Now Taking Orders For New 45s From:
Little Tommy, The Ringleaders, and The Sharpees

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I’m Still Hurt
Baby Can’t You See
Little Tommy’s “I’m Still Hurt” b/w “Baby Can’t You See” follows up our reissue of the Free Angela compilation. We are excited to work with Sound of Soul label owner Alexander Randolph once again to create a faithful reproduction of this tremendous dance number. Forty eight years have passed since its initial release, during which time record collectors the world over have chased down virtually every known copy for love of the B-side “Baby Can’t You See.” One of the most sought after records in Northern Soul circles, used copies consistently change hands for well over a thousand dollars. With all that being said, the record is noteworthy for more than just its steadfast demand.
 
Beneath the surface of these uptempo grooves lie three intertwined paths: Richmond, VA soul impresario Alexander Randolph, Little Tommy, and The Upsetters. Beyond producing this 1966 session in New York City for his Sound of Soul label, Alexander Randolph is noteworthy for recording as Mr. Wiggles, producing the Free Angela compilation, and releasing the Prophet of Soul LP by Larry Saunders. Following his time with Sound of Soul, Little Tommy AKA Tyrone Thomas worked with legendary producer Swamp Dogg to record the album Wolfmoon, and then recorded with The Whole Darn Family, whose “Seven Minutes of Funk” was sampled by Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, EPMD, Jay-Z, and more. Providing the tremendous backing tracks for this record are The Upsetters. They started out as Little Richard’s backing band before branching out to become one of the most well known backing bands on the Chittlin’ Circuit. In addition, they were one of the early groups with which Jimi Hendrix honed his craft. “Baby Can’t You See” is a classic and we are proud to offer up the first ever 45 reissue.
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Grin and Bare It
I’ve Got To Find My Baby
The Ringleaders’ “Grin and Bare It” b/w “I’ve Got To Find My Baby” kick off a series of 45 releases to be issued in conjunction with The One-derful! Collection, a forthcoming series of six compilations marking the first in-depth look at brothers George and Ernie Leaner’s Chicago based One-derful! group of labels: Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town, and One-derful!.
 
For the last two years we have worked closely with the Leaner family while transferring their 250 master tapes. During this process we were thrilled to find songs from The Ringleaders among the label’s many unreleased tracks. Furthermore, we were amazed by the quality of these unreleased gems. “Grin And Bare It” is uptempo hard soul at its finest combining a jagged guitar hook, solo lead vocal, and group harmony refrains. It is a long lost soul stomper. The flip, “I’ve Got To Find My Baby,” provides a taste of sweet soul slow cooked to perfection.
 
Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan the Ringleaders first recorded for George and Ernie Leaner in April of 1966. Their sole release for M-Pac! eventually caught on in the Northern Soul scene and today copies sell for hundreds of dollars. Adding to the group’s lore, two acetates with the unreleased tracks “All of My Life” and “This Is Goodbye” surfaced in the UK in the 1980s becoming holy grails of sorts, and cementing the Ringleaders as Northern Soul heavyweights. Presented here for the first time are two additional unissued tracks from The Ringleaders. Eight months after their first release, the Ringleaders recorded “Grin And Bare It” and the following month, January of 1967, they tracked “I’ve Got To Find My Baby” in their final session for the Leaners. Although these are unreleased tracks, we have faithfully reproduced the M-Pac! label to pay homage to how they would have looked had they been released in 1967. This is just a sampling of many great tracks to follow as part of The One-derful! Collecton, so stay tuned!
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Take Me To Your Leader
Darkness Of The Night
The Sharpees “Take Me To Your Leader” b/w “Darkness Of The Night” is the second in a series of 45s released in conjunction with The One-derful! Collection, a forthcoming series of six compilations marking the first in-depth look at brothers George and Ernie Leaner’s Chicago based One-derful! label group: Mar-V-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town, and One-derful!.
 
While transferring the Leaner family’s 250 master tapes, these unreleased tracks from The Sharpees stood up and demanded to be released. This pair of previously unreleased soul sides includes a relentlessly driving dance number and a stunning ballad full of beautiful vocal harmonies.
 
The Sharpees, led by guitarist Benny Sharp, were one of St. Louis’ most noteworthy R&B groups, with multiple members spending time performing and recording with Ike & Tina Turner. In 1965, they followed fellow St. Louis acts The Five Du-Tones and Alvin Cash north to Chicago and signed with One-derful! Records. Releasing songs like “Do the 45” and “Tired of Being Lonely,” they cracked the R&B charts and established a name in the US and overseas.
 
These two unreleased tracks were recorded nearly a year after the group’s first session at One-derful!. To respect these remarkable recordings and the label that produced them, we have faithfully replicated the One-derful! label to make sure this record not only sounds, but also looks the way it would have, had it been released in 1967.
 
This is just a sampling of the many great forthcoming tracks from the One-derful! Collecton, so stay tuned!

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