Thirty years of retrospection has colored this cross-generational melding of the minds. Those musicians include leon michels, and members of legendary doo-wop group, Michael Leonhart, Homer Steinweiss, Thomas Brenneck, Dave Guy, Quincy Bright, Aaron Johnson, Nick Movshon, Toby Pazner, The Del-Larks. The formula has remained the same but the style has been adapted for the ears of youngsters whose experiences with soul began with Amy, not Al, Otis and Marvin.
After his rediscovery in the mid 90s, a full-length on soul fire entitled "Problems", and on Sharon Jones's critically acclaimed album, his faithful have featured him on a slew on singles, a full-length on Desco Records entitled "Let's Get It On', "Naturally". While the crate-digging funk and soul community bestowed "legendary" status upon him due to his undeniably solid series of rare 7" singles and one LP recorded and released on his own independent labels in the 70s, he's never been one to sit in a dusty corner.
Lee fields is a bona-fide, pure, unadulterated, 100%, gut-bucket soul singer. Michels and silverman enlisted the service of a the group of new York studio musicians that have provided the back drop for records by The Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse, Bronx River Parkway, El Michels Affair and TV on The Radio.
In a nutshell - the duo wanted an album full of music that was both tough as nails and sweet as honey. Most recently, he has featured on a number of tracks by French house producer, Martin Solveig. Suprisingly, many of of those songs have become top ten hits for Solveig and have turned Lee Fields into a bonafide celebrity in France and other parts of Europe.
Yet, outside of a rabid cult following, his story remained untold in America.
Lee fields - Emma Jean - Cd.
While drawing comparisons to the moments, the delfonics, james Brown, The Stylistics, and-of course, Faithful Man is able to create a space of its own due to the group's desire to interpret and further the formulas of good soul music rather than imitate them. These are the same individuals that co-wrote, ghostfacekillah, produced, and played on Aloe Blacc's global smash 'I Need A Dollar', and have provided the back drop for records by Adele, and Jay-Z to name a few.
2012 album from the veteran Soul/R&B vocalist. With a career spanning 43 years, it's mind-blowing that the music he's making today with Brooklyn's Truth & Soul Records is the best of his career. Chalk that up to truth & Soul producers and co-owners Jeff Silverman and Leon Michels.
Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. Whether tackling a tune about love lost, or broader topics like the state of humanity, found, Lee has a very unique and honest perspective that is on display with each unforgettable performance. There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul.
Fields. I feel that every human being s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to" says Lee Fields. This brings us to the misuse of the term retro-soul when talking about Mr. A low tempo ballad with a head nodding drum track, sparse piano lines, and all the space Lee needs to lay down what is sure to be one of the flyest love songs of 2017.
Special night is also the first record in the Expressions catalogue in which every song was written jointly by Lee Fields and The Expressions. The world was designed to last indefinitely, " says Fields. When i record, i make every song like I actually mean it. Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. Also, they, along with lee, the expressions have never been sharper, have created a collection of music on Special Night which holds court with pretty much any soul music that came before it.
You can tell if a song is real or not, those moments are real, and every moment I m recording, this is a record about what people do in real life.
It Rains Love
At the corner of Living Legend St. Shrink-wrapped. Lee has been singing for 50 plus years and is undeniably, yet amazingly, at the top of his game. He has inspired many of today's younger artists who are doing their best to carry the torch. It's all love baby! Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. Some of the songs sound like they could belong to any of the last 4 decades without it feeling like a throwback, while others are 60's soul through and through.
Traditional soul sensibilities are mixed with a hip-hop tinged, sample ready sound that is as much an homage to the old as to the new. Lyrically, lee runs the gamut from gushing admonishments of love to politically charged calls to action, from proclamations of God's existence to love letters written to his wife.
Teaming up again with frequent collaborator and producer Leon Michels and his devoted band, The Expressions, they have managed again to take a classic approach and update it. And og Ave. This record marks the fifth studio album from Lee Fields & the Expressions and we are very proud to add it to the already impeccable catalog they have created together.
A home that was built with blood, and tears, sweat, and stands on the unshakable foundation of his god given talent. You will find Lee Fields' house. Those who have paid attention know that Lee is part of the class that is directly responsible for the revival of old school funk and soul.
You're The Man
Shrink-wrapped. Includes three tracks newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi. Shrink-wrapped. The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Motown label and also Marvin Gaye's 80th Birthday April 2. Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. You're the man is the first-ever planned 'lost' Tamla/Motown album from Marvin Gaye.
You're the man was the album originally proposed to follow-up the monumental What's Going On. The album also includes a rare long version of Marvin Gaye's cancelled Christmas single, and new essay by Marvin's biographer, as well as an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side, David Ritz.
Bradleys also performed on famed stages including the apollo Theater the same place he saw his idol James Brown perform when he was 14 years old, and the Beacon Theatre where hes separately supported The Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Afghan Whigs. It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.
. I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing Changes and get emotional, notes Bradley. The documentary charles bradley: soul of america, directed by Poull Brien, follows Bradley s extraordinary journey during the electrifying and transformative months leading up to the release of debut album No Time for Dreaming.
Shrink-wrapped. The year following the release of no time for Dreaming was one triumph after another and Victim of Love saw Bradley emerging from his past heartaches stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. Shrink-wrapped. Hes taken his show to venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella, Glastonbury Festival and Primavera Sound.
Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. Shrink-wrapped. By now, charles bradleys remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well documented: how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs before finally being discovered by Daptones Gabriel Roth. Victim of love went on to receive overwhelming praise and was included on Best of 2013 lists by SPIN, Paste, BuzzFeed, MOJO, Rough Trade & more.
Durand Jones & The Indications
In the fall of 2012, jones left his small-town in Louisiana for the foothills of Indiana. That rowdy band unfolded into the indications - comprised of Aaron Frazer drums, Blake Rhein guitar, Kyle Houpt bass and Justin Hubler organ. Gathered around a tascam 4-track cassette recorder and a case of Miller High-Life, the group spent their Sunday evenings recording into the early hours of the morning.
Inspired by a handful of dusty and obscure 45s bearing names like The Ethics, blown-out vocals, Brothers of Soul and The Icemen, The Indications set out to make a record steeped in heavy drums, and deep grooves. Shrink-wrapped. Alto saxophone in tow he enrolled in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Shrink-wrapped. Having now taken their raucous live show all across the US, the band have galvanized a following that are ready to take them to the next level. Shrink-wrapped. With comparisons from charles bradley and Lee Fields to Al Green, the only thing that separates this band from those greats is their youth.
Shrink-wrapped. But soon enough he found his way in front of a rowdy rock-n-roll band belting out a rambunctious rendition of "Dock Of The Bay, " to a basement full of drunken undergrads. Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night.
No Time for Dreaming
Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience each note and gruff infection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It s only fitting that no time for dreaming s producer thomas ''tommy TNT'' Brenneck also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty.
Charles bradley- No Time For Dreaming. Charles bradley's voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska singing and performing in his spare time before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham/Daptone.
Recorded at dunham studios, and mixed at daptone Records internationally revered ''House of Soul'' Studios, No Time For Dreaming is the inspired sound of an awakening.
Let's Talk It Over Deluxe Edition
Shrink-wrapped. It featured his most successful song of the era, "She's a Lovemaker", which was at one time licensed and promoted by London Records. But instead of chasing the ever-elusive major label deal, Lee released these singles by himself and oversaw all aspects of production and promotion. He eventually made his home in brooklyn, where he cut his teeth performing in some of the hottest clubs in the borough: Tempo Soul City, the Fulton Terrace, where the owner, Gene Goldstein, the Boston Road Ballroom and 521, allegedly ran numbers when we wasn t booking Wilson Pickett and Joe Tex.
Fields for the tough-as-nails, lushly orchestrated sweet soul music that is featured on the My World and Faithful Man records. In the early 70's, after a brief stint as an auxiliary member of Kool & the Gang, Lee released a series of hard-funk singles on various long-gone labels. However, Mr. Truth & soul is proud to present the deluxe re-issue of Lee Fields' "holy grail" album, "Let's Talk it Over".
He has been touring the world, gaining new fans that now know Mr. Over the past four years, lee fields has released two critically acclaimed full lengths on the Truth & Soul label, which have secured him a younger and extremely dedicated audience. Even the bootleg version from the early nineties sells for up to four hundred dollars.
The deluxe re-issue is also repackaged with a new cover and never-before-seen photos of Lee Fields.
Victim of Love
Though quite at home among the music that has affirmed daptone as the world's #1 authority on Soul Music, Victim of Love proves to be a genre-bending masterpiece, picking up where the early 70's Temptations left off and edging boldly forward into psychedelic soul exploration. 2013 release from the veteran R&B vocalist AKA the 'Screaming Eagle of Soul'.
Shrink-wrapped. Bradley and writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Thomas "TNT" Brenneck returned to Dunham studios and have recorded the most exciting Daptone release to date. Lee fields & the Expressions- Special Night. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. Charles bradley- No Time For Dreaming. Shrink-wrapped. On this album, bradley moves past his "Heartaches and Pain" to the great promise of hope and love.