Category Archives: Southern Soul

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 2. DISC0 2: A FURTHER FINE SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT DISCO, MODERN SOUL AND BOOGIE 1976-80. Just seven months after Soul Jazz Records released Disco: A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie in November 2014, the London based label return with the sequel, Disco 2: A Further …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 5. PRIVATE WAX VOLUME TWO. Private Wax Volume Two was released on BBE Music in October 2015. This is another compilation of “Super Rare Boogie and Disco Compiled By Zaflovevinyl.” Given their rarity, it’s no wonder it’s taken three years to compile Private Wax Volume Two. However, if anyone …

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BACK TO THE RIVER-MORE SOUTHERN SOUL STORIES 1961-1978.

BACK TO THE RIVER-MORE SOUTHERN SOUL STORIES 1961-1978. With Christmas just around the corner, Kent Soul, an imprint of Ace Records, have just released the perfect present for the soul man or woman in your life, Back To The River-More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978. This luxurious, and lovingly compiled three disc box set, features seventy-five …

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SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS.

SOUTH TEXAS RHYTHM ’N’ SOUL REVUEW 2-FROM THE VAULTS OF CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS. Back in February 2013, Kent Soul released South Texas Rhythm ‘N’ Soul Revue, a compilation of some of the finest soul and R&B to emerge from the Lone Star State. It was recorded at Huey Meaux’s studio, and featured many of the …

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JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED.

JON SAVAGE’S 1966: THE YEAR THE DECADE EXPLODED. It was the best of times, it was the worst of time. That’s the best way to describe 1966, which musical historians and cultural commentators remember as the year that transformed music. 1966 was a game-changer. Nothing would ever be the same again. Jon Savage explains why …

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LOST WITHOUT YOU-THE BEST OF KENT BALLADS 2.

LOST WITHOUT YOU-THE BEST OF KENT BALLADS  2. Just over five years ago, Deep Shadows-The Best Of Kent Ballads was released to critical acclaim by Kent Soul in August 2010. Deep Shadows-The Best Of Kent Ballads featured a truly eclectic selection of ballads. That’s almost an understatement. When soul fans pressed play on Deep Shadows-The …

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BETTYE SWANN-THE VERY BEST OF BETTYE SWANN.

BETTYE SWANN-THE VERY BEST OF BETTYE SWANN. The Bettye Swann story was a case of what might might have been. She could’ve and should’ve been one of the biggest names in sou music. That looked like being the case. Bettye Swann released her debut single Don’t Wait To Long in 1964. Three years later, Betty Swann …

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REACHING OUT! CHESS RECORDS AT FAME STUDIOS.

REACHING OUT! CHESS RECORDS AT FAME STUDIOS.  There aren’t many recording studios that play such an important part in their town’s history, that they’re added to the list of local landmarks and designated part of the town’s heritage. That’s what happened to the Fame Recording Studios in December 1997, when the recording studios were added …

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GRITS AND GRAVY-THE BEST OF THE FAME GANG.

GRITS AND GRAVY-THE BEST OF THE FAME GANG. Back in the sixties, many soul and R&B labels had their own house band. One of the earliest examples in the sixties, were the Funk Brothers, Motown’s house band. They provided Motown’s trademark sound. Motown however, weren’t alone. As the seventies dawned, HI Records was about to …

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GEORGE JACKSON AND DAN GREER AT GOLDWAX.

GEORGE JACKSON AND DAN GREER AT GOLDWAX. Often, the maxim “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” applies to the music industry. This was certainly the case back in 1966. Stax Records had just signed Sam and Dave. They were riding the crest of the wave of commercial success, having released Hold On I’m Comin’ …

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SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS.

SAM DEES-IT’S OVER-70s SONGWRITER DEMOS AND MASTERS. Sometimes, for whatever, reason, an artist doesn’t enjoy the commercial success and critical acclaim they deserve. Instead, their music is only enjoyed a discerning circle of music lovers. That’s the case with Sam Dees. He is, without doubt, one of soul music’s best kept secrets. Sam Dees could’ve, …

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EDDY GILES-SOUTHERN SOUL BROTHER-THE MURCO RECORDINGS 1967-1969.

EDDY GILES-SOUTHERN SOUL BROTHER-THE MURCO RECORDINGS 1967-1969. For the last sixty years, Eddy Giles has been a regular on KOKA, a Shreveport based radio station. Originally, Eddy was a guitarist in various local groups. Then between 1967 and 1969, Eddy Giles was signed to Murco Records. His singles, which feature on Southern Soul Brother-The Murco …

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BRING IT ON HOME-BLACK AMERICA SINGS SAM COOKE.

BRING IT ON HOME-BLACK AMERICA SINGS SAM COOKE. By the time of his death on 11th December 1964, Sam Cooke was soul’s first superstar. Throughout his career, it seemed Sam could do no wrong. You Send It, Sam’s 1957 debut single, reached number one in the US Billboard and US R&B charts. This was was …

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COLD COLD HEART-WHEN COUNTRY MEETS SOUL VOLUME 3.

COLD COLD HEART-WHEN COUNTRY MEETS SOUL VOLUME 3. For the past fifty years, country music has influenced soul music, and soul singers. Many soul singers grew up listening to soul music. This would later influence and help shape their careers. Later, when their careers began, many soul singers would pay homage to how country music …

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JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY.

JIMMY HUGHES-STEAL AWAY. Fifty years ago, Jimmy Hughes released what was the first album to bare the Fame Records logo, Steal Away. It was released after the title-track, Steal Away gave Jimmy Hughes the biggest single of his career. On its release, Steal Away gradually climbed the charts. Its rise wasn’t meteoric. Instead, it was …

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THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON.

THE MASQUERADERS-EVERYBODY WANNA LIVE ON. Although The Masqueraders’ roots can be traced back to 1958, they never released their debut album until 1975. That was the Isaac Hayes’ produced Everybody Wanna Live On, which was recently rereleased by Ace Records. Everybody Wanna Live On was the result of a long journey for the five Masqueraders. …

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LITTLE MILTON SINGS BIG SOUL.

LITTLE MILTON SINGS BIG SOUL. Although Little Milton eventually became one of the biggest soul singers of sixties, his background was in the blues music. Growing up, Little Milton modelled himself on legendary blues player T-Bone Walker. By the age of twelve, Little Milton was playing the blues in the streets of Greensville. That’s where …

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MORE LOST SOUL GEMS FROM SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS.

MORE LOST SOUL GEMS FROM SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS. During the sixties and seventies, Gene Lucchesi’s Sounds Of Memphis label was one of the most important Southern Soul labels. It was one of two labels Gene founded. The other was XL Records, which he founded in 1964. A year later, in 1965, his nascent label released …

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SAM DEES-THE SHOW MUST GO ON.

SAM DEES-THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Without doubt, one of music’s best kept secrets is Sam Dees. So much so, that I’d describe Sam Dees as one of the best singers you’ve never heard. Sam’s career began back in the late-sixties. Sadly, commercial success and critical acclaim never came Sam’s way. As a result, Sam …

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THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967.

 THE COMPLETE FAME SINGLES VOLUME 1-1964-1967. Mention Southern Soul, and certain labels spring to mind. Among them are Stax, Hi Records and Fame Records. These three labels are synonymous with Southern Soul. Together, they released some of the greatest music in the history of Southern Soul. Indeed, the artists who walked through the doors of …

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