A fever dream in sonic form, The Alien Coast is the first album St. Paul & The Broken Bones recorded in their hometown of Birmingham. Produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, Margo Price) - the bands 4th full-length is a dizzying convergence of rock n' roll, R&B, psychedelia, stoner metal, gospel and jazz-funk. At turns explosive, elegant, and thrillingly unhinged - it makes for a majestic backdrop to the group's visceral exploration of the strangest dimensions of the human psyche.
A vault’s worth of solid gold treasures! Nearly all the cuts included here are legendary, high-dollar 45s, presented in their original—and danceable!—mono mixes. The sound of thousands of dollars’ worth of revered R&B, from Sundazed! The legendary Florence Greenberg was one of very few women who envisioned, launched and ran a hugely-successful record company. She liked to say that she was “a white woman in a black business who couldn’t carry a tune!” But, she sure knew talent: talented artists, songwriters, producers, sales and promo people. For many amazing years, Mrs. Greenberg helmed a label comparable in size to Motown: not quite a major, but much more substantial than most indies. Scepter Records grew and flourished by cultivating an amazing network of independent writers and producers: Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Luther Dixon, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, Van McCoy, and many, many others. And now, compiled here are 15 exhilarating Scepter recordings - all incredible dance-floor sides (nearly $3k of original wax!), lovingly pressed onto one glorious album. Viva, Florence! Viva, Scepter Records! Dim the lights, turn this soulful platter up and get ready to move!!! On red vinyl!!!"
Music on Vinyl press. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Includes insert. Featuring the number 1 hit "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" duet with George Michael, produced by Narada Michael Walden. Sleeve artwork by Andy Warhol. Black vinyl. The 1986 self-titled Aretha Franklin album was a successful one, notable for containing five R&B hits, including the number 1 hit "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" and "If You Need My Love Tonight". Aretha herself says on the liner notes that this is one of her favorite albums, and it's easy to see why.
1 Jimmy Lee
2 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Duet with George Michael
3 Do You Still Remember
4 Jumpin' Jack Flash
6 An Angel Cries
7 He'll Come Along
8 If You Need My Love Tonight Duet with Larry Graham
Everybody's still talking about the good ol' days! A rough and rugged collection of ol' dirty classics that have inspired swarms of killer beats. A head nod to the sounds of Shaolin, the thirteen chambers of Shanghai'd Soul have moved lyrical chefs and production geniuses alike to compose some of their most ominous hip-hop. Gods and Earths alike will appreciate the raw funk and smoother-than-a-Lexus soul that come together like Voltron on this special compilation. As sampled by Phantogram, Common, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, Vince Staples, DJ Khaled, Pusha-T, Meek Mill, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller, Kid Cudi, RJD2, Curren$y, Pretty Lights, Jurassic 5, Big Grams, and Run The Jewels.
1 Them Two Am I a Good Man
2 Lynn Williams Don't Be Surprised
3 Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr You Can't Blame Me
4 Family Connection This Time
5 Mitch Mitchell-Gene King Never Walk Out on You
6 Renaldo Domino Nevermore
7 Voices of Conquest O Yes My Lord
8 T.L. Barrett & the Youth for Christ Choir Like a Ship
Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners & boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, & trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wade, all beneath the mindful gaze of a wall-mounted shotgun. Reaching their peak in the late '60s, Eccentric Soul: The Way Out Label gathers the brightest moments from the quirky operation's eleven year bid. This 3 X vinyl LP configuration boasts a double gatefold sleeve with beautiful photos and ephemera from the label's low-flying promotional department.
1 The Occasions- There's No You
2 The Sensations- Demanding Man
3 Jesse Fisher- You're Not Loving a Beginner
4 The Soul Notes- How Long Will It Last
5 The Sensations- I Won't Be Hurt
6 The Springers- Why
7 Lou Ragland and the Bandmasters- Never Let Me Go
8 The Springers- I Know My Baby Loves Me So
9 Lou Ragland and the Bandmasters- Party at Lester's
10 Verna & Rob- More Soul
11 Betty & Angel- Honey Coated Loving
12 Sammy Jones-She Didn't Know
13 The Sensations- Two Can Make It
14 Bobby Wade-I'm in Love with You
15 Norman Scott- Ain't That a Heartache
16 Soul Notes- Don't Make Me Beg
17 The Sensations-Please Baby Please
18 Bobby Wade- Can't You Hear Me Calling
19 Jesse Fisher- Don't Cheat on Me
20 Norman Scott- Baby Don't Go
21 Volcanic Eruption- Red Robin
22 Bobby Wade- Down Here on the Ground
23 The Sensations- Oh Girl
24 The Exceptional Three- Loving a Stranger
25 The Exceptional Three- Unlucky Girl
26 The Soul Notes- I Got Everything I Need
27 Volcanic Eruption- I've Got Something Going for Me
In 2005, while making his Saturday morning yard sale rounds around town, collector Blake Oliver stumbled upon a box of curiously marked tapes. At first, Oliver thought he'd found the lost masters from Clem Price and George Beter's Columbus-based Prix label. But after a cursory listen, he realized that these were not the Prix masters, but rather demos and unreleased tracks from Prix's Harmonic Sounds studio. Somehow, this was even better. In addition to Eddie Ray's heart-stopping "Wait A Minute," here were dozens of examples of what can only be described as "soul blueprints." In addition to presenting remasters of thrilling previously released material by Joe King, Marion Black, O.F.S. Unlimited, the Royal Esquires, Mitch Mitchell & Gene King, the Soul Ensemble, and Chip Willis, Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label includes Penny & the Quarters' uplifting "You And Me" - as featured in the 2010 film Blue Valentine.
Kelela'sdebut album,Take Me Apartemerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and soTake Me Apartexists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones ofKelela'sart - even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits - andTake Me Apartsees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.
The timeless, zero-gravity ballad "Better" seesKelelaat her most unadorned - baring her soul to a nameless other over subtly transforming piano and synth textures while first single "LMK" is all staggering club swagger that manages to span the past 20 years of innovative R&B while still exploring another dimension of possibilities. These songs typify the melding of classic song-craft and inventive production approach at the album's core, but it's here where things take yet another exhilarating turn. "Truth or Dare" has the brittle snap and vocal twists of a Neptunes track while "Blue Light" seesKelelaweld her sweeping pleas to the warped sonic palette of grime, pointing the way forward to a possible future of cybernetic soul.
Now we are swept into the slipstream of a pair of breathtakingArcacollaborations in "On And On" and the otherworldly grandeur of "Turn To Dust," which conjures images of the powerful and iconic diva of Luc Besson'sThe Fifth Element; and it's a short trip to the unforgettable pneumatic gospel of album closer "Altadena," a perfect uroboros link back to "Frontline" to begin the saga all over again. At this point you're left with the feeling that this trip throughTake Me Apartis one you'll be making many more times.
Limited clear vinyl LP pressing. 2021 release. Sensational expands the universe of de Casier's 2019 self-released debut album Essentials. Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasizing about what could've been. Sensational was co-produced by de Casier and is a breath of fresh air to anyone with a passion for music in all it's genres, as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millenium sounds, de Casier's sound surveys the past while looking to the future.
Split in two volumes, here is the sum of James Brown's early five-year period 1956-1960, when JB (and his Famous Flames) was obsessively searching for his own sound. Selected from a bunch of 19 two-sided singles, and including super hits such as "Please, Please, Please", "Try Me", and "I'll Go Crazy", this collection represents James Brown's fundamental groundwork for the coming soul music revolution.
A great collection of Stevie Wonder's early '60s work. When as a Tamla's young prodigy named Little Stevie, still under the influence of Ray Charles, he began hitting the charts, proving his genius with songs like "Contract on Love", "Fingertips - Pt 2", and "Work Out Stevie, Work Out".
I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues (Part 1)
I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues (Part 2)
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Little Stevie Wonder & Clarence Paul - Little Water Boy
Little Stevie Wonder & Clarence Paul - Little Water Boy (Promo Version)