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Some releases by Soul Jazz Records


Soul Jazz Records began as a record shop in London since 1989 selling only American music. From a records shop to a record label: that's a very natural step in England. -- Stuart Baker

Their site is here and a fan site here.

New: Soul Jazz presents: Give Me Your Love (2006) - Sisters Love

Soul Jazz presents: Give Me Your Love (2006) - Sisters Love
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The disco delivery blog features audio of this new Soul Jazz compilation and good commentary:

The people at Soul Jazz Records have done it again. After having their Tom Moulton Mix compilation on my changer constantly for several months, they release this collection compiling many of the singles released by The Sisters Love (mostly on A&M and Motown from 1968-1973). So far, this is the first time any of their material has been assembled together in one place, let alone on CD.. After hearing about them on various forums, but never actually hearing them, I decided to take a chance and buy this thing. So far, the featured track "Give Me Your Love" from 1973 has become one of my absolute favourite proto-disco tracks ever. --Tommy at discodelivery blog [Oct 2006]

Soul jazz (music genre)

Soul jazz was a development of hard bop which incorporated strong blues and gospel influences in music for small groups featuring keyboards, especially the Hammond organ. Important soul jazz organists include Bill Doggett, Charles Earland, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Les McCann, "Brother" Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Donald Patterson, Jimmy Smith and Johnny Hammond Smith. Tenor saxophone was also important in soul jazz; important soul jazz tenors include Gene Ammons, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie Harris, Houston Person, and Stanley Turrentine. Alto player Lou Donaldson was also an important figure.

Unlike hard bop, soul jazz generally emphasized repetitive grooves and melodic hooks, and improvisations were often less complex than in other jazz styles.

Probably the best known soul jazz recording is Ramsey Lewis's "The In Crowd," a major hit of 1965. Soul jazz was developed in the late 1950s, and was perhaps most popular in the early 1970s, though many soul jazz performers, and elements of the music, remain popular.

Soul music is only distantly related to soul jazz it arose from gospel and blues rather than from jazz sources. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_jazz [Apr 2005]

New York Noise Vol.2 [Music from the New York Underground 1977-1984] (2006) - Various

New York Noise Vol.2 [Music from the New York Underground 1977-1984] (2006) - Various [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Track Listings
1. Pulsallama - Ungawa Pt 2 2. Mofungo - Hunter Gatherer 3. Red Transistor - Not Bite 4. Vortex OST - Black Box Disco 5. Certain General - Back Downtown 6. Sonic Youth - I Dreamed I Dream 7. Rhys Chatham - Drastic Classicism 8. Clandestine (Feat. Ned Sublette - Radio Rhythm (Dub) 9. Glorious Strangers - Move It Time 10. Felix (Arthur Russell/Nicky Siano)- Tigerstripes 11. The Del Byzantines (With Jim Jarmusch) - My Hands Are Yellow 12. Don King - Tanajura 13. Jill Kroesen - I Am Not Seeing That You Are Here 14. Ut - Sham Shack 15. The Static (Glenn Branca) - My Relationship 16. Y Pants - Favorite Sweater

Product Description
The New Wave of New York Art/Rock Groups Such as Dfa, the Rapture, Juan Mclean, James Murphy, the Strokes, the Liars and Radio Four all have their Roots in the Early 1980s New York No Wave Music Scene. This is the Second Volume of Soul Jazz Records' New York Noise and Delves Further Into the Post-punk/Dance World of New York in the 1980s. The Music Ranges from the Guitar-driven Experimentation of Sonic Youth, Red Transistor and Minimalism of Rhys Chatham to the Dubbed-out Disco of Arthur Russell and Nicky Siano and Pulsallama. All Alongside a Healthy Dose of Punk-funk from the Likes of Y Pants, Vortex and More. Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham (Minimalist Classical Composer), Jim Jarmusch (Film-maker and Founding Member of Del Byzantines), Arthur Russell, Ned Sublette (Writer), Thurston Moore -all Included Here- Played Key Roles in Bringing the New York Music and Art Scene Together in the Early 1980s Alongside the Artist Jean Michel Basquiat, Actor Vincent Gallo, Poet Lydia Lunch Etc --from the publisher

See also: New York - noise music

Soul Jazz Records Presents The World of Arthur Russell (2004) - Arthur Russell

  • Soul Jazz Records Presents The World of Arthur Russell (2004) - Arthur Russell [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    1. Dinosaur L - Go Bang (Francois Kervorkian mix) 2. Lola l - Wax The Van 3. Loose Joints - Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan mix) 4. Arthur Russell - Keeping Up 5. Arthur Russell - In The Light Of The Miracle 6. Arthur Russell - A Little Lost 7. Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk 8. Arthur Russell Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons mix) 9. Dinosaur L - In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan mix) 10. Arthur Russell Treehouse 11. Arthur Russell Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons mix) (Bonus track)

    December 2003's Wire Magazine has an extensive article on Arthur Russell by David Toop, the writer ever to interview Arthur Russell and one of the first to point out his exceptional qualities. The original plan was to release this CD on this compilation on Nuphonic, but Soul Jazz records picked up the project after Nuphonic went defunct.

    Reggae [...]

    1. Studio One DJs [Amazon US] Studio One!

      For this release we return to the roots of Reggae music-The Soundsystem. Throughout the late 1950s and 1960s Soundsystems played throughout the city of Kingston, Jamaica. As well as Sir Coxsone's Downbeat Soundsystem other famous Soundsystem operators included Duke Reid (the Trojan), Prince Buster, Tom the Great and King Edwards.

      These Soundystems were the birthplace of much of Jamaica's musical culture soundclashes, Dancehall and the idea of the toaster who sang over records- the DJ.

      As ever Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd led the field and so for this release the focus is on DJ's at Studio One and features legendary toasters such as Denis Alcapone, Dillinger and Prince Far I as well as a host of rare material by lesser known artists. Also included is Count Machuki the original DJ- the first man ever to speak over the mic-at Sir Coxsones Downbeat Sound System- from where it all began.

      As Steve Barrow (author of The Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) writes in the sleevenotes, Jamaican deejay music is the source for all Rap music: From Count Machuki talking over records on Sir Coxsone's legendary Downbeat Sound System this style would eventually travel to America when the Jamaican-born Kool Herc began playing at Block parties (a version of the Kingston Soundsystem parties) in the Bronx. Cutting up rare-groove classics for the first B-Boys to rap over, Hip-Hop was born and the DJ music that had started on the early Soundsystems of Kingston would go on to conquer the world!

      Studio One Records is the original Jamaican record label. Studio One Records started the career of hundreds of Jamaican artists from Bob Marley to The Skatalites, from Horace Andy to The Heptones.

      Studio One DJs (compiled by Mark Ainley) is the next in the series of releases where Soul Jazz Records are showcasing the music of Studio One, the label that literally defines Reggae.

      Following on from Studio One Rockers, Studio One Soul and Studio One Roots, this release also comes as a CD-Rom with a taster from the Studio One Story, Soul Jazz Records forthcoming full-length documentary about Coxsone Dodd and Studio One. --http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/sonedjs.htm

    2. Studio One Rockers: Best of Studio One - Various Artist [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Real Rock - Sound Dimension 2. Feel Like Jumping - Marcia Griffiths 3. Bobby Babylon - Freddie McGregor 4. Skylarking - Horace Andy 5. Village Soul - Lennie Hibbert 6. Greedy G - Brentford All Stars 7. Truth and Rights - Johnny Osbourne 8. Surfin' - Ernest Ranglin 9. Eye of Danger - Michigan & Smiley 10. No, No, No - Dawn Penn 11. Phoenix City - The Skatalites 12. Crabwalking - Prince Jazzbo 13. Hot Milk - Jackie Mittoo 14. Badder Dan Dem - Lone Ranger 15. Ethiopia - Cedric Brooks

      Bringing together the original cuts of classic tracks such as "Skylarking" and Dawn Penn's instantly recognizable "No, No, No," Studio One Rockers showcases not only the talents of influential artists that were to become synonymous with reggae but also the styles, sounds, and, above all, rhythms that were to dominate Kingston studios into the 1970s and beyond. There are a number of rock-steady classics (hence the name), with tracks like Hammond-Organ maestro Jackie Mittoo's "Hot Milk" and the legendary Marcia Griffiths's "Feel Like Jumping" highlighting the then-dramatic change in style away from the faster beats of ska towards heavy, bass-led tracks with a much slower tempo. But Studio One Rockers is not restricted to this. The semi-instrumental track "Phoenix City" pounds along at a breakneck pace with trumpets belting and, along with "Greedy G," shows the importance a faster beat, a funky take, or a big-band sound also had within the Studio One fold. There are tracks from DJs like Lone Ranger with his "Badder Dan Dem" vocal rhythms and dancehall sounds. Roots artists include one of its biggest stars, Horace Andy, whose then unique falsetto was later emulated by many looking for a similar pop success. Then a preteen, reggae star Freddy McGregor also appears on "Bobby Babylon." Freddy, like many of the artists here, was to produce some of his best work under the watchful eye of Studio One's equally famous producer--Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. In many ways a tribute to Coxsone's production skills and rhythms that continue to be rediscovered and recut, Studio One Rockers is essential listening for anyone with even a passing interest in Jamaican music. --Caroline Butler, Amazon.com

    3. Studio One Scorcher Instrumentals - Various Artists [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Coconut Rock - The Skatalites 2. Cedric Im Brooks 3. Shockers Rock - Tommy McCook, Richard Ace And The Skatalites 4. Ringo Rock - The Soul Vendors 5. Jericho Skank - Jackie Mittoo and Ernest Ranglin 6. The People Skanking - The New Establishment 7. Money Generator - Karl Bryan and The Afrokats 8. Afrikaan Beat - Lester Sterling 9. Heavy Rock - Sound Dimension 10. In Cold Blood - Sugar Belly 11. Heavenless - Don Drummond 12. Bugaloo - Soul Bros 13. Red Blood - Vin Gordon 14. Push Pull - Pablove Black 15. Sidewalk Doctor - Jackie Mittoo and Brentford Rockers 16. Namibia - Liberation Group 17. Last Call - Brentford Road All Stars 18. Still Calling - Soul Defenders 19. Black Up - Karl Bryan and Count Ossie

      The fifth Soul Jazz Studio One release after Rockers, Roots, DJs and Studio One Soul is Studio One Instrumentals.

      Studio One instrumentals are the foundation of Reggae. These rhythm tracks became the basis for all Dancehall as countless artists and producers re-versioned these classic Studio One instrumentals.

      This release features Jamaica's finest ever musicians Don Drummond, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Cedric Brooks, Vin Gordon, Lester Sterling all the key players in the legendary Studio One house-bands: The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, The Soul Bros, Brentford Rockers and The Soul Defenders.

      This release features classic and super-rare instrumentals from Studio One: Ska, Funk, Roots, Rocksteady, Reggae from the 1960s to the 1980s.

      Studio One is the Motown of jamaican Reggae. This release contains sleevenotes by Noel Hawkes (Dub Vendor), is compiled by Mark Ainley, features exclusive photos and special DVD sampler. [...]

    4. Soul Jazz Records Presents Joe Gibbs Productions 1975-1982 [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Fist To Fist Rub A Dub - Nigger Kojack And Liza 2. Jah Jah See Them A Come - Culture 3. Kingston Two Rock - Trinity 4. Cool Out Son - Junior Murvin 5. Chapter 1 - Joe Gibbs And The Professionals 6. Standardization - Joe Tex And U Black 7. Identity - Mighty Diamonds 8. Massive Fuel - Joe Gibbs And The Professionals 9. Down Town Thing - Althea 10. Two Sevens Clash - Culture 11. Three Piece Suite - Trinity 12. Friday Evening - Joe Tex And U Black 13. Hully Gully Rock - Mighty Two 14. No Peace - Shorty The President 15. Im Coming Home - Dennis Brown 16. Starsky And Hutch - Trinity 17. Stonewall Jackson - Joe Gibbs And The Professionals 18. Dreader Mafia - Suffi And Walli 19. Million Dollar Plan - Bigger T

    5. Soul Jazz Records Presents Nice Up the Dance (2003) - Various Artists [Amazon UK] [FR] [DE] [US]
      1. Boomin In Your Jeep - Kenny Dope Feat. Screechy Dan 2. Who Say Me Done - Cutty Ranks 3. Get That Money - MS. Thing 4. Satisfied - J-Live 5. Synthesiser Voice - Pompidoo 6. Ring The Alarm - Tenor Saw (Hip Hop Mix) 7. If I Know Jah - Singer Blue 8. Infiltrate - Sean Paul 9. Fuss Fuss - China Africa 10. Petrol - Ward 21 11. Gunshot - Kenny Dope Featuring Shaggy 12. No No No - Dawn Penn 13. The Boom - Chaka Demus & Pliers
      Dancehall ragga-hop rips straight out of the Kingston-Brooklyn crossroads, with Nice Up the Dance making up a big, brash set loaded with 13 hard-edged bouncers. Kenny Dope and Screechy Dan provide a body-blow opener with "Boomin' in Ya Jeep", strutting with a huge, crashing beat and deranged, desperate vocals spouting and drooling over a rumbling bass bottom. Cutty Ranks favours shifty, slipping rhythms, toasting right on top of the beat, dodging and ducking, shunting rapidly between the two parts of his "Who Say Me Done". The entire collection seethes with uncontained energy, lightening up only slightly with Ms. Thing's Tom Tom Club electro-feel on "Get That Money". The hardcore rapping side surfaces on J-Live's "Satisfied" and Pompidou easily qualifies for the most rasping voice, while Singer Blue's "If I Know Jah" has an almost oriental vibe, its tip-toe rhythm nimbly walking on eggshells. Other stand-outs are the hip-hop mix of Tenor Saw's classic "Ring the Alarm", the sheer pulsing drama of Sean Paul's "Infiltrate", the jogging robotics of Chaka Demus & Pliers' "The Boom" and the slab-hop wallop packed by Shaggy's "Gunshot", with Kenny Dope once more riding hard at the desk. Excessive jiggling is, of course, compulsory. --Martin Longley for Amazon.co.uk

    6. 100% Dynamite!: Ska, Soul, Rocksteady, & Funk in Jamaica [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      100% Dynamite explores the links between Reggae, Jazz, Funk and Soul. Where Nu Yorica and Chicano Power focusses on Latin music, Soul Jazz Record's new compilation 100% Dynamite does the same for Reggae. The album is jam-packed with Reggae tunes that have crossed-over and become cult dancefloor hits in clubland such as "Greedy G", "Rocksteady" and "Granny Scratch Scratch".

      Fourteen tracks of music that show the influence that American Jazz, Funk and Soul music has had on Jamaican Reggae. The proximity of the West Indies to the USA meant that many Jamaican musicians would continue to be influenced by American styles of music whilst at the same time continuing to define new styles of their own such as Ska, Rocksteady and Dub.

      100% Dynamite features come serious Jamaican funk by Jackie Mittoo, The Brentford All-Stars, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, the cream of Jamaica's jazz musicians such as Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks and Lennie Hibbert and also features revolutionary tunes such as "Armageddon Time", "Drum Song" and "Cuss Cuss", songs which helped define a unique sound for Jamaican music in the sixties and seventies.

      100% Dynamite is also the name of a club Soul Jazz Records have been running for the past year and this has been the inspiration for this album of the same name. Collected here are fourteen killer tracks that have rocked the crowd!

    7. Jackie Mittoo, The Keyboard King at Studio One [Amazon UK] [FR] [DE] [US]
      Jackie Mittoo's "The Keyboard King of Studio One" is rich with culture, warmth and invention. An original member of The Skatalites aged 15, keyboardist Jackie Mittoo was amongst the pioneers of ska and rocksteady. Yet what strikes you most about his playing on these predominantly solo artist recordings from the mid-'60s, is just how funky his syncopated style was. "Totally Together" sounds like a mellow take on Booker T, whilst the fat swagger of "Hot Tamale" sounds like a Meters roll. Yet it's the golden glow of the Isleys cover "Summer Breeze" which proves to be truly bewitching as its psychedelically spiked reggae opens up a myriad of possibilities. Beautiful. [...]

    8. Studio One Soul[Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Express yourself - Sibbles, Leroy 2. Respect - Frazer, Norma 3. Groove me - Sibbles, Leroy 4. Soulful strut - Sound Dimension 5. Queen of the minstrels - Eternals (5) 6. Message from a blackman - Heptones 7. I'll be around - Gayle, Otis 8. Still water - Jones, Jerry 9. Time is tight - Sound Dimension 10. Can't get enough - Ace, Richard 11. Don't break your promise - Chosen Few (1) 12. First cut is the deepest - Frazer, Norma 13. How strong - Parker, Ken 14. Set me free - Booth, Ken 15. Is it because I'm black - Senior Soul 16. Deeper and deeper - Mittoo, Jackie 17. I don't want to be right - Ellis, Alton 18. No one can stop us - Williams, Willie
      Studio One Soul, another sensational compilation that this time spotlights the inescapable link between Jamaican reggae and US soul. Since the late 1950s, which saw ska born out of American R&B, the Jamaican reggae fraternity has always had a strong affiliation towards US soul, and later on, funk. --Chris King, amazon.co.uk

    No Wave [...]

    1. New York Noise - Dance Music From The New York Underground [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Optimo - Liquid Liquid 2. Baby Dee - Konk 3. Do Dada - The Dance 4. Reduction - Material 5. Wawa - Lizzy Mercier Descloux 6. 5:30 - DNA 7. Beat Bop - Rammelzee Vs. K Rob 8. Contort Yourself - The Contortions 9. Lesson No. 1 - Glenn Branca 10. Button Up - The Bloods 11. Clean On Your Bean No. 1 - Dinosaur L 12. You Got Me - Theoretical Girls 13. Cant Be Funky - Bush Tetras 14. Helen Fordsdale - Mars 15. You Make No Sense - ESG 16. Defunkt - Defunkt

    2. ESG - A South Bronx Story [Amazon US]
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      The four Scroggins sisters (Renee, Deborah, Valerie, and Marie) and neighbor Tito Libran burst on to the music scene from left field in 1981 with the remarkable success of "UFO" and "Moody" off their debut 12-inch record. Thanks to the ascendance of hip-hop, the South Bronx was very much on the musical map at the time. But ESG's minimalist funk, which featured live instruments, was closer in spirit to what was coming out of the U.K. at the time--PiL, Gang of Four, and the Factory label (which released ESG's first three songs). Their approach also had kinship to New York bands Konk, Bush Tetras, and Liquid Liquid (the latter two would become their label-mates on the semi-legendary 99 Records). "Moody" entered permanent rotation at New York dance clubs such as the Paradise Garage, while "UFO" became a hip-hop building block, used as sample material for at least a dozen other records (and still counting). The appeal of the tracks lay in the taut interaction between Deborah and Valerie's bass and drums, abetted by Marie and Tito's congas as well as Renee's sparse but precise guitar and unadorned vocal style. The stripped-down nature of the sound lent itself to hip-hop producers' layering on top of it and has helped the music successfully weather the intervening decades--there's none of that "What were they thinking with that synthesizer sound?" problem that afflicts some early '80s music. The CD includes much of their 99 Records output and tracks from their self-titled 1991 release on the Pow Wow label. The 99 Records label itself went down in legal flames, and that Renee Scroggins' apparently owns the rights to the music is noteworthy in itself. But the historical significance and sheer listenability of the music make this a most welcome reissue. --Bob Bannister [...]

    Nu Yorica

    1. Nu Yorica Roots (2000) - Various Artists [CD, Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Together - Baretto, Ray 2. Oye como va - Puente, Tito 3. My spititual indian - Palmieri, Eddie 4. Mama guela - Rodriguez, Tito 5. Drum kaya - Cuba, Joe 6. Word - Averne, Harvey 7. Acid - Barretto, Ray 8. Que suena la orquesta - Palmieri, Eddie 9. Tito on timbales - Puente, Tito 10. Descarga cubana - Puente, Tito 11. Riot - Bataan, Joe 12. Tanga - Machito 13. Oracle - Martinez, Sabu 14. Oracion Lucumi - Rodriguez, Arsenio 15. Horsin' up - Orchestra Harlow
      Soul Jazz are among the finest compilers of detailed and authentic re-issue compilations in the world and the third Nu Yorica Roots is no exception to their house rule of quality roots music. It focuses yet again on the development of Latin fusion within New York in the 1960s and is a fairly comprehensive spectrum of the sound, from Mambo and Latin-Jazz to Boogaloo and Descarga. To pick out certain tracks from this fantastic selection is nigh-on impossible, as every tune stands out in it's own right. Suffice to say that with dance-floor gems from the likes Ray Barretto ("Together"/"Acid") Eddie Palmieri ("Que Suena La Orquestra") Tito Puente ("Oye Como Va") and a number of equally excellent less well-known Nu Yorican dance movers, this is yet another wonderful Soul Jazz moment. --Found Sounds, Amazon.co.uk Review [...]

    2. Nu Yorica [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      This is one of the few compilations to have attained classic status. SoulJazz followed a clear concept: the impact of environment and identity in the creation of a community of musicians, specifically those musicians living in East Harlem who were of Cuban and/or Puerto Rican heritage OR African-American but enamoured of Latin music during the 1970s. Ocho is an example of the latter: an all-black group from "across the river" which combined the expected soul and funk influences with hard Latin genres. Bobby Vince Paunetto, a vibist of Italian/Spanish heritage, fused Cal Tjader with breakbeats and an operaticexploitation sensibility on "Little Rico's Theme". The Puerto Riqueno Ricardo Marrero's "Babalonia" is not only a prime breakbeat cut, it's also a masterpiece of tension and release set up by the keyboard and horn arrangements.
      The NuYorican sound had been developing since at least Machito's heyday in the late 1940s and 50s, but the utopian communalism and fearless artistic leaps of the era (plus the expanded tone colors brought by electrification and radical engineering) catapulted the aesthetic into something new and startling, but the window for this music was narrow, and by the early 1980s such bold blendings of different genres would have much less commercial viability. Derrick A. Smith for amazon.com [...]

    Funk and Soul [...]

    1. Miami Sound: Rare Funk & Soul From Miami - Various Artists [1 CD, Amazon US]
      1. Funkadelic Sound - Little Beaver 2. Cramp Your Style - All The People 3. Funky Cat - James Knight 4. I Get Lifted - George McRae 5. Funky Me - Timmy Thomas 6. Save Me - James Knight 7. 90% Of Me Is You - Gwen McRae 8. I Love The Way You Love - Little Beaver 9. A Woman Will Do No Wrong - Helene Smith 10. Somebody Took My Baby - Joey Gilmore 11. Cadillac Annie - Clarence Reid 12. You Got To Be A Man - Frank Williams 13. Fantasy World - James Knight 14. Don't Make The Good Girls - Della Humphrey 15. Do It To Me One More Time - Joey Gilmore 16. You Got To Be A Man - Helene Smith 17. Spanish Flyer - Frank Williams
      Soul Jazz Records new release features rare and classic Funk and Soul from Miami, Florida. These tracks are from 1968-1974 and feature some of the classic tracks from Miami artists Gwen McRae, Timmy Thomas, Little Beaver alongside super-rare tracks from less well known artists such as James Knight and The Butlers, Helene Smith and Clarence Reid (also known as the adult comedy artist Blowfly!). Many of these tracks have been unavailable for over 30 years! The album also includes sleevenotes and original photos.

    2. Philadelphia Roots (Soul Jazz) (2001) - Various Artists [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. I likes to do it - People's Choice 2. Horse - Nobles, Cliff 3. Waiting in the rain - Fantastic Johnny C 4. I'm gonna make you love me - Brothers Of Hope 5. California soul - Brenda & Tabulations 6. Great big liar - Siegler, Bunny 7. Let me do my thing - People's Choice 8. Take it easy soul brother - Corner Boys 9. Hey boy - Brenda & Tabulations 10. Your love has got me chained and bound - Brockington, Alfreda 11. O wow - Panic Buttons 12. Lost the will to live - Ellison, Willie 13. Waiting for the rain - Philly Sound 14. Nickol Nickol - Brothers Of Hope 15. Cause that's the way I know - People's Choice 16. You gotta come a little closer - Soul Brothers Six 17. United - Music Makers (2)

      After the peerless "Studio One Rockers" and "New Orleans Funk" collections, the Soul Jazz team have mined yet another seam of lost classics (and samplers' gold) in "Philadelphia Roots". This album digs beneath the slick, string-drenched sound of the better known Philly Soul hits to unearth the real sound of Philadelphia as it progressed through dirty Stax-style funk and Northern Soul to the flyaway strings and four to the floor pulse of early Disco.
      There are a huge variety of styles here, but in such a natural mix (perhaps because the same small circle of musicians played on all these tracks) that you'll be too busy dancing to notice. We're treated to the funkier dancefloor numbers from house bands such as Cliff Nobles & Co ("The Horse") and rareties from little known groups such as Panic Buttons' choppy funk up, "Oh Wow". Other highlights include Soul Brothers Six's smooth soul undercut with raw JBs funk, Alfreda Brockington belting out an uplifting "Chained & Bound", and two versions of the proto-Disco "Waiting For The Rain". --amazon.co.uk

    Jazz [...]

    1. Universal Sounds of America - Various Artists [FR] [DE] [UK]
      1. Space 2 - Durrah, David 2. Theme de yoyo - Art Ensemble Of Chicago 3. Lions of judah - Reid, Steve 4. Astral travelling - Sanders, Pharoah 5. Space odyssey - Belgrave, Marcus 6. Empty street - Reid, Steve 7. Kitty bey - Morris, Byron 8. Space 1 - Durrah, David 9. Space is the place - Sun Ra
      Currently in very heavy rotation on my machine. Get this! Warning: link is to Amazon UK.
      Universal Sounds of America features music from radical Afro-American Jazz musicians in the USA in the 1970's. At a time when commercial jazz music was revolving around whether it would sound good in an Elevator at low volume, a number of Jazz musicians were seeking different musical paths. Self Determination, Creative Development, Community and Education were more important to these musicians than economic wealth, fame and stardom. [...] [...]

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