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Cannonball Records 8th Anniversary Special Release

Cannonball Records are excited to announce their 8th Anniversary Special.

Totally, completely, wholehartedly dedicated to LOVE.

“Share with me what I can see in your eyes. I love you and I’ll see my whole world turning”

CBLL040 Split Evolution

“Bedroom Eyes” b/w “Let Me Do”

7“/45 rpm LIMITED EDITION of 250 + 20 TPs

Out March '23

Preorder: https://cannonballsoul.com/cannonballrecords/

Written not to be a ballad neither to be a dancer “Bedroom Eyes” inevitably ended up being both, turning out to be what I consider the love song par excellence. It simply melts my heart. Soft basslines working brilliantly along a catchy drumming that anyone would likely mistake for an Enchantment groove. Man and Woman dueting like if they are actually laying in bed after a consuming day out and finding relief in each other’s presence. On the verses the man, desperate for love, makes questions to which the woman answers in the choruses with the hidden prayer to stay together forever. All with mutual background voices and brass crescendos and strings pizzicatos counterpointing each others to make it a beautiful yet rough arrangement. PURE SOUL LOVE HEAVEN. Here you go with the release notes from the very own roadtrip chronicles of the man who discovered this beauty, my brother Dave Thorley.


Heralding out of Chicago, Split Evolution Band were a successful group around the Metro area for approximately six years until their break up in the early 1980’s. During this time they released two 45’s, one as Split Evolution and a later 45 as Three Phases Of Evolution, both being released on Jump Street records. These two releases book ended the time the group were together. The earlier release is a raw driving funk track, the second coming close to the end of their time together, more sophisticated and a ballad. A third and final release was planned, recorded and mastered. This then went to the pressing plant and a number of ‘test pressings’ done.


But sadly before the full run was undertaken the project was cancelled and with time most were lost.

So the story of ‘Bedroom eyes’ began. On a record hunting trip in the early 2000’s Dave Thorley visited the ex-manager of the group and secured the remaining test pressing he had and brought it back to Europe, where over a number of years he played it on radio and at events around the continent. In time it became a firm dance floor favourite.

Even more recently Alberto Zanini, who was after this song since the very first time Dave played it to him many many moons ago, whilst on a visit to Berlin the two met at Dave’s home and secured a deal to release it for the 8th Anniversary of the glorious label Cannonball Records so the track could be exposed to an even wider audience.


Listen: Sample #1

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