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 your thing, NBSR have already secured enough material to keep busy for the next couple of years, and the label is committed to the search for yet more elusive and exclusive product. Colin and John are keen to stress that that the artists, producers and writers will be recognised, respected and looked after. And for the customer, all releases will of course be subject to the highest quality remastering.
Exciting times indeed then. To kick off, pre-orders are already being taken for the inaugural release by Ike Perry and the Lyrics. Isaac "Ike" Perry first started out with the Five Lyrics, a doo-wop group who first recorded for the Berkeley, California label Music City. They then appeared on Mama (Isaac’s own Cleveland-based imprint). As Ike Perry and The Lyrics, the boys played the circuit well into the the next decade, appearing on various New York and Dallas labels while performing on the road,
So, for NBS001BL, North Broad Street Records present Ike's return to the studio in Cleveland in the early 1970s, when he recorded four sensational tracks which were originally conceived in the previous decade. "God must have sent you to me" is a sure-fire crossover dance floor winner, backed with the sweet soul sound of "I am just a man" showcasing the close harmonies of The Lyrics backing up Ike. A taster and pre-order details for the August 2020 release can be found at https://www.northbroadst.co.uk
Wishing the boys all the best in their new venture!
Mark Windle, July 2020.