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A great Sunday morning listen from Colemine Records via youtube, listen in full to the recently released Barbara Howards Colemine LP

Available in Vinyl, Cd, mp3 and Audio Cassette formats

Barbara Howard - On The Rise LP [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

Barbara Howard’s On The Rise is more than just another rare soul LP. It’s a love story. It’s a dream. It was an attempt to break through. And although Barbara certainly never became a star, one song did become a staple in rare soul and funk DJ sets, keeping interest in Barbara Howard just under the surface. And as fate would have it in 2016, a sealed copy of the LP would find its way into Plaid Room Records in Loveland, OH and kick start the revival of her story and her music. 

In 1968, as an outgrowth of a community movement and talent search program called “Operation Step-Up”, Steven Reece wanted to take his community movement to the next level. This is when the idea of founding an independent label came to mind. The idea was to self-produce quality records and through successful sales attempt to land major label distribution. Steve identified Barbara Howard as the talent and set to producing her record.

The idea was to produce an LP with a variety of tracks that could be marketed to a variety of radio formats and markets (gospel, pop, soul, jazz, etc.). And while the record fizzled shortly after its release, Steve and Barbara ended up getting married shortly afterwards making this possibly the most romantic production of a record is soul music history.

So via Colemine’s reissue imprint Remined Records, we are proud to present to you Barbara Howard’s On The Rise.



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1 Light My Fire
2 My Song
3 You’ve Made Me so Very Happy
4 I Need You
5 Welcome Home
6 Save Your Love for Me
7 Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)
8 The Man Above
9 It’s Not Unusual
10 For Once in My Life

10 Songs, 29 Minutes

Released: January 1, 1968


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It is so sad that Barbara Reece died December 24th 2018 just before the re-issue of her album, a great loss to all rare soul fans.

She married Steve Reece after they had recorded the LP

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