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Big Lee Dowell & The Cannonballs - What I Done Wrong Feat. Maxim Moston / Instrumental
Willie Wright - Real Thing Parts 1 & 2
Willie Wright
Real Thing Parts 1 & 2
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
21,59 €* 23,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Strictly limited 7inch!We should have come out before with this but time is always tight and we wanted to put the necessary attention and care on the second number on our label from this incredible artist. It took a while also because we have put together a family job, asking Willie's daughter Lisa, who is an amazing creative self on her own, if we could use one of her creations as artwork on the pressed labels, plus Fabio had to sleep and think on how to craft the best possible graphic package, and me and Max remastered it 2 or 3 times, as usual lookin after a perfection that never lands. Green Coil guys scraped Willie's memory barrel allowing a comprehensive sleeve note that helps to frame the recording in the right athmosphere of the time. As Mr. Wright recalls, “Real Thing” was recorded "around the same time as the 'Telling The Truth” album. Though there’s no certainty on the exact year, 1976 is the best guess as to when. The track was done at a proper recording studio, but Willie deliberately staged it to sound like it was recorded live in a club, including calling out hellos to waitresses and restaurant staff, who weren't actually there. The impetus for making this recording, and for writing and playing it during those days, was the fact that disco was literally wiping out all other forms of pop music, and even big acts were having to make concessions and put out disco-like concoctions to stay "current." Some of his fellow singers and musicians occasionally teased him saying he was too much of a "folkie" to do a decent modern dance tune. At the time, Willie's club performance lists were very genre-bending, and while on the surface he appeared to make concessions to popular musical trends by including covers of many current songs, his method was to slyly transform the covers and play against type. He was a performance artist who would show up at a soul club in a tuxedo and freak them out by playing mostly Dylan, Richie Havens, obscure folk and white rock, then go to a white venue and bang out a spectacular classic soul set. “Real Thing” is an upbeat dance song with a street-rough yet groovy feeling that perfectly expresses the essence of Willie Wright.
Freemen - Street Lady / Instrumental
Andrew Smith & Friends - You Came Into My Life
Andrew Smith & Friends
You Came Into My Life
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The story goes like this. Many years ago Dave Thorley was mooching round in the basement of Ernest Kelly in Detroit and came across a bunch of acetates. Most of them were 10” acetates from his Geneva releases, plus a few others including a five track 12” acetate credited to Andrew Smith.Andrew is another of those unsung Detroit hero’s, a skilled drummer, who was highly regarded by his peers. He worked in later line ups of The Funk Brothers and then moved to the East Coast, when Motown went west. In his early days he played on recordings for the Four Tops, Temptations, Spinners, Marvin Gaye, Dennis Coffey and Rodriguez, such was his versatility. Once on the East Coast he played with Bob James, Yoko Ono, Hubert Laws, Eric Gale and many others.When Ernest was asked what the story was on this acetate, he said that Andrew had gone into the studio late one night with a bunch of friends and cut these tracks. Once completed he then took it to Berry Gordy with ambitions of becoming an artist in his own right, but Berry said he was better suited to being a drummer. Somewhat disheartened he gave the disc to Ernest and asked him to shop it round to see if he could get him a deal, but sadly this came to nothing and so the disc languished in the basement until Dave came across it. One problem has always been that it was very trebly, as often can be the case with acetate recordings. It much needed a restoration and remastering, which has now been done.
Ann Franklin - Movin' On
Ann Franklin
Movin' On
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the second production in the pipeline we have mutually set up with master Rob Sevier at Numero Group. Like all the raw material we have lined up to this project, this recording comes from a reel tape and look, the original demo version (B side, 2nd half of the video) is a 75 bpm example of what soul vocals are all about, Depth & Vibe Inc. The singer here is Ann Franklin, a reliable vocalist who backed as a shifter almost all the great bands in Chicago area but sadly never got to release something on her own. We really struggled to find our way in the arrangement for the side A and it pushed us to part with our "dancefloor perspective" for a while, so we decided to go for a plain simple completion of the sound, speeding it up just a very little and playing the instruments as a hommage to the lead singer. (Cannonball Records)
Big Lee Dowell - Are You Ready (Are You Straight With Your Fellow Man)
Big Lee Dowell
Are You Ready (Are You Straight With Your Fellow Man)
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Newly recorded tune by the 'What Have I Done Wrong'-man, as limited as the previous 45, so be quick!
Razz Ma Tazz - On The Disco Floor
Razz Ma Tazz
On The Disco Floor
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 16.11.2018
Butch Williams wrote this track and, with his former band Razz Ma Tazz, recorded it along with several other songs on a reel tape* demo intended as an album release project in the mid 70's. The project was never finalised and these precious recordings were lost, exchanging hands in between band mates until they were forgotten. Eventually the tape was found under the rear seats of Butch's former Jeep. The Cannonball Records Investigation team, DaveThorley, tracked it down, passed them over to our sound rocket engineer to get it restored and then to the studio to be completed by our label's band.
El Count Executives - I Want To Thank You
El Count Executives
I Want To Thank You
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 16.11.2018
Another great uncomplete demo song from an original unissued lost Detroit recording that would have never seen the light if we didn't restore it, arrange the music and release it on this 45. Dedicated to a great supporter of our label, a larger than life character and a beloved friend, Dj Paul Thrower. Rest in peace brother.
Mr. Wonderful Production Band, The - Are You Serious / Just Another From My Past
Mr. Wonderful Production Band, The
Are You Serious / Just Another From My Past
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 16.11.2018
"The Soulful Sounds Of Derbytown"Nothing better than a couple of works to see the light after summer holidays. So welcome back to you all guys with this one-two from Kentucky that has all the features of a typical Cannonball project. I’m not using the “one-two” metaphore just because I like it but because it simply fits the purpose. Infact, like in all the major team sports, one-two it’s when a player places a perfect assist so a teammate can score a goal or a slam dunk. And thats whats happening with Ronald Lewis and all his production team whose members are worth a mention for being involved from start to finish in the authorship of these 2 tracks. They rounded up, wrote the tracks, booked a couple of studio days in Derbytown, baked a pair of rough versions each and sent them over to our studios to get the final arranging treatment. CBLL023A “Are You Serious” is a great rhythmic song with plenty of semiacoustics, on whose final bars lead singer Ron entertainined himself naming me and Dave in some sort of funny talking, while CBLL023B “Just Another From My Past” combines uplifting horns with some great instinctive snare fills, laying on a funk dance bassline which drives it all the way through the end. Horns crescendos, drums stop-and-gos and a lovely conga groove are there to back some great lyrics which will make you smile and dance altogether. As Ronal Lewis said to me “most people think Kentucky is only Bluegrass & Country music, but let me now give you what we call The Soulful Sounds of Derbytown”. So well done to Mr’s Lewis, Graham, Lovely, Sutton, Conley, Lawler, Wilson and Frey, we are proud to work together with you once again, keep ‘em coming!
Smoke - Give Me Your Heart
Smoke
Give Me Your Heart
7" | 2018 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder 30.11.2018
This record we produced with lyrics by the Steals Brothers and vocals by William “Smoke” Howard is dedicated to Love. It is either for the loves you lost for good or the love you lost and you've been so brave to bring back to life. It’s for the broken hearts, and for those who found a new one. It’s also a song that embraces the many new beginnings we are forced to go through in life, and we soul people are use to do it with a dance, whatever will come around. I don’t know if it fits the definition of cannonball sound but we all here at the label agree it fits the one of "love for our music". So once again thanks to the whole label squad, including our very own Countryside Strings Ensemble that stole precious time from their seasonal harvest to come to the studio. Guys said: "Harvest is Love, but also Music is Love" and we totally agree. William Howard, known as "SMOKE", is a soulful messenger of "Life & Love". This one was penned and demoed some 30 years ago and today "Smoke" resides in the Philadelphia area and continues to be active in keeping the sounds of the area alive. A native of Bristol - Tennessee, "Smoke" formed the group "The Fabulous Nu-Tones" while he was in college. After college, his singing career took off when he led and managed several East Coast bands including South Jersey's "Black Smoke". As lead singer of The Ebonys (beginning in the mid-1990’s to current) he brought new life to the sound of Philadelphia with his rugged and powerful voice, slammin' the 90s with a dose of great hits that made The Ebonys famous. "Smoke" delivers, as only "Smoke" can, Smokin' Sounds with a Message You Can Dance To. Out November 2018, official launch at Cannonball Weekender, Italy. 300 copies plus a handful of Test Pressings as usual. If you like it, please support the label and get your copy here:
El' Willie - Shardarp II / Instrumental
Mr. Wonderful Band - We Ain't Got No / Instrumental
Lee McDonald - Call To Worship / Instrumental
John Anderson - Inner City Blues
Grace Love - Higher
Grace Love
Higher
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
New 'Tesla Groove Trio' production featuring the label's upcoming big voice. Just another guaran-teed killer dancefloor mover, limited like always, so be quick!
Cliff Curry - Let Love Come In Arranged Version / Let Love Come In Acoustic Demo
Cliff Curry
Let Love Come In Arranged Version / Let Love Come In Acoustic Demo
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Cannonball strikes back again!Cliff Curry had come up in Englewood and been a Notations founder while attending Parker High School. Released here on this 7-inch single his great recording, “Let Love Come In”. The track is a mid-tempo demo workout for guitar, piano, hand percussion, and Curry’s inviting baritone solo, sourced from a master tape that can only have been created during the Cash sessions that produced “That Girl” and “I’m For Real.” A-side plays “Let Love Come In” arranged version, while B-side plays “Let Love Come In” acoustic Demo version
Grace Love & The Cannonballs - Rain
Grace Love & The Cannonballs
Rain
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Stomping new recorded sixties flavoured Northern soul b/w original instrumental acetate version. Very limited edition, be quick!
Willie Wright & The Cannonballs - Ain't No Sunshine
Willie Wright & The Cannonballs
Ain't No Sunshine
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Check out this newly arranged unissued version of the classic Bill Withers song, originally one-track recorded in a Nantucket's basement using minimal recording equipment backed with acoustic version.
Jones & Gaston & The Cannonballs - Do You Get The Message / We got the Message
Jones & Gaston & The Cannonballs
Do You Get The Message / We got the Message
7" | 2016 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
21,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Earlier first demo version of the in demand grey imprint tune which just got finalized in collaboration between the original writers and artists. The man who discovered the demo giving it the Italian Cannonball dancefloor production treatment with a limited edition of 400 copies being pressed, which are going to sell out fast, so be quick!
Big Lee Dowell & The Cannonballs - What I Done Wrong
Big Lee Dowell & The Cannonballs
What I Done Wrong
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Cannonball)
39,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
The fastest rising recent New Soul release with 7" copies already selling for EUR 150-200 a few months after release is now available on limited 12" press including extended version, Steinway instrumental, Cobby Mix & Sons Of Dancefloor Mix plus a nice picture sleeve. Must have for any serious black music lover. Essential pick!
Jackson Bros - Thank You (Vocal Edit)
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