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Harvey Averne Dozen - Viva Soul
Harvey Averne Dozen
Viva Soul
LP | 1968 | US | Reissue (8th)
25,99 €*
Release:1968 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Despite maintaining an strong following amongthe New York Latin music scene of the late-60sand early-70s, and a reputation as a prolificsongwriter for contemporaries like Eddie Palmieriand Ray Barretto, bandleader and vibraphonistHarvey Averne never reached high heights ofsuccess during his short-lived recording career.He would achieve greater things as the head ofthe legendary Latin label Coco Records, but as arecording artist Averne languished in obscurity,apart from having penned the Latin club classic"Never Learned To Dance", while peers likeRalfi Pagan and Rubén Blades found increasedpopularity on a wider scale.This is unfortunate, as Harvey Averne'sdiscography contains some truly remarkableexamples of top-tier salsa, chicano rock, andboogaloo records. Chief among them being1971's Viva Soul, which contained the famedtrack "Never Learned To Dance", as well as 11other pieces, featuring punching stacatto brass,frantic electric pianos, and some truly funky Latintakes on songs by The Beatles and Little Anthony& The Imperials, among many others. ThoughAverne's recording career never flourished, VivaSoul has rightly become a highly sought-afterpiece of vinyl, and his discography a treasuretrove for collectors.
Sabrina Rich - Smooth Operator
Sabrina Rich
Smooth Operator
12" | 2019 | US | Original (Cultures Of Soul)
14,99 €*
Release:2019 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Cultures of Soul is very excited to announce this killer tropical reggae cover of Sade's Smooth Operator. Recorded at Circle Sound Studios in Miami the backing track was recorded by members of the famous reggae outfit Inner Circle with vocals by local area rising star at the time, Sabrina Rich. Sabrina (her real name is actually Sabrena) had been making records in her and her ex-husband's studio in their garage for years. The result of which was the disco 12" Exit/Whispering. Around this time Sabrina was performing in the Palm Beach / Boca Raton area of Florida and performed with Jimmy Bo Horne. Some time after Sabrina worked with a man named Kenneth Corey who mastered her recordings. Kenneth referred her to Roger and Ian Lewis of Inner Circle to help press up their vinyl. They became friends and around 1985 recorded Smooth Operator. During this time they were working and partying hard and experimenting with different ideas and sounds. The track was originally released in small numbers as sort of a demo and never really took off. Shortly after Inner Circle went on tour in Europe and the single went into obscurity until many years later when copies of the record turned up in New York and Toronto. This 12" includes a special discomix edit by Duckcomb a.k.a. Patrick Billard, DJ and record collector extraordinaire.
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