Archive for the R&B Category
Compilation of SAM COOKE’s great production work for his independent SAR label. SAR Records was founded by Sam Cooke and JW ALEXANDER in 1959 and closed in 1965, shortly after Sam passing away.. Nobody knows knows what “SAR” stood for. Sam kept that secret and died with it. They had […]
The first ever vinyl LP compilation of songs by the great Eddie and Ernie! The duo produced tons of great singles throughout the ’60s & early ’70s. This LP features a couple dance numbers, but mostly slow dramatic soul ballads reminiscent of the best moments of more well known acts […]
Solomon Burke has sold 17 million albums, had 35 charting singles, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been ranked by Rolling Stone on their list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” during his career. This brand new retrospective of Burke’s critically-acclaimed, recorded […]
Leon Bridges, the double Grammy Award nominated R&B artist, releases his second album, Good Thing. The follow up to Leon’s critically acclaimed, award winning, Certified Gold debut album Coming Home, was Executive Produced by Ricky Reed and Niles City Sound, and produced by Ricky Reed. Leon and his long time […]
One of the most exciting UK R&B groups of the Sixties, the Organization was led by wild singer, sax player and Hammond organist the late Graham Bond. The Organisation also included Dick Heckstall-Smith (sax), Jack Bruce (vocals, bass) and Ginger Baker (drums). Their groundbreaking 1965 album has a dynamic blend […]
The second studio album from the Organization has Graham adding Mellotron to his keyboards, making some of the performances sound very eerie. ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?’ kicks off a 12-track blast of R&B with vocals from Jack and Graham powered up by Baker’s passionate drumming. The original LP is […]
Lee Dorsey († December 1, 1986) began his career as a lightweight boxer in the early 1950s and moved on to become an influential African American pop and R&B singer during the 1960s. His successful period began when he met songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint with whom he recorded […]
The 20th volume of our flagship Eccentric Soul series has all the boxes checked: Gun-toting, skip-tracing record producers, child stars, rip-offs, the “World’s Greatest Bail Bondsman,” swindles, soaring falsettos, and a dwindling rust-belt cityscape offering mere glimpses of hope before the record industry escaped for the coasts. Helmed by the […]
The long-awaited debut from the Jersey singer is an opulent, raw R&B album that constantly tests the borders of the genre. SZA’s deeply personal lens on modern romance gives these songs endless life.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter (born Afie Jurvanen) netted Juno Awards and a Polaris Music Prize nomination for his 2014 indie folk LP, Bahamas is Afie, his new album, Earthtones, delves into far different genres. Produced by Robbie Lackritz, it features contributions from James Gadson and Pino Palladino, who also appeared on D’Angelo’s Black Messiah.
What’s the 411? is the debut album by American recording artist Mary J. Blige, released on July 28, 1992 by Uptown Records and MCA Records. Upon being signed to Uptown Records, she began working with record producer Puff Daddy.
Curtis Harding’s new album Face Your Fear was released on October 27 by Anti-. New York Magazine already named the forthcoming album one of their most anticipated fall releases lauding Harding’s “scorching voice” while Clash UK hails recent new track “On and On” as “a blistering slice of dancefloor soul […]
Jamila Woods surrounds herself with the things she loves, things like Lucille Clifton’s poetry or letters from her grandmother or the late 80s post-punk of The Cure. “It’s just powerful to me to know the lineage and influences going into the making of the song,” Jamila says. That lineage–fragments of […]
With great anticipation, Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From […]
Everland Jazz present a reissue of Danser’s Inferno’s Creation One, originally released in 1973. “Creation One is a stunning eight track, jam packed album, so elusive but full of pure joy! Invigorating, stimulating, delightful, a treasure of rhythms grooves and breaks! ‘Sombre Guitar’ is the favorite to many, especially DJs! […]
A supremely successful combination of rock, hard blues, psychedelic acid-washed guitar solos, and blue eyed soul, Moloch is a prime example of the wildly eclectic music coming from Memphis at the time. Contains the original recorded version of the Don Nix-penned standard, “Going Down.”
ABRA is an outlier. Moving around with her missionary parents, she was born in New York and raised in South London, before eventually landing in Atlanta. Like her upbringing, ABRA’s music isn’t specific to a place, a time, or a sound. Instead, it’s a blend of influences, informed — but […]
Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was an important film that paved the way for black filmmakers in American cinema in general, and in the 1970s blaxploitation genre in particular. Van Peebles hasn’t been nearly as well known as a musician as he has a filmmaker, but he did […]
“Awaken, My Love!,” his third album as Childish Gambino, takes a sharp turn: from rapping to full-time singing and from contemporary production to unabashed throwback. The music directly recalls the 1970s R&B before hip-hop — the era of Parliament-Funkadelic; Earth, Wind & Fire; Stevie Wonder; the Spinners; the Chi-Lites; the […]
In the early 1970s, the collective known as The California Playboys was the backing band for R&B singer Lester Young (not to be confused with the jazz saxophonist of same name) on a series of singles, before recording their sole album under their own name, Trying To Become A Millionaire. […]
LP version. “The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear […]