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.

“Whatever happened to the delicately arranged strings & brass, not to mention the odd harp? I was always told this is what makes reggae acceptable. As if you could saddle Toots & The Maytals with all that – No Sir, no restrictive music sheets on this, just funky music right down to the grass roots…”

Funky Kingston is the name of two albums by reggae group Toots and the Maytals.  The first was issued in … More

Coming soon! Pre-order here. As one of Jamaica’s leading record producers Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid embraced the new reggae sound. London- based reggae giant Trojan Records brought together a dozen of his finest works under the title “Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae”. If features many of the biggest Jamaican hits from 1969 to 1970. Tommy McCook & The Supersonics is one of the main artists to be found on this record. The 12 tracks bringing the best Jamaica had to offer during the heydays of their musical days. Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae is available as a limited edition of 750.

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Coming soon, pre-order here. Jamaican singer Marcia Griffiths’ ‘Sweet And Nice’ reissued on 2 x LP. Kingston songstress Marcia Griffiths’ 1974 debut album Sweet And Nice is being reissued on double vinyl, via Be With Records this August. Though the album has been released under various names and iterations, Be With is presenting it in its original form, remastered from the studio tapes. Its 21 tracks include the 14 songs from Sweet And Nice on the first LP, alongside 7 rare cuts on the second LP.

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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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Soon come! Pre-order the next Northern Soul release on the Charly label, ‘All-Nighter’. All 16 ‘All-Nighter’ tracks on this newly curated compilation have been remastered from analogue tapes and original vinyl. It is pressed to audiophile heavyweight 180g vinyl housed in a single sleeve complete with new liner notes and cover photography from Brian Cannon. ‘All-Nighter’ joins the All-Dayer in a growing catalogue of premium music on the Club Soul imprint – including crossover hits compilation Shades of Soul, and newly compiled LP’s that celebrate the clubs of the original Northern Soul Scene – The Scene Club, The Twisted Wheel, Wigan Casino Soul Club, Catacombs and the forthcoming The Golden Torch.

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Soon come! Pre-order here. Forming part of the ‘Spirit of 69’ anniversary campaign, ‘Sock It To Me’ collects a dozen of the rarest and most collectable tracks from the Trojan catalogue, all of which have remained unavailable on vinyl for half a century. With the demand for original boss reggae sounds from the late 1960s on the rise over the past decade, this stylishly designed collection is sure to attract the growing number of fans of the style.

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