Little Johnny Hamilton was a 60s Los Angeles soul singer whose records are all hard to find, despite their quality. The searing deep soul slowy ‘Apartment # 9’ is a million miles from the funk of ‘The Git Down’, recorded at the same session and issued on the Watts Way label in 1967 as a two-part single. Hamilton wails away his pain on a sparse number abetted by some righteous girl backing singers.
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Ace’s access to the Stax vaults in the 90s led to some historic music being heard by Soul fans for the first time, tracks by Otis Redding, Carla Thomas and William Bell hit the headlines but many of the company’s lesser-known artists also demonstrated what talent they had on previously unissued gems, these 2 originally unreleased tunes are breathtakingly beautiful Soul records that anyone with an interest in Deep Soul music will appreciate
Many people’s favourite Soul singer James Carr sings two classic Southern Soul songs that were discovered among Goldwax’s tapes some years back and now appear on a single for the first time. A-side is an Otis Redding classic, admired and recorded by many but matched only by Carr’s performance, the flipside, another superb Deep Soul song well suited to his style, was first recorded by the Masqueraders and released on Wand
2 originally unreleased Deep Soul wonders available here on a nice looking stylish quality press
Original label-founder Dave Godin’s ultimate Deep Soul act, both tracks were recorded in the late 60s but first came out on Kent’s Eddie & Ernie CD in 2002, it is a tribute to their excellent quality that they released them on this vinyl series now
Producer Bob Holmes’ song ‘You Must Leave Her Because You Love Her’ by the Paramount Four is a top-quality Group Soul ballad, on the flip is another beautiful slowie, this time from San Franciscan chanteuse Jeanette Jones, co-written by Gerry Goffin, ‘What Have You Got To Gain By Losing Me’ is among his finest songs
Rozetta Johnson’s name is synonymous with the highest quality Southern Soul, often in conjunction with Sam Dees, who wrote these two sides. ‘I’ve Come Too Far With You’ was a previously unreleased Clintone master until Kent issued it on CD in 1998. The flip ‘Who Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)’ is constantly in demand and was one of Dave Godin’s all-time favourite recordings
Only the very best soul ballads make it onto our reactivated Deep Soul label and there can be no argument that Eddie Parker’s ‘But If You Must Go’ deserves its first UK release. The US MAM-Miko label original sells for an astonishing $1500, even though it’s a five-minute slowy. Debbie Taylor’s ‘All That I Have’, with backing vocals by the Hesitations, is the first vinyl outing for this George Kerr and Larry Saunders beauty
The second Deep Soul release is Little Ann’s Dave Hamilton-produced ‘Deep Shadows’. Recorded in Detroit in 1967, the track has grown steadily in the Rare Soul public’s esteem ever since its CD debut in 1998; it has even been covered by new bands and has featured in a very atmospheric Jordan trainers ad. On the B-side is the superb ballad ‘Stay Away’ by Los Angeles vocal group the Turn Arounds. Cut in Atlanta in 1966, it has the feel of a classic Chess recording, which is no doubt exactly what the group was trying to achieve
Ace is chuffed to announce the launch of a new vinyl singles label, Deep Soul. To be more accurate, it’s resurrecting, with the approval of Dave Godin, David Nathan and Robert Blackmore, the imprint they ran in the 60s. The label will continue to champion deep soul sides, bringing them to the public’s attention and making them available to fans who may have missed their original issue