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Club Soul: The Scene Club

    THE SCENE CLUB HAM YARD, LONDON 1963-66 - THE ORIGINAL SOUND OF NORTHERN SOUL, POPCORN AND R&B

    “The Scene Club was red hot, the hottest little club in London... and in 1963 London was the centre of the world - even if the rest of the world didn’t know it quite yet.” - Norman Jopling (Record Mirror).

    The club in Ham Yard, off Great Windmill Street, in Soho, central London had previously been a jazz club, but by 1963 it had become a revered mod venue, playing soul, R&B, blues, ska and rock’n’roll records to a sharply dressed crowd. This new to vinyl compilation collects some of the classic tracks played there at the time. The 16 cuts include gems from Alvin Robinson, The Dixie Cups, Chris Kenner and Bessie Banks, first time reissued on vinyl from remastered original analogue tapes.

    It is presented on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl in a single LP packaging.

    Little Hank

    Mister Bang Bang Man

      “The Scene Club was red hot, the hottest little club in London... and in 1963 London was the centre of the world - even if the rest of the world didn’t know it quite yet.” - Norman Jopling (Record Mirror)

      Little is known about Little Hank and his short-lived music career that saw just two releases on John Richbourg’s Sound Stage 7 label. However, his song “Mister Bang Bang Man” became an instant hit on the Mod/Soul scene when it was given a British release on London Monument on 11th November 1966.

      It remains an anthem on the UK soul scene to this day. Hank’s lesser-known debut single “Try to Understand” is the B side to this 7” and was a USA-only release in October 1965, but it is currently gaining popularity in the Northern Soul and L.A. Lowrider scenes. At the time of its release, “Try to Understand” was covered with success by Lulu & The Luvvers, the British Modbeats and by Cindy Malone. This single is presented by Club Soul in single packaging.

      “Mister Bang Bang Man” is taken from the new Club Soul vinyl LP release “The Scene Club”, which is a collection of the classic tracks played at revered London Mod venue in the mid-’60s. The 16 cuts include gems from Alvin Robinson, The Dixie Cups, Chris Kenner and Bessie Banks and are for the first time reissued on vinyl using new remasters from the original analogue tapes.

      Various Artists

      Club Classics - 50 Years Of Northern Soul

        The ultimate introduction to Northern Soul boasting over 70 minutes of floor filler anthems from the birth of the scene at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel to its heyday at Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca and the current Weekender phenomena. The 28 club classics included on this essential collection have all been newly remastered from the original master tapes for the first time and are presented on double vinyl in a lavish gatefold sleeve. The 70s heroine, Ann Sexton, is also appearing at this year’s Soul Festival at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

        Club Soul charts the inception, development and eventual commercialism of the world’s most enduring underground music movement; Northern Soul. Born in the post-war city club scene, alive with the hot new sound of American Rhythm & Blues, Northern Soul would evolve into its own unique genre capturing the imagination of the Nation’s youth, seduced by its secret world of all-night dancing, a world alien to their parents and even their peers. Club Soul features hundreds of Rare Soul and R&B tracks taken from the archives of both legendary and little known American record labels. Here are hits, standards, rarities, obscurities, and here are those very tracks researched, compiled and annotated as never before.

        Connie Laverne / The Anderson Brothers

        Can't Live Without Your Love / I Can See Him Loving You

          Originally released as white label DJ copies on GSF shortly before the label folded in 1974/75, these singles from Connie Laverne and The Anderson Brothers are surrounded in rumour, with vinyl copies rarely seen and highly coveted. Both have been newly remastered for the Club Classics album celebrating 50 years of Northern Soul, which boasts over 70 minutes of floor filler anthems from the birth of the scene at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel to its heyday at Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca to the current Weekender phenomena.

          The Anderson Brothers’ “I Can See Him Loving You” was originally discovered and brought to the UK by resident Blackpool Mecca DJ, Ian Levine, and became an instant classic. Connie Laverne’s “Can’t Live Without Your Love” was the final ‘45 to be issued by GSF in 1974 and was produced by maverick New Jersey singer/writer/producer George Kerr, who is well known to Northern Soul fans for his range of uptempo soul productions for All-Platinum and GSF.

          Curtis Mayfield

          Super Fly - Enhanced Vinyl Edition

          This deluxe 2LP reissue presents the original soundtrack album together with a bonus LP of demos, alternate versions, a track which did not appear on the original album, two anti-drugs radio spots recorded by Mayfield and Curtom labelmates The Notations’ lesser-heard version of ‘Eddie You Should Know Better’. The soundtrack to the ‘blaxploitation’ movie Superfly stayed in the US album charts for almost a year, topping it for four weeks in 1972 and earning Curtis a gold disc. The solo albums he recorded between 1970 up until the time of his tragic accident in 1990 and which were released on his own label, Curtom Records, remain as testament to his genius. His influence on American black music and culture has been immense and his thought-provoking lyrics and musical style are unique in their field.

          Johnny Cash

          Greatest Hits - The Sun Records Years

            The very best of johnny cash’s pop and country hits released on sun records during 1995-1961 by the label’s most consistently successful artist.
            This is part of the 60th anniversary of the release of Johnny Cash’s fi rst LP in 1957, Sun Records and Charly Records are proud to present the very best of the iconic singer’s 7-inch hit singles on Sun including: “I Walk The Line”, “Cry! Cry! Cry!”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”, “Home Of The Blues”, and many, many more.

            Greatest Hits’ features 20 classic Johnny Cash hit songs newly remastered from the Original Sun Master tapes, mastered at half-speed for unrivalled sound quality. It will be released as an LP pressed on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl complete with Sleeve Notes by Sun Entertainment Corporati on President John A. Singleton.

            The Ringleaders

            Baby What Has Happened To Our Love

            The Ringleaders were a 4-piece vocal group from Saginaw, Michigan. They signed to M-Pac! Records in 1966 as The Perfectos but changed to The Ringleaders ahead of their debut release 'Let's Start Over', a gorgeous teen ballad that was a local hit at the time.

            It failed to chart nationally but later won the hearts of the UK Northern Soul scene for it's up tempo flip side 'Baby, What Has Happened To Our Love' which remains a popular dance floor record today.

            Here, for the very first time, Club Soul proudly present "I'd Like To Win You Over", a stunning finger clicking dancer recorded at the same session as "Baby!" 

            Reissued on replica m-pac! label, and is cut pure analogue from the original master tapes.




            Kevin Ayers

            Champagne And Valium

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              Kevin Ayers, the hugely influential and much-loved British singer-songwriter, founder member of Soft Machine and free spirit, died on 18th February, 2013. Thirty years previously, Kevin released his controversial album 'Diamond Jack And The Queen Of Pain' from which the two stand-out songs, the chillingly beautiful 'Champagne and Valium' and the driving electronica of 'My Speeding Heart' were released as a single by Charly Records.

              Exclusively for Record Store Day 2017, both tracks have been cut directly from the recently discovered original Audiofilm Studios analogue master tape by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios and pressed on "champagne" coloured vinyl and released as a strictly limited edition 7-inch single. The single features a full-colour picture label of Kevin while the picture sleeve adapts the original Charly sleeve with beautiful imagery from the singer's home in Deià.

              P.P. Arnold

              Everything's Gonna Be Alright

                Welcome to the club. The place to meet THE faces, hear THE tunes and read THE stories behind the “Sound Of Soul” in the UK. And that’s our manifesto here at Club Soul. To trace the evolution of the rare soul scene in the UK through Britain’s clubland. A scene that would become known as Northern Soul, a scene fuelled on rare Black American 45's, a scene fuelled on one-upmanship.

                P. P. Arnold (Patricia Ann Cole) was born in Los Angeles in 1946 and has enjoyed a long career in the music industry, establishing herself as an icon of the British MOD and Northern Soul scene.

                It all began in 1964 when she joined the Ike & Tina Turner Revue as an Ikette and found herself in swinging London at the height of the Mod/Psych boom. It was Mick Jagger who helped her score a recording contract with the fledgling Immediate record label and also produced her duet with Rod Stewart on the storming Mod anthem ‘Come Home Baby’. But it was her Top 20 hit ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’ that propelled her into the spotlight, a song written and sold to her for just £30 by Cat Stevens!

                Club Soul are proud to showcase her 1967 Northern Soul classic ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ co-written by label owner Andrew Loog Oldham and the Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane song ‘(If You Think You’re) Groovy’. Club Soul will present this official vinyl reissue on replica Immediate labels as a 7 inch vinyl single, with new-to-vinyl double A-side coupling and cut pure analogue from the original Immediate Records master tapes.

                Johnny Cash

                I Walk The Line

                  Newly-remastered from the original Sun Records master tapes and cut direct to lacquers, 'I Walk the Line' is an official Sun Records single re-release, reissued on its original catalogue number. Available on replica Sun single labels and housed in a facsimile Sun Records house-bag.

                  Recorded on 2 April 1956 and released 1 May 1956, the single went to No.1 in the Country charts and no.19 in the national charts. It later featured on the first ever Sun Records LP, ‘Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar’ released in 1957. Coupled with its original b-side "Get Rhythm", which Cash allegedly wrote for Elvis Presley.

                  "I Walk The Line" has the measured dignity of absolute conviction. Lyrically perfect in every detail, this wonderfully realised metaphor weds the wanderlust world of transcontinental railroads with the moral strictures of the straight and narrow.

                  Both songs are taken from the ‘Johnny Cash - The Original Sun Albums 1957 – 1964’ (Sun Records CHARLYB916) an 8-CD set packaged with a 48-page hardback book containing every classic Cash album released by Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Records between 1957 and 1964. 83 songs as they appeared on the original LP's plus a bonus disc of alternate versions, stereo mixes and outtakes. All newly remastered from the original master tapes!

                  94 East Feat. Prince

                  Just Another Sucker

                    Charly turn up another essential bit of Prince here, with a 12" pressing of purple legend's earlist work. Formed in December 1975 by Pepe Willie (the former husband of Prince's cousin), 94 East was the Minneapolis-based funk group with which Prince first came to prominence. Willie was a key player in launching Prince's career, spotting his many talents and quickly enlisting the young maestro into 94 East (named after Interstate 94 in Minneapolis). Alongside Willie, Prince composed one song for them, "Just Another Sucker", newly remastered for this release along with "One Man Jam". These are two of a collection of epic tracks laid down by the band between December 1975 and February 1979, with Prince's nascent musical power to the fore. The band disbanded in 1979 when Prince became a star in his own right. And the rest is history...


                    To celebrate the birthday of the legendary Wigan Casino, is Club Soul release their long anticipated comeback album - Northern Soul Weekender- featuring an all-star line up of fabled artists and iconic tracks culled from the playlist of the world's most famous soul club by Mr Northern Soul himself... Russ Winstanley. Our 27 track DJ set (or 16 tracks on double LP) blasts off with Sidney Barnes' anthemic "I Hurt On The Other Side" in celebration of his return to UK shores for the largest Northern Soul gathering In Skegness this September. In further tribute to the living legend we  present The Ad Libs, previously unreleased version of Barnes' "You'll Always Be In Style". The relentless stomping dance pace is propelled by current in demanders courtesy of the formidable Big Daddy Rogers and the uncompromising Ann Sexton with her newly discovered classic "I Still Love You" and Casino favourites from Joe Tex and the Ohio Players. Sam Dees delivers his unique "count in" version of "Lonely For You Baby", a track originally released by Club Soul's parent company Charly Records - another first! The action continues with the incredible four-figure rarity "Gone With The Wind Is My Love" by Rita & The Tiaras -- that's a cool one thousand pounds per minute!!! And the rarities continue with the Valentines, Little Richie, Jerry Williams and the Ringleaders. Ellie Greenwhich makes a very welcome appearance with her current floor packer "Baby"  and MOD icon P.P. Arnolderforms the evergreen "Everything' Gonna Be Alright". 

                    The earliest recordings of Prince on CD sleevepac or 3 LP box set.
                    Also available as a limited edition LP with the first 1000 copies pressed on purple 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl.
                    “What makes these recordings particularly special is that they reflect an important element in the development of the ‘Minneapolis Sound’ - a phenomenon bought to the world’s attention by the emergence of Prince. And the outstanding contributions that Prince bought to these recordings are testimonial to his phenomenal, precocious abilities at such a young age.” - Pepé Willie, founder 94 East.
                    This latest Charly re-issue holds the earliest known recordings of Prince, made with Pepé Willie's band - 94 East, recorded between December 1975 and February 1979. On the record, Prince contributes electric guitar, guitars, bass, keyboards, synths, organ, drums, harmony and backing vocals and is clearly heard on all of these historic recordings.
                    These tracks has been newly remastered from Pepé Willie's original tapes with tape restoration and digital remastering by Nick Robbins at Soundmastering Ltd.
                    The box set includes an in-depth sleeve notes feature exclusive and revealing interview with Pepé Willie, and 3 LPs pressed on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl by Optimal Media, GmbH, Germany.



                    Allen Toussaint

                    Whipped Cream & Other Delights

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      Issued on limited edition "Whipped Cream" white vinyl, the picture sleeve EP features the classics 'Whipped Cream' by The Stokes (later a worldwide hit performed by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass) 'Here Come The Girls' by Ernie K. Doe, 'Working In The Coal Mine' by Lee Dorsey and 'Fortune Teller' by Benny Spellman, all written by the unique and irreplaceable Allen Toussaint.

                      To commemorate the songwriting, production and performing genius of Allen Toussaint (1938 - 2015) Charly are proud to present a limited edition 7-inch EP containing some of his most famous and well-loved songs.

                      The 13th Floor Elevators

                      Live Evolution Lost

                        Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first-ever release of the complete performance of the band’s legendary show from 18th February 1967 presented in a 3LP coloured vinyl box set.

                        The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond. Formed in late 1965 in a small town in Texas by electric jug-playing Tommy Hall, guitarist & vocalist Roky Erickson and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, they were joined by bass player Benny Thurman and drummer John Ike Walton. At a time when Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population’s spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars on a Saturday night, from out of these conflicting extremes the Elevators were born and began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning Austin, TX music scene.

                        Although Roky Erickson was the frontman, the group’s sound and philosophy were created by the unpredictable and impulsive Tommy Hall. The Elevators followed their own cosmic route searching for a new path to enlightenment whilst creating a reputation for excess. The band developed a sound that merged garage-punk and psychedelic experimentation. From the beginning, their music - played and created under the influence of LSD - was raw, ambitious and hugely experimental with Sutherland’s pioneering use of reverb and echo, and bluesy, acid-drenched guitar mixed with Tommy Hall’s innovative electric jug … psychedelic rock was conceived.

                        This three album edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, features the whole of the Elevators’ historic gig on 18th February 1967 at the Houston Music Theatre for the first time ever. It catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators’ gig, and the latest to survive. Mastered by Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3) and put together by band expert Paul Drummond, it includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

                        Small Faces

                        Afterglow Of Your Love / Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire

                          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                          One of the finest pieces of music the Small Faces ever created, ‘Afterglow Of Your Love’ was recorded during sessions for the band’s no.1 UK album, ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ at the legendary Olympic Studios in March 1968.

                          Originally released worldwide during March 1969 as the “last Small Faces single…”.

                          The new limited edition single will no doubt emulate previous Small Faces RSD releases and sell out quickly, especially during the year that celebrates both the band’s 50th anniversary and that of Immediate Records.

                          The a-side is a previously unreleased version which features Mac’s keyboards more predominantly plus a piano section that was erased during the mix for the original single.

                          The b-side is written and sung by Ian McLagan and taken from ‘There Are But Four Small Faces’, the band’s debut album on Immediate Records.

                          Both songs have been mastered to vinyl from the original Immediate Records tapes under the supervision of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones.

                          The picture sleeve features a highly-collectable Gered Mankovitz photograph from the ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ album photo sessions.

                          Both songs are coupled together for the first time and released for Record Store Day 2015 in memory of Ian “Mac” McLagan (1945 – 2014).

                          UK only release, 1000 units

                          Small Faces

                          Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (2012 Remaster)

                            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                            Heavyweight 180 gram vinyl edition of the classic Small Faces release with an additional round 4- page booklet and housed in a heavy duty plastic sleeve.

                            A lavish recreation of the 5-panel award-winning original round sleeve.

                            'Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake', recorded in late 1967 and early 1968, and released in the summer of that year, is by far and away the Small Faces’ best-known and most successful album.

                            Alongside classic tracks like ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Rollin’ Over’, it even added a conceptual twist with the story of ‘Happiness Stan’ and the narrations of Stanley Unwin.

                            Loved also for its crazy round packaging, the record represents the band’s finest hour, though soon after its release the Small Faces were no more, having morphed into the Faces and Humble Pie.

                            UK only release, only 2000 units.

                            Gong

                            Flying Teapot

                            The first part of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy from 1973.

                            Classic 1973 release from Daevid Allen & co introducing the first part of Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy.

                            The album is an avant garde collection of sound effects, jazzy improvisation and comic vocals, all displaying the group’s sense of humour and wacky approach to their music. ‘The Pot Head Pixies’ and ‘The Witch’s Spell’ are perfect examples of their unique musical style.

                            Various Artists

                            Sun Records - Flyin' Saucers Rock N Roll

                              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                              Four of Sun Records' biggest names on one superb EP highlighting the label's finest Rockabilly cuts. Featuring Billy Riley's clarion call 'Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll' together with Carl Perkins' hipster anthem 'Put Your Cat Clothes On', the EP also features an alternate version of Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee' and Warren Smith's magnificent 'Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache'. All four tracks came to prominence during the mid-70s European Rock'n'Roll revival.

                              The Small Faces

                              Here Come The Nice

                                In celebration of the Small Faces’ recent induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Charly Records are proud to present ‘Here Come The Nice’, a deluxe heavyweight 4 CD box set chronicling the group’s career on Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering Immediate Records label, curated by surviving band members Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan.

                                A whopping 75 songs includes every hit single, A & B side released worldwide on Immediate Records plus a generous bounty of unreleased material, outtakes, early and alternate versions, live tracks and previously unheard recording sessions from Olympic, Trident and IBC Studios, all sourced and remastered from recently discovered original master and multitrack tapes.

                                The lavish 72-page hardback book, with a heartfelt foreword by Pete Townshend and introduction by Kenney and Mac, is full of previously unseen photos and rare memorabilia, a career overview by esteemed Mojo magazine scribe Mark Paytress, copious and revealing track-by-track annotation, new testimonials from the likes of Robert Plant, Paul Weller, David Bowie, Nick Mason, Peter Frampton - and much more!

                                The box is crammed full with exclusive extras, such as replicas of three of the rarest Small Faces EPs in colored vinyl, an impossibly rare Olympic Studios acetate, large-size repro posters, fine art prints, 64-page fully illustrated lyric booklet, collectors postcards and more, all paying testament to the enduring musical genius of the Small Faces.

                                Here Come The Nice’ is the ultimate, indispensible tribute to Swinging London’s finest and best-loved pop heroes!

                                “I loved ’em then and still do! I always will.” PAUL WELLER

                                13th Floor Elevators

                                The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators - Double Vinyl Edition

                                  A double heavyweight vinyl edition of the Elevators’ incendiary debut album featuring re-mastered mono and stereo mixes plus the band’s intended running order. Previously only available as part of the ‘Music Of The Spheres’ boxset, this is the first vinyl reissue from tape sources of the stereo edition for over three decades. LP1 is the mono edition and LP2 a remastered edition of the original stereo mix in the band’s intended running order.

                                  ‘The fearless trailblazers of psychedelia and one of the most kick-ass bands ever.. For two or so years they burned with a flame so fierce that 40 years on they still remain an inspiration’ -Mojo.

                                  13th Floor Elevators

                                  Easter Everywhere - Double Vinyl Edition

                                    A double heavyweight vinyl edition of the Elevators’ acclaimed 1967 album featuring re-mastered mono and stereo mixes. Previously only available as part of the ‘Music Of The Spheres’ box set, this is the first official mono vinyl reissue of Easter Everywhere since 1967. Easter Everywhere was the 13th Floor Elevators second album. Widely regarded as the band’s peak, the album captures the band before the drug abuse, mental health problems and run-ins with the law that lead to their premature demise took hold.

                                    ‘Their masterpiece. Easter Everywhere is an all-time higher key document. With a measured Erickson vocal and a blissful Sutherland solo, ‘Slip Inside This House’ is eight minutes of constant build: the guide for a new enlightenment. The rest isn’t bad either...’’ -Mojo

                                    13th Floor Elevators

                                    Bull Of The Woods - Double Vinyl Edition

                                      A double heavyweight vinyl edition of the Elevators’ 1968 album plus the ‘lost’ 3rd album ‘A Love That’s Sound’. Previously only available as part of the ‘Music Of The Spheres’ box set, Bull of The Woods is the first vinyl reissue from tape sources of the stereo edition for over three decades. This is the first release on vinyl for ‘A Love That’s Sound’ and it contains a recently discovered and never heard before version of Some Day My Love, the song originally scheduled as the band’s 6th single.

                                      ‘This album more than holds up against its predecessors: Sutherland’s lovelorn songs inhabiting a bluesier cosmic sound reminiscent of The Grateful Dead, Moby Grape or Blue Cheer – for whom the Elevators were an undeniable inspiration.’ -Uncut


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