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Sunny & The Sunliners - Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than soul vocalist and Mexican-American songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. He became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
Among countless other honors and notable achievements, Sunny was the first Latino artist to appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” (in 1963). Songs like “Put Me In Jail,” “Talk To Me,” “Should I Take You Home,” “My Dream” and “Smile Now, Cry Later” still bring crowds to their feet throughout the Southwest and California and around the world at “oldies” and “lowrider soul” events. And after releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
This new compilation on Brooklyn’s acclaimed Big Crown label is a lovingly curated selection of songs from the years 1966 to 1972. All compositions were originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, formed after his national star had been established, so he could have control of his own musical destiny. With Sunny hits – a mix of originals and some great covers thrown in Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is an excellent celebration of Sunny’s amazing body of work, and a perfect introduction for newcomers.
Produced in full collaboration and cooperation with Ozuna himself, the LP gatefold packaging includes liner notes by Texas Music scholar and archivist Ramon Hernandez, and features dozens of rare photos provided by Sunny himself.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
Sunny & The Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
When it comes to Chicano / Lowrider Soul there are a few people who are credited as the founders of the genre, Sunny & The Sunliners are one of them, if not number one on that list. Similarly, when it comes to the tunes that define the genre, Smile Now, Cry Later is undoubtedly the anthem. The A side "Smile Now, Cry Later", is a tune written by Sunny about his girlfriend at the time's amazement of the difference between the man on stage and off. However, it went on to become a one-liner and a symbol of the Lowrider Soul culture. An absolute classic tune amongst Sweet Soul lovers, and also something of a slogan of the Lowrider Soul community which is tattooed on thousands and thousands of people along with the theater mask artwork from the LP cover. The B side, Sunny's cover of The Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes For You" is a must have for the Slowie fans. Having never been pressed on 45, it rounds out this record amazingly. The plugside a big tune for Sunny that has seen pressings on at least four different label variations and the B side something that even the deepest collectors of the genre will have to pick up so they can spin.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Get Down / Cross My Heart
Sunny & The Sunliners
Get Down / Cross My Heart
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following the success of the extensive reissue project that we did with Sunny’s & The Sunliners,
(2017’s Mr Brown Eyed Soul compilation, Smile Now, Cry Later & Missing Link full length reissues,
and 2018’s reissue of Little Brown Eyed Soul LP) we bring you another must have 7 inch offering
from his catalogue.
Side A is Sunny’s cover of Get Down, one of the rarest and hardest tunes from his extensive
discography. Only appearing on a Key Loc 45 and very rarely showing up in decent condition, if at
all, it lives mostly on funk collector’s want lists. Although they have covered James Brown, Hugh
Masekela, and The Meters this is commonly agreed to be the funkiest thing they’ve ever cut.
Side B is their version of the Billy Stewart classic Cross My Heart, a tune even some of the most
diehard Sunny fans seem to have not known existed prior to the Mr Brown Eyed Soul compilation.
A sweet soul classic recently made popular again via Jay Electronica’s Just Blaze produced
underground hit Exhibit C, which sampled the Stewart version. Collector’s and music lovers alike
will be happy to see this song available on 7” format for the first time ever.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Little Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Little Brown Eyed Soul
CD | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For the first time ever on CD Big Crown is proud to present
Little Brown Eyed Soul, a Sunny & The Sunliners classic.
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and
peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star
right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing
as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world,
affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has
started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San
Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one. The album has been remastered and includes original
album art.
The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, ready
to be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Sunny & The Sunliners - The One Who's Hurting Is You / Should I Take You Home (Keyloc Version)
Sunny & The Sunliners
The One Who's Hurting Is You / Should I Take You Home (Keyloc Version)
7" | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Another stone classic 45 from the legendary Sunny & the Sunliners. Following up on the compilation project and full length reissues we have done, we keep on pressing up some must-haves from his amazing catalog of music. Diehard fans will love to see this one.

The A Side is “The One Who’s Hurting Is You” which was never on an album and the original 45 is pretty tough to find, and pretty expensive when you do, to put it mildly… A killer tune that starts out with Rudy Palacios signature guitar riff, dropping into the haunting back ground vocals and met with Sunny’s lead riding the line between gruff and sweet. Sunny lays down the law and tells it as fact, “there’s one thing that’s for certain, I won’t be doing the hurting. The one who’s hurting is you….”

The B Side, another non album cut, and one of the hardest 45s from Sunny to come across, is the original recording of “Should I Take You Home”. Originally released on Sunny’s Key-Loc label, this is the first version, later in life they remixed it to license it to another label making it brighter and more punchy. This is the lo-fi, the gritty, the original mix, one we are sure fans are going to be happy to finally get a copy of. Another killer two-sider, another Big Crown Sureshot.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Little Brown Eyed Soul
Sunny & The Sunliners
Little Brown Eyed Soul
LP | 2018 | US | Original (Big Crown)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
For the first time re-issued on vinyl Big Crown is proud to present Little Brown Eyed Soul, a Sunny & The Sunliners classic.
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing
as much as he did as a teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one. The album has been remastered and includes original
album art.
The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, ready
to be discovered by a whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Put Me In Jail / Open Up Your Love Door
Sunny & The Sunliners
Put Me In Jail / Open Up Your Love Door
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
11,69 €* 12,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Following up on the success of Sunny & The Sunliners “Mr Brown Eyed Soul” LP, Big
Crown drops another must have 45 for the record lovers.
Side A is a Sunny classic, “Put Me In Jail” is easily one of his most famous original
tunes. Sunny croons on, professing his guilt in coming up short on his promises to his
beloved over the unmistakable Sunliners band backdrop. This tune has gone on to
become famous amongst both oldies fans and lowriders.
Side B is an obscure album cut lifted from the “Young, Gifted, and Brown” album,
“Open Up Your Love Door”. Another perfect combination of romantic pleading and
organ heavy production leading it’s way into a surprising horn arrangement and
climactic breakdown. Sunny asks his love to allow him into her life and give their love
a chance.
Another killer two sider wrapped up in a gorgeous picture sleeve we made from one
of The Ozuna’s personal photo collection. One side of Put Me In Jail, one side of
Open Up Your Love Door...two sides to every story.
Sunny & The Sunliners - The Missing Link
Sunny & The Sunliners
The Missing Link
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
$2 from each copy of The Missing Link sold on Record Store Day 2017 will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist,
songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a
teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the
vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.
Second in the reissue series is The Missing Link, a 10-cut, all instrumental album, and the tracklist is a wild ride indeed. Ranging from hip soul – James Brown’s
“Soul Pride,” The Inclines’ Muscle Shoals groover “Pressure Cooker,” and the Meters classic “Cissy Strut” – to a wide swath of ‘60s Texas Latin party essentials
(“Uno,” “Rosita Bonita” and “La Pecosita”), the Sunliners are in top form all throughout. It won’t take much to envision a San Antonio backyard BBQ in the early ‘70s with this long player spinning in the background, on repeat.
Instrumental party albums were all the rage back when this hit in the late ‘60s, and Sunny Ozuna and crew show here that they could groove with the best of them.
Throw it on, break out the back deck smoker, and let the good tunes roll.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Smile Now, Cry Later
Sunny & The Sunliners
Smile Now, Cry Later
LP | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
23,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
$2 from each copy of Smile Now, Cry Later sold on Record Store Day 2017
will go to The Greater Houston Community Foundation to help with relief for areas of Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
When it comes to living legends in the Texas and Latin Music pantheon, few have been at it longer and are more revered by their fans and peers than vocalist,
songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Born and raised in San Antonio, where he still resides, Sunny became a star right out of high school in the late ‘50s and hasn’t looked back in the six decades since.
After releasing dozens of albums since the mid-1960s (in Spanish and English), Sunny still keeps a busy schedule and loves performing as much as he did as a
teenager. His classic 45s regularly change hands for hundreds of dollars among collectors around the world, affirming his timeless appeal.
As a logical next step after Big Crown’s excellent (and Sunny-approved) Mr. Brown Eyed Soul compilation from September, the label has started digging into the
vaults of Sunny’s Key-Loc Records label to unearth some legit soul classics – which are hard to find even in San Antonio, and clean originals will cost you a pretty penny if you ever luck into one – and have not been on vinyl since the late ‘60s. Each has been remastered and includes original album art.
First up is Smile Now, Cry Later, a 12-song platter which first hit in 1966. As with most Sunny LPs, this is a mix of soulful originals – most notably, “Smile Now,
Cry Later” and “Put Me In Jail” – and provocative, wide-ranging covers. Cases in point on the tributes side of this great album include the Sam & Dave shouter
“Hold On I’m Comin’”; “Forever,” made famous by both the Marvelettes and Marvin Gaye, and a song that Sunny performs to this day; and the ‘60s Louis Prima
crooner special “Just A Gigolo.”
The band is tight, the sound is honest, the vocals are dusky and deep, and the album is an undeniable soul and Texas music classic, ready to be discovered by a
whole new generation of music fans. Dive in and be ready for a permasmile, thanks to that patented Sunny sound.
Sunny & The Sunliners - Should I Take You Home / My Dream
Sunny & The Sunliners
Should I Take You Home / My Dream
7" | 2017 | US | Original (Big Crown)
9,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Check out this essential garage Zamrock/Soul/Funk single as the first official reissue of the celebrated band’s one and only album!

The musical style that became known as Zamrock came to embody the economic despair that followed the 1973-1974 oil crisis, which flung Zambia into recession and exacerbated a wide range of social tensions. Much of Zamrock also captured the controversy of wider politics in Africa and the world. Perhaps the finest example of this is Black Power by The Peace. - The Guardian The Boyfriends, from Kitwe’s Chamboli Mine Township, supplied the founding members for Zamrock’s most famous band, Witch, and kick started one of Zamrock’s best bands, Peace. Their sole Zamrock entry, “Black Power”, recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973/4 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifiting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice.
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