Can - Part 1
12. Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
13. Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
14. Night People
Strut are proud to announce the first ever internationally released new studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, in a mouth-watering new collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics.
Orlando Julius on “Buje Buje:”
“My parents used to tell us stories, folk tales and there were a lot of different stories involving tortoises – they often made tortoises sound like human beings. There was one about a tortoise who had a farm and I always thought, ‘how could a tortoise have a farm?!’ This tortoise is working on his farm and a pretty lady is passing by. So, he cuts his foot with his cutlass and pretends that he is injured so that he can get her attention. The lady comes over and tries to help him and he says, ‘I can’t work with this cut. Could I climb on your back to go to get help?’ She agrees, he climbs on her back and she starts to walk. He says, ‘I’m too far up, could you push me further down your back?’ Finally, the lady realises that he is up to no good, she is very unhappy and tells him to find his own way. Once she has left, the tortoise continues to play this trick on other women.
“I made the story into a song and brought human nature into it – good people and bad people. The song teaches us not to copy something that is bad, fake or deceptive.”
1. Buje Buje
2. Love Thy Neighbour
5. Jaiyede Afro
6. Omo Oba Blues
7. Be Counted
8. In the Middle
City Life, arguably The Blackbyrds’ best album, hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart upon its original release in 1975.
Produced by legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the album showcases The Blackbyrd’s’ unique jazz-funk crossover sound and includes the runaway
hits "Happy Music" and "Rock Creek Park," which stand even today as pinnacles of the '70s jazz-funk movement. A testament to its lasting appeal, "Rock
Creek Park" from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A,
Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Loc and most recently, Wiz Khalifa. This often-sublime album
is primed for rediscovery by fans of '70s funk, soul, jazz and fusion.
1. Rock Creek Park
2. Thankful ‘Bout Yourself
3. City Life
4. All I Ask
5. Happy Music
6. Love So Fine
7. Flying High
8. Hash Aand Eggs
For almost 45 years a complete album by Vic Pitts & The Cheaters has been forgotten, waiting until now to be released. In the late 1960s, Vic Pitts & The Cheaters were one of Milwaukee's top R&B bands. They had their own TV show (for 3 years), played some of the city's biggest clubs, and backed up big name acts. Between 1969 and 1970 they recorded over a dozen songs with producer Andre Williams at Chess' Ter-Mar Studios in Chicago. The results show why they were such a popular live act; some tracks reveal their roots as James Brown
fanatics, others relate the happening sounds of Sly & The Family
Stone and Chicago's first record.
Highlights include an early instrumental version of their sought after "Loose Boodie," a funky cover of Herbie Mann's "Comin' Home Baby," and a soulful rearrangement of Neil Young's "Down By The River," among many others. But, as misfortune would have it, the album never saw the light of day. Culled from interviews with Vic Pitts and several members of the band we have put together a LP gatefold filed with photos and liner notes.
1. Loose Boodie (unreleased version)
2. Thank You
3. The Trip
4. Down By The River
5. You Made Me Love You
6. Comin' Home Baby
7. A Change is Gonna Come
8. The Girl I Love
9. Got To Find The Love In You
The LP is pressed on 180gm vinyl and has been lovingly designed and printed 1960s UK style with spot gloss and glued flaps in a limited edition of 500. Arguably the most enduring and influential of all the 1950s R & B groups – the “5” Royales The Harbingers Of Soul LP features the best and most effective tracks from their stays at King and Home Of The Blues. In a very crowded market, their success was remarkable.. The Harbingers Of Soul is a mouth-watering overview featuring the best of the King era and the most soulful sides from their stay at Home Of The Blues. Home Of The Blues closed its doors in 1962, and although the Royales went on to record for Todd, and had the odd 45 on Smash and White Cliffs, their best days were behind them. But when interest in R & B began to rise again at the end of the 80s, surviving members of the group made a few curtain calls as they were “rediscovered” by a new generation. But these were just the last whispers from a group who were deafeningly loud for so many years. The elite of their Golden Age recordings can all be found on this LP, when they were bridging the gaps between gospel, R & B and the emerging soul style.
2. Messin' Up
3. Dedicated To The One I Love
4. Tell The Truth
5. It Hurts Inside
6. When I Get Like This
7. Good Lookin' Woman
8. Say It
9. Don't Let It Be In Vain
10. I'm With You
11. Show Me
12. I Got To Know
13. Much In Need
14. Catch That Teardrop
15. What's In The Heart
16. Get Something Out Of It
Announcing The Tower Of Power/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation Of Their 1973 Smash LP
Featuring The Legendary What Is Hip?
Mastered From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes By Joe “Philly Soul” Reagoso
In 1973, superstar R&B/funk veterans Tower of Power hit the top of their game with their self-titled
smash Tower of Power. Featuring the classic line-up of the Lenny Williams on lead vocals, the TOP horns:
Emilio Castillo, Lenny Pickett, Stephen Kupka, Mic Gillette & Greg Adams, plus the stunning funk masters
Dave Garabaldi (drums), Rocco Prestia (bass), Chester Thompson (keys/vocals), Bruce Conte (guitar) and
Brent Byars on congas, these Bay Area superstars continue to make albums and play stages all over the
world now for over four decades. Featuring a ton of smash hits produced and written by the band, the Tower
of Power album has become one of their most loved works in their stunning gold and platinum career.
With superlative chart topping pop and R&B classics like the beautiful So Very Hard to Go, the soul
power of Get Yo’ Feet Back on the Ground, plus one of the definitive funk anthems of all time What Is Hip?,
the Tower of Power album would go on to become one of the best-selling albums in their extensive catalog.
Dig deeper into the San Francisco grooves and there you find even more platinum plus treasures
like the masterful This Time It’s Real, the powerful Soul Vaccination, plus the tender ballads Will I Ever
Find a Love and Just Another Day, making Tower of Power one of the finest overviews ever of this stellar
Therefore it is with much excitement to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release
of the legendary Tower of Power masterpiece Tower of Power. Mastered impeccably by Joe “Philly Soul”
Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering, this stunning LP was long overdue for an audiophile
In addition to all the great hits within, this limited edition anniversary collection includes the very hip
original LP artwork, not seen in years in the LP cover format, truly enhancing this album’s re-release and forever honoring the act and their five star masterwork achievement. We believe this wonderful new audiophile
release of Tower of Power will become one of the most anticipated classic soul releases of the summer!
What Is Hip?
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
Mastered By Kevin Gray (Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles)
Best known for the lush 1961 rendition of the ballad ''At Last'' - a slow-dance staple at wedding celebrations everywhere, she is also celebrated for having recorded one of the best live albums of all time, ''Rocks the House.'' Recorded in 1963 at the New Era Club in Nashville, James is captured at her performance peak. The foundation for her reputation as a fiery no-holds-barred performer was firmly established in this recording.
Blues, soul, jazz, R&B, and rock vocalist Etta James, needs no introduction. An icon from early rock'n'roll's pantheon of divas, she has inspired 5 decades of listeners and fellow artists with her vocal stylings. From Janis Joplin to Beyonce, her expressive and guttural style has been imitated but never quite matched.
Jackpot Records is honored to release this momentous record on stellar blue vinyl, with the original album artwork and including 3 bonus tracks which have only ever been released previously on CD. Her powerful version of ''Something's Got a Hold on Me'' will shake you. Her impassioned version of ''All I Could Do Is Cry,'' will break you.
1. Something's Got A Hold On Me
2. Baby What You Want Me To Do
3. What'd I Say
4. Money (That's What I Want)
5. Seven Day Fool
6. Sweet Little Angel
7. Ooh Poo Pah Doo
8. Woke Up This Morning
9. Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
10. All I Could Do Is Cry
11. I Just Want To Make Love To You
Meet the Supremes is the debut album by The Supremes, released in late 1962 on Motown. The LP includes the group's earliest singles: "I Want a Guy", "Buttered Popcorn", "Your Heart Belongs to Me" and "Let Me Go the Right Way".
1. Your Heart Belongs To Me
2. Who's Lovin' You
3. Baby Don't Go
4. Buttered Popcorn
5. I Want A Guy
6. Let Me Go The Right Way
7. You Bring Back Memories
8. Time Changes Things
9. Play A Sad Song
10. Never Again
11. (He's) Seventeen (Primettes)
12. Tears of Sorrow
13. Pretty Baby
Exact Reproductions Of Original Lp Artwork To Retain Authenticity
Best known for their silky soul vocals and smooth-stepping routines, the Temptations were firmly entrenched as the undisputed kings of Barry Gordy's Motown stable when cutting-edge producer Norman Whitfield walked into the studio and announced that it was time to shake things up. The resulting freakout became the first half of the stellar Cloud Nine, an album that would become one of the defining early funk sets, with songs that not only took Motown in a new direction, but helped to shape a genre as well. On one side and across three jams, Whitfield and the Temptations would give '70s-era funk musicians a broad palette from which to draw inspiration. The title track, with its funky soul bordering on psychedelic frenzy, was an audacious album opener, and surely gave older fans a moment's pause. Only two more songs rounded out side one: an incredibly fresh take on "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," which jazzed up the vocals, brought compelling percussion to the fore, and relegated the piano well into the wings, and "Run Away Child, Running Wild," an extravagant nine-minute groove where the sonics easily surpassed the vocals. After shaking up the record-buying public with these three masterpieces, the Temptations brought things back to form for side two. Here, their gorgeous vocals dominated slick arrangements across seven tracks which included "Hey Girl" and the masterful "I Need Your Lovin'." Funk continued to percolate -- albeit subtly -- but compared to side one, it was Temptations business as usual. It was this return to the classic sound, however, which ultimately gave Cloud Nine its odd dynamic. The dichotomy of form between old and new between sides doesn't allow for a continuous gel. But the brash experimentation away from traditional Motown on the three seminal tracks which open the disc shattered the doorway between past and present as surely as the decade itself imploded and smooth soul gave way to blistering funk.
- Amy Hanson (All Music Guide)
1. Cloud Nine
2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
3. Runaway Child, Running Wild
4. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
5. Hey Girl
6. Why Did She Have To Leave Me (Why Did She Have To Go)
7. I Need Your Lovin'
8. Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
9. I Gotta Find A Way (To Get You Back)
10. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love