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Iconic Soul Men was created to celebrate the work and impact of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye. These five legendary soul singers and the music they created has stood the test of time generation after generation. Their style and creative vision has become a blueprint for soul music makers today.

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Record Store Day – Saturday April 19, 2014


Record Store Day is headed our way next Saturday April 19, 2014.  Since 2008 Record Store Day has been a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—-the staff, the customer and the artists—-to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.  Record Store Day is celebrated the third Saturday every April.  Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.

Because we plan to hit a few record stores in our community next Saturday we peeped The List of exclusive releases that will be available (titles are limited, availability based on stores and location) and pulled together our shopping list.  We think these gems are worth waking up early for! Check out what we have on our shopping list:

Donny Hathaway - Live At The Bitter End 1971


Donny Hathaway: Live At The Bitter End 1971 – Record Store Day Exclusive Release – Live show recorded in 1971 never before released on vinyl. The track “Everything is Everything” has never been released before on any format and is an exclusive track to this release. Numbered, limited edition.

TRACKLISTING: “What’s Going On (Live at The Bitter End 1971)”, “Sack Full of Dreams (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Little Ghetto Boy (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “You’ve Got A Friend (Live at the Bitter End 1971)”, “Voices Inside (Everything is Everything) (Live at the Bitter End 1971)” (Alternate Performance), “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (LIve at the Bitter End)”, “Jealous Guy (Live at the Bitter End)”, “Hey Girl (Live at the Bitter End)”, “The Ghetto (Live at the Bitter End)”



The JB’s: Food For Thought – The Get On Down 12″ Special Edition – Record Store Day Limited Run / Regional Focus Release – This reissue of the inaugural release from James Brown’s People Record from 1972 is pressed on 150 gram vinyl, features a 70s style tip on jackets and is housed in an 8 gauge custom bag with an embossed People Records logo. Also included in this deluxe offering: a 22” x 22” poster of the original cover art and a bonus 45 of The Grunt Parts 1 & 2 pressed on purple vinyl.



Rick James: You and I /  Fire and Desire 12″ Special Edition – ‘Record Store Day First’ Release – 12″ Both sides previously unreleased | You And I 12″ extended M+M Mix | Fire And Desire (Live In Long Beach) Rick James with Teena Marie




Wes Montgomery & The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet: Live At The Turf Club – Record Store Day 10″ Vinyl Exclusive Release – These recordings were made by a 22 year old Butler College student named Philip Kahl, who followed Wes Montgomery & his brothers around Indianapolis in the mid-1950’s. Kahl clearly had access to the brothers, recording them in 3 venues heard on the forthcoming release, “Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning” (out later this year on Resonance Records as a 2 CD deluxe digi-pack & 3 LP boxed set). The recordings were made at Indy’s legendary Turf Club in 1956. This group with the brothers (Wes, Buddy, & Monk) was known by Naptown jazz fans as The Montgomery-Johnson Quintet, (with fellow locals, drummer, Robert “Sonny” Johnson, and tenor saxophonist, Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson). On “Going Down To Big Mary’s House,” you’ll also be treated to guest vocals from Duke Ellington alumni, Debbie Andrews. Resonance first obtained these recordings in 2011 from Ann Montgomery (the widow of Wes’s brother, pianist, Buddy Montgomery). Ann came to Resonance with news Buddy had copies of these recordings plus never before published photos taken at The Turf Club. These recordings are a miraculous discovery full of inspired performances. Luckily, Resonance was able to track down the original quarter inch tape reels, and did direct transfers re-mastering at 96/24 bit. Keep in mind that these tracks were recorded live in the mid-1950’s, when recording technology was still evolving, however Resonance has been able to restore the sound so it’s presented in a higher quality. (Limited edition world-wide first pressing of 2000 copies on Whiskey colored translucent 10″ vinyl. Mastered by Bernie Grundman)

TRACKLISTING: “Wes’s Tune”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Six Bridges to Cross”, “Down To Big Mary’s”, “Caravan”, “Django”



Black Milk: Glitches In The Break – Record Store Day Limited Run 12″ – Regional Focus Release – All new material from Detroit’s Black Milk, pressed on white vinyl.




Pharoahe Monch: Get Down – Record Store Day Limited Run 7″ – Regional Focus Release –

All new single from Pharaohe Monch (of Organized Konfusion). Produced by M Phazes

In promotion for Coalmine Records 10 year anniversary compilation album Unearthed, which is set for a May 13th, 2014 release date, the Brooklyn-based boutique label is pleased to present the project’s lead single “Get Down,” featuring Pharoahe Monch. Produced by Australia’s Award Winning M-Phazes, co-producer of Eminem’s “Bad Guy,” as featured on the multi-platinum selling ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2,’ “Get Down” is to be released exclusively for Record Store Day ’14, as a collector’s edition 7″ vinyl (limited to 1,000 units). “Get Down” also features scratches, courtesy of DJ Revolution of The World Famous Wake Up Show.

TRACKLISTING:  Side A – Get Down Side B – Get Down (Instrumental)



John Morales: John Morales presents M&M Mixes Inner Life / Salsoul Orchestra – Record Store Day Special – Limited Run – Regional Focus Release – John has prepared especially for RSD 2014, very special mixes of 2 classic Salsoul gems, Inner Life’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain and on the flip the Salsoul Orchestra’s ‘Just The Right Size’ two exclusive mixes.

Visit The Official Record Store Day Website For More Info, Official RSD 2014 T-Shirts and participating store search. 






Donny Hathaway: Never My Love: The Anthology (Four-Disc Set)


Not sure what to buy with your holiday gift cards? Take a look at this Donny Hathaway definitive box set that was released in November by Rhino Records.  Donny Hathaway fans can now own this four-disc anthology that features the soulful singer-songwriter’s essential solo tracks and duets with Roberta Flack along with two full discs of previously unreleased studio and live recordings.  Most Donny Hathaway fans like myself already own his short but unforgettable Atlantic Records discography from the 70s.  We’ve also kept a watchful eye on the Donny Hathaway single disc compilations over the years in hopes of discovering some unreleased material added to the discs.  Now with Never My Love: The Anthology we get two full discs of unreleased studio and live recordings making this a wise and exciting investment and everything a fan could hope for.  It’s time to discover the life and music of Donny Hathaway that we’ve never heard before!

Rhino Records Press Release: November 2013

LOS ANGELES – A gifted musician, imaginative arranger and powerful singer, Donny Hathaway created a formidable musical legacy during an intensive three-year period that was punctuated by a string of pop and R&B hits – several as a solo artist, as well as a series of unforgettable collaborations with singer Roberta Flack. Although Hathaway’s promising career was sadly derailed with his tragic passing in 1979, his lasting influence on popular music remains immeasurable today.

To underscore Hathaway’s continuing impact, Rhino will release a four-disc retrospective that combines the singer-songwriter’s essential studio and live tracks with 23 previously unreleased recordings. The boxed set also includes an extensive, illuminating essay about Hathaway’s life and music written by noted music journalist Charles Waring as well as rare photos. NEVER MY LOVE: THE ANTHOLOGY will be available on November 12 for a list price of $49.98. A digital version will also be available.

The first disc retraces the arc of Hathaway’s career, which began in St. Louis, where he grew up entertaining church audiences across the Midwest with his soulful renditions of sacred songs. Years later, he scored arrangements and played sessions for Curtis Mayfield’s record label, an experience that eventually led to his first single, “I Thank You Baby” – a song he wrote with Mayfield and performed with June Conquest. Appropriately, it’s featured here as the set’s first song. The rest of the disc includes selections from three studio albums – Everything Is Everything (1970), Donny Hathaway (1971) and Extension of a Man (1973) – and the soundtrack Hathaway recorded for Come Back Charleston Blue (1972). Among the standout tracks are: “Giving Up” featuring saxophonist King Curtis, his signature cover of Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” the rare promo edit of “Thank You Master (For My Soul)” and Hathaway’s final hit single, “You Were Meant For Me.”

The next disc uncovers 13 unreleased studio recordings spanning a full decade (1968-1978) including several tracks from the mid to late 1970s, often thought to be a period of musical hibernation for Hathaway. Among the unheard gems are: “Never My Love,” a song recorded shortly after the sessions for Extension of a Man; “A Lot Of Soul,” a Nashville-flavored track that recalls Hathaway’s arrangements for Willie Nelson’s Shotgun Willie; plus “Zyxygy Concerto,” an epic classical piece that features piano and a full orchestra.

The third disc expands upon the gold-certified album Live (1972), a widely acclaimed collection of Hathaway’s electrifying performances recorded in clubs in L.A. and New York. A few performances left off the original album have surfaced over the years, but nothing like the trove featured on NEVER MY LOVE. The set includes 10 previously unissued live recordings from Hathaway’s residency at The Bitter End in New York’s Greenwich Village. These tracks include a brilliant version of the soul anthem “What’s Going On” and an incendiary take on “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything).”

The final disc covers the many memorable hits recorded by Hathaway and Roberta Flack, one of the 1970’s most successful musical partnerships. They scored three certified-gold singles together in the ’70s: “You’ve Got A Friend” (#8 R&B/#29 pop) and “Where Is The Love” (#1 R&B/#5 pop) from the bestselling LP Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, plus the immortal “The Closer I Get To You” (#1 R&B/#2 pop) from Blue Lights In the Basement. And in 1980, a year after Hathaway’s death, they returned to the charts again with “You Are My Heaven” (#8 R&B/#47 pop) and “Back Together Again” (#18 R&B/#56 pop), two tracks from Roberta

Track Listing

Disc One: The Life and Music of Donny Hathaway
1. “I Thank You Baby” – June & Donnie
2. “Just Another Reason” – Donny Hathaway & June Conquest
3. “The Ghetto – Part 1”
4. “The Ghetto – Part 2”
5. “Thank You Master (For My Soul)” – Promo Edit
6. “Voice Inside (Everything Is Everything)”
7. “Tryin’ Times”
8. “To Be Young, Gifted And Black”
9. “I Believe To My Soul”
10. “This Christmas”
11. “A Song For You”
12. “Magnificent Sanctuary Band”
13. “Giving Up”
14. “Come Back Charleston Blue” – Donny Hathaway With Margie Joseph
15. “Little Ghetto Boy” – Studio Version
16. “Valdez In The Country”
17. “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
18. “Lord Help Me”
19. “Come Little Children”
20. “Love, Love, Love”
21. “Someday We’ll All Be Free”
22. “You Were Meant For Me”

Disc Two: Unreleased Studio Recordings
1. “Never My Love” *
2. “A Lot Of Soul” *
3. “Let’s Groove” *
4. “Latin Time” *
5. “Tally Rand” *
6. “Memory Of Our Love” *
7. “Sunshine And Showers” *
8. “After The Dance Is Done” *
9. “Don’t Turn Away” *
10. “Always The Same” *
11. “Brown Eyed Lady” (Instrumental) *
12. “The Sands Of Time” *
13. “Zyxygy Concerto” *

Disc Three: Live at The Bitter End 1971
1. “What’s Going On” *
2. “Sack Full Of Dreams” *
3. “Little Ghetto Boy” *
4. “You’ve Got A Friend” *
5. “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)” *
6. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” *
7. “Jealous Guy” *
8. “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” *
9. “Hey Girl” *
10. “The Ghetto” *

Disc Four: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway Duets
1. “I (Who Have Nothing)”
2. “You’ve Got A Friend”
3. “Baby I Love You”
4. “Be Real Black For Me”
5. “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”
6. “For All We Know”
7. “Where Is The Love”
8. “When Love Has Grown”
9. “Come Ye Disconsolate”
10. “Mood”
11. “The Closer I Get To You”
12. “You Are My Heaven”
13. “Back Together Again”

* Previously Unreleased