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HENRY BOATWRIGHT (SOUL BROS. INC.): The African Slide/ Git It (2015)

African Slide Git It Henry BoatwrightRating: ★★★★★ Henry Boatwright is the main man behind Soul Bros. Inc.. And Soul Bros. Inc. were the main shit back in the day. It’s as simple as that. Raw-ass funky soul from Texas in the late sixties and early seventies. Like these two cuts, The African Slide and the even more stank Git It – now re-pressed on 45. Originally these were released under Boatwright’s own name (though he was backed by Soul Bros. Inc.)
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LUCKY BROWN: Mystery Road (2015)

Mystery Road Lucky BrownRating: ★★★★★ Mystery Road is the follow-up to 2011’s Lucky Brown’s Space Dream and finds Mr Lucky Brown still bowling happily down the retro funky soul blacktop with even greater gusto than before. This project is comprised of a series of tracks all apparently intended as 45 singles and all played with a different band. Anyone familiar with Tramp will be aware of the label’s curation of
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VARIOUS: The Funky Side of Goldband/ ANLA Records (2014)

The Funky Side Of Goldband ANLA Tramp RecordsRating: ★★★★★ If anyone’s doing more than Tramp Records to preserve the legacy of rare and overlooked funk and soul at the moment, the monkey doesn’t know about them and they should probably get in touch. But since Tramp are still very much digging, the good stuff is still coming and despite the year being well on the way to a close, the label has still managed to hand in a
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REVEREND CLEATUS & THE SOUL SAVIOURS: Soul Saviour Stew (2014) Vinyl re-release

Soul Saviour Stew Reverend Cleatus Soul SavioursStrolling to check the MB post the other day, I discovered Reverend Cleatus had turned up with the mail. It transpires that a welcome re-release of the short-lived Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours‘ only full length album Soul Saviour Stew was in the offing. The monkey was all set to swing into posting action as the news spread through MB Towers when funky monkeyboxing tea lady Loretta
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DON GARDNER: The Story Of Don Gardner (2014)

The Story Of Don GardnerRating: ★★★★★ The story of Tramp Records’ most excellent The Story Of… series continues with the tale of rnb, funk, soul and jazz drummer and vocalist Don Gardner. Hmmm – the name rings a bell – 1962 cut I Need Your Lovin’ perhaps – done as a duet with Dee Dee Ford? Yep – that Don Gardner. And while that track is not on this
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LENIS GUESS: The Story Of Lenis Guess (2014)

The Story Of Lenis Guess LPRating: ★★★★★ The Story Of Lenis Guess? Let me guess! Tramp Records get another five star rating for the latest installment of their divine mission to deliver career retrospective LPs of unsung heroes from the golden era of 60s and 70s funk and soul? Got it in one! Yes, the man in question this time is the influential figure behind the ‘Norfolk Sound.’ And I don’t mean Alan Partridge! No, we’re talking
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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 6 (2014)

Movements 6 Tramp RecordsRating: ★★★★★ Tramp Records, the Bavarian label with the Midas touch when it comes to rare groove compilations drops the sixth volume in the Movements series and maintains its reputation for delivering super-rare, vintage class. Alongside the dirty funk and soul this time around are sixties rnb, soul jazz and proto-disco – presented in strictly
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THE EMINENT STARS: Sittin In’ (2014)

Sittin In The Eminent StarsBavarian label Tramp Records should be well known to regular MB readers as super-crate-digging, keepers of the vintage rare soul and funk flame but occasionally they like to stick out something new. As long as it sounds like something old. Enter Dutch outfit The Eminent Stars with whom you are invited to be Sittin’ In for their thirteen track debut
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TRAMP RECORDS: Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 2 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ “Well, I wish it could be Christmas every day-a-ayy!” Yeah? I don’t. Christ. Quite apart from the rampant commercialism, the shite on TV and the family arguments, we now face just over a month of the same twenty seasonal pop songs and the same five traditional seasonal songs being played in shops, pubs, office parties, on the telly or even at home over and over. And over. And. Over
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TRAMP RECORDS: Feeling Nice Vol. 2 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ A new Tramp funky soul comp.? Feeling Nice Vol. 2 – chock full of superrare nuggets? We’ll just call it 5 stars yeah? Actually we won’t just do anything. Mainly because I wrote the press sheet for this back in the summer in which everything I could say about this release happily coincided with everything I wanted to say about this release – albeit with the kind of rhetorical
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