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True Souls. Introducing North Broad St. Records

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True Souls. Introducing North Broad St. Records

OK folks, be sure to look out for some fantastic upcoming soul releases from the new Scotland-based North Broad St Records, launched this month. Project manager Colin Law and director John Buckley are familiar names on the soul scene. The aim of the label is to present an extensive catalogue of previously unreleased material, sourced from acetates and master-tape, alongside very selective reissues of rare or hard to find 45s from the soul arena. Let's be clear, there are strictly no pigeon-holing or restrictions on sub-genres here, just damn fine soul music. Whether deep, modern, sweet, northern, crossover, dancers or ballads are...

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Mocha and Cream. The Story of Global Records - E. Mark Windle.

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Mocha and Cream. The Story of Global Records - E. Mark Windle.

The passing of Edwin James Balbier a couple of years ago went virtually unnoticed in UK northern scene circles: indeed few outside of the industry will recall his name. Yet, this individual would be the unwitting driving force behind one of the most popular soul re-issue (if brief) label imprints of the 1970s, even if it was the company’s younger soul music enthusiast employees who shaped the nature of the label arm of the operation. Balbier’s initial interests did not lie in soul music, but more generally in the oldies market. Born in 1930, the Philadelphian had an early career...

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The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story (April 2019 book update) - E. Mark Windle.

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The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story (April 2019 book update) - E. Mark Windle.

It's a bit of a tradition these days for me to provide progress reports of writing projects at particular milestones, partly to inform of course but also for personal reflection on the process and to praise contributing individuals who help 'make it happen'. So then, here we have the Spring update now that The Tempests book is nearly complete. On the whole, the majority of the book is there and the main text has now been proof read. Still-to-dos include some final image copyright permissions and heaps of boring stuff (indexing, pagination etc). The manuscript will be heading to the...

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Sir Ted Ford - Right Now / I Can't Give You Up (Diggin' Deep Records) PRESS RELEASE

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Sir Ted Ford - Right Now / I Can't Give You Up (Diggin' Deep Records) PRESS RELEASE

NEWS - The boys at Diggin' Deep Records are now taking pre-orders their latest release, including an unissued southern soul recording by Sir Ted Ford. Sean Hampsey reveals all: "....The latest 45 is an astounding double-sider that Diggin’ Deep are extremely proud to be able to bring to you. Two slabs of pure southern soul from Muscle Shoals! Both are classic ‘Muscle Shoals’ tracks, emanating from the legendary FAME studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This latest release came about via a chance conversation with the world’s leading soul music dealer, John Manship, where we learned that Sir Ted Ford had previously...

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MD Records - Fun and Funk Family (previously unreleased 7" vinyl).

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MD Records - Fun and Funk Family (previously unreleased 7" vinyl).

As regular site visitors will be aware, we don’t only present reviews, biographies and other aspects of a literary nature. A Nickel And A Nail is also keen to support other hardworking independent enterprises in the soul music world who provide worthwhile contributions to the scene through vinyl, CD and digital releases; keeping soul music history alive with previously unissued and quality reissued releases. To that effect, this month sees a great second 7” vinyl release by the Fun & Funk Family, via up and coming MD Records. Label owners Mark Anderson and Des Parker fill us in on the...

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