Label: RPM Records - RPM 266 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
Condition: Brand New Back Order Add to reserve list. An overlooked chapter in UK music history. Before Trevor Nelsons Soul Nation was even a twinkle in the eye Britain was home to some fine soul artists and an enterprising record label producing indigenous soul and reggae. Beacon Records was started by Milton Samuels in after a few years of making productions that were leased to the major labels. Based in London, Samuels began with Do You Need My Love - Various - Lets Copp A Groove!
- Lost UK Soul 1968-72 few lease deals of his own including the Showstoppers 'Ain't Nothing But A Houseparty' which went top Glory Of Love - Various - Car Classics 2.0 in as Beacons first release not available to this compilationand Bobby Wells title track.
He then signed up a wealth of local writers and producers to make his own productions. The Showstoppers recorded all their next singles in Britain, and as a spin off their Jimi Hendrix alike guitarist John Fitch recorded his one off single for Beacon over here too. In between the Equals and his own massive solo career Eddy Grant turned his hand to Producing before launching his own Torpedo label. The two Tony Morgan cuts are both written and produced by Grant, and are stunningly powerful soul funk in the James Brown meets Parliament mould.
Ram John Holder is well known these days as the actor in the sitcom Desmonds, playing the character Pork Pie. In the mid 60's he made records produced by Paul Jones then moved on to Beacon where he fully embraced the soul reggae crossover that to perfectly captures the scene at the time in London. On Goodwill Survive - Mind Machine - Reflection All Mankind he is backed by the British collective called Black Velvet whose own singles are terrific cross over sounds.
The epitome of the best in British black music at the time. In terms of black music from Britain, this album sits in the middle of a chronological development: the Windrush years of the Calypso generationmid 60's pop of the Foundations and Equals, Beacon, and the later funk disco of Hi Tension, and mainstream reggae of Aswad. All recordings are reissued for the first time on CD, with sleeve Rudy Marino - Chella La (Flexi-disc) written by Beacons in house label manager and promoter Roger St Pierre.
Go West - Various - The Mad Scene, Buzz - Above & Beyond - Anjunabeats Volume Five, Menina Bexigosa - Manuel Freire - Manuel Freire, Twenty - Nine Palms - Tangerine Dream - MP3 Collection - Tangerine Dream Part 2, Sticky Situation - Average White Band - Aftershock