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Opals, The - Can't Give It Up / End My Suffering
Opals, The
Can't Give It Up / End My Suffering
7" | 2021 | UK | Original (Kent)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 25.06.2021
Chicago soul girl group the Opals released three exquisite singles on the Okeh label between January 1964 and February 1965, all of them produced by Carl Davis, in addition to which they also recorded background vocals for other artists. When Tony Rounce compiled Kent’s CD of Billy Butler’s Okeh recordings in 2007, unexpectedly found on the master tape transfer of Billy’s ‘Right Track’ were two unidentified female tracks we eventually ascertained were by the Opals.

The uptempo ‘Can’t Give It Up’ is taken at a perfect dance beat for Northern Soul discos. It was written by Billy Butler and Gerald Sims, and likely recorded around the time of the ‘Right Track’ session in 1966. On the flip is the beautiful, mid-tempo ‘End My Suffering’, which bears a resemblance to Marvin Smith’s ‘Time Stopped’, also from 1966 and produced by Carl Davis. This is the first release for both tracks and will appeal to fans of many genres of vintage soul music. track listing

A. Can’t Give IT UP – The Opals B. END MY Suffering – The Opals
Maxine Weldon & Arthur Alexander / Arthur Alexander - Stay By Me Me And Mine
Maxine Weldon & Arthur Alexander / Arthur Alexander
Stay By Me Me And Mine
7" | 2021 | UK | Original (Kent)
9,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 09.07.2021
Arthur Alexander’s mid-60s releases for Monument and Sound Stage 7 under the supervision of Fred Foster in Nashville failed to register on the charts but are highly regarded, none more so than these sides cut on his first session for the company. The released tracks from the session, ‘(Baby) For You’ and ‘The Other Woman (In My Life)’, were more country-sounding.

These two wonderful soul songs remained in the vaults until an Ace CD in 2001 and have picked up admirers ever since. To own them on vinyl will be a vintage soul lover’s thrill.
Gigi & The Charmaines / Walter Jackson - I Don't Wanna Lose Him / Forget The Girl
Gigi & The Charmaines / Walter Jackson
I Don't Wanna Lose Him / Forget The Girl
7" | 2021 | UK | Original (Kent)
9,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 09.07.2021
These two contrasting unissued late 60s soul sides were first made available on Ace CDs. Gigi & the Charmaines’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Him’ was written by Dale Warren and Gigi’s husband, Herman Griffin. Herman was responsible for many Detroit soul classics and Dale Warren made his name arranging and writing at Shrine Records. A stomping yet subtle dance number that captures the energy of 1966, its only vinyl presence was on the 100 Club Anniversary 45 of 2006, now a much-coveted item.

Walter Jackson’s ‘Forget The Girl’ is taken at a more sedate pace, but is no less dynamic, with a full Chicago orchestra backing Walter’s luxuriant vocal on a Clint Ballard ballad, another stunning recording.
Maxine Weldon / Peggy Woods - I'm The Other Half Of You / You'd Better Be Good To My Baby
Staple Singers - Trippin' On Your Love
Joe Graham - I'm A Happy Man
Pretenders, The - Just Be Yourself / It's Everything About You (That I Love)
Pretenders, The
Just Be Yourself / It's Everything About You (That I Love)
7" | 2016 | EU | Reissue (Kent)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Pretenders were the Carnival label’s main act throughout the 70s and up to 1980. By 1977 producer Joe Evans was embracing the disco era and recorded them on the excellent Kenneth Ruffin song, ‘Just Be Yourself’. Its furious yet solid rhythm and catchy title-line has captivated soul dancers for many years, making the originals expensive and very hard to find now. The flip was their final release, an updated and disco-slanted version of Lee Williams & the Cymbals’ ballad.
Chuck Jackson - The Best Of The Wand Years
Chuck Jackson
The Best Of The Wand Years
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Kent)
19,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
"Although Chuck Jackson had eight solo LPs on Wand, there has never been a greatest hits compilation derived from all of that fine label’s recordings, until now.

First known to the original mods as a singer of superb ballads such as ‘Any Day Now’ and ‘Tell Him I’m Not Home’, he attracted a loyal following and further releases such as ‘I Keep Forgetting’, ‘Beg Me’ and ‘Hand It Over’ demonstrated the depth of his and Wand’s talents on uptempo tracks. Somewhere in between rhythmically were highlights such as ‘Two Stupid Feet’, an album-only track, and Jackson’s Wand debut that first made his name in the USA, ‘I Don’t Want To Cry’.

By the mid-60s it was back to ballads as a stunning reading of the Skyliners’ ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ charted, followed closely by Goffin and King’s ‘I Need You’. These two sold well so it is surprising that the superb version of the Van McCoy song ‘I Don’t Want To See You Cry’ was never released. Vee-Jay released Jerry Butler’s version on 45 in 1965, but Jackson’s rendition tops even that.

Moving with the times, in 1965 Wand took Chuck to Detroit for ‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’ which, like ‘Chains Of Love’, became firm favourites on the early Northern Soul scene, while being largely ignored in the States. Those rare soul fans rekindled their appreciation of all things Chuck in the late 80s when UK Kent Records unearthed unissued Wand recordings. They included ‘What’s With This Loneliness’ and ‘(I’d Be A) Millionaire’ which filled dancefloors with new recruits and older originals who appreciated the easier pace and more soulful delivery of these gems.

The compilation is crowned with a brilliant studio publicity shot of Chuck on the cover which captures both the majesty of his singing and the era.
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Hyperions, The - Why You Wanna Treat Me Like You Do / Believe In Me
Maxine Brown / Chuck Jackson - I Wonder What My Baby's Doing Tonight / Two Stupid Feet
Darrow Fletcher - (Love Is My) Secret Weapon
Unique Blend - Gonna Spread The News
V.A. - Jack Ashford's Just Productions
V.A.
Jack Ashford's Just Productions
LP | 2019 | UK | Original (Kent)
17,99 €*
Release:2019 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Famed as one of the tight-knit group of musicians the Funk Brothers, who played on the vast majority of Motown’s 60s records, Jack Ashford was the percussionist and vibes player who augmented that infectious beat so successfully.

After his time at Motown he co-founded Pied Piper Productions with Shelley Haims and when that folded in 1967 started his own Just Productions. The infectious beat continued to propel many of their releases but the main songwriters – Jack, Lorraine Chandler and George Rountree – added great new melodies and well-crafted songs and then a big injection of Motor City funk. They unearthed talented singers like Eddie Parker, Sandra Richardson and the Smith Brothers and even employed Jack’s own voice. Parker’s ‘I’m Gone’ and ‘Love You Baby’ are considered the epitome of ampheta-soul by UK devotees, who have adored the records since the early 70s. The Smith Brothers’ output is all high class and their full take of ‘Things Won’t Be The Same’ (which shares the backing track of Sandra Richardson’s ‘After You Give Your All’) is available for the first time. Similarly the new version of Jack Ashford’s recording ‘I’ll Fly To Your Open Arms’, by the Family Brick, debuts here; it is a masterful slice of sophisticated, uptempo Detroit soul.

Then a new singer in the city, Billy Sha-Rae’s ‘The Story Of My Life’ sees its first vinyl outing and the mysterious Ray Gant & Arabian Knights’ reading of ‘Don’t Leave Me Baby’ is considered the ultimate rendition of this superb song.

Al Gardner knew Jack at Sport/Boss Records and his ‘Sweet Baby’ has been a big collector’s item for decades. Also, from the late 60s comes a terrific uptempo version of ‘I Need Your Love (To Satisfy My Soul)’, originally only known as an acetate by the Stylists; it was later cut at a slower pace by Lee Rogers on Premium Stuff.

The LP is rounded off by Jack’s own take on ‘Let Me Take Care Of Your Heart’, a remarkably fine recording that the Smith Brothers would later cover on a Shield 45.
Little Johnny Hamilton - Apartment # 9 Cry Like A Baby
Little Johnny Hamilton
Apartment # 9 Cry Like A Baby
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Kent)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Little Johnnie Hamilton was a 60s Los Angeles soul singer whose records are all hard to find, despite their quality. The searing deep soul slowie ‘Apartment #9’ is a million miles from the funk of ‘The Git Down’, recorded at the same session and issued on the Watts Way label in 1967 as a two-part single. Hamilton wails away his pain on a sparse number abetted by some righteous girl backing singers. ‘Cry Like A Baby’, a release on the one-off Soul Shack label, is a more mainstream offering of much charm, complete with strings.
Phillip Mitchell / Ray Godfrey - I'll See You In Hell First / I Ain't Givin' Up
Phillip Mitchell / Ray Godfrey
I'll See You In Hell First / I Ain't Givin' Up
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Kent)
10,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Phillip Mitchell only cut one single for Spring’s Event subsidiary in 1975 – despite the beautiful ballad ‘There’s Another In My Life’ being an R&B hit, he did not have a follow-up. However, there were three songs recorded at the Brad Shapiro-led Muscle Shoals session, and ‘I’ll See You In Hell First’ was the superb mid-tempo track that lay dormant until compiled on an Ace CD in 1990. It features Mitchell singing at his best on an inspired, self-penned song and is long-overdue a vinyl pressing as originally hoped for.
Danny White / Betty Bibbs - The Twitch / Enough For Everybody
Danny White / Betty Bibbs
The Twitch / Enough For Everybody
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Kent)
9,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When the New Orleans soul guys meet a sexy French girl, it ain’t nothin’ but fun. This 1963 recording has been picked up around the world as the epitome of the swinging 60s soul sound. Betty Bibbs is in a similarly light-hearted mood. By 1968 the sound had moved on but good-time music still brings a smile to the party.
Alice Clark / The Devonnes - You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurt Me) / I Couldn't Build A World (With You On The Out Side)
Mel Williams / Arthur Williams Orchestra - Can It Be Me / Lay This Burden Down
Mel Williams / Arthur Williams Orchestra
Can It Be Me / Lay This Burden Down
7" | 2015 | UK | Original (Kent)
8,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
There has been a constant demand for Mel Williams’ Modern 45 ‘Can It Be Me’ since it was first spun at the Torch all-nighters in the early 70s. Its classic 60s stomping sound has made it a Northern perennial. The flip is the original instrumental of Mary Love’s ‘Lay This Burden Down’ that was pressed by Modern in 1974 for shady UK dealer Simon Soussain. Instrumentals are back in vogue and this is one of the very best.
Preston Love - Omaha Bar-B-Q
Rudy Ray Moore - This Pussy Belongs To Me
Rudy Ray Moore - Eat Out More Often
V.A. - For Dancers Only
Snatch And The Poontangs - Snatch And The Poontangs
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