April 22, 2014

PRESSURE feat. Ronnie Laws – “Fantastic dreams” (1979)

Fantastic project produced by sax legend Ronnie Laws back in 1979 where he’s also featured on lead vocals. Many thanks to my friend SoulLakis from Volos who reminded me this lost gem.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 6:22

April 15, 2014

TAWATHA AGEE w/ Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir – “There’s a hope” (1975)

Due to Easter celebrations, here’s a rare Gospel performance by the greatest vocalist of our time…..Miss Tawatha Agee.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 5:05

April 09, 2014

JIM HURT – “I love women” (1980)

Outstanding Blue-eyed Soul find which sounds like Boz Scaggs back in the day. Released only as a 12” single on Scotti Brothers Records.
Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:38

April 04, 2014

PATSY GALLANT – “Libre pour l’amour” (1976)

Canadian Patsy Gallant delivers a delightful soulful nugget taken from her 1976 LP “Besoin d’amour” released on Attic Records.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:40

March 29, 2014

CHARLES JACKSON – “Passionate breezes” (1978)

Charles (also known as Chuck) collaborated with Marvin Yancy creating a very powerful songwriting/producing duo that were behind some of the biggest hits of Natalie Cole. The song I chose is the title track taken from his first solo LP released on Capitol Records in 1978.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:29

March 23, 2014

EVELYN KING – “I’m just warming up” (1982)

Sweet and mellow session by a songstress who used to be more famous doing Disco and Funky stuff back in the day. Taken from her 1982 LP “Get loose” released on RCA Records.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:13

March 16, 2014

RAY AN FUENTES – “Saying goodbye” (1983)

Here’s a great mellow obscurity all the way from Philippines. Taken from his only LP entitled “I’m coming out” released on WEA Records.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:18

March 10, 2014

DEBRA LAWS – “Your love” (1981)

One of my favorite melodies performed by the very talented singer and actress Debra Laws. Taken from her debut LP “Very special” co-produced by her sibling Hubert & Ronnie Laws. Released on Elektra Records in 1981.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:39

March 04, 2014

BERNARD EDWARDS feat. Jocelyn Brown – “Don’t do me wrong’” (1983)

CHIC’s co-founder Bernard Edwards was one of the best bass players ever. Check this wonderful melody taken from his only solo LP “Glad to be here” released on Atlantic Records in 1983.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:38

February 27, 2014

Ms. SHARON RIDLEY – “Changin’’” (1978)

Sharon recorded only 2 LPs in 1971 and 1978 respectively. The featured track is definitely the best one taken from her 2nd album released on Tabu Records, co-written, produced and arranged by the great Jerry Peters.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 6:26

February 21, 2014

RCR – “Give it to you” (1980)

Blue-eyed Soul Disco recorded from an obscure trio named RCR (aka Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes). This great gem sounds like Bee Gees at their very best as from late ‘70s !!!

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:36

February 16, 2014

SHIRO SAGISU feat. Jennifer Ingram-Brown – “Stuck on me” (1999)

Superb production! Japanese prolific producer & composer Shiro Sagisu teams up with U.S. vocalist Jennifer Ingram creating soulful sensation like no other. This gem could easily sweep music charts in the early 80s all over the world, don’t you agree?

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 7:05

February 13, 2014

ALEKA KANELLIDOU – “Argises” (You’re late) – 2002

I’m back after a short absence with a tasteful Greek offering arranged wonderfully by my very good friend Harris Varthakouris. Aleka Kanellidou is one of the very few genuine Jazzy ladies in Greece possessing a distinctive warm mellow voice.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:07

January 21, 2014

CHUCK MANGIONE feat. Rob Mathes – “Do you ever think about me?” (1988)

Surprisingly soulful collaboration between Jazz trumpeter Chuck Mangione and multi-talented artist Rob Mathes. Co-written, arranged and produced by the great Thom Bell. Taken from Mangione’s LP “Eyes of the veiled temptress” released on CBS Records in 1988.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:32

January 16, 2014

HERITAGE SINGERS – “Rain your love” (1984)

Heavenly harmonies combined with a flawless melody create the definition of “Real Music”. Performed only by the 4 female singers. Taken from their 1984 LP “From the heart” released in 1984. Although I am Greek, I have to admit that the musicality of English language is second to none. In my humble opinion, this track is one of the finest songs you’ll ever hear in your entire life.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:15

January 11, 2014

KWICK – “Let this moment be forever” (1980)

KWICK was a Soul-Funk Band from Memphis. Here’s a wonderful stepper taken from their debut self-titled LP released on EMI Records in 1980.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:15

January 06, 2014

SYLVIA ST. JAMES – “Grace” (1981)

Here’s one of the best Soul melodies ever written by Jazz sax player Ronnie Laws. Taken from Sylvia’s 2nd LP “Echoes & images” released on Elektra Records in 1981.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 5:46

January 01, 2014

RON PARKS – “The game” (2004)

By far the best male vocalist who has emerged the last 10 years. He possesses a sexy & warm baritone voice sounding like a cross between Brook Benton and Isaac Hayes. Enjoy this great groove lifted from his debut album “Warm, smooth and phonky” released in 2004.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:36

December 22, 2013

My Top-10 favorite soulful tracks for 2013

1. MAYSA LEAK & BLUEY – Good morning sunrise
2. SHEREE BROWN – Being in love with you
4. NAJEE feat. MELI’SA MORGAN – In the mood to take it slow
5. ROBIN BRAMLETT – This is my life
6. C. ROBERT WALKER – Something’s going on
7. WILL DOWNING & AVERY SUNSHINE – You were meant just for me
8. GUIDA DE PALMA & LEON WARE – A seed in you
9. TYRONE LEE – Get 2 know U
10. JANELLE MONAE – Dorothy Dandridge eyes

December 20, 2013

JAKI GRAHAM & DEREK BRAMBLE – “Let’s get blue” (1986)

Back to British Soul with an amazing sensual stepper. Derek Bramble (of the Group “HEATWAVE”) penned this great track performing wonderfully a duet with Jaki Graham from 1986. Taken from Jaki’s LP “Breaking away” released on EMI Records.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:28

December 15, 2013

VINCE ANDREWS with KELLY CRUM – “Love, oh love” (1983)

Quite impressive Jazzy Soul offering from Sax player & singer Vince Andrews on this great duet taken from his debut LP released on Gerard Records in 1983.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 4:39

December 10, 2013

MARION JARVIS – “Hell of a fix” (1974)

Here’s a delightful obscurity from an artist who recorded only 2 singles. This is her debut one released on Roxbury Records in 1974.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:24

December 05, 2013

BOB JAMES feat. Rasheeda – “Sweet talk me now” (1999)

For some time now I was thinking which soulful track I should post from multi-talented pianist Bob James. Well, I chose an appropriate sensual nugget from 1999 featuring Rasheedah Buckner on lead vocals taken from his album “Joy ride” released on Warner Bros Records.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:48

November 30, 2013

COFFEE – “Love’s alive” (1982)

Female trio from Chicago performs a wonderful stepper taken from their 2nd LP entitled “Second cup” released on De-Lite Records in 1982. Produced by Tony Valor.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 3:21

November 24, 2013

KEVIN OWENS with LUTHER VANDROSS – “You’re my everything” (1991)

Here’s a delectable duet between Kevin & Luther putting a new spin on the Temptations’ classic 1967 hit. Taken from Kevin’s only LP entitled “That time again” released on JBR Records in 1991.

Download file below (320 kbps) – Time 5:25