Esther Phillips / The Man Ain't Ready (1974)
Meta Roos & Nippe Sylvens Band / Here We Are Falling In Love (1967)
Linda Williams / Elevate Your Mind (1979)
Pat Lundy / Work Song (1977)
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi / Tereza Guerreira (1973)
The Fatback Band / Let The Drums Speak (1975)
Esther Phillips / The Man Ain't Ready (1974) This distinctive vocalist, with her unique, nasal intonation, was discovered by bandleader Johnny Otis. She joined his revue in 1949 where, as "Little Esther", she then worked solo following the band's collapse, but by the middle of the decade Phillips was chronically addicted to drugs. Ill health sadly undermined this artist's undoubted potential, and in August 1984, Phillips died of liver and kidney failure.
Meta Roos & Nippe Sylvens Band / Here We Are Falling In Love (1967) Meta Roos is one of Sweden's most colourful artists. She has been a full time singer for more than 40 years. 1984 "Rose Band" was formed - an international band with success and tours around Europe. Meta has also been seen on the movie screens as a singer in the film "1939".
Linda Williams / Elevate Your Mind (1979) Linda Williams was an ex-Supreme and had been muscial director to Natalie Cole. Her pedigree is self evident on this track which received cult status on the dancefloor.
Pat Lundy / Work Song (1977) Pat Lundy was a female disco-religious vocalist who recorded on the Pyramid label in the mid 1970s. The break from "Work song" has been sampled by many rap vocalists since the 1980's.
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi / Tereza Guerreira (1973) Funky samba from 70s Brazil. Not to be confused with bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim. This legendary 70/80s brazilian singer/songwriting duo embodies the voice of Bahia.
The Fatback Band / Let The Drums Speak (1975) Fatback is as much about partying and having fun as about music. Listen to the "Wicky Wacky" or "Do the bus stop" tracks and be honest. Can you resist to have a smile, tap your feet on the rhythm and shake your butt on the vibrant grooves? No, right, you've got the Fatback feeling! Founded by Bill Curtis, the energetic drummer, and Gerry Thomas, trumpet player, in the early seventies, Fatback must be one of the funk history's best kept secrets. Fatback produced almost 20 albums from 1972 to 1989. Remarkable was that the band managed to stick to it's image and trademarks through several successive music styles.