Monday, January 28, 2013

VA - Soul Spectrum Records Vol. 1 (2012)

Soul Spectrum Records is a sub-label of Jazzman Records and is curated by Euan Fryer. Soul Spectrum Records are prolific in the area of releasing hard to find soulful dancefloor re-issues on 7-inch vinyl, and now they’re releasing their first compilation; Soul Spectrum Records Volume One. The compilation includes some rarities, including the ultra rare $8000 7” from Fluorescent Smogg, as well as a couple of fresh edits of old tunes, and a newer cut by Kings Go Forth to finish the release.
When it comes to making available once more lost, forgotten and overlooked soulful masterpieces, Jazzman Records’ expertise is considered second to none.
 It's all about finding the artists and reconnecting them andthe fans to their forgotten history. DJ Fryer has been researching this album of dancefloor soul from the late '70s and early '80s for the last four years, and Jazzman are finally able to present a double LP's worth of rare, obscure and GOOD dancefloor soul, rare boogie and soulful disco. To top it off, Ashley Beedle and Tom Noble offered up their remixing skills on a couple of tracks that just needed the extra tweak that linear editing prevented back in the day.
"The endless quest to discover lost interesting music from the past is something of a calling to many. Record collectors and DJs will go without food and spend all their wages to own a single piece of vinyl. Many will travel around the world to towns and cities you would never choose to visit. Happy spending nights in cheap hotels and days in musty old shops looking for that one lucky find, and it does happen, eventually, to all that make the effort. I make no claim to the discovery of any of these records contained here, but I nod my hat to those that did and will again in the future. I have let good as well as rare music be the narrative on this LP.
There are some records here that are relatively affordable and I encourage you to go out and find them on original 45s, and play them. Records should be heard, not archived - keep the wonderful culture of playing 45s and 12s alive." - DJ Fryer, December 2012

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