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Genre pick of the week Cover of Here Is Barbara Lynn by Barbara Lynn.
To be a woman singing your own blues and soul songs in 1960s Texas was a rare thing. To do so while brandishing a left-handed Stratocaster and bashing out hard-edged licks was even rarer. Yet that’s just what Barbara Lynn did, inspired by Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee. And it was a hit: her 1962 debut single, “You’ll Lose A Good Thing,” recorded with session musicians including Dr. John, gave her an R&B chart Number One and a Billboard chart Top 10 hit.

It was a path that Lynn chose at elementary school in 1940s Beaumont, Texas, when she told her mother she wanted to play guitar. “I decided that playing piano was a little bit too common, you know what I mean?” says Lynn in the new liner notes. “You’d always see a lady or a little girl sitting at a piano. I decided I wanted to play something more unexpected, so that’s when I got interested in learning to play the guitar.” Self-taught, first on the ukulele and then on a guitar, Lynn formed her first group, Barbara Lynn and Her Idols, while still at school and soon took the local scene by storm. Hers was a powerful talent in a petite package, a performer who could stand up against the best - even as a teenager.

Spotted while performing, underage, in Louisiana, she was offered the chance to record her own material, songs that filtered the experience of being a black Texan teen with power, feel, and guts. Ten of the twelve tracks on her debut album were her own compositions. “It took a lot of time,” Lynn remembers of the recording process, “but we got ‘Good Thing,’ we got our hit. I loved it. I loved meeting the new musicians; a lot of the guys who played on that record became friends. And seeing how the engineers worked and how they produced the sounds, all of that was really interesting to me.”

The success of that single took Lynn out on the road with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, BB King, Supremes, Chuck Berry, Guitar Slim, and The Temptations. BB King even wrote a letter to Lynn’s mother to tell her what a talented daughter she’d raised. She appeared at the Apollo Theater, she was twice on American Bandstand, and one of her songs, “Oh Baby (We’ve Got A Good Thing Goin’)” was covered by The Rolling Stones.

The record was conceived as an introduction of Lynn’s prodigious talents, her deeply felt guitar playing, her gutsy soulful singing skills, and her songwriting prowess. It collected her early hit and a raft of new songs, each packed with Lynn’s passion and fire. Yet the introduction to her world - now reissued by Light In The Attic - largely proved to be her swansong. She married in 1970, aged 28, had three children, and semi-retired from the music industry for most of the 70s and 80s. Now touring again, she’s amused to think of her 46 year-old album gaining new fans. “I hear this album, and it seems like… it seems like the old times to me,” she says. "I don’t know, it’s strange to know it’s coming out again. It is going to be a wild, first time thing for me, like going back in time. But I’m excited to see what happens.”

Rene Costy / J Dilla Aka Jay Dee

Scrabble / F*ck The Police

Release number 3 on the Originals label gets a limited repress due to popular demand. Lifted from the impossibly rare 1972 library music album 'Chappell Mood Music Vol. 26', René Costy And His Orchestra's 'Scrabble' adds the only thing missing from the incredibly funky backing track - jazz violin! Pitching the funky intro down for a head-nod hip hop feel, and upping the swear word count, the late great James Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J Dilla sampled the track for his underground club hit “Fuck The Police”. Both tracks feature here on a nice collectable 45 along with bonus cuts from the one and only DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The Greg Foat Group

Live At The Playboy Club, London

The Greg Foat Group are currently the resident band at the Playboy Club, located in Mayfair, London. Earlier this year a couple of nights were recorded for Jazzman, and the results are here for all to enjoy. Recorded live and direct onto 1" analogue tape the album captures the energy and atmosphere of the group at their regular gig. Awash with library-esque soundtrack-themed jazz grooves with a modal edge, jazz has never been so much fun! This is the 3rd album by the Greg Foat Group on Jazzman, and is the first album to be recorded live at the Playboy Club for over 40 years.

Wayne McGhie & The Sounds Of Joy

Wayne McGhie & The Sounds Of Joy

Finally back in print and one of the pinnacle releases in the Light In The Attic catalog, this 1970 masterpiece is the first true debut of Studio One veteran and Jackie Mittoo band mate Wayne McGhie. Originally released in 1970 on the Birchmount label, this self-titled long player is a wicked mix of Caribbean funk, soul, and reggae. The best album you never got the chance to hear and cited by many as the first Canadian soul album, this expanded edition celebrates the ten year anniversary of that moving first re-release back in '04.

In 1967, Kingston-born musician Jo-Jo Bennett, then living in Toronto, sent word to Jamaica: Jo-Jo needed a band. Wayne quickly responded to the call, moving from Montego Bay to Toronto that year. Possessed with an intensifying vision, in the winter of 1969, Wayne assembled a stellar cast of musical friends and Studio One vets to begin the sessions for The Sounds of Joy album, recorded during off-hours at Art Snider’s Sound Canada Recording Centre. Wayne was twenty-three at the time.

Twelve musicians are credited on the LP sleeve including Alton Ellis, Ike Bennett, Everton Paul, and Lloyd Delpratt; others, including Jackie Mittoo, are rumored to have sat in. Of the ten songs, six were McGhie originals, and as the material moved from funk to soul to reggae/R&B crossover, it is Wayne’s pure and soulful voice that sets the tone. Although the band started to gig in support of the album, Birchmount did nothing to promote it. Months later, an accidental fire at the pressing plant destroyed all remaining copies of the record. The album was lost, never to be repressed. The Sounds Of Joy was gone and forgotten.

McGhie spent much of the ‘70s recording one-off projects, occasionally touring throughout Canada and performing on a number of sessions for Jackie Mittoo, Bill King, and Studio One. But as the ’70s came to a close, Wayne abandoned and disappeared from the music world. Fortunately, things changed in the mid-90s. The Sounds Of Joy returned, sparked by a renewed interest from talented hip-hop producers and forward-thinking collectors like Q-Tip, DJ Supreme LA Rock, Pete Rock, DJ Sureshot, Buck 65, and Public Enemy’s Gary G-Wiz.

For much of 2003, Light In The Attic intensely searched for Wayne via every possible channel. Friends from Jamaica to Toronto had lost touch years ago. Wayne was truly missing in action, until a chance meeting with Toronto soul legend Jay Douglas provided the clues and contacts needed. In January 2004, Light In The Attic, along with archivist and liner notes author Kevin "Sipreano" Howes, flew to Toronto to meet the man. And now, decades later, The Sounds Of Joy is back, still sounding as fresh and powerful as it did in 1970.


LP Info: 180g ORANGE vinyl pressing with original artwork and extra liner notes.

Franco Micalizzi & The Big Bubbling Band

Cinema A Mano Armata

There are two categories of artist: the ones who follow trends and show an ability to integrate them and the ones who create trends; Franco Micalizzi is one of the latter. Composer, arranger and orchestra leader, Micalizzi has contributed more than anyone else in Italy to the birth and formation of what has come to be known as pulp music.

This LP is a summary of the musical soundtrack cult of the 70s reimagined with great new arrangements written by the maestro for his group, The Big Bubbling Band. La Banda Del Gobbo - Italia a Mano Armata – Napoli Violenta - Il Cinico, L’infame, Il Violento and many more, concluding with trinity drawn from Lo Chiamavano Trinita’ and reclaimed by Quentin Tarantino in Django Unchained.

The strongest abilities of Franco Micalizzi? An amazing band, spacey grooves, a bit of jazz atmosphere, the timeless brass-crescendo of Micalizzi, the charm of 70’s funk and... the untameable talent of the maestro! Deluxe reissue on LP, remastered with audiophile quality.

Lee Morgan

The Sidewinder - Remastered Vinyl Edition

An absolute classic from Blue Note, "The Sidewinder" was originally released in 1964, going on to become Morgan's biggest selling album. Featured alongside Morgan's awesome trumpet playing are seasoned musicians Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Barry Harris (piano), Bob Crenshaw (bass), and Billy Higgins (drums), all of whom appear to be in the finest form for this session. The set has real verve and some killer dancefloor winners - most notably the title track (a jazz-dance anthem!) Essential!

Blue Note President Don Was says, “Two years ago, we began remastering the jewels of the Blue Note catalogue in hi-def resolutions of 96k and 192k. In order to develop a guiding artistic philosophy for this delicate endeavor, we donned our lab coats, ran dozens of sonic experiments and carefully referenced every generation of our reissues. Ultimately, we decided that our goal would be to protect the original intentions of the artists, producers and engineers who made these records and that, in the case of pre-digital-era albums, these intentions were best represented by the sound and feel of their first-edition vinyl releases. Working with a team of dedicated and groovy engineers, we found a sound that both captured the feel of the original records while maintaining the depth and transparency of the master tapes... the new remasters are really cool!

While these new versions will become available in digital hi-def, CD and Mastered for iTunes formats, the allure of vinyl records is WAY too potent to ignore. This year, Blue Note - along with our friends at Universal Music Enterprises - is launching a major 75th Anniversary vinyl Initiative that is dedicated to the proposition that our catalogue should be readily available, featuring high quality pressings and authentic reproductions of Blue Note's iconic packaging. Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary, our catalog runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!”

Piccadilly Records

End Of Year Review 2014

    Back in the day, confronted from October onwards by a raft of Christmas-related albums from the major labels, and barely a squeak of a release from the independents, we decided to compile our own top 50 albums of the year, and promote that over the festive season instead.

    Nearly two decades on, and with the arrival of the World Wide Web, Piccadilly Records Top 100 has become one of THE essential end of year charts to check out. Our End Of Year Review booklets have also become increasingly sought-after, and now come packed with our Top 100 albums, Top 20 compilations, Top 20 reissues/collections, staff charts and reviews of our favourite albums all wrapped in lush artwork (perfect bound this year!) by Piccadilly pal Mark Brown ( The perfect read for any music lover over Crimbo.

    This booklet is free instore or just 1 pence (plus p+p) via the website. Or if you prefer, you can view it online here as a PDF (be warned though it's a large PDF file so it's probably not worth trying to download this on your phone!)

    Enjoy the read!

    Please note: If you're ordering this on its own you will be charged our standard rate of postage and packing for sending a CD/7".

    Wilson Pickett

    Hey Jude

    “Hey Jude” is the classic 1969 release by Wilson Pickett cut with the Muscle Shoals session crew while Duane Allman added his intense, bluesy guitar to the mix. This album of hard Southern soul features Pickett in top form with his powerful vocals featured on soul tunes such as “A Man And A Half” and “Toe Hold” alongside choice rock covers including the title track and “Born To Be Wild”. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with tip on jacket by 4 Men With Beards.

    Della Reese

    A Clock That's Got No Hands / Come On-A My House

    Della Reese was born Delloreese Patricia Early in Detroit, Michigan in 1931. She was discovered singing gospel, by Mahalia Jackson and had a successful career throughout the fifties singing gospel, jazz and pop standards, finally scoring a Top 20 hit in 1957 with “And That Reninds Me” for Jubilee Records. She signed to RCA in 1959 and topped the R&B charts with “Don’t You Know?” which became her signature song. In the sixties she hosted her own chat show, Della, also the name of her Grammy nominated 1960 album. Here Outta Sight feature her 1964 RCA cut “A Clock That’s Got No Hands” that had remained an obscurity until popularised on the northern soul scene by DJ Dave Rimmer. Combining 60s soul and 60s pop, this is an absolute cert for the dancefloor. With its cheeky fruit-themed vocal and 'Come On-A My House' is sure to please the popcorn crowd with its tropical pop sounds.

    Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra

    Sign Of The Myth

    In 1972, Sun Ra inked a high-profile deal with ABC / Impulse, bringing his recorded work to the widest audience he’d had to date. A slew of Saturn back catalog titles and two newly-recorded albums (Astro Black, Pathways To Unknown Worlds) were issued before ABC cancelled the contract, dumped the records into the cut-out bins, and left the unreleased albums to languish. Now, over four decades later, Roaratorio is proud to offer one of the lost Impulse recordings for the first time. Sign Of The Myth hails from the same studio session as Pathways, and shares its emphasis on guided improvisations. With a constantly shifting palette of Moog textures, Ra tosses off a dazzling array of ideas throughout, supported by the usual Arkestra stalwarts; in particular, bassist Ronnie Boykins and drummer Clifford Jarvis are in shining form here, giving shape and solidity to these pieces. Sign Of The Myth is a welcome augmentation to an especially fertile period from Sun Ra’s time on Earth.

    Luv N'Haight along with Shane "DJ Sureshot" Hunt presents "Catch Action: The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records."

    This compilation provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris' Los Angeles based label Sheridan House Records, releasing obscure yet timeless gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie-disco and electro-funk. A huge step up from many of the bedroom boogie producers of the 1980s, the tracks here are really top notch, and with quality catchy songwriting and professional singers / musicians. Culled from a series of rare 12" singles, with the addition of previously unreleased bonus material, this indepth collection features 27 tracks spread over two CDs.

    Various Artists

    Catch Action - The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records Vinyl Box Set

    Luv N'Haight along with Shane "DJ Sureshot" Hunt presents "Catch Action: The Sophisiticated Boogie Funk of Sheridan House Records."

    This compilation provides a comprehensive story of Kent Harris' Los Angeles based label Sheridan House Records, releasing obscure yet timeless gems from the golden-era of modern soul, boogie-disco and electro-funk. A huge step up from many of the bedroom boogie producers of the 1980s, the tracks here are really top notch, and with quality catchy songwriting and professional singers / musicians. Culled from a series of rare 12" singles, with the addition of previously unreleased bonus material, this indepth collection features 27 tracks spread over 6 x LPs along with a booklet, all housed in an outer slipcase box.

    Voodoo Funk’s latest onslaught of blistering Nigerian disco and Afro-funk collects all the tracks from the label’s previously released 12” singles and puts them on this bargain price CD. Tony Grey’s two inclusions offer irresistible Afro-disco, layered with delirious syn-drums and sick keys, and featuring a horn-line bumptiously whipped from Louis ‘Thunder Thumbs’ Johnson’s bass-playing on MJ’s Workin’ Day And Night. At the close of the 1970s Tirogo - Wilf Ekanem and crew - trained their frazzled peepers on disco. Their ‘Aiye People’ LP is a stunner. Afro-fried Kool And The Gang on a mission to ‘blow your soul on fire’, featuring space-jazzbo Fred Fisher on trombone and the E Gang sisters on sassy backing vocals, ‘Disco Manic’ and ‘We Like To Party’ are two standouts. Eno Louis gained a solid background in traditional Edo music as a student in Benin City, south-east Nigeria. He lived at Fela’s Kalakuta Republic till the army raid in 1978, when he moved to the US for a couple of years. On his return, he recorded with Edo funk powerhouse The Talents Of Benin, and quickly became a mainstay of the flourishing disco and boogie scene, in-demand as guitarist and drummer. Bayo Damazio’s couple of contributions are classy, spaced funk, originally issued in 1981 by Phonodisk, the most ambitious Nigerian label at that time. An unsung pioneer, Mona Finnih was Nigeria’s first female pop bandleader. These two cuts are late-seventies boogie-down cosmic funk, like full-throttle Roy Ayers, at his most brilliant. Finally to the Afro-space-disco contagion of First Planet - shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling - from this re-incarnation of Willy Nfor’s Mighty Flames, recruited mostly from the wave of Cameroonian musicians drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound. After a stint at the Right Time studio in Onitsha, the FP cadets ended up at Phonodisk in Lagos, quickly in high demand as session-players, running First Planet on the side with other Nigerian session players from the Onitsha/Awka axis. Its name was intended to evoke the cool obliqueness of US handles like Brass Construction and Lakeside, and the mothership connection of chocolate-city P-Funk.

    'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club' returns - and Volume 3 is a truly international round up of all things hip, happening and gorgeously groovy!

    Craig's brand new selection really does have it all - the feel good, piano pumping, hand clapping work out 'Do Your Thing' by 6ix Toys is a joyous opener that should have anyone with a working pair of legs jumping up to get down.

    There is a great selection of seductive, female voices across 'Volume 3' - Sophia Bastians' gutsy, blues drenched 'Breaking' is a minor key wonder, Sena Dagadus' strutting afrobeat anthem 'Accra City People' rolls over the horizon like a steam train with no brakes - and Juliette Ashbys' sexy and sassy 'Like A Bass Guitar' digs down deep into a funk heavy groove in all the right ways, and The Getups' featured vocalist Sabina Challenger rides on the bands trademark tight Hammond funk groove like an award winning surfer.

    21st century neo-soul makes it's presence felt too - Harleighblus' crisp and rugged 'Play Me' leads perfectly to the UK Soul Don #1 Omar's massive tune 'The Man', the track that became an instant classic and saw the album of the same name top charts and reach places you might not expect, as even long time fan Prince Charles owns a copy!

    Omar isn't the only legendary male voice featured - ladies and gentlemen, hold my calls! We've only got the legend that is Afrika Bambaataa featuring onThe Mighty Mocambos funking hip hop roof raiser It's The Music Part 1 - and Australian superstar Daniel Merriweathers' bluesy vocal on Cookin On 3 Burners 'Losin' Streak' makes it clear why people like Mark Ronson beat a path to his door when its talented man tonsils they require! Talking of talent - I have to admit to a major amount of fatherly pride when listening to Lack Of Afro's 'Missing Me' as it is indeed my first born, Jack Tyson Charles handling the vocal duties, it's a beautiful soul number that's one of my favourite tracks of 2014 - and it would be even if it wasn't my boy singing that sweet chorus, nice work kid!

    Boogaloo, soul-jazz and latin sounds feature strongly too - Sunlight Square's 'Vamanos Pal Monte' will without doubt make your dancing feet itchy, Speedometers huge selling reworking of Pharrell Williams 'Happy' will have you soul clapping and spinning like you are at Wigan Casino - and Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers 'El Ritmo De Nuevo York' will make you feel like your back in late 60's New York partying with Ray Barreto & Mongo Santamaria, and The Andre Espeut Quintets' Let It Go is jazzy enough to make even girls grow a goatee beard.

    'The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 3' does even more than it says on the tin - 19 personally selected, party starting slices of full fat grooves proves, as the saying goes that 3 is indeed the magic number!

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