Four superb 45s have just landed on the new release desk from Kent.
All the details and previews follow below
Chink A Chank Baby B/W That's What Love Is - September Jones - The Pied Piper Players (Pied Piper)
The final September Jones track to be discovered from her amazing eight-song Pied Piper sessions is ‘Chink A Chank Baby’ – the original Detroit recording of a backing track that Doni Burdick recorded over years later as ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’. Burdick’s version went big in some rare soul venues when found in the 90s but is a shadow of September’s exhilarating outing. The flip is the backing track of the Hesitations’ ‘That’s What Love Is’, a stormer of a record the music of which was re-used for Eddie Parker’s ‘I’m Gone’ a couple of years later.
Don't It Make You Feel Funky B/W I Gotta Be Free - Joe Hicks
At last there is a legal re-release of Joe Hick’s all-time Northern classic ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Funky’ – a record oozing adrenalin and sounding magnificent from the original master tape. We’ve used the rare and collectable AGC label flip, ‘I Gotta Be Free’, to make the 45 too tough to refuse.
Given My Life B/W A Frown On My Face - Mighty Whites / Jacqueline Jones - Kent Select
The Mighty Whites’ ‘Given My Life’ is the Modern Soul hit of the last 18 months. It’s popular on the European rare soul circuit through spins by Dave Thorley, aka @Dave Thorley on the funkier end thanks to DJ Dean Rudland aka @Dean Rudland, and is a 100 Club classic in the making. The later disco version by Brotherhood comes nowhere near the quality of this earlier soulful take. It is coupled here with Jacqueline Jones’ 1974 Loadstone crossover classic ‘A Frown On My Face’ – a record that gets harder to find and more expensive by the month.
Just Say A Four Letter Word B/W She's My Real Sweet Woman - California Playboys
The California Playboys’ 1976 Loadstone LP has been changing hands for three-figure sums for decades. Here are the top two dance tracks that put it into that price bracket. Both are favourites of Modern Soul fans, and to have them on a handy 7-inch disc with a suitable 45 edit will make them irresistible.
All out and about now and available for purchase via all the usual suspects including the Ace records home https://acerecords.co.uk/