This Just In: Deep Shadows / Blue & Moody

We talk a lot about archival/reissue labels here on the Sweat blog, well, because they give us a lot to talk about. In the past few weeks, there have been a couple archival/reissue releases that I can’t stop listening to: Lula Reed – Blue & Moody (Sundazed) and Little Ann – Deep Shadows (Timmion). Both were elusive, powerhouse vocalists who had different routes to becoming coveted amongst record collectors. Reed had a couple minor hits in the late 50’s and recorded one album, which became highly sought after by R&B and Blues enthusiasts. Little Ann has a far more mysterious past, and her “possible” album of late 60’s underground Detroit Soul (produced by Dave Hamilton) was never even released. There are some 45s floating around, and her name’s cropped up on a few Hamilton-related compilations, but Deep Shadows is the first proper collection of those lost recordings. Check out more details and sound samples below, then come pick up both of these before they’re gone. Not into Soul, R&B and Blues? Then we can’t be friends. Just kidding… maybe. For all other tastes, we’ve got the new release, reissue and restock list below as well.

Little Ann – Deep Shadows LP:
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“You could be holding in your hands an album, which was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archive of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. The box of reels was marked simply ‘The Possible Little Ann Album’.

The story of discovering the tracks featured on this album, some of which touch vinyl for the first time, is an interesting meeting of American and British soul music culture. In 1988, two British soul enthusiasts were sitting in Hamiltons house listening through a stack of old reels. One track in particular caught their ear. In fact they were floored with the discovery of hearing Little Ann’s ‘What Should I Do’ blasting from the speakers. Even though it played slower, the song was familiar to them as the mysterious Rose Valentine fictitious cover up spin from Wigan Casino’s northern soul all nighters in the UK. The singers real identity had never been revealed, and the pair were amazed when Hamilton informed them that the voice belonged to Little Ann, an obscure artist who they knew had only one US release which was on the Ric Tic label.

Before Ann had entered the Ric Tic studios, she had been working on her material in a studio run by Darrell Goolsby and Dave Hamilton. Goolsby was a young singer and writer, who together with the more experienced Hamilton founded the Da Da Music Productions in the mid 60’s. In the Da Da studios Ann recorded all these album tracks, among them the original version of ‘Going Down A One Way Street’ included on this album as ‘I Got To Have You’. But as her one actual release didn’t go anywhere, the tapes remained unreleased in Hamiltons home…

Little Ann’s songs, are timeless masterpieces of soul music. That is why we here at Timmion Records thought that they belong together on an album like they were originally intended to be heard. Sometimes possibility takes time to be fulfilled.”

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Lula Reed – Blue & Moody LP:
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“An arresting, singular chanteuse, Lula Reed beat out 50 other contestants in an audition for Sonny Thompson’s band at the Toledo Auditorium. Following her victory, 22-year old Reed trekked down to Cincinnati with future husband Thompson to record for Sid Nathan’s King Records. These sessions yielded two Billboard Top Ten R&B singles, ‘Let’s Call It a Day’ (#7) and ‘I’ll Drown in My Tears’ (#5). These songs plus ten more smokin’ sides are collected on Blue and Moody (1958), Reed’s one and only solo album. Long out of print, this LP has become a holy grail for blues and R&B enthusiasts, who routinely pay princely sums for the few copies in circulation. Once again, it’s Sundazed to the rescue! Painstakingly mastered from the original analog session tapes and pressed at R.T.I., Sundazed presents this extremely rare LP on pristine 180-gram vinyl.”

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Other moods – new releases, reissues and restocks…
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy LP
Bad Brains – s/t LP
Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time LP
Beck – Morning Phase LP, CD
Bibio – The Green EP; Silver Wilkinson LP
Black Flag – Damaged LP
Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt LP
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest 2LP
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde 2LP; Freewheelin’… LP; Highway ’61 LP; Nashville Skyline LP; s/t LP
Bob Marley – Legend In Dub LP
Bob Mould – Workbook 25 2LP, CD
Brandt Brauer Frick – DJ Kicks 2LP+CD
Burial – Untrue LP; s/t 2LP; Rival Dealer 12”
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk LP
Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairytale LP, CD
Caveman – s/t LP
CEO – Wonderland LP
Chuck Jackson – On Tour LP
Chvrches – Bones Of What You Believe LP
Clark – Superscope 12”
D. Charles Speer & The Helix – Doubled Exposure LP
Deafheaven – Sunbather LP
Death Cab For Cutie – Plans LP; Transatlanticism LP
Death Vessel – Island Intervals LP
Descendents – Milo Goes To College LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
Dowliners Sekt – Balt Shakt EP 12”
Elliott Smith – s/t LP; Either/Or LP
Fanfarlo – Let’s Go Extinct LP
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 2LP
Grizzly Bear – Yellow House LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach LP; s/t LP
Grateful Dead – Birth Of The Dead 2LP
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze 7″
John Coltrane – Giant Steps LP
Johnny Cash – At San Quentin LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid LP
Leonard Cohen – Songs From A Room LP; Songs Of Leonard Cohen LP; Songs Of Love & Hate LP
Leyland Kirby – EP 12”
METZ – s/t LP
Milagres – Violent Light CD
Miles Davis – And Horns LP; Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet LP
Minor Threat – First Two 7”’s 12”; Out Of Step LP
Morrissey – Your Arsenal LP
Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth 2LP
Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff LP
Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves LP
Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away LP
Notwist – Close To The Glass 2LP, CD
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Outkast – ATLiens 2LP
Patten – Estoile Naiant LP
Patti Smith – Horses LP
Peter Tosh – Legalize It LP
Phantogram – Voices LP
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP
Poemss – s/t LP
Postal Service – Give Up 3LP
Primal Scream – Screamadelica LP
Red Fang – s/t LP
Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed LP
Sharon Jones – 100 Days, 100 Nights LP
Shins – Chutes Too Narrow LP; Wincing The Night Away LP
Shirelles – Baby It’s You LP
Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle LP
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood LP
Souljazz Orchestra – Inner Fire LP+CD
Stooges – Raw Power LP; s/t LP
Taco Cat – NVM LP
Tom Waits – Mule Variations 2LP
Various – Bossa Nova Vol. 2 2LP
Various – Istanbul 70 2LP
Various – Studio One Rocksteady 2LP
Various – Tropicalia 2LP
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos LP
Our used record stock is also constantly rotating. If you’ve been in lately, you know what’s up. If you haven’t, stop in soon!