Tag Archives: Kent Soul

PIED PIPER: FINALE.

Pied Piper: Finale Over the last four years, Kent Soul, an imprint of Ace Records has been documenting the history of Sheldon “Shelley” Haines’ Pied Piper Pied Piper Productions. Sadly, the journey is now at end with the recent release of Pied Piper: Finale. It’s the final compilation Kent Soul intend to release. However, they’ve …

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MANHATTAN SOUL VOLUME 3.

Manhattan Soul Volume 3. Another of Kent Soul’s occasional series made a welcome return recently, when Manhattan Soul Volume 3 was released. This was the latest instalment in a  successful series that began back in February 2011.  That when the first instalment in the Manhattan Soul series was released to praise and plaudits. No wonder. …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 2.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 2. Come Back Strong-Hot Atlanta 4. For anyone interested in Southern Soul, Come Back Strong-Hot Atlanta 4 was a must-have. It featured contributions from Sam Dees, John Edwards, Dee Irwin, Joe Hinton, Loleatta Holloway, Danny Johnson, Jimmy Lewis and Dorothy Norwood. That was just part of the story. There’s much …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 3.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 3. Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records. In 1976, music industry veterans Irv Kratka and Eric Kriss founded Inner City Records. What they didn’t know about the music industry, wasn’t worth knowing. This looked like a musical marriage made in heaven. By 1979, Inner City Records was …

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THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2016-PART 5.

The Best Compilations Of 2016-Part 5. The Golden Age Of American Country Music: More Country Hits. For many people, the golden age of country music was the late fifties and early sixties. During that period, country music provided the soundtrack to much of American life. Providing the soundtrack were giants of country music like Johnny …

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LINDA JONES-PRECIOUS: THE ANTHOLOGY 1963-1976.

LINDA JONES-PRECIOUS: THE ANTHOLOGY 1963-1976. The story of Linda Jones is one of triumph and tragedy. Growing up, Linda Jones was diagnosed with diabetes. Despite this, Linda Jones went on to forge a successful career as a soul singer.  Her breakthrough single, was Hypnotised, which reached twenty-one in the US Billboard 100 and number four …

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ROZETTA JOHNSON-A WOMAN’S WAY: THE COMPLETE ROZETTA JOHNSON 1963-1975.

ROZETTA JOHNSON-A WOMAN’S WAY: THE COMPLETE ROZETTA JOHNSON 1963-1975. Throughout the history of modern music, some of the most talented artists haven’t enjoyed the commercial success and critical acclaim that their considerable talent deserves. That was the case with Nick Drake, Jackie Leven, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Michael Chapman, Tim Buckley, Alice Clark, Linda …

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SYREETA-THE RITA WRIGHT YEARS: RARE MOTOWN 1967-1970.

SYREETA-THE RITA WRIGHT YEARS: RARE MOTOWN 1967-1970. When Rita Wright got a job as a receptionist at Motown in 1965, little did she realise that in the space of seven years her life would be transformed beyond all recognition. This transformation began when Rita Wright became producer Mickey Stevenson’s secretary. It was through him, that …

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THIS IS FAME 1964-1968-VINYL EDITION.

THIS IS FAME 1964-1968-VINYL EDITION. Back in the sixties, many record companies sent their artists to the Fame Recording Studios, in Muscle Shoals. This was home to Rick Hall and the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. They had previously transformed ailing careers and worked on million selling albums. Rick Hall was fast becoming the go-to …

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COME BACK STRONG-HOT ATLANTA SOUL 4.

COME BACK STRONG-HOT ATLANTA SOUL 4. Everyone who founds a record company, has their own reason for doing so. Often, they own a recording studio or manage artists and bands. Founding their own record label is a natural progression for them. That was also the case with three giants of music. During the golden age …

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JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE.

JEANETTE JONES-DREAMS ALL COME TRUE. The history of soul music is littered with artists who could’ve and should’ve gone on to greater things, but for whatever reason, commercial success and critical acclaim passed them by. That, sadly, was the case with Jeanette Jones. She had talent in abundance, and a voice that was a mixture …

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HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS-UNWIND YOURSELF-THE KING RECORDINGS 1964-1967.

HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS-UNWIND YOURSELF-THE KING RECORDINGS 1964-1967. Hank Ballard played an important part in musical history. He was a successful singer and songwriter, whose career spanned fifty-two years. The most successful period of Hank Ballard’s career, was between 1953 and 1969, when he was the lead singer of Hank Ballard and The Midnighters.  …

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THE AROCK, SEROCK, SYLVIA SOUL STORY CONTINUED.

THE AROCK, SEROCK, SYLVIA SOUL STORY CONTINUED. Al Sears’ career began in the 1928, when he replaced Johnny Hodges in Chic Webbs’ band. This was the start of a long and successful career.  In 1931, Al Sears joined Elmer Snowden’s band. He was the tenor saxophonist right through until 1932. Then in 1933, Al Sears …

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THE INDEPENDENTS-JUST AS LONG-THE COMPLETE WAND RECORDINGS 1972-74.

THE INDEPENDENTS-JUST AS LONG-THE COMPLETE WAND RECORDINGS 1972-74. When Charles Jackson first met Marvin Yancy at Chicago’s Black Writer’s Workshop in 1971, he was already twenty-six, and had been working as an art director for Playboy magazine. That was why Charles Jackson had moved to the Windy City in the late sixties. However, Charles had …

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ONE TRACK MIND- MORE MOTOWN GUYS.

ONE TRACK MIND- MORE MOTOWN GUYS. For some time, Berry Gordy Jr. had ben thinking of heading out on his own. He was fed up working for other people, and decided the time had come to form his own record company. So using the royalties he received from writing songs for Jackie Wilson, and an …

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JACK ASHFORD-JUST PRODUCTIONS.

JACK ASHFORD-JUST PRODUCTIONS. By 1966, Jack Ashford was a familiar face in Detroit’s music jazz scene. The Philly born musician had been a member of Marvin Gaye’s touring band before he became a Funk Brother.  Through meeting the Motown musicians, Jack decided to base himself in Detroit. Soon, he became part of Motown’s legendary studio band …

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HARMONY OF THE SOUL: VOCAL GROUPS 1962-1967.

HARMONY OF THE SOUL: VOCAL GROUPS 1962-1967. For many record companies, especially smaller independent labels, a successful compilation can be the answer to a label manager’s prayers. Suddenly, all the small losses that they’ve accumulated over the financial year are wiped out. Even better, there’s some profit left over. So it’s no surprise that the …

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CLARENCE CARTER-THIS IS CLARENCE CARTER & THE DYNAMIC CLARENCE CARTER.

CLARENCE CARTER-THIS IS CLARENCE CARTER & THE DYNAMIC CLARENCE CARTER. The Clarence Carter story is one of triumph over adversity. Clarence Carter was born in Alabama, on January 14 1936. Sadly, shortly after his birth, doctors discovered that Clarence Carter was blind. This was a huge blow for the Carter family. They worried what the …

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MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION.

MASTERPIECES OF MODERN SOUL-VINYL EDITION. Over the last few years, there’s been an upsurge in interest in vinyl. In 2014, reached a record high. For the first time in over twenty years, vinyl sales in America surpassed the nine million mark. Things got even better in the first quarter of 2015, with sales increasing by …

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX-STAX-VOLT 45PRM RARITIES 1964-1968.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAX-STAX-VOLT 45PRM RARITIES 1964-1968. Just like Picasso, the Stax and Volt labels had a blue period. In Stax and Volt’s case, this began in 1964, and lasted until mid-1968. During this period, Stax released over 300 singles and Volt in excess of 120 singles. This included some of best music …

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