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The Afro-American migration to the West Coast of the USA during World War II and in the immediate post war period came mainly from Louisiana and Texas, although other states lost thousands of residents to boom time cities like Los Angeles and Oakland as well. They were entertained by blues singers, doo wop groups and gospel quartets, many of whom recorded for the vast army of independent R & B labels which grew exponentially as the 1950s wore on.

By the time soul music became the music of choice for the Afro-American public those surviving labels were joined by a new wave of companies dedicated to the new musical trend. This LP celebrates the days when blues was giving way to gospel based vocalists and harder dance rhythms were making waves. Tracks from the various strands and origins of soul music are on show here – obscurities and rarities as well as songs from singers who didn't get famous in the 1960s but whose names reverberate around Europe's dance venues today. The mix includes thumping Northern soul to the gentlest of ballads – and everything in between.


WEST COAST SOUL '65

HOS7 £15 plus postage

Side 1
1. LOVE BRINGS PAIN COOKIE JACKSON
2. JUST CALL ON ME EDDIE WILSON
3. WHAT A LOVE THE OUTSTANDERS
4. NOW SHE WANTS TO LEAVE BIG J. D. WRIGHT
5. PROVE IT LEE HARVEY
6. CAN'T HELP BUT TO LOVE YOU JOE PHILLIPS
7. WALK ON ART WHEELER

Side 2
1. I'M SO GLAD E JACKIE HINES
2. IT'S A POSSIBILITY TERRY & MARSHA
3. TAKEN FOR A RIDE THE UPTONES
4. STEPPIN' STONE LITTLE MARY STATEN
5. I KNEW IT WAS WRONG ALEXANDER PATTON
6. YOU STILL NEED ME JOHNNY WESLEY & THE FOUR TEES
7. BABY THE SEVILLES

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In the early 1960s, African American music styles were still hugely diverse, and several regions had their own distinctive style. The West Coast was generally quite pop-oriented, yet the magnificent Bobby Taylor and Alexander Patton prove that there were plenty of deep, soulful singers located in California.
Here's another full-tilt collection of the very best that the busiest LA studios had to offer in the early-mid sixties.
Quality music from 50 years ago that still moves the feet and the heart. Timeless!

Soul On The West Coast 2: Call On Me
SOUL029 £8.50 plus postage

Disc 1

  1. Steppin' Stone Little Mary Staten
  2. Leave Me Alone Ray Agee
  3. Change Your Mind Carlson Oliver
  4. Let Love Come Later The Utopians
  5. Call On Me Larry Williams
  6. You Should Have Told Me New Yorkers
  7. I'm So Glad E Jackie Hines
  8. Why Don't You Tell Me Shank & Maydiea
  9. Don't Throw Your Love On Me Johnnie Morisette
  10. Girl You're So Fine Bobby Angelle
  11. Yesterday's Kisses Betty Harris
  12. Baby Baby Your Love Lula Reed
  13. Mind Reader Tommy Dodson
  14. Walk On Art Wheeler
  15. Deep Water The Rivingtons
  16. I Knew It Was Wrong Alexander Patton
  17. Thing Called Love Ella Thomas
  18. Now She Wants To Leave Big J. D. Wright
  19. I'm The One Donoman
  20. It's A Possibility Terry & Marsha
  21. Can I Get Him The Pearlettes
  22. You Walked Away The Chesterfields
  23. Goodbye Sorrow Jimmy Lewis
  24. Stop Dragging My Heart Around Bobby Taylor
  25. Can't Help But To Love You Joe Phillips
  26. Gonna Take Time Gus Jenkins
  27. If You Have It Big Daddy Rucker
  28. I Want To Be With You C C Griffin
  29. Sweet Lover Lou Rawls/Les McCann

Disc 2

  1. Just Call On Me Eddie Wilson
  2. Baby The Sevilles
  3. Walk On The Wild Side Marilyn Brown
  4. Bundle Of Joy Mack Starr
  5. Just a Little Bit More The Idols
  6. What A Love The Outstanders
  7. Promises, Promises, Promises Mel Williams
  8. I Wanna Love You Reggie Taylor
  9. I Cry Alone Sugar Pie De Santo
  10. Summertime Ernie Shelby
  11. Taken For A Ride Bobby St James
  12. It's A Lonesome Old World Robbin Ray
  13. I'll Always Be In Love With You Johnnie Taylor
  14. I Keep Remembering Joe Simon
  15. Without Soul Eugene Church
  16. You're Driving Me Crazy Dorothy Berry
  17. Duck All Over Town (Pt. 1) Arlene Williams
  18. I'll Never Forget You Arthur K Adams
  19. Love Brings Pain Cookie Jackson
  20. My Heart Cries Oh Fred Hughes
  21. You Still Need Me Johnny Wesley
  22. Prove It  Lee Harvey
  23. Try A Little Tenderness Ocie Smith
  24. Sneaking And Cheating Esko Wallace
  25. Misery In My Heart Ray Charles
  26. Chills And Fever Johnny Love
  27. Send My Records C.O.D. Little Lynn/4 Rivers
  28. I Can't Help It Wally Cox

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LLP Birth of Funk

Low-down and dirty jazz goes right back to the early 1900s in Storyville; after the bands had played their hot tunes in the evening for dancing couples, the musicians would head off to the after-hours joints and play a less energetic but more bluesy kind of music, enabling them and their late-night audiences to get through to the early hours of the morning without suffering total exhaustion. And nobody in New Orleans laid into the blues so low down and dirty as Buddy Bolden, whose Funky Butt became a staple in the repertoire of the city’s early jazz bands.

Jacksonville, Florida, 1960. Charles ‘Hungry’ Williams mentors young Clayton Fillyau after he had just joined the James Brown band: ‘I don’t care where you put it on those drums, remember where ‘1’ is and you’ll never lose the time.’ Listen to Hungry on Huey Smith’s Talk To Me Babyand then listen to how Clayton turns it into a relentless breakbeat on James Brown’s I've Got Money. Earl King’s Trick Bag, prefiguring the Meters,is as good an example of early New Orleans funk as can be found.

All tracks possess a massive funk component. You’ll forget that it’s all monophonic. Ken Kessler Hi Fi News

A new label to me, History of Soul is mining deep into the R&B archives with the drive and hunger of a Northern Soul fan who craves street cred. This LP is filled with semi-obscure material from both well-known and all-but-forgotten R&B giants, the 15 tracks adhering to the `birth of funk' premise: music typically 50-60 years old and predominantly of a New Orleans cast. James Brown is present with the scorching `I've Got Money', alongside Bill Doggett, Billy Stewart, Earl King, and Huey Smith, plus lesser known practitioners like Eddie Bo and Porgy & the Polka Dots. All tracks possess a massive funk component. You'll forget that it's all monophonic.
Ken Kessler Hi Fi News

...‘R B Special’ is little more than a funky guitar jam with an incessant guitar lick running through the instrumental...I wouldn’t have immediately associated Billy Stewart’s ‘Fat Boy’ with funk but listening to the wonderful guitar fills by the unknown guitarist, I can understand its inclusion...So if you can’t get enough of that funky stuff, or you want a collection of cuts as infectious as the boogie woogie flu, then look no further, here ‘tis. Fred Rothwell Blues & Rhythm

The Birth of Funk

Low Down And Dirty
HOS2 £10.00 plus postage

Side One
1. SAY YEAH YEAH, YVONNE FAIR
2. CHECK MR. POPEYE, EDDIE BO
3. THE POPEYE, SPIDER JOHNSON
4. I'M LEAVING YOU TODAY, AL ROBINSON
5. SAY YEAH, PORGY & THE POLKA DOTS
6. TALK TO ME BABY, HUEY 'PIANO' SMITH
7. TRICK BAG, EARL KING

Side Two
1. WHAT A WEDDING DAY, SHIRLEY RAYMOND
2. R B SPECIAL, BOB BATEMAN
3. TELL ME THE TRUTH, THE TURQUINETTES
4. SLICK CHICK, VERNON HARREL
5. I'VE GOT MONEY, JAMES BROWN
6. HOLD IT, BILL DOGGETT
7. FAT BOY, BILLY STEWART
8. MUDD, ROY MONTRELL

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The Sweet Sound of Philadelphia Soul 1959-1964.

The glory days for soul music in Philadelphia were the 70s, when the smooth orchestral Philly sound stood tall in the charts, and when writer/producers like Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were at the peak of their powers and when almost every soul singer and group travelled to Philly hoping some of the magic would rub off on them.

But this success didn’t happen overnight. Philadelphia was a major music centre long before, particularly in the late 50s when Dick Clark’s Bandstand TV show was the biggest in the US. This platform developed in the 60s as Philly consolidated its position as a key recording location for pop and soul.

This CD set traces the way disparate musical elements led to the ascent of Philly soul. Groups have always been central to music in Philadelphia and there are plenty of groups here, singing soulful doo-wop and gospel-tinged R&B as these styles led into soul. There’s rhythm and blues too, the odd pop tune and instrumental - all ingredients in the mix that became America’s favourite music in the 70s.

Soul lovers will find plenty to attract then here.. A very strong opening that assures the listener’s attention..Overall, a fine compilation and anyone with an interest in early soul music should take a listen.
Norman Darwen – Blues & Rhythm

Listen to this CD and you soon realize that Motown wasn’t made in a day, nor was the musical history of Detroit restricted to nothing other than Berry Gordy’s label. Most of the titles were previously unknown to me. The O'Jays and David Ruffin are unrecognizable, the Vandellas are getting on  very well for now without Martha, Sammy Ward sounds like Lowell Fulson, Barrett Strong sings a penniless version of Money and Harvey Fuqua is just as wild as Billy Stewart.
Julien Cure – Soul Bag (France)

S0UL024
£9.00 each disc set plus postage

Disc One

1. Come Home Soon The Intruders
2. Royal Queen Clarence Willams
3. Guilty Herb Johnson
4. It's All Right Solomon Burke
5. I Won't Cry Bunny Sigler
6. One Day Bobby Peterson
7. I Can't Believe It The Larks
8. Steal Your Heart Away Bobby Parker
9. A Good Woman The Blue Notes
10. Deep In The Night Geno & Rabbit
11. Good Rockin' Mama Good Rockin' Sammy T
12. Cheated Heart Lenny O'Henry
13. Will You Ever Be Mine Donnie Elbert
14. The Slide The Lavenders
15. Disillusioned The Tams
16. That's The Way Life Goes Herb Johnson
17. Callin' All Boys Ruby Johnson
18. This Is My Song Four Intruders
19. Cherry Pt 1 Little Joe Cook
20. In Between Tears Anna King
21. She's Gone The Gainors
22. Mama Get Your Hammer Bobby Peterson
23. Alone With My Tears Bobby Bennett
24. Love Me Clarence Williams
25. The Telephone Game Claudine Clark
26. Could This Be Love Sammy Taylor
27. Bewitched The Mohawks
28. Mish Mash Carrie Grant

 

Disc Two

1. I Want A Girl The Imaginations
2. Turn Me Loose Lois Lane
3. Eyes Yvonne Baker
4. I'll Get By Without You Kenny Gamble & Tommy Bell
5. It's Needless To Say Bernard Williams
6. Just Tell It Like It Is Delores Lynn
7. If It Wasn't For Pride Jimmy Dee
8. EVOL (Love Spelled Backwards) Bobby Bennett
9. You Set My Soul On Fire The Buttons
10. It's Too Late Darling Bobby Parker
11. My Baby Loves You Little Floyd
12. Mr Moonlight Lenny O' Henry
13. The Big Search Is On Delores Lynn
14. My Only Prayer Lois Lane
15. Dutch Treat The Utopians
16. Take All Of My Life Carrie Grant
17. Nobody Knows Donnie Elbert
18. On Fire The Stylettes
19. If He's A Good Man Jean Wells
20. There's Something On Your Mind The Jolly Jax
21. Find Another Love The Tams
22. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman The Blue-Belles
23. Walter The Kittens
24. One Little Boy Had Money Don Covay
25. I Think Of You Lady Fox & The Foxetttes
26. I'm Counting Every Tear Eddie Holman
27. I've Got A Woman (Pts 1 & 2) Jimmy McGriff

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There was so much musical activity on the West Coast in the 50s and early 60s that even such a mighty compilation as this can only scratch the surface of black musical production from that part of the US. The vibrant West Coast recording scene was where musical trends started, national hits were made and the very musical tastes of the nation were being developed. This collection brings together a varied selection of artists and styles – blues, R & B, rock 'n' roll, doo wop, ballads, girl groups and more – from which soul emerged to be the dominant musical force of black America for the 60s and most of the 70s. It was Los Angeles that became the soul capital of the world as the 70s went on – more recordings were made there than in any other city. That's Where It's At! Part of the History of Soul series.
The accompanying illustrated booklet is written by John Ridley.

'This set is a watershed of Tough urban Blues sounds that morphed into soul a couple of years later. Many of these sides are making their appearanve on disc for the first time & you will not be disappointed with the selection.'
Bluebeat Review 2013 'Charlies Pick'

Soul 004,007 & 008.. The History of Soul Chronolgies
'This series is wonderful and a period in Soul Music that is earlier than I am familiar with ,the volumes that I have had so far have introduced me to some wonderful new tracks. The booklet with each volume is superb I have also featured many tracks on my weekly Soul and Funk show.'
John Farrar 6 Towns Radio

S0UL008
£12.00 each disc set plus postage

Disc One 1955-1961

  1. Strange Feeling Sugar Pie De Santo
  2. Try Love Cookie Jackson
  3. Am I Still Your Fool Lenny Johnson
  4. I Hope You're Satisfied Betty & Dupree
  5. My Pretty Baby Johnnie Morisette
  6. In The Doorway Crying Hank Ballard
  7. You're A Little Too Late Danny Owens
  8. What Have I Done Wrong  Sailor Boy
  9. Troubles Joe Simon
  10. You Got My Nose Open Baby Joy Hamilton
  11. Darling If You Must Leave Ted Taylor
  12. Gettin' Hip Otis Redding
  13. Volcano Billy Preston
  14. Here Comes The Fool Donoman & Lakettes
  15. I Got A Feeling Dolores Gibson
  16. How Does It Feel The O'Jays
  17. One More Kiss Johnny Guitar Watson
  18. Stop Right Here I Got Love Bobby Kimble
  19. Tin Pan Alley Ray Agee
  20. Baby Please The Markeets
  21. Cherrigale Ed Townsend
  22. What Made You Change Your Mind Vibrations
  23. She'll Be Gone Betty O'Brian
  24. I Won’t Be Your Fool Little Joe Hinton
  25. I Won't Cry No More Eugene Jefferson
  26. Someday You'll Need My Love Betty Willis
  27. Laid Off My Job Too Long Tommy Youngblood
  28. I Tried To Understand Little Johnny Taylor
  29. I Can Tell (I'm Losing You) Lena Calhoun
  30. Doreetha The Golden Tones

 

Disc Two 1962

  1. That's All Right Benny Curtis
  2. Don't Ever Leave Me Bob & Earl
  3. I'm With You All The Way Dorothy Berry
  4. Look At Me Dobie Gray
  5. You're Too Much Betty & Ray
  6. Shed No Tears Lowell Fulson
  7. Carrying A Torch Wynona Carr
  8. Baby, You Got What It Takes Vernon & Jewels
  9. That's Where It's At The Simms Twins
  10. You Crack Me Up Jimmy Norman
  11. Hard Times Jackie Ross
  12. Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track Hammond Brothers
  13. Taking Care Of Business Betty Harris
  14. Troubles On My Mind The Ikettes
  15. I Can't Waste My Time On You Bob Starr
  16. Gotta Have A Thing Going On Billy Watkins
  17. Don't Freeze On Me Jessie Mae
  18. Make It Now Benny C Oliver
  19. How Deep Is The Ocean Bobby Valentino
  20. My Man He's A Lovin' Man Lela Martin
  21. Time Has Brought About A Change Eugene Church
  22. He's Down On Me Betty Green
  23. It Hurts Too Much to Cry H B Barnum
  24. Little Cupid Cora Bennette
  25. She Told Me Lies The Marvellos
  26. Tracy Barry White
  27. Baby Wally Trash & Dollets
  28. I'll Give My Life Brenda Holloway
  29. I Lost The Best Thing I Ever Had Ted Taylor
  30. Soothe Me Sam Cooke

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