Born OTD in 1941, American singer, songwriter, record producer and arranger, Otis Redding. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding was the chief architect of the distinctly southern, gospel-inflected style of rhythm & blues associated with Stax Records in Memphis. Yet, while Redding’s music has long served as the gold standard of 1960s soul, an aura of myth and mystery has always surrounded the story of his life, which was tragically cut short at the height of his career by his death in a plane crash in December 1967.

Otis Redding is the biography that finally does justice to the unfinished life of the man who was once celebrated … More

OUTTA SIGHT presents the first platter in a two-part series showcasing some of the rarest and hottest R&B sounds of the 21st Soul Century. The Red Edition brings together 14 killer cuts that are on every DJs hit list. These major label milestones dating from 1953 to the early sixties feature key artists in the world of R&B and Soul including Otis Redding, Big Maybelle, J J Jackson, Slim Harpo and Otis Blackwell who also provides us with the super rare Gil Bernal recording “The Dogs” from his own Bumps label.

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Mod Anthems is a gatefold, 180 gram heavyweight double LP version of “Mod Anthems,” features 28 definitive all-nighter club classics. Featuring the original label artwork of all of the 7″ singles inside, this killer collection features 60’s R&B and Northern Soul floorfillers from Mod icons such as Booker T & The MG’s, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Doris Troy, Solomon Burke, Eddie Floyd and many more…!

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Coming soon, pre-order here. Go Mod! heavyweight vinyl set by Charly Records is an overview of the original Mod era. From that, you can guess that we are talking less ‘crate digging’ and more mod classics. Ok, perhaps not the obvious classics, but tunes at that end of the range. According to Charly, this is music from ‘the decade that defined the sound of Mod’, which is down as 1957 through to 1967.

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Out this Friday, pre-order here. Ready, Steady, Otis! Side One features the Ready Steady Go, Otis Redding Special TV show in 1966. All the tracks on Side Two come from a session recorded for Swedish Radio in June 1967. On the weekend of Saturday 9th December, Otis and his new road band, the Bar-Kays, recorded three songs for ABC’s “Upbeat”. These were to be Otis’s last live recordings, and you can hear them on tracks 6-8 of Side One. These vintage shows have not featured on vinyl before.

Released 2nd August, pre-order here.

Coming soon, pre-order it here. In the last two decades, Little Ann’s music has gone from being almost unheard to celebrated widely across the world. Initially known only as a footnote for having one side of one Ric-Tic single in 1968, the discovery and playing of her acetate of ‘What Should I Do’ at Wigan Casino in the late 70s meant her name become important to rare soul fans (when it was revealed that Little Ann was the real singer of the song erroneously attributed to Rose Valentine at the time).

Once Ace Records acquired Dave Hamilton’s Detroit studio tapes, through the auspices of researcher Richard Gilbert, more previously unheard gems … More

Out now! A vinyl-only release drawn from the Modern & Kent labels of Los Angeles. Black music collectors have revered the output of the Modern and Kent labels since the early days of B.B. King, the Ikettes and Ike & Tina Turner. Much of the soul was crossed with R&B – witness the tracks here by Z.Z. Hill, Vernon Garrett and Johnny Copeland. Garrett’s ‘Shine It On’ has become much in-demand in recent years, as has Z.Z. Hill’s cover of Bettye Swann’s ‘Make Me Yours’. Larry Davis’ name was largely unknown until his ‘I’ve Been Hurt So Many Times’ got Northern Soul plays in the 80s and onwards.

Mel Williams’ storming ‘Can It Be Me’ is also on the tough side – it has been a dancefloor filler … More

From its opening in 1963 until its final emotive all-nighter, starring US soul legend Edwin Starr in January 1971, the Twisted Wheel played host to almost every major British R&B act & the very best that the USA had to offer. Steeped in black American music it is no surprise that it became the crucible of NORTHERN SOUL setting the template for all-night gatherings across the north of England. Pictured to the left of our cover – sporting his trademark turban – is Screaming Jay Hawkins arriving at London airport with his wife Ginny for his debut visit to the UK on 26th January, 1965. There to meet & greet Hawkins was resident Twisted Wheel DJ Roger Eagle, a huge fan of the charismatic performer. Hawkins’ million-selling, “I Put A Spell On You”, had been recorded almost a decade earlier and released on the iconic Chicago based OKeh Records, a label very much on Eagle’s radar for its slue of cult Blues & R&B artists.

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The legendary Okeh Records needs little introduction to soul music fans around the world. It has been relentlessly plundered and treasured for its slue of Northern Soul classics produced by A&R manager Carl Davis and his songwriter Curtis Mayfield during the “soul years” 1963-70. However, the imprint was originally launched 100 years ago in 1918 by Otto K. E. Heinemann who had already established a recording studio and pressing plant in New York City. The label name was derived from Heinemann’s initials O.K.E.H. From the very early years, Okeh issued records for minority audiences, such as its foreign language music, field recordings and Dixieland jazz.

But perhaps the most significant recording was “That Thing Called Love” by Mamie Smith in 1920, the first ever by … More