The first Record Store Day of the year rears its head, and the best list that I’ve seen so far comes care of Prime Direct. In the past, the discerning distribution company could always be relied upon to legit repress some very desirable funk, jazz, and soul, and 2023 appears to be no different. They’ve dusted off a total of 24 titles (the full list is below), and quick shufty reveals an amazing selection.
You’ve got badass boogaloo
The Latin Blues Band / I’ll Be a Happy Man
Hyla Parker / Joe
boisterous `80s boogie
Jackie Stoudemire / Flying High
and bruised blues breaks.
Smithstonian / Mississippi Mud
Cool conscious crooners
Harvey Scales / Trying to Survive
cut a rug next to cult takes on dance-floor classics.
The Chuck Boris Trio / Funky Nassau
The disco consists of privately-pressed dynamite
Billy Foster & Audio / I Need Your Love
and proto-house oddities / obscurities.
Bill Grace / Chances Go Round
The jazz is either fantastic frenzied fusion
Larry Bright / New Dimensions
or squelchy, plugged-in.
The Dome City Rock Orchestra / Quiet Village
There are magical Modern movers
Tony Troutman / What’s The Use
and Northern numbers that you need, need, need!!!
TSU Toronados / Please Heart Dont Break
There’s super sinewy Southern funk
The Gaturs / Swivel your hips
and some straight-up, simply sublime soul.
Cynthia Sheeler / I’ll cry over you
All of these should be in your local store, come Saturday.