2013/02/21

Lady / Lady / Truth & Soul

Truth & Soulよりデビューする二人組レディ・ソウル。既にジャイルズ・ピーターソンのミックスなどに取り上げられて人気過熱中。初のフル・アルバムです。3月初旬に入荷予定

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 Lady/Lady/Truth&Soul/TS021LP

 

All you have to do is listen to Lady once, and you’ll remember—in
case you forgot—why they call it soul music. The honesty, the
aching sweetness, the raw power of these singers and their songs
will remind you that nothing can move you as much, or touch you
as deeply, as two women with amazing voices singing in tight
harmony.

Lady is the new collaborative project by Terri Walker and Nicole
Wray. This unexpected transatlantic pairing was born out of a
shared love of soul music and the resulting album – also entitled
Lady – is a modern day interpretation of the classic sounds
pioneered by labels such as Stax, Atlantic, and Motown.

Lady unites the mellowness and pop flair of 60s soul with the
driving beat of hip-hop, and the silky rhythms of modern R&B.
These two powerful voices harmonize to create a fresh sound that
tells the stories of growing up and never giving up, of love and
friendship, of yearning and losing, bad girls and good hearts.

The lead single Money offers an overdue female perspective on
the gold digger dynamic and has been accumulating plays and
plaudits since emerging online. Other highlights include the self-
assured strut of Get Ready, the dramatic, piano-driven Karma,
Walker and Wray’s tender tribute to their mothers in Sweet Lady
and the heart-racing raunch of Good Lovin’. Lady’s vocals switch
smoothly from solos to seamless harmonies and are underpinned
throughout by Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman’s luscious production.
Better know as Truth & Soul, Michels & Silverman write, produce
and run a Brooklyn-based studio and label with a growing reputation.
The multi-talented duo’s credits include writing for Adele, production
for Lee Fields & The Expressions and both writing and production on
Aloe Blacc’s Good Things album and its worldwide hit single,
I Need A Dollar.

Lady is an authentic original, drawing from the past to infuse the
present with new power. Prepare to take your hat off to Lady. Get
ready to fall in love. There has never been, there will never be,
anything else like it.

Apple & The Three Oranges / Free And Easy / Now Again

Now Againからのリイシュー新作。LAのインディ・ソウルです。ファンク、スウィート共にインディらしいいなたさ全開で良し。こちらで少し聴けます。3月初旬に入荷予定。

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Apple & The Three Oranges / Free And Easy / Now Again NA5093 2LP

Apple and the Three Oranges

Free and Easy – The Complete Works

Edward “Apple” Nelson is best known for the small clutch of 45s he released under the Apple and The Three Oranges name on local Los Angeles labels in the 1970s. A funk (cult) hero whose name is often mentioned in the same breath as one-time label mate Arthur Monday, Nelson’s groove never made sense from a geographical standpoint. His syncopation defied Los Angeles’s steady rhythmic pulse and sounded closer to Earl Palmer’s famous “swamp beat,” which was a direct result of that session drummer’s New Orleans roots.

That’s because Nelson, recently discovered living in Lancaster, California, hails from the same city as Palmer. In 1960, Nelson left his mother and grandmother, piled his belongings into a “raggedy little Pontiac” and headed west. Living with an aunt on Los Angeles’s west side, he joined blues bands helmed by Johnny Morrisette and Johnny “Guitar” Watson and his reputation spread: by the late ’60s, he had recorded and released music with Watson and Etta James, had toured with The Whispers and Johnny Taylor and, if Nelson’s claims are to be believed, laid the rhythmic foundation for Dyke and The Blazers’ “Let A Woman Be A Woman” when Arlester “Dyke” Christian visited him in his Watts home.

Nelson first found credit as “Apple” on a Marie Franklin single released on disc jockey Douglas Moore’s Stage Music imprint. He would engage Moore to issue “Free And Easy,” the first record released as Apple and The Three Oranges. This rapid development from road hog to recording artist inspired him to found Sagittarius Records, named after his zodiac sign.

His run with Sagittarius contains six unimpeachable soul and funk numbers released under the Apple and The Three Oranges banner and one issued under his own name, Ed. (sic) Nelson. These songs, and his prior recordings, are ripe for a historical reappraisal. Monday’s manic rant relegated “What Goes Around Comes Around” to the funk freak show, but Nelson’s introductory 12 bars contain some of the most unique funk drumming ever cut to lacquer. The low fidelity of every Apple and The Three Oranges single was never a problem for the low-riding Eastside Angelenos, who lionized tracks such as “True Love Will Never Die,” but their muddy quality cast Nelson outside of the canon in which troubled soul singers like Bobby Womack have held court for decades. Nelson’s master tapes — lost in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina — will never surface to right this wrong. And the records themselves are rare: the “Love Brings Out The Best Of You,” “Curse Upon The World” and “I’ll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)” singles are amongst the most sought after and expensive Los Angeles soul and funk records to ever list at auction.

Thus, we are privileged to present Nelson’s complete works in our Free and Easy anthology. Nearly forty years after he gave up on his recording career, we’re left with little more than Nelson’s explosive music and his straight-shooting stories of his life’s arc. The fact he can’t explain his life’s contradictions are what makes the extensive interview contained in Free and Easy’s book a compelling read. Whether it’s his first hand experience with the great New Orleans drummers who laid the foundations of funk, or his relating the oft-told, and always sad, tale of lust supplanting love, Nelson offers confounding words to complement his all too beautiful soul and funk music.