We were asked by the excellent UK online music outlet, FACT Magazine to come up with our favorite “forgotten classic.” It was a tough exercise that took many hours and many Evergreen Old Fashions to complete. We ended up choosing one of our own releases to highlight. The majorly under appreciated “You Really Got A Hold On Me” by Emanuel Taylor. You can check out more about this release here and read the article in FACT Magazine here.
We are proud for our very first official Record Store Day release. Two years in the making it’s finally coming out on April 19th. Deano Sounds and DJ Andy Smith have teamed up together to put out a great compilation of 50s and 60s sounds including R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul and Sleazy Shakers, much like you would find at Andy’s Jam Up Twist club night in the UK.
DJ Andy Smith is a well-known British DJ who spent many years DJing alongside Keb Darge at Madame JoJo’s and also sourced samples for Portishead and the Prodigy. Deano Sounds is the head honcho of Cultures of Soul Records as well as a DJ and lover of rare soul and R&B.
Together here they have selected classic and exclusive tracks from their collections including the rare northern soul track ‘Ever Again” by Gene Woodbury, classic Rockabilly from Eddie Cash and Sonny West, a handful rare of R&B tracks – some of which were reissued here for the first time including Ernie Washington and Willie Jones, and many other great tracks.
The 45 box set version comes in a heavy collectible case with 7 x 45s, an official Jam Up Twist club night poster, and a booklet on printed thick paper.
Tracklisting and audio clips below but unfortunately no pre-order on this one! Them’s the rules. You’ll just have to march yourself out to a real record store on April 19th to grip it!
As promised we have a few extra box sets for sale in our store. But grab them while you can as they are going fast. Also a CD version of this will be in stores on May 6th and also for pre-order in our store.
Andy Smith’s Selections
1. Les Brown Jr – Swingin & Surfin
2. Eddie Cash – Doing All Right
3. Sonny West – Rock Ola Ruby
4. Gene Woodbury – Ever Again
5. Reggie Perkins – High School Caesar
6. Billy Nelson – Pack, Shack, and Stack
7. Nappy Brown – Open Up That Door
8. Ray Sharpe – Monkey’s Uncle
Deano Sounds’ Selections:
9. Big Mama Thornton – Wade In the Water
10. Chuck Flamingo – What’s My Chances
11. Bobby King – Thanks Mr Postman
12. Ernie Washington – Lonesome Shack
13. Willie Jones – Where’s My Money
14. Johnny Williams – Honey Child
It seems like no part of the world has evaded discos’ ubiquitous influence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late ’70s and early ’80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-influenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were officially licensed and reissued for the first time ever.
1. Odessey One – Dance With Me
2. Levi John – Feel Like Dancing
3. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You
4. Merchant – Instant Funk
5. Trinidad Troubadours with Tony Ricardo – Disco Music
6. Mighty Duke – Be Yourself
7. Wild Fire – The Rebels
8. Wild Fire – Living On A String
9. Ronnie Butler and the Ramblers – Peace Without Love
10. Mavis John – Use My Body
11. Prince Blackman – Rockers Delight (Waxist Selecta Edit)
12. Joanne Wilson – Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons’ Rework)
13. Odessey One – Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)
Sadly the end of the summer is upon us once again. But to help ease the transition to colder nights and shorter days, our very own Deano Sounds has created a soul mix of some of the great rare and not so rare 45s he picked up this summer including tracks by the following performers: the Debonaires, Bobby Wells, Johnny Zamot, Glories, Joey Irving and many others! Please note this mix was number 2 on the Mixcloud Soul Charts at the time of posting this! Enjoy!
DJ Andy Smith went way out of his way to help us promote the Jam Up Twist 7inch box set and had a jam packed day last Saturday for Record Store Day! From spinning during the day out in the streets of Soho for Sister Ray Records to a guest interview on Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 to his gig at Madame JoJo’s at night, he may well have been the hardest working DJ on Record Store Day! Here is a small photo recap of his day as well link to Andy Smith’s interview with Craig Charles. The interview takes place around 2:21:00.