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Chet Ivey

Dose Of Soul / Get Down With Geater Pt, 1

Reissue mavericks Soul Brother, bring you a rarer than rare funk / soul gem from Chet (Poison) Ivy. Chet recorded periodically between the late 50s and mid 70s. The two great sides here were recorded at Sigma sound Philadelphia and released originally on a 1974 7” for New York label Sylvia (also issued on Memphis label Freetone in 1975). Copies have exchanged hands for over £100. “Get Down With The Geater” was sampled by DJ Q-Bert in 2006 and is a great funk blast. “Dose Of Soul” has become the in demand dancer in recent years on both the funk and modern soul scenes.


Matt says: Raw, hypnotic funk here; heady and noxious, it's no wonder it's been a prized item on the soul scene for years. For the younger listeners, these are the kinda tracks DJs like Theo Parrish, Jeremy Underground and MCDE forge careers on excavating and working into their contemporary sets...

Barbara Lynn

Movin' On A Groove

This reissue of the legendary Barbara Lynn ‘Movin’ On A Groove’ a rare soul record from 1976. Barbara is known and loved on many scenes for her boundary-crossing “I’m a Good Woman” which we released on Fryers some time ago.

"Movin' On A Groove" is a huge modern soul spin with dense production on the intro and a chorus that’s broken up by a sparse open verse making for effective dancefloor teasing. Originals are notoriously difficult to locate these days and reach upwards of £300. And if you think you can manage with the reissue of a few years back, forget it, they’re all off center! This pressing has been done really well, straight from the tapes and pressed in the USA.

The Sisters Love

Give Me Your Love / Try It, You'll Like It

Originally released as a B side on Motown’s Mowest label in 1973, 'Give Me Your Love' has been in demand and played on various club scenes since the early 80’s and has maintained its popularity. Original copies now sell for £150 to £200 if you are lucky enough to find a clean copy. This is a fantastic slice of danceable Soul produced by Gloria Jones and Paul Riser. It was written by Curtis Mayfield whose own version appeared on the Superfly soundtrack. The track was sampled by Queen Latifah, Ruth Joy, Stereo MC’s and Robbie Williams and Kyle Minogue in their song ‘Kids’, amongst others. On the flip side is their great version of Willie Hutch’s song ‘Try It, You'll Like it’.

Johnnie Taylor

Ain't That Lovin' You / Blues In The Night

Johnnie Taylor is revered as one of the all time great Soul singers. He replaced Sam Cooke as the lead singer of the Soul Stirrers and started recording as a solo artist in the early 60’s. In 1966 he signed to Stax records where he recorded these two in demand exciting Raw Soul gems. “Ain’t That Loving You” from 1966 is a fantastic two step mid tempo ballad and has been an in demand cut for many years, original UK copies now sell for up to £100. It is the original version of the track later recorded by Luther Ingram, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and others. “Blues in The Night” from 1967 is an up tempo R&B Dancer popular on the Northern Soul scene which was originally issued on a hard to find French EP which also sells for over £100. These two great tracks are paired together on a 45 for the first time with a specially designed label which reflects their 60s origins. This single is sure to be snapped up by DJ’s and collectors.

I'm gonna give Soul Brother the highest of fives on everyone's behalf for this one! The respected reissue specialists treat us to an all time classic this week, delivering a much needed reissue of Idris Muhammad's jazz-funk classic "Turn This Mutha Out". Originally released on Kudu in 1977 and produced by the mighty David Matthews, the LP found favour amongst disco, jazz, funk and soul fans, not least in the UK where "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" became an undisputed classic. Driven to the heart of the dancefloor by an Idris and Wilbur Bascomb rhythm section, the LP sparkles thanks to soaring, searing solo work from Mike Brecker on Tenor Sax, Hiram Bullock on Guitar and Cliff Carter on Synthesizer while Frank Floyd's vocals are the cherry on top. If you know it, you need it. If you don't, your education awaits...


Patrick says: In the twenty minutes since this jazz-funk classic landed in the shop, copies have found their way to Matt, Sil, Dave and myself. You need to buy your copy before Barry, Ryan and Millie hear it!

Soul Brother Records do us all a favour and deliver the first legit reissue of Wood Brass & Steel’s second album "Hard & Heavy", re-mastered and pressed on a limited edition 180gm Vinyl. Originally issued on the Sugarhill label in 1980, second hand copies exchange hands for up to £250.
As you dig into the wealth of soulful disco funk sounds on offer, you may recognize club classic "Long Live Music" from its appearance on a Kon & Amir compilation CD on BBE a few years ago. Aside from that Kon-approved cut, all the DJs out there will get plenty of play out of "Fly With The Music", a another up tempo disco funk club track. The album also contains some lovely mid tempo tracks like "Open Up Your Heart" and "Superstar", which has been sampled twice in the last year. Following the recent Soul Brother reissues of the outfit's self titled debut and non album 7" "Hey, What's That You Say", this much needed reissue puts all the Wood, Brass and Steel material back in press after way too long. 

Leroy Burgess is one of the great unsung heroes of soul music. A prolific songwriter, producer and singer who started with the vocal harmony group Black Ivory in the early 1970s, by the late 70's / early 80's he had created his own sound, recording under a multitude of different names: Convertion, Phreek, Aleem, Logg etc, but rarely under his own name. His characteristic highly rhythmic deep underground boogie sound, and soulful delivery has made him highly revered by the UK soul fraternity and across the world. This album, consists of 12 previous unreleased tracks: Some are Leroy's original demos of songs recorded by other artists, like "Fly Girl", "Moment Of My Life" and "Its So Easy – You Can Do It". Others are completely unheard tracks that will be rated amongst the strongest and best of his work.

The Sir Joe Quarterman And The Free Soul album was originally released on the GSF label in 1973. It is a funk / rare groove masterpiece, one of the best ever of its genre, containing many great tracks with social commentary lyrics, fat bass lines, soaring horns and relentlessly funky beats. Also included in this Connoisseurs edition are the three non-album tracks that Joe recorded for GSF at the time, including the much sampled "I'm Gonna Get You" and "Thanks Dad".

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