Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Soul Detective Case 5 Allen Orange

Roscoe Shelton I'm In Way Too Deep SS7
Red Kelly has begun another case on his Soul Detective blog - this time he is featuring Allen Orange.
Have a listen above to one of Allen Orange's songs for Roscoe Shelton who he worked with in Nashville in the mid-60s then drop over to Soul Detective to see how the case is coming along.

Toni Green @ Porretta 2007

My mate Nick Sands has kindly dropped me some photos of Toni Green who was the highlight of this year's Porretta Soul Festival. I can only agree that she was stunning having caught footage of her performing. I hope someone has the foresight to record one of her gigs because the lady is a real performer!

I thought I'd share one of my favourite cuts by her from the Good Time CD Strong Enough:

Toni Green Strong Enough

All Four Photos Courtesy Nick Sands 2007

Eccentric Soul: Prix Label

Another CD which has seen plenty of recent action on my player is the latest in Numero Uno's Eccentric Soul series The Prix Label. Numero Uno is rapidly becoming one of my favourite reissue labels with these in-deph releases featuring small US labels.

Once again we have a high quality package from Rob Sevier and the guys featuring 19 tracks from the likes of Eddie Ray, Marion Black, The Royal Esquires etc.

I have featured one of my fave Prix label 45s which is a haunting side from Mitch Mitchell and Gene King.
Mitch Mitchell & Gene King Never Walk Out On You Prix

Best Of Patti Drew CD

Patti Drew He's The One (I Love) Capitol
The above CD has been getting plenty of hammer at my place. A 24 track over view of Patti's Capitol years compiled by Tony Rounce and Bob Fisher.
Beautiful sophisticated music!!!! Let's hope we see her albums released back to back some time in the future.

Maurice "The Voice" Watts 25th Anniversary Poconos Weekend Celebration

Check out details at Maurice's site - Congratulations in advance!!!!

Nicole Willis & Soul Investigators If This Ain't Love Video

I've had a message through from Jukka Jukkats of the Soul Investigators:

We have produced a small music video for Nicole Willis "If This Ain't Love". Here is video:

Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings 100 Days 100 Nights

Go check out tracks from new CD over at their website

Galactic Fractures New Podcast: Funky Rock & All Kinds of Soul

Get over to Galactic Fractures for the latest Podcast

Funky Rock and all kinds of soul!
Here's the tracklisting to get you going!!!:-
Blackrock - Blackrock Yeah Yeah (Selectohits)

Original Black Sheep - Love Long (Flock

)Jimi Hendrix - Like A Rolling Stone (Reprise)

Velvert Turner - Xcuse Me Gentlemen (Family)

Curtis Knight - How Would It Feel (RSVP)Los Bravos - Black Is Black (Press)

The Razors Edge - Babys On His Way (Pow)

Plastic Penny - Your Way To Tell Me Go (Page One)

Albert Washington - No Matter What The Cost May Be (Eastbound)

Willie Gauff and The Love Brothers - Communicate Not Hate (Eureka)

Mamie P Galore - You Got The Power (Thomas)

Gloria Taylor - Loving You And Being Loved By You (Silver Fox)

Ronnie Love - Chills and Fever (dot)

Five Du Tones - Shake A Tail Feather (Onederful)

Dave Blocker - River Where Do You Go (Verve)

The Chantels - Soul Of A Soldier (Verve)

New Holidays - Maybe So Maybe No (Soulhawk)

Johnnie Taylor - Whos Makin Love (Stax)

Tammy - Whos Makin Love (Pan Vox)

Marvin Holmes and The Uptights - Whos Makin Love (UNI)

Helena Hollins - Baby Youre Right (Stonegood)

Frank Lynch - Young Girl (My Records)

Chris Clark - Whisper You Love Me Boy (Motown)

BT Express - Do It Till Yer Satisfied pt1 (Vogue)

Alexander Review - Snidley Whiplash (Vaya)

Don Julian - Shorty The Pimp Pt 1 (Money)

Bronx River Parkway - La Valla (Truth & Soul)

Bronx River Parkway - Quienes Que Resolverio (soul fire)

Larry Mcgee Revolution - The Burg (Boogie Band)

GD and The Big J - Movin On (Good Records)

Funka Fize - Because Your Funky (Royce)

Breakout - Planet Rock Pt 1 (Melting Pot)

Mickey & the Soul Generation - Message From A Black Man (Cali Tex)

Third Point - Majestic Soul (soul fire)

Fried - When You Get Out Of Jail (London)

The Budos Band II Record Release Party!

Thursday August 9th, 2007 - 11:30pm
Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003


Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band New 45

Don't forget to check out this new 45 from Charles:

"The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" B/W "Heartaches and Pain" on Dunham Records

Described by the boys themselves:

From the heart and soul of Tommy "TNT" Brenneck, guitarist for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings & The Budos Band, comes a sound at once mysterious and empowering. It is almost inconceivable that recordings this lush and brutally lovely in it's nakedness could come out of the smallish privacy of a musician's bedroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn.


Eli "Paperboy" Reed & Trueloves @ Zu Zu Cambridge MA 2/8/07

Eli has beeen in touch to tell about a gig at Zu Zu this week:

As some of you might already know, August is the last month that ZuZu will be having live music, opting to go the dj-only route. When The True Loves first formed we did a month-long residency at ZuZu and it really helped to get the band going so we are very, very excited to come back to ZuZu for one night of insanity before the whole thing is over!

The show is this Thursday, August 2nd and we'll be playing 2 sets and will be joined by many special guests including former members of the band Emeen Z., Noah Furvis and more!

We will also have our 7'' single available for sale for the first time (you might call it a release show.) Best of all the show is totally FREE!

So you have no reason not to come out and get drunk and dance. Thursday, August 2nd
ZuZu (474 Mass. Ave @ Brookline St. Cambridge, MA)
Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves

Two sets and special guests!Show starts @ 10:0021+Free!!

Check out the website Here and go Here to buy our 7'' single, "The Satisfier"

Monday, July 30, 2007

Lee Mitchell

Lee Mitchell Mix

I was prompted to put together a mix of Lee Mitchell's music after a post by Eli Reed on the Southern Soul list. Apparently, Lee surfaced at one of Eli's rehearsals with Roscoe Robinson and Eli was asking about Lee's music.

Here is the tracklisting for the above mix:-

1. You And You Alone Musicor

2. You're Gonna Miss Me Sure Shot

3. Where Does Love Go Sure Shot

4. Memphis On The Mississippi

5. The Economy Roll

6. Is It You Or Is It You? Roll

7. Best Shot Full Speed Ahead

8. So Called Friends Full Speed Ahead


Sure Shot 5030 Where does love go / You're gonna miss me (1967)

HL&M 001 Forgive this fool / Love of my baby (?)

HL&M 002 How can you be so cold / Unique (?)

Musicor 1479 Memphis on the Mississippi / You and you alone (1973)

Roll 001 The economy / Is it you ir is it I (1975)

Full Speed Ahead 7711 with the B'ham Rhythm Section - So called friends / Best shot (1977)

Hersey 4539 with the Boston Rhythm Section I come a long way / Oh ship of Zion (1980?)

Hopefully, we will find out more about Lee from Eli in the near future!!!!

In The Basement 47

Dave Cole has published his ever excellent In The Basement containing another bumper 76 pages worth of quality writing on soul music.

Issue 47 contains in-depth interviews and features on Dorothy Moore, John Ellison, Johnny Daye, Freda Payne and Toby Lark as well as all the usual features including Vinyl Spotlight, CD and book reviews.

Copies can be obtained directly from Dave:


Go buy one - a cracking read on a rainy day!!!!

Reverend Cleatus & Soul Saviours CD Released!

Pete Collinson from Reverend Cleatus has dropped me a line to say their new CD is now out:

It’s here! After what seems like an eternity (mainly due to Cleatus perfectionism and Mediterranean working practices) the Reverend is pleased to announce the release of the new LP/CD2Lbs of Funk (In a 1lb Bag)! (SCR05)
At present this fine piece of plastic can only be purchased for 17 EURO via the Soul Cookers website:
Although keep looking for updates as we are trying to expand distribution into the UK, Japan and the US.
Keep checking the Rev’s MySpace for more information on more recordings, gigs and The Fantastics! For bookings and Cpt Hammond related activities check out
Thanks to everyone in making this happen, particular those who have supported the Reverend over the last 4 years.The evil Reverend Cleatus & his Soul Saviours..NB - expect a full name change from "Rev Cleatus & the Soul Saviours" to "The Fantastics" soon...

Gloria Barnes & Chosen Few Now On CD

I am pleased to announce that Glenn Gunton has compiled the 2 killer Johnny Brantley produced albums into one CD release in Sanctuary Records Outta Sight Soul Essential series. I am proud to have been involved in this project and Glenn has put together a worthy apckage to celebrate Johnny's productions.

The CD contains ther complete Uptown and Taking All The Love I Can albums plus the bonus track Lee Moses I Can't Take No Chances which was also covered by the Chosen Few.
Get out there and buy the CD - great value because the vinyl is very hard to find!!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Young Birds Fly Premiere Feedback

Leonardo Flores has been in touch to tell me about the premiere of his film Young Birds Fly:


Thanks to the 200 people who came out to the first showing of Young Birds Fly on Saturday.

It was a fantastic screening and good times were had by all.It was a very party like and good vibes atmosphere in the theatre throughout the entire 3 hour performance of YBF...perhaps it was all the alcohol that smuggled into the theatre and after a few hours a few people were a bit drunk! Everyone seemed to get a kick out if the story and characters. Although many people did have their opinions on YBF generally speaking it was well received and I thank you for coming out and watching my film. I plan to cut down the film now meaning that the long print I screened on Saturday will not be screened again.

I had only wish that I could have talked to many of you that came out, but it all went by too fast and by the time I cleared out the theatre and packed my equipment everyone was gone! I would love to hear your opinion of the film so feel free to email me.Thanks to both the Long Beach Vintage Classic Scooter Club and Ricky and his Covina crew to bringing out all the Vintage scooters to the event. Also a special nod to all those who came out from Arizona and San Diego for the screening. Also thanks to John Garside and Julian for manning the projection booth and Riannon Beltran for heading the ticket booth. The above made the afternoon a day many people will never forget!


Leonardo Flores

Hope to be able to do a full review soon!!!!

William Bell @Stax Museum 30/7/07

Picked up a bulletin from the Stax museum:

On Monday, July 30, Stax legend WILLIAM BELL will rock the house!

Join us for our monthly Last Mondays in Studio A concert series for an intimate set of Stax classics by William Bell and the Bo-Keys.

$20 at the door ($5 if you're a Stax Museum member.)

Free food and a ca$h bar.

Showtime is 7:00 p.m. sharp.

Don't be late!---Stax Museum of American Soul Music926 East McLemore in the heart of Soulsville, USA

www.StaxMuseum.com or 901 946 2535 for more information.

Deep Fried 20th August 2007

@ CORKS BAR, 28 BINNEY STREET, LONDON W1. (2 mins from Bond St Tube)

5pm til 1am...


All money raised on the night will go to the Charity....

DJ's supporting this great cause and playing on the night are:

Perry Louis (Messin Around, JazzCotech, Weak At The Knees)
Papito (Espalanade Records)
Seymour Nurse (Wonderland etc.)
Paul Phillips (Solar Radio)
Malayka (Soul Shakers/Bamburg Soul Weekender)

As you can see, lots of great music to be heard on the night...


Thank you for your support. for more details on the DJ's see below.

DJ Perry Louis (JazzCotech Dancers, Messin Around, Shiftless Shuffle & more!) www.jazzcotech.com

From Italy - DJ Papito (Esplanade Records) www.myspace.com/papito_esplanade

DJ Malayka (Soul Shakers Intl / Bamburg Soul Weekender) www.soul-shakers.de/ www.myspace.com/malayka_erpen

DJ Paul Phillips www.solarradio.com www.soulmusiccollector.com

DJ Seymour Nurse (JAZZiFUNK Club, Wonderland) www.thebottomend.co.uk

La Nuit De La Soul 4th August 2007


10pm: concert DC FONTANA (Northern soul- Early Funk - British Beat- UK)
New line up featuring London soul singer Tina Stevens. www.dcfontana.co.uk (for the opening acts , please check www.flechedor.fr)

11.30 pm: Soul allnighter, "LA NUIT DE LA SOUL"
Dj's line up: MYS 35 & MR PAUL (Los Ritmos Americanos/wegofunk.com) OL' STARK (Modaction/Paris - NY) + special guest: DJ ROWLY (Hastings - UK) www.myspace.com/rowlysixtyfour

@ FLECHE D'OR - Free admission 102 bis rue de Bagnolet PARIS 20eme metro: Gambetta/Alexandre Dumas /Porte de Bagnolet plus d'infos:
www.modaction.com / www.wegofunk.com


GIOVEDI 26 LUGLIO - PARCO INCREA BRUGHERIO - MILANO From 22.30 - Fee 5euro + Djs: Nick Recordkicks (Record Kicks) / ClaudioAudio (Move & Groove) / Stefano Oggiano (Break Out Soul Club) / StevenPerri (Pulver Rec) / Vertical Groove / Mike V & Tode feat. Ardimann Mc (Mother inc./Lifegate Radio)


Club Soulside 11/8/07

Westside Soul Club 24th August 07

Record Kicks Update

Had an update of Record Kicks latest and forthcoming releases.

Soul Republic 16 & 17th August 2007

Rubber Souled Part 1 on Funky 16 Corners

Theever consistent Funky16 Corners has a new mix - Radio v.28 - Rubber Souled Pt1 - The Beatles covered in soul, funk and jazz.....

New Eli Reed & The Trueloves Photos

Had a bulletin from Eli to tell me of new photos on his MySpace of recent gigs. He tells me that we should have more photos and video soon of his recent tour.

The Big Throwback Party

Masqueraders Update and Article On Soul Express

Masqueraders How Big Is Big Bell

I've had a message from Heikki Suosalo to tell me that he has updated his excellent feature on the Masqueraders. Check out the update and the original article at Soul Express.

Open Decks at The Orwell 27/7/07

I am really looking forward to this event. Here's the line-up from the organiser Steve Plumb:

Okey dokey here's the final TWO DJ's.................Let's recap

First to confirm and representing The Greatstone is Paul Havakin

Next two names on the list are Derek Smith (from Preston living in Chorley) and Jim Elliott (from 'daan saarf' living in Crewe.)

The next name is something we're very proud of..............................we've got an up and coming DJ by the name of Neil Jones who'll be representing his gaff 'Bury Town Hall' BUT he'll be playing an 'Orwell type' set!!

Next names on the list for 'Open Decks' night at The Orwell are the Boro Boys Adam Garbutt, Mike Lofthouse & Alan Thompson (Adam, Lofty & Tomo)

Next and representing The Three Greyhounds is Pete BestNext and also representing The Greatstone is Tony Jackson.............(doing a two's up with Paul Havakin to give us all a flavour of their lovely little club)

The final two are PETE HAIGH & ANDY LETT (Epic)Pete & Andy (although currently involved with Soulful Dance at Lytham) will be showing their credentials (and their age) with a 'Last Hour -Spirit of The Mecca' set!!!!!!!! Both regulars (as punters and/or DJ's) at the Mecca in the 70's, they will be bringing that spirit with them to inspire the dancers and the listeners!

The Greatstone Manchester

Popcorn Party Antwerp 20/10/07

I've had a message about the above:


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City Soul Club Peterborough

Scene 66 @ bar 23 17/8/07

Friday 17 August upstairs at Bar 23, Wisbech Road, March, Cambs from 8.00am til 1.00pm. DJ's Paul Hitch, Neil Randall and guests spin 60's and Northern Soul, hip shakin' R+B and a bit of ska. £5 on the door or £4 entry by emailing soulnites@gmail.com Cool venue, comfy sofas, small dancefloor, car park. See ya there!

Brighton Got Soul 26/8/07

Mousetrap R "n" B Allnighters

United Sound Of Soul 25/8/07

Diplomettes New Tracks

I mentioned The Diplomettes a few posts back.

Who are the ladies? "Three gifted soul sirens!" says the Kansas City Star. The Diplomettes - Abbie, Kathy and Sarah - are the female counterparts to The Diplomats of Solid Sound, bringing some vocal action to their instrumental soul. For more info on shows, band bio, or booking, check out myspace.com/thediplomatsofsolidsound.

Abbie, Kathy and Sarah have sent me a bulletin to say that they have 3 smoking hot tracks available on their MySpace ~LIGHTS OUT, HURT ME SO and ALREADY GONE. Go check them out!

Good To Be Back!

I had to take a few weeks off from the blog to get some work done around the house so it is good to be back!

To get started again, I have chosen 2 sides which continue the A to Z of my collection.

Roy Malone I've Got Something For The Ladies GCS

There seemed to be a time in the early 80's when the issue of small label 45s would never dry up! Memphis provided many memorable sides during this period by Dan Douglas, Earl Randle, Veg, King Saul, Johhny Dean amongst others. I have no background information on Roy Malone except that he had another good 45 on Big M You're The Sweetest Thig I Ever Had from 1985.

Sam Nesbit Keep On Hustling Right On!

Dave Godin was one of the best known commentators on the UK soul scene with his early involvement in the Motown Appreciation Society, the Soul City shop and label and especially in the 70's with his fortnightly column in Blues & Soul. It was during that second spell with Blues & Soul that he set up the Right On! label issuing sides by the likes of Sandra Phillips, Jelly Beans, Crow, Fantastic Puzzles and Sam Nesbit who is featured here.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Dee Edwards Why Can't There Be Love

I recently found out that Dee Edward's Why Can't There Be Love will be appearing on the second Gilles Peterson Digs America collection for Ubiquity.

I found this beautiful German Vogue copy while digging around trying to find out more on the Bump Shop 45. I had never seen a Vogue issue before and was very pleased that not only was there a photo of Dee Edwards on the sleeve but the German pressing is better sound quality and has a different B-side to the US issue. Dee Edwards Why Can't There Be Love German Vogue