Kent Records have just released three new 45s.
One on the Kent Select/City series, one on the Kent Soul/Town series and one on the Kent Deep Soul sereis
Details and such of these three brand new releases follow below
All available via the usual online suspects including our own Source Store
Houston Outlaws - Ain't No Telling / It's No Fun Being Alone - Kent Soul 175
The Houston Outlaws ‘Ain’t No Telling’ is re-released due to the constant demand for this atmospheric dance track. It has been coupled with their in-demand harmony ballad ‘It’s No Fun Being Alone’
Connie Austin / Charles Spurling Ball Of Fire / You've Got Love On Top Of Love - Kent Select 084
‘Ball Of Fire’ is an exceptional song, first recorded by Connie Austin as a smouldering mid-tempo number on which she pours her heart out. It would be updated a year later by Marva Whitney who took it at a faster funkier pace. Charles Spurling remembers Connie as a good looking, fast-living girl who was murdered in Los Angeles soon after.
Spurling was a good singer himself and had five King releases between 1967 and 1969. The excellent ‘You’ve Got Love On Top Of Love’ failed to make it to wax until now. Kent found the tape in the King vaults and issued it on CD in 2001; now it is on a righteous single
Alpaca Phase III / Sam Dees - Paper Man / False Alarms - Kent Deep Soul 16
‘Paper Man’ is a major discovery for lovers of Sam Dees music and the Atlanta/Birmingham soul sound of the 70s. Written and recorded in that productive period, it has only just been found in the vault of Moonsong / Clintone recordings. Sam Dees worked with Alpaca Phase III for the Atlantic release ‘I Like To Party’ in 1974 and a Clintone release the following year. He co-wrote this ballad with Wes Lewis and Ken Walker from the group (he also composed ‘Someone To Run To with Wes Lewis and group member Berry Collins).
Dees is the vocalist on ‘False Alarms’, one of several brilliant Dees’ compositions first released on his “Second To None” Kent CD in 1995. With “so tied up” being such an important lyric in this song, it is conceivable that it is a forerunner of ‘So Tied Up’ which featured on his Atlantic LP at this time.
A pressing delay means that the much awaited Warren Raye & The Infernal Blues Machine 45 the next Kent Select release, has been put back to the end of this month (Febuary 2023)
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