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These are new releases of interest this week:

* Anglo-Saxon Brown: Songs For Evolution (Expanded Edition)

SoulMusic Records is proud to present the worldwide CD debut of Songs For Evolution the only album recorded by the group Anglo-Saxon Brown, considered a much sought-after collectable LP among rare groove music buyers and DJs alike.

An expanded edition with one bonus track (the lone 1976 single, ‘Straighten It Out’ released by Atlantic), Songs For Evolution was produced & mostly written by the Philadelphia team of Joseph Jefferson & Charles Simmons, who had penned a number of classic ‘70s hits for the Spinners including ‘Games People Play,’ ‘Mighty Love’ and ‘Love Don’t Love Nobody’) and recorded at famed Sigma Sound studios in Philly with string arrangements by Jack Faith, featuring the Don Renaldo Strings along with guitarist Bobby Eli.

An accomplished ten member band based in Richmond, Virginia, Anglo-Saxon Brown was the 1976 iteration of the group Ujima, who recorded singles for Epic Records between 1973-1975.

Female vocalist Debra Henry was the featured lead on key cuts such as UK rare groove favourites, ‘Gonna Make You Mine’ and ‘Call On Me’ with guitarist Clemente Burnette duetting with her on ‘I’ll Keep Lovin’ You” and lead on ‘Straighten It Out.’

Songs For Evolution is a superb example of the classic mid-‘70s Philly sound; the reissue of this musical hidden gem includes extensive notes by renowned U.K. writer Charles Waring with quotes from producer Jefferson and members of the band; and great mastering by Donald Cleveland.

* The Delfonics: La La Means I Love You (Expanded Edition)

The Delfonics Classic 1968 album has been Expanded for the First Time Ever. Funkytowngrooves remaster will include 5 Bonus Tracks, Contains the smash hit La La Means I Love regarded as one of the greatest love songs of all time. Produced by Thom Bell & Stan Watson. (Stan & Bell) Re-Mastered from the Original Master Tapes by Sean Brennan, at Battery Studio s, New York. This album from 1968 marked the beginnings of the Sweet "Philly Soul" sound of the 70s, with lovely vocal harmonies set to lush orchestral backgrounds. The legendary Philly soul group, The Delfonics had been in the game for at least a decade before dropping this 1968 major debut; Thom Bell's production genius, the group's impeccable harmony, and William Hart's beautiful falsetto were all ingredients for a sweet, classic debut, and 6 years straight with hit albums and singles. La La Means I love you is highly regarded as the greatest love song ever recorded! Of course that is a matter of opinion, but if not the greatest, one of the greatest.

* Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers: Bustin' Loose Plus

No group ever defined a city and sound as Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers did Washington DC and Go-Go Music. This is the album that launched their musical movement and established Chuck Brown as 'The Godfather of Go-Go'. When it was released in early 1979, the title track, Bustin' Loose , topped the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and is one of the all-time greatest party/funk jams. This edition features the original album plus 3 bonus tracks, previously unavailable on CD. Tracks - Bustin Loose, Never Gonna Give You Up, If It Ain't Funky, I Gotcha Now, Could It Be Love, Game Seven, Berro e Sombaro. BONUS TRACKS: Bustin' Loose (Part 2), Game Seven (Extended 12" Version), Come On And Boogie

* Various Artists: Luxury Soul 2016 (3CD)

The focus is on the quality of new music from independent and unsigned soul artists from across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Expansion encourage you to listen to this music and discover more from these artists. Benefit from the great value too with three CD''s of amazing music from the price of one and enjoy revival music too from artists including Kashif, the special live guest at January 2016's Luxury Soul Weekender. This release includes tracks and remixes exclusive to this CD

Various Artists: The Trevor Nelson Collection (3-CD)

Following the massive success of his previous two ‘Collection’ compilation albums, legendary broadcaster, DJ, and musical pioneer Trevor Nelson is back with the release of the third offering in the series: ‘The Trevor Nelson Collection 3’.

The first ‘Collection’ held the No.1 position for 6 weeks (including both Valentine’s and Mother’s Day) in 2013, and the second edition held the No.1 spot for 3 weeks in 2014.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Trevor is back once again with another high quality 3CD collection of carefully and forensically compiled contemporary and retrospective R&B club hits. The new offering brings together iconic artists from the 70s through to the present day and is essential listening for any fan of R&B.

‘The Trevor Nelson Collection 3’ features tracks from a number of undisputed legends including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Chic, Change (featuring the sublime, timeless vocals of Luther Vandross), Earth Wind & Fire and Michael Jackson. Contemporary classics from Beyonce, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, R.Kelly, Lauryn Hill and Usher then represent some of the finest soulful work of their illustrious careers. Also appearing are world renowned acid jazz/funk group Jamiroquai, reggae stars Dawn Penn and Kevin Lyttle, and hip–hop pioneers OutKast. In addition, the third collection features a number of modern smash hits including Grammy Award-winning artist Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinkin Bout You’, hard hitting 2014 dancefloor anthem ‘Loyal’ from Chris Brown and the retro groove-filled Daft Punk collaboration ‘Gust Of Wind’ by chart topping superstar Pharrell Williams.

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Michael Lewis is a long-time associate at His industry experience includes Sony Music, Motown and La Face Records, and a tenure at HEAR Music. He is grateful to contribute to sustaining the legacy of R&B and soul music.






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