2015 Soul & Funk Round Up
Our End Of Year Review set out to focus on new music. The Soul & Funk for me this year however was dependent reissues. Here are some of my favourites.
Alice Clark / Never Did I Stop Loving You
Taken from the 1972 Mainstream LP and reissued by BGP (Beat Goes Public) on a 7 for Record Store Day I think.
Bobby Glenn / Hey Love
Lifted from the 1976 “Shout It Out” LP on Koala by Tokyo`s Killer Cuts.
New Holidays / Maybe So, Maybe No
Originally released in 1969 on Detroit`s Soul Hawk and covered by Mayer Hawthorne. Part of the ongoing Mellow Mellow Right On series.
Honey & The Bees / Love Addict
More from Killer Cuts and another one originally from 1969 on Philly`s Arctic.
Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces / What Is It That You Got?
The LP got reissued as part of Jazzman`s “Holy Grails”, but they also put this track out as a 45 on their Soul7 subsidiary. Echoes here of Tyrone Davis.
Bold Breed / Mood For Love
Northern Soul from North Carolina on Germany`s Tramp.
Marilyn Barbarin & The Soul Finders / Reborn
New Orleans Funk produced by Eddie Bo in 1970 and put back into circulation by Soul Jazz.
Martin L. Dumas Jr. / Attitude, Belief & Determination
Zaf, formerly of Reckless Records, now Love Vinyl, and rare Chicago Soul on his Private Wax label (with assistance from BBE). The original goes for over a grand.
Norma Jean & Ray J. / I`ve Taken Over
Another one that will set you back a grand by Norma Jean McDermott and
Raymond Jones. Their “Raising Hell” LP reissued by France`s Superfly features a great Dr, John cover.
Leroy Hutson / I Think I`m Falling In Love
Athens Of The North pressed up two tracks from Leroy Hutson`s 1976 album, “Hutson II”, originally released on Curits Mayfield`s Curtom. Never fails to lift my spirits.
Sandy Gaye / Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone
More from Euan Fryer`s Edinburgh-based Athens Of The North. Funk from Atlanta.
Donnell Pitman / Love Explosion
The excellent “Ultra High Frequencies” compilation on Numero collected music from `80s TV show “The Chicago Party”. We rinsed the LP on “The Remedy”. This one vamps on Ripples “The Beat Goes On”.