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Rance Allen Group + Ursula Ricks - New Jai Alai Label (Soul 4 Real Records)


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Rance Allen Group + Ursula Ricks - New Jai Alai Label (Soul 4 Real Records) magazine cover

๐—๐—”๐—œ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ, ๐—” ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ช ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—–๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—— ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—•๐—˜๐—Ÿ

PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF ๐—๐—”๐—œ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ, A NEW LABEL SUBSIDIARY OF SOUL 4 REAL RECORDS AND ITS FIRST TWO REFERENCES BY THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP AND URSULA RICKS

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ก ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ (๐—๐—”๐—ฅ01)

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฒ / ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ช๐—ถ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

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After hearing them win a local Detroit gospel talent competition it was no surprise veteran promotions man Dave Clark took brothers Rance, Steve and Tom to Stax Records and they were signed to the subsidiary label Gospel Truth.

The Rance Allen Group were clearly no ordinary talent; "Thereโ€™s Gonna Be A Showdown", the first track on their first album Truth Is Where Its At (1972), revealed in the opening minute the extraordinary lead vocal gymnastics of Rance, effortlessly swooping from delicate falsetto to gritty bass and back to a powerful falsetto. A new gospel sound was born.

Unfortunately, after four albums Stax folded. They made one album for Capitol (released under two different titles) a couple each for the re-started Stax, Myrrh and Bellmark, but without much commercial success, although their reputation continued to build.

In 2002 they signed with Tyscot Records and released "All The Way", a fabulous (CD only) album from which these two tracks are taken. The sound of contemporary gospel music had changed forever, and their blend of soul and jazz flavoured gospel appealed to traditionalists as well as those in the secular field, and performing at the Apollo Theater plus TV appearances on Arsenio Hall and Bobby Jones Gospel Shows brought this new gospel sound straight to the R&B masses.

"Stay With Me" has remained in high demand on the modern soul scene and is now available on 7โ€ vinyl for the first time and is a fitting first release for Soul4Realโ€™s new subsidiary label Jai Alai (pronounced Hi-Uh-Li) so donโ€™t miss out on owning this limited edition collectorโ€™s piece.

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐˜€

(๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ, ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ)

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๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—” ๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—–๐—ž๐—ฆ (๐—๐—”๐—ฅ02)

๐—ฆ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ / ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฒ

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Having spent half a lifetime reviewing and playing new soul music I still get excited about the prospect of finding new artists. In this day and age, the internet has replaced the good hard graft of getting out there and doing the digging, but the end result is no less gratifying. Our beloved specialist record shops may have become virtual (or disappeared altogether) but social media has increased oneโ€™s exposure to our music.

So, how is it then that a music junkie like me could have completely missed "My Street" (Severn Records), the 2013 CD-only debut release by Baltimore-based soul/blues singer Ursula Ricks? Luckily, the guys at Jai Alai most certainly did not, and their new imprint will concentrate to on releasing 21st century gems like this on to 7โ€ vinyl.

Even if you have the original album, you will still want this wonderful remix of "Sweet Tenderness". Severnโ€™s boss, David Earl, has done an amazing remix that aims directly at the European soul sceneโ€™s dance floors. What you get is a string-laden stepper with the most sublime, almost unique, vocals and an instant recommendation from yours truly. On the flip is "Make Me Blue", the other real winner from the album, making this a contender for the classiest 7โ€ release that you will buy this year.

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐˜€

(๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ, ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ)

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Remastering by Jorge Muรฑoz-Cobo (Circo Perrotti). Label design by Jordi Durรณ.

๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช for 1st November 2021

13 euros + postage as it follows:

1 to 5 copies: 6,80 euros UK & Europe

1 to 5 copies: 2,50 euros Spain

1 to 5 copies: 10,45 euros USA & rest of the world

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฌ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—Ÿ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ & ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜†:

soul4realrecordlabel@gmail.com

Check previous releases: www.soul4real.es

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