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  1. News/Article/Feature Highlight: MD Records and Blue Lotus Recording Studio present Roland Johnson – Set Your Mind Free Just who is Roland Johnson! View full article
  2. MD Records and Blue Lotus Recording Studio present Roland Johnson – Set Your Mind Free Just who is Roland Johnson! If you have not come across Roland before then be prepared to hear Soul music at its very best. Roland lives in St Louis, Missouri and up until the age of 68 had been plying his trade in front of live audiences and on a couple of releases. Most of the songs were adaptations of standards and other writers’ songs but expressed in such a way that you could hear Roland’s life experience shining through. Roland’s first album, “Imagine This” was released by Blue Lotus Recording studio in 2016. This album was a deliberate move into mainly self-written songs and marked the desire by Roland to break out to wider audiences, gaining even more success than that shown by his live performances appreciated by all on the St Louis and Beale street Blues and Soul Scene. Often compared to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, which you can hear the influence, but Roland Johnson is a singer destined to come out of the shadows. The success and increased interest in Roland’s first album bright about more interviews with the Missouri press and News, with interviews and award nominations celebrating his highly successful blend of heartfelt Southern Soul with a classic vintage delivery in a new way. In the UK Brian Goucher of Vibe UK picked up on the album and reviewed it excellently. Come 2019 and Roland set out, with fellow musicians and producers Paul Niehaus IV and Kevin Connor amongst others, to create a 10 track album follow up to “Imagine This”. The aim, to drive forward in search of redefining, St Louis Soul reaching far beyond the boundaries of the Gateway Arch and firmly putting the great city in the limelight for its musical talent. When you listen to both albums you can hear how far Roland, with the support of the band – there’s no MIDI here its real music and soul through and through, has developed the sound and brand of music. The title track “Set your mind free” just jumps out of the speakers and drags you into the story. This is a dance floor winner in all counts, the rolling drums and superb brass work underpinned by that driving strings section. Fabulous production overlay Roland’s gravely soulful delivery with the backing group piercing the song with a sweet punctuation. The Southern guitar lines remind you of the fact this is Soul tinged with the South and all the pain and heartache life can deliver. Its message clearly that you can rise above the day to day world and achieve whatever you want, just Set your mind free. Flip it over and just let “Now your gone” wash over you. The fabulous production, the arrangement with Roland just letting his heart pour out the pain of loss. If this doesn’t pull a heart string then you need to get checked out! The album was picked up in the UK by DJs such as Cliff Steele, who following a visit to St Louis, started including the title track in his playlists, Andy Bellwood who was playing it on his radio shows and Brian Goucher to name but a few. The track lists on both albums really cover pretty much most genres from the properly deep through the sweet soul ballads to the feelgood winners all just laden with brass and strings. Roland recorded both albums at the Blue Lotus Recording Studio in St Louis, set up, owned and run by Paul Niehaus IV – the studio was wet up in 2016 and is a traditional grass roots affair, self-funded by Paul who is himself a multi-talented musician, songwriter and producer. Kevin Connor, also a talented musician and producer, who is part of the studio and can be heard on the albums, along with a host of other musicians and singers. Blue Lotus has an ethos of community to it that comes through in its musical output. The Studio is heavily entwined in the St Louis music scene, having produced 5 of the St Louis Blues Society compilation albums and having received 3 nominations for the Blues Blast Music Awards run by Blues Blast Magazine out of Chicago. Blue Lotus had been looking into breaking more into the European market to gain more fans for not only Roland’s music but also some of the other award nominated singer/songwriters that form part of the collective at the studio. Following discussion contracts were agreed with MD Records Group in the UK, this is the label that has been releasing tracks that have not been available on vinyl 45s previously. This is the first in a series of planned releases on the label. Cheers Mark n Des https://www.mdrecords.co.uk/product-category/new-releases/
  3. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! SOME CHEAP 70's/80'S & CROSSOVER!!! Brainstorm - Wake Up And Be Somebody - Tabu £6 CLASSIC!!!! Wake Up And Be Somebody B.MP3 Robbie Dupree - Nobody Else - Elektra £6 NICE COPY - RECOMMENDED!!!!!!! Nobody Else RD.MP3 Three Karats - Yes I Will - Delray £6 GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! Yes I Will TK.MP3 Sidney Joe Quails - How Can You Say Goodbye - Dakar £8 NICE COPY - ESSENTIAL!!!!!!! How Can You Say Goodbye SJQ.MP3 Paid Attendance - Be A Believer In Giant Fever - Homerun £6 Worth checking out!! Be A Believer In Giant Fever TPA.MP3 Made In U.S.A. - Melodies - Delite £6 Classic! Melodies MIU.MP3 Thanks for looking Des
  4. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! SOME 60'S SOUL AND NORTHERN STUFF!! Junior Wells - You're Tuff Enough - Blue Rock £8 "Drill hole" otherwise nice copy - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!! Youre Tuff Enough JW.MP3 Tommy Hunt - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself - Scepter £8 Small bit of black marker on label, otherwise nice copy - CLASSIC!! I Just Dont Know What To Do With Myself TH.MP3 Guys And Dolls - Could This Be Love - Karol £6 Light wear - Good Chicago Soul!! Could This Be Love GAD.MP3 Sonny Stitt - The Double O Soul Of - Wingate £8 Light wear - Great version!! The Double 0 Soul Of SS.MP3 O'Jays - I'm So Glad I Found You - Bell £8 SOLD Wear to label and vinyl with a small edge chip on the flip - Plays ok with a tiny bit of background noise - CLASSIC!! Millie Mclaine - He's Got What It Takes - All State £8 These were pressed about 10 or so years ago, previously unissued, Philly gem, totally legal and done with Millie's blessing. Only a few hundred were pressed, so this is a LIMITED issue!!!! The sound mastering could of been better, but overall a lovely, lovely track!!!!!!!! Hes Got What It Takes MM.MP3 The Village Soul Choir - The Cat Walk - Abbott £6 Paced Soul with the slightest hint of Funk - Worth checking out!!! The Cat Walk TVSC.MP3 O' Kaysions - Girl Watcher - ABC £6 Light wear - CLASSIC!! Girl Watcher O.MP3 Thanks for looking Des Thanks for looking and listening Des
  5. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! SOME EARLY SOUL/R & B STUFF!! Tom Storm & Peps - That's The Way Love Is - Ge Ge £20 SOLD Superficial wear to vinyl, with the tiniest of edge chips, almost not worth mentioning - Disc plays fine - Good and rare Detroit!!!! Larry & Hippies - Gimme Some Of Yours - Toddlin' Town £8 SOLD Great Sax driven R & B instrumental!! Gearlene Duckett - Please Don't Make Me Cry - Carrie £18 SOLD Nice copy of this nice, paced slab of Detroit!! Little Eddie - There'll Be A Day - Big Beat £6 Worth checking out!!! Therell Be A Day LE.MP3 Lee Rogers - I Want You To Have Everything - D Town £10 Superficial wear with some writing on the label - Plays fine - GREAT!! Terri Day - I'm So Glad - D Town £40 Rare Detroit Northern in EXCELLENT condition!! Im So Glad TD.MP3 Little Eddie - I Don't Want Nobody - Big Beat £6 Black marker on distributor's address, otherwise nice copy - Worth checking out!!! I Dont Want Nobody LE.MP3 Little Milton - Just A Little Bit - Checker (PROMO) £8 Nice copy - EXCELLENT version!!! Just A Little Bit LM.MP3 Thanks for looking Des Thanks for looking and listening Des I Want You To Have Everything LR.MP3
  6. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! SOME CHEAP FUNKY STUFF Barrabas - Woman - RCA £10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Woman B.MP3 Johnny Griffith - Do It - Triple B £5 Light wear to vinyl with a tight 1cm edge crack - Plays fine - CLASSIC!!!! Do It JG.MP3 Jackie Wilson - Helpless - MCA (U.K.) £10 Label damage on flip, light wear and small sticker stain on this side - FANTASTIC!!! Helpless JW.MP3 J.J. Williams - Gonna Have A Murder On Your Hands - Capitol £8 "Drill hole" otherwise disc in nice shape - Worth checking out!! Gonna Have A Murder On Your Hands JJW.MP3 Jeanette Williams - Hound Dog - Action (U.K.) £10 Light wear - Great version!! Hound Dog JW.MP3 Gene Faith - Call The F.B.I. - Power Exchange (U.K. PROMO) £12 Light wear to disc - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED tune!!! Call The FBI GF.MP3 Mary Holmes - Soul Brother - Nassau (PROMO) £20 Some superficial wear to vinyl - Loads of gloss - Plays fine - FANTASTIC!! Soul Brother MH.MP3 Greg Heilig - WIth Your Love - Pentagon £15 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Philly Funky Soul in EXCELLENT condition!! With Your Love GH.MP3 Thanks for looking and listening Des
  7. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason SOME CHEAP 70's/80'S!!! Bobby Earl Williams - That's The Way She Is - IX Chains £8 Nice copy - CLASS!!!! Thats The Way She Is BEW.MP3 The Rance Allen Group - Ain't No Need Of Crying - Truth £8 Light wear - GREAT!!!!!! Aint No Need Of Crying RAG.MP3 Lou Courtney - What Do You Want Me To Do - Rags £8 Disc in nice shape - Worth checking out!! What Do You Want Me To Do LC.MP3 Street People - Re Run - Vigor £8 Nice copy - Another great tune from these guys!! Re Run SP.MP3 Tierra - Together - ASI £10 Light, superficial scuffs - Classy tune!!! Together T.MP3 Play It Safe - This Love Is Real - Que £10 GREAT 80's - Worth checking out!! This Love Is Real PIS.MP3 Angela Shaw - I'm Falling In Love With You Tonight - Kapri £8 Great tune in EXCELLENT condition!! Im Falling In Love With You Tonight AS.MP3 Saint Tropez - Fill My Life With Love - Butterfly £8 Light scuffs to vinyl - Plays fine with some light crackle - GREAT!!!! Fill My Life With Love ST.MP3 Atlantic Starr - Circles - A & M £6 Bit of biro on label, otherwise nice copy - CLASSIC!! Circles AS.MP3 Crystal Image - Gonna Have A Good Time - IX Chains £10 Nice copy - GREAT!!!! Gonna Have A Good Time CI.MP3 Thanks for looking and listening Des
  8. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason!! SOME RECOMMENDED NORTHERN!! Gino Washington - Like My Baby INSTRUMENTAL - Do Re £20 Wear to label and vinyl - Plays ok with a little crackle and pop - Great INSTRUMENTAL! Like My Baby GW.MP3 Sue & Mel - We Started This Thing Together - Star Track £50 Light wear - GREAT!! We Started This Thing Together SAM.MP3 Al Kent - Country Boy - Wingate £8 Lovely copy - Raw and brilliant Detroit!!!! Country Boy AK.MP3 Skip & Ernest - Sweet Darlin' - Bunky £8 Light wear - GREAT!! Sweet Darlin SAE.MP3 Andre Williams - Loose Juice/Sweet Little Pussycat - Wingate (WHITE PROMO) £12 Light superficial scuffs - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - GREAT!!!!!!!!! Loose Juice AW.MP3 Sweet Little Pussycat AW.MP3 Spaniels - Stand In Line - North American £10 FANTASTIC paced Philly Northern in EXCELLENT condition Stand In Line S.MP3 McKinley Mitchell - My Sweet Baby - One Derful £8 Previously unissued My Sweet Baby MM.MP3 Bobby Hebb - Love Love Love - Philips (U.K.) £28 CLASSIC Northern on original U.K. label in EXCELLENT condition!! Love Love Love BH.MP3 Sonny Stitt - The Double O Soul Of - Wingate £8 Light wear - Great version!! The Double 0 Soul Of SS.MP3 Joanne Touchstone - Walk Softly - Sound Stage 7 (WHITE PROMO) £20 Light wear - CLASSIC!! Walk Softly JT.MP3 Thanks for looking and listening Des
  9. As told to me by Ronnie Walker - When the Agents recorded “Trouble” when they were supposed to sing “ever since” they sang “every since” and couldn’t get the line right, even on the finished recording!!
  10. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason SOME CHEAP NORTHERN!!! Lee Lamont - I'll Take Love - Backbeat £15 Nice copy - RECOMMENDED!!!! Ill Take Love LL.MP3 Buddy Lamp - I Wanna Go Home/Confusion - Wheelsville £20 SOLD Nice copy - Good double sider!!!! Robert Winters - Soul Motivation - Rons £15 NICE COPY - FANTASTIC!!!!!!! Soul Motivation RW.MP3 Mary Wells - I'm Learnin' - 20th Century £10 Light wear - Plays fine - Great Northern! Im Learnin MW.MP3 Tempos - Don't Leave Me - Riley's £15 SOLD Two crosses on label and light wear - Another great tune from these guys!!!!!!!! Ben E. King - Forgive This Fool - Atco £10 "Drill hole" otherwise nice copy - CLASS!!!! Forgive This Fool BEK.MP3 Hines, Hines & Dad - When It's All Over - Kapp (WHITE PROMO) £10 Light wear - Recommended! When Its All Over HHAD.MP3 Daniels - Big City - Lantam £10 Nice copy - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Big City D.MP3 Pat Lewis - Look At What I Almost Missed - Solid Hit £25 Classic Detroit Northern in EXCELLENT condition - GREAT!! Look At What I Almost Missed PL.MP3 Otis Clay - Show Place - One Derful £10 NICE COPY - ESSENTIAL!!!!!!! Show Place OC.MP3 Thanks for looking Des
  11. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason SOME CHEAP 70's/80'S!!! Brainstorm - Wake Up And Be Somebody - Tabu £8 CLASSIC!!!! Wake Up And Be Somebody B.MP3 Teddy Pendergrass - I Don't Love You Anymore - P.I.R. £8 Lovely copy - FABULOUS!! I Dont Love You Anymore TP.MP3 Truth - Coming Home - Devaki £8 GREAT!!!!!!!! Coming Home T.MP3 Angela Shaw - I'm Falling In Love With You Tonight - Kapri £10 Great tune in EXCELLENT condition!! Im Falling In Love With You Tonight AS.MP3 Street People - Re Run - Vigor £8 Nice copy - Another great tune from these guys!! Re Run SP.MP3 Jerry Butler - Cooling Out - P.I.R. (U.K. PROMO) £10 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 70's winner in EXCELLENT condition!! Cooling Out JB.MP3 Melba Moore - The Way You Make Me Feel - Buddah £8 Nice copy - RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!! The Way You Make Me Feel MM.MP3 Atlantic Starr - Circles - A & M £8 Bit of biro on label, otherwise nice copy - CLASSIC!! Circles AS.MP3 Thanks for looking and listening Des
  12. Postage £2.50 to the U.K. (recorded), £3.50 to Europe, £4.50 to anywhere else, regardless of the size of package. (Your second and third record etc incurs NO postage charge!!!!!) I offer a full money back guarantee (including postage) if not happy for ANY reason SOME CHEAP CROSSOVER!!! Billy Cole - Extra Careful - Power Exchange (U.K.) £15 "Sticker" on label otherwise nice copy - CLASS!!!!!!!!! Extra Careful BC.MP3 Boz Scaggs - Lowdown - Columbia £8 Well worth checking out!! Lowdown BS.MP3 Carolyn Carl - Spend My Whole Life - Ampex £10 Tiny spot of "white paint/tippex" at the start that causes a tiny "click" (easily removable?) Otherwise lovely copy of a lovely tune!!!! Spend My Whole Life CC.MP3 Sidney Joe Quails - How Can You Say Goodbye - Dakar £8 NICE COPY - ESSENTIAL!!!!!!! How Can You Say Goodbye SJQ.MP3 Dustin Wilson - Have Some Sympathy - Judus £10 Original copy in EXCELLENT condition - CLASSIC!! Have Some Sympathy DW.MP3 Don Downing - Dream World - Scepter £8 NICE COPY - ESSENTIAL!!!!!!! Dream World DD.MP3 Barrino Brothers - I Shall Not Be Moved - Invictus £10 Small bit of writing on label and light wear - Worth checking out!! I Shall Not Be Moved BB.MP3 Bobby Wade - I'm In Love With You - Way Out £20 Nice copy - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Im In Love With You BW.MP3 Thanks for looking and listening Des

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