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New Soul4Real Compilation Lp - Win Or Lose

New Soul4Real Compilation Lp  - Win Or Lose magazine cover

Welcome to Soul4Real’s second album, a collection of originally unreleased tracks which feature a whole host of soul royalty.

First off are two songs from the inimitable Bobby Bland, both of which hail from his prolific period at Duke Records.

Sandwiched between two stunning Chicago tracks by Etta James is the later “I Never Meant To Love Him”, taken from a Philly session she recorded with Bobby Martin.

Fontella Bass brings this side to a close with a mysterious Chicago recording of which, to this day, hardly anything is known.

Side two transports us to Detroit, when Motown was at the peak of its output. 1966 was not a good year to secure the approval of quality control, as proven in the rejection of this wonderful Velvelettes´ version of “Your Heart Belongs To Me”.

It was in that same year that Ashford and Simpson arrived at Hitsville as both singers and songwriters. Their “Love Woke Me Up This Morning” was recorded by Brenda Holloway and produced by Norman Whitfield. Despite being overlooked at the time, its appeal was undeniable, and it later resurfaced on albums by Marvin & Tammi, Valerie Simpson, and the Temptations.

As an integral member of the Motown family for over 14 years, it is surprising that to date only three songs recorded by Johnny Bristol have surfaced. In collaboration with ‘Mickey’ Stevenson “Tell Me How To Forget A True Love” was completed in May 1964.

“One Lucky Day I Found You” was inexplicably not included in the ‘David’ project. Ruffin´s later work with Van McCoy is also featured on this album.

From almost the start of his career, Marvin Gaye had endeavoured to project himself as a great balladeer, and nothing could illustrate this better than his rendition of “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So”, which brings this chapter to a perfect end.

(Chris Forrest)




BOBBY BLAND – FOR MEN ONLY Originally unissued Duke recording

BOBBY BLAND – THIS TIME I´LL BE TRUE Originally unissued Duke recording

ETTA JAMES – CAN´T SHAKE IT Originally unissued Argo recording

ETTA JAMES – I NEVER MEANT TO LOVE HIM Originally unissued Chess recording

ETTA JAMES – IT´S HERE FOR Originally unissued Cadet recording

FONTELLA BASS – JOY OF LOVE Originally unissued Chess recording

THE VELVELETTES – YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME Originally unissued Motown recording

BRENDA HOLLOWAY – LOVE WOKE ME UP THIS MORNING Originally unissued Motown recording

JOHNNY BRISTOL – TELL ME HOW TO FORGET A TRUE LOVE Originally unissued Motown recording

DAVID RUFFIN – ONE LUCKY DAY I FOUND YOU Originally unissued Motown recording

DAVID RUFFIN – YOU OUGHT TO KNOW ME Originally unissued Motown recording

MARVIN GAYE – I WISH I DIDN´T LOVE YOU SO Originally unissued Motown recording







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Another great selection of unreleased tracks from established acts. One can only assume that the current owners of the Motown/Chess back catalogue are too complacent to get these tracks out themselves. Well done Alex I'm sure this LP will sell out and thanks for giving us a chance to hear them. 

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After the album release Alex , sometime in the future would it be possible to release the Johnny Bristol on a 45 ? , Deserves one in its own right , superb tune 

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Ordered and very much looking forward to the arrival of this one. Congratulations to the team putting this together. Proof is in the needle-on-the-record pudding naturally, but it looks like a corker..

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Arrived this week and has been very much on repeat. Just wonderful. Well done Alex and all involved…thank you for time effort to make this available for us to soak up and treasure!

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