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Ohio Players

Observations In Time

    Charly Records presents OBSERVATIONS IN TIME THE OHIO PLAYERS The definitive pre-fame / Pre-“Pain” overview of one of the world’s greatest funk bands. By the time the OHIO PLAYERS released their breakthough single “Pain” in 1971 they had been together since the late Fifties, originally as the Ohio Untouchables and as the Ohio Players since 1967. Within a few years they would hit superstardom with US #1 pop hits “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster”. However, it was their earlier work with legendary producer Johnny Brantely, featured here, that created their unique “sound” and the foundation of their future success.

    This exclusive two-disc deluxe package gathers together – for the first time – all of the Johnny Brantley productions including every track originally released on single, the complete Observations In Time album, plus later compilation-only tracks and additional unreleased recordings from the vaults. Features the bands first R&B hit “Trespassin’” and the Northern Soul anthem “Love Slips Through My Fingers”. Also features the bands wacky funked-up cover version of Allen Toussaint’s classic “Mother In Law” which paved the way for the Top 20 hit “Funky Worm”. As mentioned above The Ohio Players would tgo on to become one of the most successful soul and funk groups of the decade, they were a phenomenon. It was a success that was built on the work that was done in the late 1960s, when as a band with a new identity they forged a sound that was uniquely their own.

    • One of the world’s most successful Funk bands of Seventies
    • The definitive pre-superstardom collection
    • First ever curated collection bringing together the complete Johnny Brantley productions
    • Deluxe Packaging featuring stunning original futuristic artwork fully restored • Curated and annotated by black music historian and ‘Acid Jazz’ co-owner DEAN RUDLAND.


    Disc: 1
    1. Summertime
    2. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
    3. Mother-In-Law
    4. Bad Bargain
    5. The Man I Am
    6. Stop Lying To Yourself
    7. Over The Rainbow
    8. Lonely Street
    9. Street Party
    10. Find Someone To Love
    11. Cold, Cold World

    Disc: 2
    1. I've Got To Hold On
    2. A Little Soul Party
    3. It's A Crying Shame
    4. A Thing Called Love
    5. Neighbors
    6. Alabama Soupbone - Parts1 & 2
    7. Tell Me Why
    8. I Gotta Get Away
    9. You Don't Mean It
    10. Love Slipped Through My Fingers
    11. Trespassin'
    12. Lonely Streets At Midnight

    The Yardbirds

    The Best Of The Yardbirds

      Charly Records presents THE BEST OF THE YARDBIRDS.

      The Yardbirds blend of blues, rock and pyschedelia paved the way for heavy rock… The definitive introduction to one of the UK's most successful and influential groups of the Sixties. This comprehensive band overview draws on the hugley important Giorgio Gomelsky recordings that defined the sound of The Yardbirds during their pivotal period 1963 through 1966. The distinctive and groundbreaking blues style of Eric Clapton features on half these tracks, whilst Jeff Beck and his pioneering brand of swaggering, ear-bending, psychedelic rock takes lead guitar duties on the rest. The compilation features the group's hits from the era, including the top 10 singles “Shapes Of Things”, “For Your Love”, “Still I'm Sad” and “Heart Full Of Soul”, as well as “Stroll On” from the soundtrack to the cult 1960’s film ‘Blow-Up’ scored by Herbie Hancock. Part of a new and lavish “Best of” series highlighting the key artists in the Charly Records catalogue.


      1. The Train Kept A-Rollin'
      2. For Your Love
      3. You're A Better Man Than I
      4. Evil Hearted You
      5. Shapes Of Things
      6. I Ain't Done Wrong
      7. Heart Full Of Soul
      8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
      9. Still I'm Sad
      10. I Wish You Would
      11. I'm A Man
      12. I Ain't Got You
      13. Stroll On (From The Motion Picture "Blow Up")
      14. I'm Not Talking

      Ann Sexton

      Loving You, Loving Me

        Mary Ann Sexton was born in Greenville, South Carolina, 5th February 1950 and is sadly one of the most overlooked female southern soul singers.

        She launched herself onto the secular soul scene at the dawn of the seventies as ‘Ann Sexton and the Masters Of Soul’ alongside her husband, saxophonist Melvin Burton.

        Her debut disc “You’ve Been Gone Too Long” (a Northern Soul masterpiece) was originally released on the local ‘Impel’ label before catching the ear of Nashville DJ/Producer John Richbourg who signed her to his ‘Seventy 7’ imprint. Her debut album ‘Loving You, Loving Me’ followed in 1973 featuring the single plus club favourite “I Still Love You” and the funky hit “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, Billboard R&B #47.

        Before the decade was out Ann had turned her back on the music business in favour of a career in academia. In 2003 her self-penned song “You’re Losing Me” (also featured her) appeared on the soundtrack to the hit movie ‘21 Grams’ reigniting her long-lost passion. In recent times she has appeared at several UK and European events wowing audiences with her unique talent.


        You’re Letting Me Down
        You’ve Been Gone Too Long
        Come Back Home ( I Know I Did You Wrong )
        I Still Love You
        Have A Little Mercy
        It’s All Over But The Shouting
        You’re Gonna Miss Me
        You’re Losing Me / Love, Love, Love
        Keep On Holding On
        Let’s Huddle Up And Cuddle Up
        Lovin’ You, Lovin’ Me
        You Can’t Win
        If I Work My Thing On You

        Various Artists

        Soul Shack: Time & Place

          The Soul Shack manifesto is stark - let your body take the place of your mind, and this new compilation on the Club Soul label is a tough-as-nails route to keeping the groove. The popular Soul Shack sessions in the Midlands being run by Neil Rushton are a homage to mind-blowing and spine-tingling black music gems. They encompass the preciseness of cerebral jazz fusion, the simple rawness of New Orleans funk, Nuyorican Latin Strut frenzy, the rhythm-driven angry polemics of Gil Scott-Heron, the sheen of Philly Soul, Big Apple Soul Disco and the Soul and Funk of Detroit’s many music alchemists. These are all integral parts of a time and place called Soul Shack - and this record is the soundtrack.


          Jean Shy - I’m A Bad Go Getter
          Eddie Bo - Our Love (Will Never Falter)
          Francine King - Two Fools
          Little Buck - Little Boy Blue
          Ricky Allen - Cut You Loose
          The Soul Suspects - Funky Drop
          Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - The Bottle
          The Ohio Players - Love Slipped Thru My Fingers
          Brief Encounter - Get A Good Feeling
          The Continental Showstoppers - Not Too Young
          Uncle Remus - Number One
          Lee Moses - Time And Place

          Various Artists

          Shades Of Soul

            This first edition of ‘Shades of Soul’ is presented on 180g heavyweight audiophile vinyl in single sleeve packaging complete with liner notes and Club Soul insert.
            ‘Shades of Soul’ explores the sophisticated side of Northern Soul with a smooth collection of soulful recordings that have, over time, become known as “Crossover”. Here we have perennial dancefloor favourites from Gene Townsel, Johnny Adams, Eddie Billups and Jackey Beavers plus more recent reactivations such as “I’ve Just Got To Tell Somebody” by Gloria Lynne thanks to DJ Richard Searling. We also feature the rarest of the rare courtesy of Point Of View, The Harmonics and Gerald Taylor. Sixteen mid and up-tempo grooves that showcase the crossover from Northern to Modern Soul.

            TRACK LISTING

            Gene Townsel - I’m Walking Away 
            The Winstons - Colour Him Father
            Brief Encounter - (Don’t You See) I’m Crazy About You
            Gloria Lynne With Stanley Turrentine - I’ve Just Gotta Tell Somebody
            Johnny Adams - You’re A Bad Habit, Baby
            Eddie Billups - Shake Off That Dream
            Jackey Beavers - Lover Come Back
            Lee Bates - (What Am I Gonna Do) What Am I Gonna Say?
            Point Of View - I’m Superman
            The Harmonics - Be Your Man
            Touch Of Class - You Got To Know Better
            The Unexpected - Open Up Your Heart
            Bobby Foster -  If You Really Need A Friend ( Call On Me )
            Gerald Taylor - I’m Coming Home
            Doris Duke - The Feeling Is Right
            Ella Washington - Stop Giving Your Man Away

            Various Artists

            Club Soul: The Catacombs

              They called it “the greatest little Soul Club in the land” and, as history tells us, it bridged the gap between the R&B of the Twisted Wheel and the “adrenalin” soul of the Golden Torch. It was an integral part of the rare soul movement and set the template for what became known as Northern Soul! This stunning vinyl album is compiled in association with the club’s founding DJ, Carl Dene, and celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

              TRACK LISTING

              P.P Arnold “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
              Johnny & Lilly “Suffering City”
              The Ad-Libs “Nothing’s Worse Than Being Alone”
              Big Al Downing “Medley Of Soul”
              Bob Wilson “Suzy’s Serenade”
              Jerry Williams “If You AskMe (Because I Love You)”
              Gloria Taylor “You Got To Pay The Price”
              BootHog Pefferley & The Loafers “I’m Not Going To Work Today”
              Kelly Brothers “Love Time”
              The Showmen “The Wrong Girl”
              The C.O.D.’s “Michael”
              Benny Spellman “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)”
              Bill Black’s Combo “My Girl Josephine”
              Buster Brown “Fannie Mae”
              The Sharpees “Tired Of Being Alone”
              Bobby Bland “Call On Me”

              Various Artists

              Sun Records - Flyin' Saucers Rock N Roll


                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.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Billy Lee Riley - Flyin' Saucers Rock 'N' Roll
                2. Carl Perkins - Put Your Cat Clothes On
                3. Jerry Lee Lewis - Drinkin' Wine Sop-Dee-O-Dee
                4. Warren Smith - Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache

                Various Artists

                The Catacombs - Temple Street Wolverhampton 1969-74

                  "The Cats was unusual in that it was a second floor club. You went up a couple of short flights of stairs from street level, through a grubby wooden door, down the corridor, through the arch into almost total darkness and blistering heat. Its passageways were smoke-filled with an odd sense of forboding and naughtiness. There was nothing glamorous about The Cats. The Sounds hit you like a ton of dynamite and stayed with you. You remembered what you heard at The Cats. We took what had gone before, what was happening now, and set the template for what was to follow at at The Torch, Wigan and beyond, and it's still following today!" Basil, (former Catacombs DJ)

                  This new compilation collects some of the classic tracks made popular by The Cats deejays. The 28 tracks include gems from Saxie Russell, The Showmen, Victor Knight, Gene Chandler and The Du-Ettes and more.

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