Barbara Mason – You Better Stop It

ARCTIC ‎– 154 * Vinyl * 45 RPM * 7″ * USA * 1969

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This lovely tune was slaughtered by several Hip Hop artists, don’t like none of the results but choose yourself

“Founded by WDAS program director/deejay Jimmy Bishop in conjunction with Jamie/Guyden Records in 1964, Arctic Records was one of Philadelphia’s most important early soul labels, greatly influencing the subsequent rise of Philly soul.

Barbara Mason’s classic Yes, I’m Ready was the label’s biggest seller in 1965; she quickly became Arctic’s flagship artist. Kenny Gamble gained invaluable experience at Arctic, not just as a songwriter and producer but as a smooth-voiced singer. Arctic hosted the Volcanos and the Ambassadors, two of the City of Brotherly Love’s finest male vocal groups, and the sexy, sultry Honey & the Bees. Daryl Hall got his start at Arctic as lead tenor with blue-eyed soulsters the Temptones; Della Humphrey’s debut Arctic single hit when she was barely in her teens.

Arctic was an incredibly consistent Philly soul label, from its inaugural issue by the Tiffanys to the stirring Royal Five 45 that closed out Arctic’s release schedule. Artists included Kenny Hamber, Kenny Rossi, Winfield Parker, Herb Johnson, Cindy Gibson, Dee Dee Barnes; Billy Floyd, and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.”

from the liner notes of the Arctic CD box that came out in 2012

Fabulous Originals ‎– It Ain’t Fair, But It’s Fun

Jewel Records – 923 * 7″ * 45rpm * US * 1971

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II first heard that track when Keb Darge came over to my clubnight in Munich the 2nd or 3rd time, this tune was introduced to a wider audience on his and Josh Dj Shadow Davis‘ BBE compilation “Funk Spectrum” in 1998.

Sharon Jackson and The Soul Destroyers ‎- Keep On

Stark Reality ‎– stark.016 * Vinyl * 7″ * 45 RPM * UK * 2001

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Malcom Catto – drums  * Jake Ferguson – bass * Adrian Owusu – guitars

The Soul Destroyers were an early “Nu Funk!” outfit from the same guys that later started The Heliocentrics. I always forgot to ask Gerald or Malcolm about Sharon Jackson since I always suspected her to be the better known Sharon, but that’s pure gossip …