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    Mary Love

    23rd June 2013

    Mary Love Remembered

    I first came across Mary Love’s wonderful music as a teenager, dancing to ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’ and ‘Lay This Burden Down’ at “Old Soul” gatherings for lovers of the uptempo mid 60s soul sound (soon to be coined Northern Soul in the UK). As a record collector I had picked up other Modern label recordings like ‘Let Me Know’ and ‘Hey Stoney Face’ over the years and got to love her ballad ‘Baby I’ll Come’ too. In the late 70s my friend and eventual co-founder of the 6Ts Randy Cozens turned me on to ‘I’m In Your Hands’, the flip of ‘You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet’, that I had foolishly neglected for the excellence of the disc’s other side. With Randy’s championing of it that track became something of an anthem for the early 6Ts dances and when we switched to all-nighters it was adopted as an appropriately emotional and majestic ender to the night’s soul session.

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    Bob Lind Tour

    17th June 2013

    We're pleased to announce that Bob Lind will be returning to Europe for some very special gigs in August and September. See Bob's own site for full details: http://boblind.com/gigs/

     

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    Darondo

    13th June 2013

    Darondo 1946-2013

    William Daron Pulliam – better known as funk and soul icon Darondo – passed away from heart failure on Sunday June 9th.

    Born and bred in Berkeley, California, Darondo first played professionally at the age of 18 in the Witnesses, a blue-eyed soul troupe resident at East Bay teen club the Lucky 13 in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the early 1970s that the singer-guitarist hit his stride. He fashioned a unique blend of down-and-dirty funk and sweet soul, informed by Al Green, James Brown, the Dells and others, but always identifiable by his own special delivery, as he slid from gravelly baritone to wailing falsetto in the space of a measure. Being a musician was however just one facet of this gregarious, flamboyant individual, who made the scene in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area with snazzy threads and a tricked-out Rolls Royce Silver Cloud as his wheels.

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    Poretta Soul Festival 2013

    15th May 2013

    Midsummer is always a special month for European lovers of Southern Soul. For the past 25 years, in a small, friendly, picturesque ‘spa town’ in Northern Italy called Porretta Terme, Italian music promoter and Otis Redding obsessive Graziano Uliani has been curating and ‘creatively directing’ Porretta Soul, probably the longest running - and almost certainly the best – music festival of its kind anywhere in the world.

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    Country Joe Manufacturing Fault

    16th April 2013

    Apologies are in order folks. The first pressing of our Country Joe Electric Music reissue has a pressing fault (affecting track three on disc one - the mono disc). If you have one of the affected copies, just email your details to us at social (at) acerecords (dot) com and we will dispatch a corrected copy post-haste.

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