The Pretenders were the Carnival label’s main act throughout the 70s and up to 1980. By 1977 producer Joe Evans was embracing the disco era and recorded them on the excellent Kenneth Ruffin song ,‘Just Be Yourself’. Its furious yet solid rhythm and catchy title-line has captivated soul dancers for many years making the originals expensive and very hard to find now.
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At last a legal re-release of Joe Hicks’ Northern all-time classic ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Funky’; a record oozing adrenalin and sounding magnificent from the original master tape. Plus the rare and collectible AGC label flip, ‘I Gotta Be Free’, to make the 45 too hard to refuse.
The spotlight turns on Spring Records for the latest in Kent’s series of limited edition vinyl EPs drawn from the catalogues of iconic US Soul imprints – a cute snapshot of a renowned label whose priority was great Soul productions by the best talent.
A01 Act I – It’s The Same Old Story
A02 Garland Green – Just What The Doctor Ordered
B01 Millie Jackson – Close My Eyes
B02 Winfield Parker – Starvin’
Four California Soul classics on a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl EP, limited edition of 1000 copies.
A01 Jackie Day – Before It’s Too Late
A02 Vernon Garrett – If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time
B01 Mary Love – I’ve Gotta Get You Back
B02 Johnny Gilliam – You Make Me Feel Like Someone
More Goldwax rarities from the Soul star on limited edition 7-inch vinyl inc. 3 unreleased tracks.
A01 A Losing Game
A02 Love Attack (Version 2)
B01 Pouring Water On A Drowning Man (Version 2)
B02 What Can I Call My Own
Unreleased and rare Fame masters, limited edition of 1000.
A01 I Found What I Wanted
A02 Johnny Poverty
B01 I’m The One
B02 Say A Little Prayer
A 2-track 7-inch single by the man regarded by many as the greatest-ever Soul singer.
Previously unreleased recordings from the Southern Soul legend.
Z.Z. Hill was Kent/Modern’s main artist in the latter half of the 60s. In 1967 the company recorded him on an LP of Soul classics, including Bettye Swann’s ‘Make Me Yours’ from only a few months before. His masculine angle on this marvellous song gave it a new dimension that would surely have fared well as a 45, but the track appeared on a single only in the UK, where it was well received but sold only to connoisseurs. Since then it has grown in popularity and at last it is available again for discerning collectors. Peggy Woods’ Northern Soul stomper ‘Love Is Gonna Get You’ was first on 45 in 1988 as a 100 Club anniversary single. With only approximately 400 pressed, it inevitably became sought-after. Here is the number in its original brass-laden glory: a Kent/Modern masterpiece.
The Puffs’ Doré release has been known and collected for years but recent DJ plays have caused demand for the disc to soar. The Superbs’ ‘Wind In My Sails’ was assumed to exist only as a master tape until a few scarce 45s emerged in the early 2000s. Plays from the Soul cognoscenti since then have made it a big sound at Rare Soul gatherings.