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Bill Summers

Bill Summers

    This is a reissue of the first Bill Summers single, “Come Into My Life”. The song is taken from his debut album “Feel The Heat” in 1977 from which Quincy Jones states in the liner note “Bill Summers is a major talent whose time has come”. They met through Herbie Hancock, Bill playing with Headhunters prior to working with Quincy playing drums and percussion on the TV series “Roots”. “Come Into My Life” features singer Deborah Thomas the same year she recorded the “Sweet Lucy” vocals for Raul De Souza and sang on the “Reach For It” album with George Duke. The song was written by drummer on the record, Alphonse Mouzon, and features Ray Obiedo guitar, Paul Jackson bass, a horn section featuring Roger Glenn with both Mark Soskin and the track’s producer Skip Scarborough on keyboards. The single is coupled with “Don’t Fade Away” from the second album “Cayenne”, the first which features Bill’s group Summer’s Heat. The song features Leo Miller on lead vocals and introduces Rodney Franklin on keyboards among the Bay area musicians who play. It is produced by Ndugu would later become drummer with The Crusaders. Bill recorded four albums for the Prestige label between 1977 and 1979. They all feature an all star 'who's who' line up of guests musicians, many just starting out ahead of their own hits and careers still thriving today. Others were already at the forefront of the music scene. The albums come from a unique moment in time and Bill hopes the interest in this single will prompt the label owners, Concord, to reintroduce all his works from that period, particularly online where only his dance hit “Straight To The Bank” features on a compilation. Bill is still an active musician and educator. There is a new Headhunters album coming on which he plays, and is working on a new album “Past & Present” with older songs revisited and new compositions included too. The music and playing of Bill Summers is beyond jazz funk and soul, it’s timeless and appeals beyond genres. “Come Into My Life” Sampled by: Motion Man, Graphidi Logik, The Last Trip To Gandahar.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Don't Fade Away
    2. Come Into My Life

    The Blackbyrds

    Rock Creek Park / Gut Level

      The Blackbyrds are an American soul and jazz-funk fusion group from Washington DC, inspired by their mentor and trumpeter Donald Byrd. They signed to the Fantasy label in 1973, and released seven original albums and one remixes compilation between 1974 and 1980. Members include drummer Keith Kilgo (who reformed the group in 2012) and keyboard player Kevin Toney. Both “Rock Creek Park” and “Gut Level” are among their most classic recordings, signature tracks which still resonate with UK and international audiences today. “Rock Creek Park” was written by the group and produced by Donald Byrd; “Gut Level” was composed by trombonist Lincoln Ross of The Three Pieces and produced by the legendary Larry Mizell.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Rock Creek Park
      2. Gut Level

      Ethel Beatty

      I Know You Care / It's Your Love

        Ethel Beatty is an artist from New York who primarily worked as an actress in theatre, appearing in Broadway musicals. She appeared in “Dreamgirls”, “Sugar Hills”, “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and (with Gregory Hines) in “Eubie”. Her most significant recording is this double header with writer/producer and master of the vibes Roy Ayers on Uno Melodic Records. While both songs have been reissued on 7” and compilations over the years, it is still the 12” people that people want. Rare original copies have sold for £500. “It’s Your Love” is co-written by another soul jazz icon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, both tracks having that Roy Ayers vibe that makes this record extremely sought after by rare groove fans. Both tracks continue to be endlessly sampled within the hip hop and R&B scenes.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. It's Your Love
        2. I Know You Care

        Rockie Robbins

        Good Life / Let's Groove

        Rockie Robbins is back! From a brand new album released in March 2019 comes the title track single “Good Life”. Robbins is from Minneapolis but moved to Los Angeles in 1979 when signed to A&M Records. From his work with Skip Scarborough, Leon Ware, Richard Evans, Bobby Martin & Jerry Peters came a legacy of timeless quality music including the global hit ‘You & Me’, rare groove ‘We Belong Together’ and the celebrated interpretation of Earth Wind & Fire’s ‘Be Ever Wonderful’.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Let's Groove
        2. Good Life

        Coke Escovedo

        I Won't Change A Thing / Rebirth

          Mexican/American percussionist Coke Escovedo was brother to Pete Escovdeo and uncle to Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.). He performed live with artists including Santana and Cal Tjader, and recorded three solo albums in the mid-70s for Mercury Records. His version of the Johnny Bristol song “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing” (featuring lead singer Errol Knowles) is considered the best, and the most played song from his 1976 album “Comin’ At Ya”. It has become a modern soul room classic, and copies of the first 7” release twelve years ago now exchange hands for vast sums. An essential reissue. “Rebirth” is another classy track and features the vocals of Linda Tillery.

          In demand northern/crossover soul record. Original copies exchange hands for £150

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Rebirth
          2. I Wouldn't Change A Thing

          Chuck Cissel

          Don't Tell Me You're Sorry / Do You Believe

            Chuck Cissel, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, recoded just two albums in 1979 and 1982 respectively, both for Arista at the time and reissued together on CD by Expansion in 2014. He is best known in disco circles for ‘Cisselin’ Hot’, but over the last two decades has become renowned for “Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry” in northern and crossover soul circles. Today it is his most sought after record, original copies worth £150.

            Bobby King

            If You Don't My Love / Lovers By Night

              Louisiana Soul singer Bobby King first recorded as a solo artist in 1973 for the Reprise label where he also sang for Ry Cooder. In 1981 he switched to the main Warner Brorthers imprint and recorded what has become for soul fans a most highly regarded self-titled album. “If You Don’t Want My Love” became a single, an original pressing for this ‘modern’ dancefloor record recently onsale for £300. It is coupled with an exceptuional track from the album “Lovers By Night” not previously available on 7” vinyl.

              Rare A side, in-demand B Side first time on 7”

              TRACK LISTING

              1. If You Don't Want My Love
              2. Lovers By Night

              Expansion’s most successful and longest running compilation series returns with a 2017 edition. The concept remains the same, fifteen must-have modern soul room gems taken from the year’s biggest dance floor spins on the soul scene. While tracks here have topped UK soul charts, many have not been available in all formats. Once again, attention is paid to the ‘flow’ of the 15 gems chosen here from shuffling beats to boogie to more soulful house as played at modern soul events. Participants this year include Omar with Los Charly’s Orchestra, Tawatha Agree (voice of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”) with Aeroplane, Kenny Thomas with Thames River Soul produced by and featuring Incognito, and both Wez and The Groove Association formerly members of Brit Funk group Second Image. Leela James is here after her stint in a US realty TV show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles”, other guests including Amp Fiddler, Faith Evans, Trina Broussard and Lifford.

              Biggest modern soul room tracks of 2017 Most tracks released on physical format for the first time.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. History - Los Charly Orchestra Feat. Omar
              2. Love On Hold (Extended Mix) - Aeroplane Feat. Tawatha Agee
              3. 2nd Time Around - Tuxedo
              4. Love X Love - Thames River Soul Feat. Kenny Thomas
              5. There 4 U - Leela James
              6. When I Luv - Mike City Feat. Faith Evans
              7. Lost Without You - Will Sessions And Amp Fiddler
              8. T's All Divine (extended Boogie Back Mix) - James Day
              9. Good Kinda Lovin - Jay King
              10. Doublin' Down - The Jack Moves
              11. Keepin' Love New (Club Mix) - Wez
              12. Flowered Tears (DJ Spen Soul Flower Remix) - S.E.L
              13. One For The Money (Gold Digger Mix) - The Groove Association Feat. Georgie B, Wez & Everis
              14. Back To You - Paul Craver
              15. Kissing You (Original Mix) - Wipe The Needle Feat. Lifford

              Retta Young

              Young & Restless

                The LP and CD are the first reissues of this album from 1976. The LP is re-issued in its original format due to demand that has driven the value of the pressing on All Platinum to in excess of £400. The CD is the first issue here in this format and comes complete with two preceding singles and a post album release of the 12” mix of “My Man Is On His Way” in 1978, the only 12” release on all Platinum. This makes the CD the complete collection of Retta Young songs including her UK Top 40 chart hit “(Sending Out An) S.O.S. which appeals to both northern soul and disco audiences. The complete album is a gem for connoisseurs of quality modern soul from the 70s.

                First release on CD for this classic 1976 soul album. Re-Mastered from the original master tapes CD includes bonus tracks to make this the complete anthology of Retta Young songs on All-Platinum

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Really Really
                2. Now Or Never
                3. Just Look Into His Eyes
                4. We're So In Love
                5. I Love My Jim
                6. My Love Is On His Way
                7. That's How Some Men Are
                8. Our Way Of Loving
                9. Let's Make Up For Lost Time
                10. You Beat Me To The Punch
                11. (Sending Out An) S.O.S
                12. My Man Is On His Way (12" Mix)

                Lamont Dozier

                You Made Me A Believer / Starting Over

                Following his role establishing the Motown sound as part of Holland/Dozier/Holland, Lamont went solo and these two tracks come from his 1981 album “Working On You”. Originally released by Columbia in the smooth, lush sounding style of the day, complete with Lamont’s signature vocal, neither of the two tracks here were released as single despite finding huge favour with modern soul audiences. “You Made Me A Believer” is one of his most enduring soul night floorfillers. Expansion also released the full “Working On You” album on remastered CD.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. You Made Me A Believer
                2. Starting Over 

                Gordon Grody

                Exclusively Yours / After Loving You

                Gordon Grody recorded an album “Exclusively Yours” for RCA in 1977 and the title track became a dance floor success without being released as a single. He came to RCA via working with Vicki Sue Robinson a year earlier Gordon would become a background singer appearing in the 1978 movie “The Wiz” and proving accompany vocals with Phyllis Hyman (“Somewhere In My Lifetime”), Change (“Miracles”), Spyro Gyra (“Morning Dance”), George Benson (“20/20”) and numerous others.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Exclusively Yours
                2. After Loving You 


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