Since 2019, SoulMusic Records has released an impressive (20) luxurious box sets by a diverse range of pioneering artists, each lovingly created with full liner notes, superb artwork and mastering, in keeping with the label’s commitment to the rich legacy of soul, R&B, funk and related genres…
SOULMUSIC RECORDS BOX SETS
GROVER WASHINGTON, JR.: In The Name Of Love – The Elektra Years (1979-1984) (5CD): Deluxe five CD set consisting of expanded editions of Grover Washington, Jr.’s Elektra albums; features 19 single edits assembled for the first time including the ‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of Grover’s US charted hits
THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS: Let It Be Me (The Atlantic Recordings 1967-1970) (3CD): 66 tracks by cut for Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1970, with nine US R&B charted singles, the set features their five original Atlantic albums alongside 12 non-album tracks.
PHYLLIS HYMAN: Old Friend – The Deluxe Collection (1976-1998), (9CD): With albums for Buddah, Arista and Philadelphia International Records, collated here along with a number of bonus tracks and guest appearances for a total of (113) tracks appropriately named ‘The Deluxe Collection,” this first-of-its-kind set has been lovingly created by SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan in cooperation with Glenda Gracia, manager & executrix of the Phyllis Hyman estate
DENIECE WILLIAMS: Free – The Columbia / ARC Recordings 1976-1988, (8CD): A deluxe box set of the 11 Columbia and ARC albums by award-winning icon Deniece Williams released between 1976-1988, with all of her charted hits and some rarities
ATLANTIC STARR: ALWAYS – The Warner-Reprise Recordings (1987-1991), (3CD): Consisting of the two albums the group cut for Warner Brothers, 1987’s ALL IN THE NAME OF LOVE, the 1989 set WE’RE MOVIN’ ON and LOVE CRAZY, a third LP recorded for the Warners’ imprint, Reprise Records in 1991, all with primary production by David & Wayne Lewis, and co-production by Jonathan Lewis.
EVELYN ‘CHAMPAGNE’ KING: The RCA Albums (1977-1985), (8CD): Albums recorded between 1977-1985 with handpicked bonus tracks, by the iconic Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, undeniably one of the primary purveyors of timeless R&B/dance music that helped fuel the disco movement of the late ‘70s and beyond
CARLA THOMAS: LET ME BE GOOD TO YOU -The Atlantic & Stax Recordings (1960-1968), (4CD): Includes the‘A’ and ‘B’ sides of all of Carla’s singles – including (28) non-album tracks – are featured including Carla’s duets with her famous father, Rufus Thomas, along with five live recordings from Carla’s 1967 performances in London and Paris with the famed Stax/Volt Revue
BARBARA LEWIS: DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME – The Atlantic & Reprise Recordings (3CD): This beautifully-packaged collection, sequenced in chronological order of recording session, includes the first CD release of a number of tracks from both the 1964 LP, “Snap Your Fingers (Barbara Lewis Sings The Great Soul Tunes)” and the 1966 album, “It’s Magic”.With a total of (68) tracks, including seven non-album singles/B-sides, one previously unreleased cut from 1968 and both sides of Barbara’s sole Reprise single.
SOLOMON BURKE: THE KING OF ROCK’N’ SOUL- THE ATLANTIC RECORDINGS (1962-1968) (3CD): This celebratory definitive collection includes the content of all six of the LPs released during Solomon’s tenure with Atlantic between 1960 and 1968. plus all non-album tracks for a total of 79 soulful cuts.
ESTHER PHILLIPS: BRAND NEW DAY- THE LENOX/ATLANTIC & ROULETTE RECORDINGS (1962-1970) (5CD): Released as a commemoration of her passing in August, 1984 at the age of 48, this glorious box set (which reissue producer David Nathan considers one of the most personal satisfying projects he’s ever done), “Brand New Day” is sequenced by session and containing a number of previously unreleased cuts as well as non-album singles making their CD debut.
DAVID SANBORN: ANYTHING YOU WANT – The Warner-Reprise-Elektra Years (1975-1999) (3CD): Saluting David Sanborn by taking a deep dive into the 17 albums he recorded as a solo artist within the highly impressionable 25-year period he was earning a reputation for world alto saxophone dominance. From Taking Off (Warner – 1975) to Close-Up (Reprise – 1988) through Inside (Elektra – 1999).
SISTER SLEDGE: Thinking Of You – The Atco / Cotillion / Atlantic Recordings (1973-1985),(6CD): 97-track, all full albums (plus bonus tracks and mixes) recorded for Atco, Cotillion and Atlantic by the internationally-renowned family group
DIONNE WARWICK: Déjà Vu – The Arista Recordings (1979-1994), (12CD): This first-of-its-kind box set of her (159) recordings for the label. Included are (29) bonus tracks, with nine of the twelve albums as expanded editions of the original Arista LPs
THE METERS: Gettin’ Funkier All The Time – The Complete Josie / Reprise & Warner Recordings (1968-1977), (6CD): 116-tracks showcasing The Meters’ entire recorded output for Josie Records (1968-1971), Reprise and Warners Brothers (1972-77). In addition to their eight full albums, includes non-album singles, bonus material, single edits and rarities
THE EMOTIONS: Don’t Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (1976-1981), (3CD): 54-tracks showcase The Emotions’ golden years and includes all of their recordings for Columbia Records (1976-1978) and for ARC (American Recording Company)
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES: Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings 1972-1975 (3CD): 36-track set of (4) albums with a third disc of various bonus tracks including two dance mixes and three ‘live’ recordings
GROVER WASHINGTON JR: Sacred Kind Of Love – The Columbia Recordings (5CD): With six stellar albums, spanning nine years (1987-1996), with various special guest vocal performances by Jean Carne, Phyllis Hyman, B.B. King, Nancy Wilson, Lalah Hathaway and The Four Tops’ Levi Stubbs are among the many highlights of Grover’s tenure with Columbia Records along with bonus tracks
MAXAYN: Reloaded: The Complete Recordings 1972-1974 (3CD): The three albums which Maxayn recorded for Capricorn Records – Maxayn, Mindful and Bail Out For Fun
THE DEELE: Street Beat / Material Thangz / Eyes Of A Stranger (3CD): In addition to the three original Solar albums (containing all of The Deele’s U.S. charted hits), this retrospective features a total of ten bonus tracks
CARRIE LUCAS: Dance With You, The Solar & Constellation Albums, (3CD): This first-of-its-kind collection with the 47 tracks from The First Lady Of Solar (Sound Of Los Angeles Records) recorded between 1977-1984
JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS: Walk In The Night: The Motown 70s Studio Albums (3CD): Spanning the years 1970-1976 features five original Motown albums and one album (1974’s “Jr.Walker & The All Stars”) which has only ever been released in its entirety in UK and Europe, all six making their debut on CD.
THE STAPLE SINGERS: For What It’s Worth: The Complete Epic Recordings (1964-1968) (3CD): In 1964, The Staple Singers signed with Epic Records after leaving Jazz/Blues/Folk label Riverside Records. From then until the middle of 1968, they recorded six albums for the label, all of which are featured in this 3CD box..Three of these classic albums, “Pray On”, “For What It’s Worth” and “What The World Needs Now Is Love”, are making their CD debut.