Review: This tight 45rpm was recorded a few years before Carl Holmes's Investigation No1 album, which went on to become rather legendary. It features the lung busting vocals of Pervis Herder on vocals on both the A and the B-side. An OG will cost you a pretty penny - if you can find one at all - and to get one in good condition will be even harder. But worry not as this legitimate reissue gives you a mint copy, with the hard hitting Philly strings and breaks busting out the speakers and diving deep into your soul. Pure dance floor dynamite if ever we heard it.
Review: When compiling the most recent edition of their "Praise Poems" compilation series, the dusty-fingered diggers at TRAMP Records decided to include a cut from Marva Josie's 1973 album-length collaboration with the Earl "Fatha" Hines Orchestra, "This Is Marva Josie". That track, the brilliant soul-jazz breeze that is "He Does It Better", is here reissued on "45" for the first time. It features Josie's sweetly sassy lead vocal sitting atop a sparse but swinging jazz groove and some seriously good piano playing. You'll find another gem from that album on side B: Josie's orchestral jazz rendition of English folk standard - and Simon & Garfunkel favourite - "Scarborough Fair". If anything, that's even better than the A-side - and that's saying something.
Review: In 1977, Atlanta fusionists Starfoxx had a big hit in the US Billboard chart with "Disco Rock", a cut that -as the title suggests - added a rock and rhythm & blues edge to the then dominant disco sound. It was something of a novelty, but much of their earlier work is pretty darn hot. "Oh Linda", which first appeared in stores in 1973, could well be the hottest of the lot. Sitting somewhere between the rasping blues-rock of Cream and more extravagant American funk and soul, the track is full to bursting with crunchy Clavinet riffs, throaty vocals and mazy electric piano solos. This reissue from TRAMP contains just the one track (pressed to both sides for some reason), but don't let that put you off: it really is a must-have.
Review: Take a trip deep into the spiritual soul and jazz funk sounds of the seventies with these two cuts from Lee Stone. They are taken from an album entitled Praise Poems and bring to mind swing, funk and big band. They tie on well swung grovers, with lush trumpets up top and Stone's vocals adding real heart. "What Is Life" is the upbeat roller that, muses on the sorrow of a love lost and has some fantastic solos, while "Eyes Full Of Starshine" is a more retro affair for the slow motion dancers.